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Just mouthing off -- because I can.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ayn Rand news

Instapundit tells us a new DVD of the lost classic movie, "We the Living," made from one of my favorite Ayn Rand novels (and her most autobiographical) is now available on DVD.

Also two new biographies of Ayn Rand have just emerged and Edward Cline reviews the reviewers in "The Mainstream Smearing of Ayn Rand." Good reading. As is Cline's earlier essay, "The Oblique Smearing of Ayn Rand."

By the way, I am reading Edward Cline's Sparrowhawk series right now, and it is tremendous. I highly recommend this historical fiction masterwork of ideas, action, and characters in the period leading up to the American Revolution, starting with Book One.


UPDATE: Rand-O-Rama from Reason TV (via Instapundit)




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Tell them no (again) and louder

The antidote to the sickness engendered by the Democrats now trying to enslave American citizens, doctors, and health care is action. Here's what we can do:

NOVEMBER 5TH - Join Michele Bachmann on the steps of the Capital Building in Washington DC to stop the Democrat’s bill to take over the US health care industry. Email your friends. Join the campaign of action to kill the bill.


Sign the petition and email Congress.


Come out for the Tea Party Express II now coming your way. Schedule of stops here.



Women do not want government-run health care. Women are more tuned into doctors and medical care, and in this case, the necessity of choice and quality of care. By a margin of 64%‐27% women would "rather have private health insurance than a government‐run health insurance plan." Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives, doctors, as if your life or your family's lives depended on it--because they do. Let your politicians know their jobs depend on it and you'll be sending out the pink slip.

Remember "KEEP YOUR LAWS OFF MY BODY!"?


UPDATE: Unhealthy for humans and other living things: "Using government-run health insurance to fix the status quo is like using a brick to improve a window."


UPDATE: Join We Stand Together or contact your local Tea Party patriots group today, and find out how you can help in your area to stop this sickening healthcare power grab.



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Socialized medicine makes me sick

When I read things like this dispatch from England, I get literally queasy:

In the United Kingdom, Parliament will take up a proposal to give National Health Service patients the right to seek private health care if they have been kept waiting for an appointment with a specialist for more than four months. Cancer patients, in particular, have evidently been removing themselves from the queue the hard way....

"In the past requirements to make financial savings often resulted in hospitals stopping routine surgery for a couple of months before the end of the financial year."

Socialized medicine makes sick people sicker and keeps them sicker longer, even until they die, and thereby free up valuable "communal" resources. And that's what our Democrat overlords want for all Americans.

What kind of sick, twisted mind would purposely inflict this on human beings?

Lady Liberty, a Russian emigrant, says take a look at what Americans will become under government-run healthcare:

...In my home town there is a practice now for young women as soon as they get pregnant to visit a certain doctor and pay him an advance to make sure that he helps them through the pregnancy and is personally present during the delivery, after which he gets the rest of the money. If you don't want to pay this bribe, blame yourself, your baby will be pulled out by an indifferent nurse. If they tear you apart in the process, it's your problem.

I heard of a case where a future father, when he saw the way his pregnant wife was treated, pulled out a gun and stuck it in the doctor’s mouth and promised that he'd pull the trigger if anything happened to his wife. The doctor did his best, of course, but not many women are lucky to have such protectors.

If you or your relative were in the hospital for any problem you would need to be prepared with bribe and present money. Small tips, chocolates, etc. for the nurses and bigger tips for the doctors. Plus you’d have to roam the drugstores in search of medications they’d tell you to buy, because they won’t have any.

If you were to go to your physical exam you’d have bring your own sterile latex gloves and your own gown if you care about your safety and cleanliness....

If you want to imagine going to a doctor under socialized medicine imagine going to the DMV or a post office. The waiting time and the attitude are exactly the same. The only difference is that a driver’s license or a postage stamp are not the same as your kidneys or your heart or your liver.

Trusting your heart or your brain to a doctor, enslaved in the socialized healthcare system is the same as committing a suicide. They simply don’t care, because they don’t have to compete, because there are very few doctors who want to work under that kind of system.


What kind of animals want to knowingly move our country to this kind of state--and then exempt themselves from having to participate in it?

What breed of Americans let them do it?

I feel sick.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

A ticking time bomb...of generational theft

That accurately sums up Nancy Pelosi's "health care reform bill"--a Bernie Madoff scheme:

...shouldn’t people like Nancy Pelosi, who lie to get such things passed into legislation, have to face some kind of real consequences? This is nothing more than theft. Are they not thieves? They are stealing billions of dollars from US taxpayers, both taxpayers of today and tomorrow.
In other words:

Let me get this straight.

