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Ugly Racist Words

I have mentioned it before, but as a child I didn’t know there was such a thing as racism. In our home, I never heard my parents make disparaging remarks or jokes about any persons of another color or culture, nor do I recall them teaching my siblings and me to be loving of persons of all colors, and to understand that no matter of what ethnic group, all humans are equal in the eyes of God. It was a non-issue in our home–as I recall it. Now, though, in my adult years, as I think about the subject, I recognize there must have been active segregation in Springfield, Missouri where I grew up, for I recall visiting a church of our same Pentecostal denomination, but where the pastor and the congregation were black. I recall falling asleep with my head laying in the lap of one of the black ladies in the church, and I remember a large, round, very old black man who languidly played a bass drum during the singing. The memories are faint, and sweet. Strangely, it never occurred to me to ask why black people attended one church, and white people another, nor to even consider that there were no black students in my school. I don’t recall knowing persons of any other ethnic group, nor even of thinking about it.

I believe it was when I was in my late teens that I finally learned of the horrors of racism, and recognized that my beloved country was riddled with hurt and distress from this issue. And since the moment I first learned…I have always hated racism, have understood it to be morally wrong, and have clearly voiced my opinion. It is ridiculous to judge a person–for good or for evil–merely because of his color. It is preposterous.

So, then, I was shocked to hear of the obnoxious racist remarks concerning President Obama that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made during the last Presidential campaign. His words are outrageous.

Reported in the recently published book, Game Change, is that Mr. Reid described the Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, as “light-skinned with no negro dialect…unless he wants one.”

Can you image one of our national leaders saying such a thing–even having such thoughts? He has since apologized to our President, and said today that he “could have used a better choice of words.”

Better words? The problem seems less the choice of words than the revealing of the racist philosophy and thought of Senator Reid. For does not pointing to his “light-skin” and his having “no negro dialect” imply that if President Obama were dark-skinned, or spoke with a “negro dialect,” he would be less desirable as President of the United States. Racist. Ugly racist remarks.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gestures during a health care news conference on Capitol Hill Dec. 23. (AP Photo)

Barack Obama… “light-skinned with no Negro dialect unless he wants one.”

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Yes, Nancy, We’re Serious

“Are you serious? Are you serious?” was her testy response when Nancy Pelosi was asked to specifically show where the constitution gives Congress the authority to mandate the purchase of health care coverage.

CNSNews.com: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”

Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

CNSNews.com: “Yes, yes I am.”

Pelosi then shook her head before taking a question from another reporter. Her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, then told CNSNews.com that asking the speaker of the House where the Constitution authorized Congress to mandated that individual Americans buy health insurance as not a “serious question.”

“You can put this on the record,” said Elshami. “That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.”

A follow-up post on Mrs. Pelosi’s official web site shows she was not teasing when she dismissively answered the reporter from CNSNews.com. She states that Congress has unlimited power in this regard.

…(T)he power of Congress to regulate health care is essentially unlimited.

From Nancy Pelosi’s official web site

This makes for a riveting discussion, and as is to be expected, opinions run the gamut; scholars and constitutional experts write and speak from both angles–some saying such is constitutional; others that it is not. It will be interesting to see how this is resolved.

My disappointment with Nancy Pelosi (among other things) is her presumptuous demeanor and her superior and self-important ways. There should be no honest question any of us will ask that is treated with such disdain and disparagement. These are crucial days for America. We must ask questions. We must have answers.


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Shameful Back Room Deals Finagled by Our President

Although I read fairly widely and appreciate the research on any subject that others have done, I rarely use anyone’s full-length article for a post. Today is an exception, for this issue is crucial: No American will escape the consequences if this situation continues to be handled in such an irresponsible and immoral manner.  The misrepresentations by President Obama concerning health care are blatant, seemingly illegal backroom dealings are prevalent,  and this article is so concise and well-pointed that I bring it to you as posted today by the Heritage Foundation.

A SHAM OF A PROCESS FOR A SHAM OF A BILL

Speaking at a town hall meeting on August 21, 2008, in Chester, Virginia, then-candidate Barack Obama promised the American people: “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies … what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents … And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.” The participants around Obama’s fictional big table may have changed depending on where he was speaking, but throughout his campaign the essential promise was always there: “negotiations televised on C-SPAN.”

Of course, Obama already broke this promise to the American people months ago. According to PoliFact, the backroom deals Obama cut with drug companies and hospitals last July already violated this pledge. But those were just preliminary negotiations. Surely when it came time for the final health care bill passage in Congress, Obama and his allies would welcome some transparency into the process? No such luck.

Politico is reporting that President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will meet at the White House today (joined by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) via conference call) to set the parameters for reconciling the House and Senate versions of health care legislation. However, instead of proceeding with the usual public and open conference committee process, the White House is going to take a very active role in secret behind-closed-door meetings between the House and Senate. The Sunlight Foundation explains the implications for the American people: “Both House and Senate rules require that all conference committee meetings be open to the public unless a majority of conferees votes in open session to close the meetings. Senate rules require all conference committee reports be publicly available for at least 48 hours prior to a final vote. Without conference, there is no mechanism to provide for openness in the final discussions regarding the health care bill.”

