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While tending to my husband who had shoulder surgery to reattach a muscle that he pulled loose, and took bone with it, one has had a lot of time to listen, learn, and think about so many different areas where our government has encroached as not only the highest authority but the bringer of miracles.  Our government, from the lowest government employee at the local level to the White House has done its utmost to replace God. But God showed them He is not so easy to replace.

Consider all the hoopla about climate change. How many know why the name was changed from global warming to climate change? Does it really matter since either way the United Nations has decided that it’s the entity that can fix it? Sorry to burst bubbles but the recent flooding, tornadoes, and snow in Colorado show that governments can’t really do anything. One supposes that if they were to secretly have invented a machine that can affect the climate all over the world simultaneously…

While the effects have been quite devastating to some who were caught in those areas with extreme weather, there is a bright side, too. All that flooding has carried not only water but rich bottom soil. Then there was heat to dry up all the water but leaving all that rich new soil. Harsh conditions to be sure but the aftereffects may well be worth it in the long run. The Earth will renew itself as it has for millennium.

And the government had nothing to do with it. Indeed, the government can’t even keep up as FEMA is tapped out and even going so far as to tell homeless people their homes are livable.

Because one has been spending a lot of time away from the computer, especially on weekends, one has been wondering why John Wayne movies have become popular again, even to remakes starring people like Jeff Bridges. Hubby put forth the possibility that it is because of the anniversary of Wayne’s death recently but I informed him that John Wayne weekends started at the beginning of the year.

It’s as if we’re waiting for heroes; someone, or someones, who can fix things. But we can wait forever because it’s not going to happen; at least not in the way that some might think. John Wayne, himself, wasn’t John Wayne but an amalgamation of all the roles he played in the movies.  As was Reagan, who really tried to just get out of the way of us being our own heroes.

Governments all over the world have promised to be everything to everyone… if only we give them the money to do it. Those self-same governments have failed to deliver no matter how much money they’re given but keep promising if only we give them more.

The problem is, the more we give, the less we’re able to do for ourselves what our governments are incapable of doing  even if we gave them 100% of what we have. Governments have failed to win the Wars on Poverty, Drugs, and Terrorism, all of which have been going on for decades, long before anyone coined the phrases.

Healthcare? Since passing of the bill containing a massive intrusion of government provided healthcare, healthcare costs have gone up, from doctor visits to tests to insurance fees and deductibles… AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE NOT PAYING THE BILLS. Instead, they pay only a percentage (the allowable maximum amount to a preferred provider)  and you’re left owing the rest.

Energy? Goes hand in hand with the War on Climate Change. The government will bankrupt us as individuals to pay for the unsustainable renewable energy that necessarily skyrockets the price of oil, electricity, and water.

There are more topics I could include to show that, unfortunately, government has reached its natural limitations. Not only has it done so but is headed down the road to ruin and, ultimately, will cause untold suffering.

We must be our own heroes again. We can’t wait for the someone elses to do for us what we should do for ourselves. If we want a government that allows us to be our own heroes, it’s up to us to put such a government in place; not the place of government to decide for itself. Or we can continue down this same road of hoping government can be everything to everyone; or hope that we’re the last to suffer. Your choice.

Elections have consequences well beyond the feel good moment of choosing the candidate you hope is going to deliver on unrealistic promises.

On Sunday, a group of Tennessee preachers will step into the pulpit and say the only words they’re forbidden by law from speaking in a church.

This Sunday, seven Pastors in Tennessee, 4 of which are in the Nashville area, will endorse a number of candidates for office in this district (TN-05). Among the candidates endorsed will be former Mayor Bill Haslam who is currently running for Governor of the state and David Hall, a businessman who is aiming to oust Rep. Jim Cooper from his Congressional seat.

The article linked above calls it IRS baiting. I call it reasserting our civil rights. The article author looks at this from a one sided view citing “a line between church and state.”

But many mainstream churches recoil from the idea of erasing the line between church and state.[…]

Other ministers and organizations have weighed in on the subject, including Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Land said the church endorses many of the ADF’s initiatives, but “we think the mixing of the sacred nature of the church with the exceedingly worldly nature of politics is … unseemly.”[…]

Lewis Lavine, president of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville, is familiar with the balancing act churches and other nonprofit groups must maintain when they stray near the political arena.

“We have separation of church and state in this country for a reason,” Lavine said. “There should be parameters, and there should be common sense.”[…]

The ADF’s polar opposites, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued a statement this week calling pulpit-based lawbreaking “the worst idea ever.”

“Clergy serve as spiritual advisers, not political bosses. Pulpit politicking violates federal tax law and offends the vast majority of church-goers,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the group’s executive director.

“The nation is already bitterly divided over politics this year. … Now, Religious Right political hacks want to haul that divisiveness into America’s houses of worship.

Of course, calling political opposition, Religious Right political hacks isn’t the least bit divisive, is it? Oh no, not divisive at all.

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This time it’s taxes. On the middle class.