We’re going to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that also hasn’t read it, and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.

What possibly could go wrong?


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sail on, O Ship of State!

I've discovered a renewed interest in the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. First I read "Paul Revere's Ride" to my daughter. Then I discovered this bit was mentioned by Lord Christopher Monckton at the recent Accuracy in Media Conference on October 23rd. Leave it to the Brits to be best educated in English literature and throw our own homespun masterpieces, with eloquent oratory, into our forgetful Yankee faces (thanks, Lord Monckton!):

From "The Building of the Ship" (via Bartleby.com):


Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O UNION, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate! 380
We know what Master laid thy keel,
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
In what a forge and what a heat 385
Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
’Tis of the wave and not the rock;
’Tis but the flapping of the sail,
And not a rent made by the gale! 390
In spite of rock and tempest’s roar,
In spite of false lights on the shore,
Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears, 395
Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,
Are all with thee,—are all with thee!


It is a wild ride, but I think it is a sound ship.


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Not Evil Just Wrong




The documentary answer to Al Gore's misleading film "An Inconvenient Truth" had its worldwide premier last week. It is called "Not Evil Just Wrong: The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria" and you can learn more about it and purchase copies here. (See more on Facebook, and here's a review at Big Hollywood.com.)

Ann McElhinney, Director & Producer of "Not Evil Just Wrong" was featured on a panel (11:00 am Global Warming: Fact or Media Myth?) at the Accuracy in Media 40th Anniversary Conference on October 23rd that was aired on C-Span recently (this panel starts at 115.25; I highly recommend watching the entire panel). Ann's presentation starts at 135.00 -- she is a passionate, skeptical, fact-finding Irish firebrand and I am pleased as punch she is determined to see her film shown in schools everywhere "An Inconsiderate Truth" has been shown. Ann is married to her co-director, journalist Phelim McAleer, who posed a question to Al Gore at the the Society of Environmental Journalism’s 2009 conference in Madison, Wisconsin, and had his microphone cut off by the other "journalists" in the room for his impertinence in asking a legitimate and politely-worded question that Al Gore did not want to answer.

Such is the face of the "science" of global warming--a "hate-filled, green religion."

While visiting my son's university dorm this past weekend, I encountered in the lobby a very large, hand-lettered butcher paper poster advertising an upcoming showing of "An Inconvenient Truth." It seems to me very odd that people are still determined to push Al Gore's misleading documentary since so much has now come forward to debunk it and its premises (and its lying creator). I wonder who is behind such presentations and such grassroots-looking posters. From my own experience as a college student, I would bet good money it is a cadre of anti-capitalist far-leftist idealogues. Still up to their old Marxist/Alinsky tricks. Is America finally getting too smart to be taken in by this one? I hope so.


Links:

http://www.cfact.org/

climatedepot.com

wattsupwiththat.com




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"I am no longer going to throw my vote away by voting for the Party!"

"Principles or party?" Not really a tough question in the Doug Hoffman race for true conservatives (Newt, hang up your hat).

Glenn Beck goes on a very persuasive rant. He doesn't have a hard time convincing me. As usual, it seems conservative talk show hosts and I have reached the same conclusion at about the same time. This time, in this election, the tide may be with us. Both parties should be taking notes.

(Via Instapundit)

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Paint blogging

I've gotten into the blitz project of painting my kitchen ceiling. I just couldn't abide with looking up at those stains any longer, especially in light of having guests coming for the holidays. I had the faulty kitchen light fixture replaced earlier this week, and plunged into the painting. As it stands now, I have one more coat of Duron Bright White to apply overhead today and the ceiling will be finished. Then I just need to let it dry, and this afternoon I will remove all the blue sticky paper edging. Hoping then for a nice voila moment with no nasty surprises. But I know that perfection in home decor is an elusive sprite. I couldn't have tackled this job at all if I still thought it might turn out as perfectly as I'd hoped.

I am also painting my small kitchen pantry at the same time, with the same paint, which is not a big deal except for the foodstuffs scattered all over my dining room and on the sink counter in the nearby guest bathroom. Thankfully, my family has not complained too much, not even about the paint smell. I am hoping to get that all finished and the food put back into the pantry by dinnertime today. I had to apply two coats of primer to problem areas, and the drying times slowed me down.

