Monthly Archives: November 2013

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

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By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington

New billboard highlights ObamaCare lies told by Sen Jeff Merkley and Rep Kurt Schrader

First there was this billboard in Clackamas County, Oregon highlighting the Democrat decision making on ObamaCare. Left off the billboard in his own Congressional district was far left Congressman Kurt Schrader.obamacare billboard

 I’m glad to report that tonight that has all changed (image below has been enhanced),

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Lindsay Berschauer of Leona Consulting is responsible for this in-your-face reminder to local voters. It’s located on northbound I-205 near the Gladstone exit. Here’s another angle,

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IRS-Tea Party fallout: Obama to CRACK DOWN on 501c4 groups. NBC’s Chuck Todd calls it “clarifying” the rules.

NBC’s Chuck Todd frames move as giving 501c4 groups more “clarity” and less need for government interference.

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd tweeted out the story,


So I asked about it,


And followed up,


Whereupon he responded with an interesting twist on the story,


Todd tweeted this story by the Wall Street Journal which starts this way,

The Obama administration Tuesday proposed a crackdown on the widespread use of tax-exempt organizations for political campaigning, seeking to reduce the influential role that the secretive groups have played in recent elections. Here is the press release announcing the proposal.

TREASURY, IRS WILL ISSUE PROPOSED GUIDANCE FOR TAX-EXEMPT SOCIAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS

Initial Proposed Guidance Clarifies Qualification Requirements and Seeks Public Input

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today will issue initial guidance regarding qualification requirements for tax-exemption as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This proposed guidance defines the term “candidate-related political activity,” and would amend current regulations by indicating that the promotion of social welfare does not include this type of activity. The proposed guidance also seeks initial comments on other aspects of the qualification requirements, including what proportion of a 501(c)(4) organization’s activities must promote social welfare.

In Chuck Todd’s MSNBC world a crackdown is ‘clarification.’ Clarity is always welcomed, of course,  but Todd should revisit the story if this move results in less political speech. And let’s not forget why this came down in the first place: the Tea Party started organizing itself into politically potent groups, mimicking the left. When they began to have effect the feds crushed them. That’s why we have “clarity” today. Never forget that. 

Another OrBamaCare security breach sends private info to perfect strangers

OrBamaCare, known as Cover Oregon, is in cover mode alright, trying to mitigate latest security breach.ObamaCare security

First it was this lady who received the personal information of a perfect stranger after signing up for Oregon’s “OrBamaCare.” Now KGW and AP report there have been two more breaches of security,

Cover Oregon has had a total of three security breaches in which applicants’ personal information was sent to the wrong people. Now the group is promising swift changes.

People still can’t apply online, so applicants are filling out paper forms.

And those handwritten applications have, in at least three cases, led to a dangerous paper trail of birth dates, social security numbers and income information.

 Apparently Hippa doesn’t apply to government. What a nightmare.

Precious progressives ponder possible Supreme Court review of religious objections to ObamaCare

[Since this was posted, SCOTUS has decided to take the Hobby Lobby case]

This brisk Portland morning I dragged myself into a local coffee shop to get three Americanos--stat!–and, coffeeas I was drizzling in the required milk product into the cups, overheard a gaggle of gals discussing ObamaCare. It seems the three 20-30 somethings were upset the US Supreme Court may decide today to take up cases that could exempt religious people from parts of the bill forcing them to cover abortifacent and birth control insurance coverage.  The convo went something like this,

Red head, ‘Well, I mean, they can have their religious beliefs…’

Short hair (finishing her sentence), ‘I suppose…’

Too much make up, ‘But should they be able to go line by line through it to pick what they want to follow? I mean…’

These women were in support of  forcing free people into a system which subordinates religious beliefs to obamacare priests arrested for protestthe collective ‘good.’ It made me sad they could speak so dismissively of religious beliefs while supporting a program, ObamaCare, which drops a cluster bomb into America’s health insurance and delivery system and thus far has been a spectacular failure. Had they been paying attention, these women would have known this aspect of ObamaCare has been fought hammer and tong since somebody actually read the bill.

SCOTUS could take up one of three cases challenging ObamaCare’s birth control insurance criteria, 

The three cases on which the court could act on Tuesday concern claims made by Mennonite, evangelical Christian and Roman Catholic families that run businesses.

“What’s really a focus of the case is protecting these people’s religious convictions,” said Kyle Duncan, an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents evangelical Christians David and Barbara Green and their children in one of the cases. They own arts and crafts retailer Hobby obamacare hobby lobbyLobby Stores Inc and Mardel, a chain of Christian bookstores.

A key question will be whether individual religious liberty applies to a person’s company. If stare decisis means anything, the legal theory guiding Citizen’s United campaign contribution case should prevail in this one. If it does, get ready for the howls of protest from the left. 

Back at the coffee shop, it never occurred to these women they could pay for their own birth control pills for less than $10 a month instead of forcing people of faith to forsake their beliefs to accommodate others’ sex lives. I guess the old saw about about cows and milk has been changed to, ‘why should I pay for my birth control when I can force it from everyone else for free?

 

 

OrBamaCare’s star system charts path of hilarity. What would the empire say?

orbamacare star chartAt last night’s show to buck up the disastrous reputation of Cover Oregon, aka OrBamaCare (see my post here), the newly created, constellation of commissions, committees and governmental factotums were laid out by the state’s Jonah Kushner. See them brought to, er, life by Laughing at Liberals (see video at the bottom of this post).

Kushner did this by touting his star chart health care ranking system. I thought the star chart could use a boost–a little dash of Star Wars and snark.

Oregon OrBamaCare board members cheer broken system: “It’s working.”