“The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the table,” the president said in the interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands Friday. “So what I want to do is to be completely agnostic, in terms of solutions.”

Isn’t that what he has said about everything from the bank bailouts to the auto industry takeover? Whatever will we do about another Obama broken promise?

But he will. And his promise of post-partisanship? Up in flames, the latest being the supposedly bi-partisan jobs bill which is being pulled because it’s too small.  It seems that everything Obama doesn’t want to do is exactly what he does. Indeed.

Never listen to a man’s (or woman’s for that matter) words. Words can deceive but the eyes don’t.

While he lectures the nation on fiscal responsibility, he goes on a spending spree with a proposed budget that racks up the U.S. another 1.6 trillion in deficit spending. Washington, D.C. is beginning to resemble nothing more than a bunch of teenagers with access to their daddies’ credit cards… without daddy’s knowledge.

How’s that hope and change working out for you Obama supporters? I’m finding it increasingly difficult to live on my change. Try feeding a family of five on $20,000/year less than what you made before Obama. For some families that $20k was their yearly salary.

800px-Mary_Landrieu_DNC_2008The author of the article likens it to a Tennesee Williams play. Mary Landrieu sold out the country for $300 million, not $100 million as previously reported. Dana Milbank is right. It is a play but nothing really like those from Williams.

The script has become old and worn from overuse and the lines have been memorized by those who hear them, more so than those who act the parts for our benefit. The patrons are mutinous demanding better for their money but the actors seemed locked into this one play unable to step out of it to engage in another.

“My vote today,” she [Landrieu] said in a soft Southern accent that masked the hard politics at play, “should in no way be construed by the supporters of this current framework as an indication of how I might vote as this debate comes to an end.”

How many times have we heard this same claim, yet, 97% of all bills that are approved in cloture become law. The actor indicates he hears the mutinous crowd, promising something different, but as the final act ensues we hear once again the same tired lines that echo in our memory like a too real nightmare proving to the patrons they were not heard at all.

Note: This is quite likely one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written but does anything more really need to be said?

Crossposted to RedState.

Individual freedom is being assaulted from so many different directions the sheer weight of the assaults can cause the hardiest of us to buckle. Yet, there are still some who believe the government has only our best interests at heart. I find that sentiment mind-blowing in the face of what the government is doing.

Accessing records without consent of the individual.

… This study should include incentives such as “higher rates of reimbursement or other incentives for such health care providers to use electronic health records” and “promoting low-cost electronic health record software packages that are available for use by such health care providers.”

Read it all. Apparently, our ever so magnanimous government doesn’t care about the assault on our private records or the sharing of such records across agencies as their new health care legislation will require it.

As one friend put it:

“Our best
practice dictates that if you want to keep something private, don’t
share it. If data is shared by more than one entity, none of the
parties knows who leaked it. Eventually, anything shared becomes
public knowledge. This is one more case of the unwary opening
Pandora’s box.” (Thanks, Loren.)

But that’s not possible, is it? The government is supposed to take care of us, right? Right?

Then there’s net neutrality.

Their website is full of blatant lies. They claim that Net Neutrality would not be a new regulation, when in fact the whole point of the push is to get new regulations in place backed by the so-called Internet Freedom Preservation Act currently in the House. Obama’s FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski also made that much plain in a recent speech, that he wants the FCC to be an active, aggressive force on the Internet, picking winners and losers in private network policy disputes.

Again, read the whole article.

It’s okay if a Democrat does it.

Every student who brings someone to the polls to vote in the city council elections in Athens, OH gets $5.00.

Nice. But is that illegal?

Of course, it’s illegal. When did legality ever stop a liberal from doing what a liberal wants to do? They have a “cause” and this is merely the means to the end. Never mind that most of us don’t want the end they want.

How do you compete with government owned?

A new union contract would have lowered Ford’s labor costs in line with General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Group LLC. It also included a no-strike provision. Workers are barred from striking Ford’s domestic rivals for several years as a condition of their bankruptcy restructurings.

“The UAW contract is up in 2011, and I think there could be a strike,” said John Wolkonowicz, an analyst with IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Mass.

Isn’t that bit like union workers sabotaging a competitor because they now have a stake in the other two companies? Nah, the government owns the union workers, too, now doesn’t it?

Wouldn’t that make union bosses the overseers of the government owners’ plantations? I thought slavery was dead in this country. Apparently, the Democrats want to go back to the future.

It’s not illegal so get used to it.

A San Francisco cosmetics company has ignited an outcry among pro-lifers for including an unexpected ingredient in its anti-aging creams: skin-cell proteins from an aborted fetus. […]

In a statement released Friday, in response to a wave of condemnation from pro-life and religious blogs, Neocutis defended the use of its trademarked ingredient, Processed Skin Cell Proteins, or PSP, arguing that the fetal cell line was harvested in a responsible, ethical manner for use in treating severe dermatological injuries.

The company compared its situation to that of researchers who used fetal kidney cells to develop the polio vaccine.