It takes about three days to complete a one-woman project like this, including the spackling and counting the unexpected trips back to the store for more paint and supplies. I am proud to realize that I am a neat painter. And I do have to say it was an unexpected satisfaction, having walked into Sherwin Williams, to learn that all my questions were quickly and definitively answered, and all my painting needs fulfilled. They may not be the cheapest venue, but you're in and out fast, and find or are pointed to everyhing you need, including the advice and encouragement to carry on. Of course, for this job I was not picky, and just asked for "ceiling paint" for my kitchen. While there I also found some products I did not know existed, that will come in handy for future upgrades--like wallboard patches and antimicrobial paint for bathroom ceilings.

On both of my visits the store and parking lot were bustling with customers, including contractors, Spanish-speaking guys splattered with paint, and do-it-yourselfer suburban moms like me, wielding paint chips and color samples. It's good to see one business still healthy in this economy--and all this activity with Home Depot just another mile down the road. I shop at both.

Note to the new government internet/blogger police: I may or may not be endorsing any products by your standards; I dunno. I just calls 'em like I sees 'em. And nobody gave me anything or paid me to say any of this. As if that's any of your business if they did. I think the world--and especially we Americans--are better off when interested readers can be trusted to draw their own conclusions and make their own inferences (reader beware and caveat emptor) rather than grow fatheads and become intellectually lazy relying on the nanny government's knowledge entitlement dispensation.

The one problem I foresee in finishing this painting job today is that my shoulders and neck are darn sore from applying the ceiling's first coat yesterday. Eye yi ey! I worked on the project from 9 to 5 yesterday, and wore myself out. I even have two blisters on my fingers from doing the two coats of striping. I am hoping I can make it from one end of the kitchen ceiling to the other this morning with my big long-handled roller, before something in my body gives out.

On the other hand, I have all the adrenaline engendered by listening to talk radio while I work to keep me going. Thanks Bill Bennett, Neal Boortz, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager, and Michael Medved!

Thanks also to my dear mother, who taught me how to paint when I was in my 40's. She learned it from her parents, who learned how to not only paint houses, but build houses, during the Depression. They learned it from friends, relatives, and neighbors in the good old American tradition of barn-raising and husking and quilting bees. Now I need to get her over here and show me how to tackle wallpaper.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Today I feel like chaining myself to the White House fence



In the wake of the Baucus bill for so-called "health care reform" being passed yesterday, and after watching all three members of the panel on Fox News Special Report last night opine that now some final leftist-controlled bill on "health care reform" will eventually be passed and signed into law, I feel the kind of outrage and despair for my family and our country that can only be dispelled by thoughts of some last-ditch desperation acts of mass civil disobedience. I wish enough people could make a big enough difference to stop this terrible, unConstitutional thing that the leftists in Washington now want to do to our country, yet again hurting millions of people for decades to come in the name of helping a few--while actually helping themselves to more power and other people's property.

From April to October we attended tea parties, rallies, marches and town hall meetings to express our unwillingness to be exploited by the power-grabbers in the federal government, only to be derided and in the end, ignored. We were the cleanest, most polite, most non-violent "mobs" of protesters ever assembled on the nation's commons--and we have been dissed and dismissed--except for the fact that it is our money that is to be used as fodder for their plans to exploit us. And in the case of the doctors, it is the doctors' lives, skills, and time that are all to be exploited to feed the proposed insane and unworkable health care scheme. And, incidentally, all the employees in the private health insurance industry and associated markets can go take a long walk off a short pier--or, rather, join the ranks of the unemployed and line up for their unemployment checks, food stamps, and "low-cost health benefits" paid for by--whom?

Now perhaps it is time for dissenters to move into the second phase of the tea parties--where the tea actually gets dumped into the drink. Perhaps it is time to make ourselves not be so easily dismissed. Perhaps it is time to become more of a force to be dealt with.

Some are saying they will end withholding on their federal income taxes--creating an immediate drop in tax revenues that, if enough citizens participate in, cannot be ignored. Some are saying it is time to emulate the left's street-theater tactics: becoming a law enforcement (and hence a time- and money-consuming) problem by obstructing roads, being chained to railings, clogging the jails and the courts in Washington D.C., and what not. I am certainly not expert on such things, having never cared to study the methods of civil disruption as Bill Ayers and his ilk have. I have always considered such things to be beneath my notice as a good citizen. But perhaps the time has come to study the principles and tactics of civil disobedience and even adopt them as the last resort of self defense and achieving true justice.

Perhaps some people should break into Acorn buildings. Or spray-paint "Government Theft" on anything the federal government pays for that is clearly an unConstitutional or boondoggling use of taxpayer funds. I know there are a lot of people out there more clever than I am who can do something productive.

