Tag Archives: insurance

President Obama's Remarks About Cambridge Incident: Far, Far More Than a 'Boo-Boo'

bandaid

This has not been a great week for our President, it would seem. In addition to hitting some apparent speed bumps on the road to socialized medicine, there was a ruckus that erupted as a result of particular comments he made during his Wednesday evening press conference.

President Obama caused controversy  with an answer to a reporter regarding the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at his Cambridge home.

So much controversy, in fact, he appeared at the daily White House Press Briefing in Robert Gibbs’ place on Friday to make a statement about it.

Professor Gates, a friend of the President’s, was unable to get into his home in Cambridge, so as he was leaning and pushing on the front door, a neighbor called the police, believing that she was observing an attempted break in.

According the police report (click here to read it [1]), Prof. Gates initially and intermittently refused to cooperate, made accusations of racism from the first point of contact (Gates to officer: “Why? Because I’m a black man in America?”), followed the officer out of the house, was yelling and waving his arms, and would not calm down despite a number of warnings.

Ultimately, Sgt. James Crowley placed Prof. Gates under arrest.

When commenting on the matter at the July 22 press conference, President Obama noted that he was not on the scene of the arrest, then labeled the Cambridge police as having behaved “stupidly”.

There are a number of ways to look at this little sidetrack from the health care debate, I suppose.  I happen to believe the whole episode is the perfect study in why this country is in such a sorry state and example of why its high time for Americans to wake up, yesterday.

The subject of Wednesday’s press conference was health care. The final question of the evening, seemingly unrelated.

The question from the reporter was apparently supposed to be spontaneous. NONSENSE. There is plenty of reason to believe that nothing that happens at a President Barack Obama press conference is spontaneous.

The daily White House press briefing on July 1 provides some evidence. Chip Reid first grilled and then Helen Thomas laid flat, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs over both the Administrations’ control over the Health Care Town Hall and the “shocking”, to quote Thomas, control of the press by the Obama Administration.

Concerns about orchestrated media events arose from the beginning of Barack Obama’s Presidency, as alluded to by Thomas’ remarks.

But there is a longer history, particularly as the election drew near. In addition to complaints from reporters regarding general lack of access to Candidate Obama, three newspaper reporters were removed from the campaign plane; The New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, and The Washington Times. All three had endorsed opponent John McCain.

The bottom line? Again, anyone believing the question about Henry Louis Gates “spontaneous” better scratch their heads and think if that word as a descriptor for a Pres. Obama press conference could be in any way accurate.

If one accepts the premise that the question was orchestrated, the natural question that follows is why?

Recognizing the question and answer were no accident means there is an agenda at work, so it is only left to determine what that agenda might be.

I believe the President played the race card from the bottom of a very stacked deck, purposefully, because for him, it is very much related to his agenda, and therefore, his push for health care “reform”.

Whether or not he “muffed” handling it is of no moment. At this stage, perpetuating division of all kinds, including by income and by race come with “benefits”. Many public relations “experts” have noted that any publicity is good publicity.

Stir up the question of racism, get the ever helpful media to assist you in asking, “What is the state of race relations in America?” And many have already been happy to oblige, such as CNN, who ran the story, complete with a “Nation Divided” graphic:

Nation Divided

Perhaps the country may not be so divided if so many, including politicians, the media, and pundits didn’t keep telling us we are. Villains are isolated and targeted, victims held up and put on display.

At first, I thought the whole question was a distraction technique with the simple bonus of division as the “kicker”. President Obama’s health care agenda is in trouble, at least for the moment. Hurry! Time for a distraction.

I also wondered if he was simply trying to throw a bone to what the political hacks would call “his base”.

Then I recalled the audio from 2001 of then State Senator Obama discussing civil rights and the subject of “redistributive change” (reparations) on Chicago Public Radio.

Although there are oh-so-many issues in the audio to be bothered about, here I’ll stick to “redistributive change”.