And there is plenty of reason the American people should demand transparency in the final stages of the legislative process. We previously identified Six Key Differences between the House and Senate bills, all of which deserve their own public debate. But one issue in particular is in desperate need of the disinfectant powers of sunlight: Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D-NE) deal exempting Nebraska from the costs of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

Last week, after a group of 13 state attorneys general promised to file suit against Obamacare should the Nelson deal become law, Nelson called South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to “call off the dogs.” According to McMaster’s office, Nelson said the deal was not his idea, was simply a “marker” placed in the bill, and that the issue would be fixed by extending the same Medicaid exemption to all states. Will the budget-busting Medicaid problem get “fixed” for all states? If so, how? The American people deserve to know.

There is more than one reason the American people have turned solidly against President Obama’s health plan. Americans believe Obama’s plan will increase their health care costs, decrease the quality of their health care, raise their taxes, and increase the deficit. And as former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has admitted, Obamacare is not real health care reform. No wonder President Obama wants as little public input as possible.

Truly, I fear for America. Something is not right.

Edit: One more thing. Today CSPAN–certainly not a bastion of conservatism–has challenged the government to keep its word.

CSPAN has sent a letter to the House and Senate asking that they “open all important negotiations” to electronic media coverage.

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Is the Beauty of Sarah Palin a Hindrance to Presidential Consideration?

It has occurred to me to consider whether or not the beauty and extraordinary attractiveness of Sarah Palin has any negative influence on the perception of her ability to be president of the United States. Apparently it was not a hindrance in her being elected governor of Alaska–or then perhaps it was was–and her other attributes led to the overcoming of that bias, and thus to her election. I don’t know. But now that she has been a vice-presidential candidate, and that there is wide-spread talk of her being a candidate for the presidency in 2012, I’m wondering if her beauty could be a hindrance to her being seriously considered as a presidential candidate.

Are some people of such mind-set as to believe (consciously or even unconsciously) that a woman cannot at the same time be intelligent, logical, well-informed and, yes, beautiful? I’d like to hear your thoughts about this. If you are of the mind-set that a beautiful woman is somehow perceived less desirable as a national leader because of her appearance, consider whether or not the same judgment applies to attractive men. Think of Ronald Reagan: Was he at all viewed less promising as a leader because of his handsomeness? Or was ever such a thought entertained?

I don’t want to talk about any other attributes of Sarah Palin–either positive or negative. Merely her natural beauty is what I am speaking of here.

Think about it and let me know your opinion. I’m eager to hear from you.

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Should Senators Read 2,074-Page Bill Before Voting?

I’m simple minded, I suppose. It merely seems logical that our congressmen would read a bill before they vote on it. How is it that such a question could even be raised?

Hefty rascals, huh? The bills I mean. 🙂

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President Obama Will Not Read Sarah Palin’s Best Selling Book

I find it interesting that, according to an interview covered by CBS News, CNN and Fox news, President Obama has said he will not read Sarah Palin’s best seller, Going Rogue. Any ideas as to why.

 

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Sickening, Preposterous…and Dangerous

Mohammed and the four others — Waleed bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi and Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali — are accused of orchestrating the attacks that killed 2,973 people on Sept. 11, 2001, and will now be tried in a courtroom down the street from the World Trade Center.

Fox News

I find it outrageous that President Obama has approved that these men will be tried in a civil court room. Many believe this is a crucial step in President Obama’s plan to close down the terrorist center  at our facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Photo purporting to show Khalid Sheik Mohammed–a self-proclaimed Sept. 11 architect in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP)

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This is sickening…and dangerous.

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Stunning Response from President Obama

As a drugged, slow-moving giant rouses from his bed, so America appears to be awaking from its political slumber.

Now from Chicago, no less, comes this riveting analysis of President Obama’s response to the horrific shootings on Thursday. A report yesterday of the results of a large poll show 85 % of those interviewed judged Obama to have responded to the tragedy in a less than desirable manner.

President Obama didn’t wait long after Tuesday’s devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference 92808551hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.”  Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?

Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That’s the least that should occur.

Source: Robert George NBC Chicago

Take a look here if you want to see this for yourself.
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An Appeal for Health Care Logic

Perhaps for many years, it has been established and acceptable protocol for either house of Congress to pass a bill which virtually no one had read in its entirety.

I don’t know.

Perhaps whether Republican led or Democrat led, our representatives have routinely voted up or down on important legislature they have not read.

I don’t know.

Today, the health bill before the House of Representatives is of staggering size; 1990 pages. Am I missing something? But doesn’t this seem ridiculous, confusing, incomprehensible, unreasonable, too much bureaucracy, too many words, too much mumbo jumbo?

I think so.

We are told the cost for these measures will exceed $1.055 trillion. More than a trillion! I said, although I hardly can push the words from my mouth, and my ordinary brain can in no way compute such a figure.

And yes, the “death panel” section did survive.

And no, I don’t like it.

Has common sense completely fled? Are we totally unable to be “down-to-earth sensible?” How can our representatives wisely vote on a package of such ponderous weight and girth? Is there not a better solution for our health care issues?

I don’t know for sure, but logic whispers in my ear: There must be a better way.

Health Care Overhaul


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Health-Care Insight by Maxine

Let me get this straight.

…we’re going to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it, to be 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, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s nearly broke.

What could possibly go wrong?

Source: Frankly stolen from Terry Wilbanks