After all, it seems that most dissent against the government is about to be outlawed anyway. That is the leftist plan: make so many laws and vague, obscure, poorly-written regulations against regular citizens that they cannot live as law-abiding citizens anymore, even if they wanted to. And so it becomes a civil war to preserve our rights and our country that even little old suburban "soccer moms" like me have to eventually enlist in.

I keep hoping to wake up from this appalling nightmare, but it seems the ghouls in Washington are real. Our fellow Americans, sent to Washington to represent and protect our best interests, really do want to rob, impoverish, and enslave us and bankrupt our country.


Update: Making me feel better (and making me laugh): Bill Whittle's latest Modest Proposal for change.

Hat tips to Instapundit.


UPDATE: From a like mind (via Maggie's Farm):

It seems unimaginable that your life and mine may be offered as human sacrifices to the meddling of these wizards of Oz hiding behind their curtains....

Who are these people? What are they doing? Are they qualified to do it? Is anybody? How do they know the results they will bring? Can they possibly know? What is their track record in previous undertakings? Is anyone keeping track? Are there consequences to them if they fail? What guarantees do we have that if they mess up someone will clean up the mess? With questions like these, it is the height of irresponsibility to trust the fate of a country to this apparatus.

But it is now happening--we lie in the power of unaccountable tyrants we do not even know. The question is, what are we to do about it?


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Speaking of awards

here's a man I have long thought should be given a Presidential Medal of Freedom for "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."


UPDATE.



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Monday, October 12, 2009

Worth noting: a man to remember

Today we celebrate the man of vision, adventure, daring, perseverance and courage who brought the first global awareness of our country into being: Christopher Columbus. His story is worth noting. For even if he is no longer considered by parts of modern society as a hero to look up to, his leadership in heading an expedition beyond the edge of the recognized world to discover a new one is as remarkable as it ever was. This was one man of action who really knew something about hope and change.

Questions: Do schoolchildren still study or even hear about Christopher Columbus in school on his day? If so, what are they being taught? Surely not Walt Whitman's poem . . . ? Not at school, surely, but perhaps at home.


UPDATE: Ha! "Speaking of Columbus, the Associated Press finds that the boldest explorer in world history did not have quite the same sensibilities as a liberal 21st century schoolmarm. This apparently surprises some."


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Al Gore caught in two lies

Al Gore the environmentalist addressed the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin last Friday. Guess he should've stuck to his policy of never taking questions!

The first lie: "Al Gore Proves Himself Wrong"

The second lie, a real whopper, caught on tape.

That's the real face of Al Gore and his minions right there--don't bother actually answering questions or seeking the truth. Instead, stifle all dissent and when you have to, lie.

The man is beneath contempt. Just another leftist tool willing to lie, to use any means necessary, to achieve his policy goals--meaning, more filthy lucre and more personal power for himself and his buddies, no matter who it hurts.


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The Obama Presidency: it's as bad as I thought it would be

During the 2008 Presidential election campaign, I had a huge dread of Barack Obama being elected President. And no, it had nothing to do with the color of his skin--and everything to do with his policies, politics, and character, as revealed on the campaign trail, by his voting record and autobiographies, and by his chosen associates. It was all right there in front of everybody. Now that Barack Obama has been elected and granted all the powers of his office, and has been handed a Democrat Congress, things are going to hell almost as badly as I expected. (The one bright spot this year has been the 9/12 tea parties and the renewed interest in upholding the Constitution.)

For any of my readers and friends who are curious, who care about why I dread this Age of Obama, or who care to argue about it, I offer the following posts expressing my thoughts and evidence:

Power Line: "Obama's Agenda" by Paul Rahe

and its link to Charles Krauthammer's essay "Decline is a Choice"

American Thinker: Obama's Intimates and Advisors by Mac Fuller (via Maggie's Farm)

and just some of the results just nine months into his Presidency:

"Britain Tops U.S. in Finance"

Among nations U.S. now ranks 38th in financial stability and 50th in currency stability


It's no mystery and it's no surprise. Anyone who was paying attention during the Presidential campaign, and who has any critical capacity at all--and who didn't rely on the usual mainstream media suspects for all their propaganda kool-aid needs--could've seen this coming. Everyone who gave a vote to Barack Obama is complicit in what is happening to our country today. Do you feel ashamed yet? Are you ready to wake up and help turn the tide?

So what do we do to save our country, if we can, after four damaging Obama years?

This is a discussion to be continued.


UPDATE: "Dollar loses reserve status to yen and euro"


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