Postmortems

First, Robert Ferenc’s letter, “Cameras don’t know who is driving,” regarding the proposed traffic cameras made a lot of sense. (Note: He and I exchanged barbs recently on another issue.) In addition to the several problems Ferenc cited in questioning the use of these devices, my objection is that the cameras installed for traffic enforcement purposes can easily be converted to provide the government with constant surveillance of the people. Unless we prefer to live in the world of “Big Brother,” I think we can do without the authorities watching our every move. And no, I’m not “for” allowing scofflaws behind the wheel to run amok. Continue reading

Shocker! Organizing For America exploits children

File this under “too good not to repeat” – from the Daily Gut:

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So “Organizing for America,” which used to be called “Obama for America,” held a contest to create an ad for health care reform. And they asked “you,” to contribute your ideas. Of course, when they said “you”, they really didn’t mean YOU. They meant the typical left-wing artist they enlisted to film the ads for them! That’s why it`s called propaganda, not art. Check out the winner. Continue reading

Markey’s absurd statement about the Public Option

Congresswoman Betsy Markey made an absurd statement when she visited Longmont to talk about health care last week that no one seems to be questioning. And then she repeated it last night during her tele-town hall.

Markey claims the premiums for the government-run public option will cover the entire cost of the program. She said the public option will not be subsidized with taxpayer dollars the way Medicare and Medicaid need to be. Continue reading

Neighborhood liars, thugs, and brownshirts

Woah, now that’s a title, right? Well, bear with me and see how what you’ve seen in the news in the last week over the healthcare issue is playing out right here in Longmont.

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, if one of President Obama’s little minions even gets the whiff of someone writing anything negative about his healthcare plan, they should turn you in, using a special email address at the White House. I wish I was making this up, but I’m not.

So, I’m sure our local Longmont Obama Love (LOL for short) operation, Longmont Organizing for America, has a direct line to report such things. I also see they’re regurgitating the mostly false talking points, but should we not discuss such things (the falsehoods) out of fear of almost Nazi-like reporting procedures (brownshirt reference)? Or would it be wrong to speak our minds so as not to be tarred as radicals and plants of Big Medical or K-Street lobbyists? Some people have even been beat up at town hall meetings, but surely not by the gentle souls who just want peace, love, and understanding (thug reference), right? Hey, wasn’t it Obama that said (about non-Obama believers) that his followers should “argue with them and get in their face“? (yes, he did).

If you’re going to cower to these type of people, allow me to say what you probably already know or are thinking:

Lets get to local specifics: LOL is repeating this “47 million uninsured” hogwash, lets dissect this often repeated, and possibly believed lie. They get this number from a 2006 Census Bureau report (46.6 actually). Of those, 9.5 million were not US citizens, oops. Another 17 million lived in households with incomes exceeding $50,000 a year, ya think they could afford insurance? Before answering, ask how many tv’s, cars, cellphones, and video game systems they own first. 18 million of these uninsured were between the ages of 18-34, probably in good health and chose not to purchase insurance. There’s more, like most were only temporarily uninsured between jobs and half regained it within a few months. Needless to say this 47 million is part of the big lie. It’s probably a quarter of that number. But who needs facts to get in the way of good ol’ propaganda. Oops, did I say propaganda? Yes, I did.

LOL mentioned this public option, another lie, but they’re only repeating what they are being told what to repeat and believe, they can’t take all of the blame. I know people might change their mind and all, but Obama said the following way back (not) in 2003:


I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.” (emphasis added, just in case you missed that)

And it’s an outright insult to any reasonable persons intelligence (who also sees how socialized medicine is working in Canada or the U.K.) to say the word “quality” in the same sentence as this healthplan. How about the word rationing, how about end-of-life discussions? That’s right, if you’re a certain age it might just be more fiscally feasible to let you die. And the physically/mentally challenged and handicapped? Obama’s health care advisor (Rahm Emanuels brother Ezekiel) basically said “screw em“, due to their “level of productivity to society“, or lack thereof I guess, in his warped view. Real nice people here.

This is what our local followers are buying in to and are even trying to get a “Virtual Collection of Declarations” as they come to a neighborhood near you “canvassing“. Of course you should be civil if they knock on your door, but I wouldn’t expect the same if you bring up these inconvenient truths to them. They’ll also probably advocate (I love how much more this particular word, advocate, has been used lately) for some local city council candidates. It appears candidate Jonathan Singer is part of this bunch, as are most of the local apologists for this mostly failed majority on City Council (Benker, McCoy, Levison, and Hansen).

Now, do I believe all of these people are evil? No. Misguided? Maybe. But mostly I think it’s just people who got all wrapped up in this cult of personality thing, are mostly political and civic lightweights who jumped on the bandwagon. Doesn’t mean there’s no hope for them, I’m sure many are seeing things in a different light as some may have lost their jobs, homes, etc.

But we should never let them into elected office or take their advice on who we should vote for. Let the adults and more rational people take care of that, kids, okay? Thanks. Now run along.