Over the last forty-eight hours, I’ve been mulling through all I’ve noted so far, seeking for a reason, beyond generally dividing the country continuously, for a further explanation for this Cambridge arrest issue being inserted into the press conference.

I’ve been aware of the 2001 audio for about a year, in conjunction with a number of other pieces of evidence. So I’m very clear regarding what President Obama’s goals are, including redistribution of wealth, particularly to the black population of the country through such policies as “health care reform”. I understood what he meant when he talked about “fundamental change” during his campaign.

I discovered I wasn’t the only one thinking along these lines when I was catching up on my podcasts of Glenn Beck’s radio shows. When I listened to the last couple of days’ shows, Glenn articulated the same theories and in addition, laid out a number of pieces of evidence that support it. Of particular interest is a number of administrative aspects recently put in place by the Stimulus bill, through executive order, and those proposed by health care bills and HR 2454 “Cap & Trade”.  Glenn believes that the administrative apparatus for carrying out “redistributive” or “reparative” change are being implemented by the Obama Administration. (See the bottom of this post for references to transcripts.)

I said that this whole episode provides clear evidence that America needs to wake up, now. Our country is being fundamentally changed, as the man who intends to implement those changes clearly stated before he was elected to office. Whenever an incident such as the one at the press conference on July 22 occur, they are occur for a reason.

The reasons for waking up, now, are clear. But I also noted that the whole episode is an example of why we are in such a sorry state. Besides the obvious problems of the complicity of the media, those we would like to think are on “our side” have also gotten us to where we are today.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on the Friday, July 24 edition of Fox News Channel’s  Hannity to state his opinions regarding the President’s handling of the whole affair.

A choreographed question and answer during an event to which it bears no relation goes far beyond being a “boo – boo”. It is not, as Newt Gingrich stated, the mistake of a young president in a new administration.

But the whole episode provided Gingrich with the opportunity to look statesman-like, give examples of how clear the problem, how actually expected it all is, and in fact, how he made those mistakes during the Reagan administration.

The subtext: President Barack Obama is not ready for prime time. He’s making amateur mistakes as President of the United States.

To be sure, an excellent opportunity all around for Newt Gingrich.

The July 22 press conference was on the subject of health care, not the naming of a post office, or what Pres. Obama and family thinks of their new family pet. The bill in question is serious business, it will impact all Americans.

Politicians and media personalities continue to treat all things public policy like some sort of game.

It is gamesmanship to invite the former Speaker of the House on your show to provide him with the opportunity to appear wise, learned, and more experienced in contrast to the President.

Notice how Gingrich side-stepped the whole race issue entirely. Notice how he didn’t address the obvious issue of orchestrated questions and answers. Notice how he ignored how out of place the question was. Notice how he he took no notice of any of the core issues the whole matter presented.

It’s simply enough already!

I am personally tired of Newt Gingrich mentioning the name Reagan every time he appears in public. I don’t think Ronald Reagan would be trying to decide between bigger and gigantic government at this stage. I also think Mr. Reagan would recognize a Marxist when he saw one. Clearly, Newt Gingrich does not or he doesn’t care.

But the issues aren’t the issue, apparently, its the political mileage. We are not playing a game, this is for keeps. It’s because people like Gingrich, facilliated by people like Sean Hannity play games that we are in the mess we are in.

Rome is burning. Gingrich and Hannity are among the many fiddlers.

——————————————————————————–

REFERENCES

Larry Elder wrote this piece before Pres. Obama’s press conference:

Click the image to read full "HWB: Home While Black" by Larry Elder
Click the image to read full “HWB: Home While Black” by Larry Elder

1 (Police report link obtained from THIS Newsbusters article.)

2 Thank you to Conservative American for sharing the video of the July 1, 2009 White House Press Briefing.

3 Although you have to be a subscriber to listen to Glenn’s archived shows, some of his reasoning can be read through the selected transcripts available below:

July 23 Is Massive Health Care Plan Reparations?