It’s not as if they’re human, after all. That would be murder wouldn’t it? Murder for hire, if you want to put a fine point on it considering abortionists are paid to do the dirty work. And then they sell the bodies of the slain innocents to others for a bit more?

It’s not as if you’re not pro-choice. Oh no, we wouldn’t want to interfere with the government ruling that killing innocents is legal as long as it isn’t civilian casualties in the midst of fighting wars against terrorists who find safe havens among those civilians.

It’s for the children, after all, isn’t it? To make beauty products so others don’t have to age gracefully.

If the government can’t manage vaccinations with any level of competency, how do we expect them to manage health care? By creating more government agencies (read: bureaucracies), of course.

For a comparison to other welfare programs spending, let’s take a look shall we?

Over the next decade, welfare spending will amount to $30,000 per person per year — $120,000 for a family of 4 per year — 56% of which (or $67,200) goes to the recipients.

Moreover, these direct costs do not cover the concomitant costs for enterprises. That is, many organizations apply to whole populations, although their justification is the needs of the “poor.” For example, most people can afford education, but to guarantee it for the poor, there is public education for most, as well as subsidies. The same holds for establishing Social Security, Medicare, housing, health insurance, and industrial policy. There are then huge additional costs to the taxpayers and to the recipients of services who are not “poor.”

How much more than the 36% already being spent will these new bureaucracies cost? I wouldn’t put it past the government to flip those numbers. We can do without, of course. We might starve, freeze to death, or have a heat stroke but we’ll have health care if we do, right?

You can continue to believe in government’s goodwill if you choose. But don’t expect me to “jump off the Brooklyn Bridge” with you. If you keep trusting a government that has proven untrustworthy, this is what you get. You can make excuses all you want or say you didn’t sign onto this but if you support any part of it, you support the whole.

One person critiquing said this post seems disjointed but it’s not really. They are widely varying topics but are all these things are being perpetrated by the government simultaneously.

What the government is doing is assaulting us with a dozen skirmishes at once all taking place in the same general location but with different foci; the individual’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and the right to make our own decisions based on our individual circumstances as to what is best for us. When we focus on one point of attack we risk losing sight of the other battles taking place around us. These battles are orchestrated to keep us off balance in the hopes that one of them will gain them an opening and their desire of government for the government in spite of the people.

Crossposted to RedState

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.

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.:!:

This one is a little near and dear to my heart since it directly concerns the well-being of my husband and our financial future. When the construction industry died because of bad federal policies and the financial meltdown with the banks, hubby sat up all night one night and realized that he had to change careers. Given our circumstances, there was no way we could survive a 4 year degree’s time to achieve so he went into trucking.

Truck stops reduce idling to clear the air (emphasis mine)

Nashville and three neighboring counties have too much pollution in the air, and the state hopes to make it cleaner by getting truck drivers to turn off their diesel engines.

Davidson, Wilson, Sumner and Rutherford counties have failed initial tests to meet federal standards for ozone, a pollutant created when sunlight reacts with vehicle and industrial emissions. Diesel fuel from freight trucks, especially when they are idling, is a contributor to poor air quality.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation received a $2 million grant Monday to equip six to 10 truck stops with technology that reduces diesel fuel emissions from trucks by allowing drivers to turn off their engines but stay cool during rests.

Long-haul drivers, who are required by law to rest for 10 hours after each 11-hour shift, can pay to plug their trucks into a machine that offers air conditioning, heat, electricity, cable television, phone and Internet access. […]

An initial state report released in March showed that the Middle Tennessee counties did not meet new federal air quality standards set last year to reduce health risks, including heart attacks and asthma, problems that are associated with breathing smoggy air.

The EPA will finalize the state’s air monitoring results by March 2010.

So, they won’t finalize their results for almost another year but it’s important that we proceed with the rape of the economy and the trucking industry in the meantime.  Oh, did I mention the truckdrivers will have to pay for this new service? It sounds great and all that but 3 hours worth of electricity for $10. Are truck drivers made of  gold or something? For the record, hubby is averaging around $500/week being a new driver. He’s on his truck  24/7 except for the occasional times he gets to come home for a day.  Truckers are required to take a 10 hour break, so 10 hours  divided by 3 hours times $10 dollars is roughly 33 dollars per day to park at a truck stop in Tennessee… or half hubby’s paycheck.

I can imagine the lawsuits that are going to ensue when the first death occurs from exposure from extreme heat or cold because of an inability to pay for the “hook up.”

The article goes on to talk about what a great thing this is, including one lone truck driver from San Antonio, TX as a spokesperson. This truck driver has a 10 year old truck with 100,000 miles on it.  Hubby was assigned a truck that’s 1 year old with 180,000 miles on it. Do the math.

Yes, folks, this is our tax dollars at work. My new mantra is Jim Cooper has to got to go.  I’ve threatened a gibbon from the Nashville Zoo, even running myelf if I have to although like I never thought I’d be a political activist, being a politician is laughable. I will, however, do what it takes to get a sane government in place.

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