July 24 What’s Driving President Obama’s Agenda?

capitol-full

Bills I'm Watching & Researching & Why

capitol full

These are the bills that I am currently either watching or researching and available information I have on each:


I was alerted to HR 2647 by an email I received on July 8:

“This is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. Pay close attention to the wording especially anything that says “as determined by the Attorney General”. Also the bottom section regarding online activity. Folks if this passes, no one that’s attended a tea party or 9.12 project or even participated online in regards to them would be eligible for the military. Nor would they be retained in the military if already serving. Basically it could include anyone “as determined by the Attorney General”. This is a takeover.

H.R. 2647 has already passed the house and this was amended to it. I don’t know when Congress will be voting on it but if anyone else does please let everyone know.”


SEC. 524. PROHIBITION ON RECRUITMENT, ENLISTMENT, OR RETENTION OF PERSONS ASSOCIATED OR AFFILIATED WITH GROUPS ASSOCIATED WITH HATE-RELATED VIOLENCE AGAINST GROUPS OR PERSONS OR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

Section 504 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘(c) Persons Associated or Affiliated With Hate Groups-

‘(1) PROHIBITION- A person associated or affiliated with a group associated with hate-related violence against groups or persons or the United States Government, as determined by the Attorney General, may not be recruited, enlisted, or retained in the armed forces.

‘(2) DEFINITION OF HATE GROUP- In this subsection, the terms ‘group associated with hate-related violence’ or ‘hate group’ mean the following:

‘(A) Groups or organizations that espouse or engage in acts of violence against other groups or minorities based on ideals of hate, ethnic supremacies, white supremacies, racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, or other bigotry ideologies.

‘(B) Groups or organizations engaged in criminal gang activity including drug and weapons trafficking and smuggling.

‘(C) Groups or organizations that espouse an intention or expectation of armed revolutionary activity against the United States Government, or the violent overthrow of the United States Government.

‘(D) Groups or organizations that espouse an intention or expectation of armed activity in a ‘race war’.

‘(E) Groups or organizations that encourage members to join the armed forces in order to obtain military training to be used for acts of violence against minorities, other groups, or the United States Government.

‘(F) Groups or organizations that espouse violence based on race, creed, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

‘(G) Other groups or organizations that are determined by the Attorney General to be of a violent, extremist nature.

‘(3) EVIDENCE OF ASSOCIATION OR AFFILIATION WITH HATE GROUP- The following shall constitute evidence that a person is associated or affiliated with a group associated with hate-related violence:

‘(A) Individuals possessing tattoos or other body markings indicating association or affiliation with a hate group.

‘(B) Individuals known to have attended meetings, rallies, conferences, or other activities sponsored by a hate group.

‘(C) Individuals known to be involved in online activities with a hate group, including being engaged in online discussion groups or blog or other postings that support, encourage, or affirm the group’s extremist or violent views and goals.

‘(D) Individuals who are known to have in their possession photographs, written testimonials (including diaries or journals), propaganda, or other materials indicating involvement or affiliation with a hate group. Such materials can include photographs, written materials relating to or referring to extreme hatred that are clearly not of an academic nature, possession of objects that venerate or glorify hate-inspired violence, and related materials, as determined by the Attorney General.

‘(E) Individuals espousing the intent to acquire military training for the purpose of using such training towards committing acts of violence of a purpose not affiliated with the armed forces.


Click HERE for PDF via THOMAS

Click HERE for THOMAS XML Version

Audit, then End the Fed! Need I say more?

Yes, perhaps I should. I’ll add some updated information here shortly.



The PASS ACT, S. 1261


This is an EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT to stop S.1261, The Pass Act which is worse than Real ID. We need to contact all the members of the Senate Committee for Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to kill this before it gets to the Senate floor.

Tell them:

1. We are opposed to Real ID and the PASS Act
2. We are opposed to being enrolled in a Biometric Identification System
3. We don’t want Social Security Numbers in our DMV databases
4. No RFID chips in our Driver’s Licences
5. No federal intervention with the issuance of our State driver’s licenses
6. We are not willing to trade our freedom for security.

All of these actions are unconstitutional and a direct attack on our civil liberties and our unalienable rights.

This ID is a GLOBAL BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (see this video for more details: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kE8xDMokpM ) and is a direct attack on our national security.

This will take you 16 minutes (one minute for each committee member) see their contact info:

Sen. Joe Leiberman, DC voicemail: 202-224-404,
fax: 202-224-9750, CT: 800-225-5605 Committe Chair

Sen. Susan Collins, DC phone: 202-224-2523, fax 202-224-2693 Maine numbers

Sen. Daniel Akatta, DC phone: 202-224-6361, fax 202-224-2126,
HI: 808-522-8970 Bill SPONSOR

Sen. Michael Bennet, DC phone 202-224-5852, fax: 202-224-5036, Colorado numbers

Sen. Roland Burris, DC phone 202-224-2854 , fax: 202-228-3333, Illinois numbers

Sen. Thomas Carper, DC phone: 202-224-2441,
fax: 202-228-2190, Delaware numbers

Sen. Thomas Coburn, DC phone: 202-224-5754, fax: 202-224-6008, Oklahoma numbers

Sen. John Ensign, DC phone: 202-224-6244, fax: 202-228-2193, Nevada numbers

Sen. Lindsey Graham, DC phone: 202-224-5972, Fax: none listed, So. Carolina numbers

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, DC voicemail: 202-224-5824,
fax: 202-224-9735, Louisiana numbers

Sen. Carl Levin, DC phone: 202-224-6221, fax: 202-224-1388, Michigan numbers

Sen. John McCain, DC phone: 202-224-2235, fax: 202-228-2862, Arizona numbers

Sen. Claire McCaskill, DC phone: 202-224-6154, fax: 202-228-6326, Missouri numbers

Sen. Mark Pryor, DC phone: 202-224-2353, fax: 202-228-0908, Arkansas numbers

Sen. Jon Tester, DC phone: 202-224-2644, fax: 202-224-8594, Montana numbers

Sen. George Voinovich, DC phone: 202-224-3353, NO fax, Ohio numbers

If we do not do our part to protect freedom, Independence Day will be meaningless.

More information:

Campaign for Liberty Action Alert on PASS Act. Lots of information including videos.

OpEd News “Kill the Pass Act in Committee”

Employee Free Choice Act

House




Senate


Clean Water Restoration Act


This explanation from Kristy of the Omaha 912 Project explains my interest in this bill:

“It would replace language in the regulatory act currently using “navigable waters” with “waters of the United States.” What this means is that “the government would essentially be able to regulate everything from standing water in floodplains to creeks that run behind business and residences,” according to an Environmental Leader report. This represents a complete takeover of private land and waterways by the federal government, a total assault on private property rights and a complete federalization of America’s land and water. “In a letter to Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer and ranking member James Inhofe, the American Farm Bureau Federation said that the proposed law would “extend to all water — anywhere from farm ponds, to storm water retention basins, to roadside ditches, to desert washes, to streets and gutters, even to a puddle of rainwater,” stated the letter. “For the first time in the 36-year history of the act, activities that have no impact on actual rivers and lakes would be subject to full federal regulation.” If this bill becomes law, it will empower the federal government to seize private property on a whim, using similar powers that Communist China employed during Chairman Mao’s “great leap forward,” where landowners had their property violently confiscated and stolen by the government. If this bill passes the Senate, private property rights in the United States are effectively null and void and the federal government would legally have the power to bulldoze families from their homes as routinely happens in Communist China. Contact your senate reps to oppose this bill.”