Covered Oregon board members held a public meeting at Portland State University last night that was nothing more than a cheerleading session for a losing team. Covered Oregon has signed up not one person, has missed almost all of its deadlines and has now turned to blaming the feds for giving them little to no help. Despite that, one board member actually said–and I’m not making this up—


As someone on twitter said recently, “Saying ObamaCare is working despite the website problems is like saying my car works great considering it doesn’t have an engine.”

OrBamaCare board members parried such questions as, “Will artists get health care?”


Considered questions of ‘social justice,’


And gloated that the street kids who flop at Outside In will get clean needles.


But were any serious questions brought up about the dysfunctional computer system? I heard one mention of it when the member from Outside In claimed they had a boffo day at sign ups.



Organizers livestreamed the meeting and asked for questions, but, as you can see from the commenters, they were being ignored.
5:36 ustreamer-411141: I’m curious why an agent is needed to apply.
6:12 ustreamer-012254: John spoke about the high demand and incredible benefits that homeless and drug addicted people will get. Can somebody address how the costs for all these new services will be paid.
6:26 ustreamer-662054: what the heck..the site doesn’t work…why advertise it
6:27 ustreamer-019414: Which site, this? I don’t think anyone is monitoring these comments, if you have a question, try tweeting them
6:40 ustreamer-662054: how do you explain all the news of Doctors that are opting out of Obama Care? They are not participating…
6:40 ustreamer-662054: and also Hospitals
6:46 ustreamer-662054: in other words, let’s put some lipstick on this pig
7:01 Ustream-Bot: [Ustream-Bot leaving] Need assistance with USTREAM? Type !help to join the live Community Help Desk.
7:26 ustreamer-040772: help
7:27 ustreamer-746538: !help

Covered Oregon officials don’t really want to answer questions from the little people, as you can see by this recent video by Citizen Journalist Laughing at Liberals who tried to get some responses from Governor Kitzhaber, but got a flock of cops in response.

 

Oregon woman receives personal info of strangers in OrBamaCare packet

HT @Daylightdis

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the tale of 55 year old Valarie Henderson who says she received in the mail the personal information of someone else in HER packet from Cover Oregon. 

On Wednesday, she found in her mail a packet from Cover Oregon. The cover letter asked her to fill in the missing information in her application. But as she flipped through the pages, she was shocked to see that along with her own application were pages from other people’s applications, as well.

“On them were names, birth dates, income and social security information of people she had never heard of.

“I felt sorry for these people,” Henderson said at her home Thursday. “I haven’t even thought of all the repercussions.””

 

WSJ: Washington state woman forced onto Medicaid when ObamaCare becomes unaffordable

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Washington Healthplanfinder is like Hotel California: Hopkins was thrown on to Medicaid and left her no way to get off it.

This is a story my brother in law, Dr. Philip Henderson, warned you about before he became so distraught about ObamaCare wiping out his Longview, Washington medical practice that he killed himself. The dirty little secret of ObamaCare is a possible 200,000 more Washingtonians could be herded into Medicaid, known as Washington Apple Health. It means those thousands of people pouring into the program will be treated by the same number or, more likely, shrinking number of doctors taking Medicaid patients. You’ll have insurance, but you’ll have a heckuva time finding a doctor. 

In the Wall Street Journal this morning, Nicole Hopkins, a New York woman, writes about her 52 year old mom in Pierce County, Washington who has been paying for her individual insurance plan for years after leaving her real estate business.

Unable to secure employer-sponsored health care, she had, until this fall, chosen to pay $276 a month for bare-bones catastrophic coverage. “I think that we should be able to take care of ourselves and to earn enough money to pay for basics, and health insurance is one of them.” 

Mom, Charlene Hopkins,  finally got “the letter” telling her, because of ObamaCare, her insurance was no longer available. 

The situation sounded absurd, so I asked her to walk me through her application on Washington Healthplanfinder to make sure she wasn’t missing anything. Sitting in New York with my computer, I logged onto the site under her name and entered the information my mother provided over the phone.

[H]er “Eligibility Results” came back: “Congratulations, we received and reviewed your application and determined [you] will receive the health care coverage listed below: Washington Apple Health. You will receive a letter telling you which managed care plan you are enrolled with.”

The page lacked a cancel button or any way to opt out of Medicaid. It was done; she was enrolled, and there was nothing to do but click “Next” and then to sign out.

Some people may think this is a huge victory. Hopkins thinks the government sold out her dignity and stole her insurance from her. The saying goes, “a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.” And now it has taken her dignity,

“I just don’t expect anything positive out of getting free health care,” she said. “I don’t see why other people should have to pay for my care, whether it be through taxes or otherwise.” In paying for health insurance herself—she won’t accept help from her family, either—she was safeguarding her dignity and independence and her sense of being a fully functioning member of society. 

OrBamaCare’s computer fail blamed on Obama

Cover Oregon officials ask feds for help for failed computer program, receive none.OrbamaCare Rocky

At the Cover Oregon board meeting on Thursday, November 13th, Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant recorded this exchange between the board and Rocky King, Executive Director of the failure-to-launch health exchange program. The discussion shows Oregon is failing to get any help from the feds to fix its disastrous health care exchange computer program.

 

Rocky King: “We went to the feds. The feds offered any kind of assistance they could give us. We said we want an architectural engineer that is familiar and knowledgeable about the Oracle thing to come in and do some of the things that actually and actually we’re asking (unintelligible) to do, too. And, uh, they couldn’t.”

Rocky’s Assistant: “They haven’t got back with us. They haven’t said they aren’t able to do it, but they have not responded (untelligible).”

Rocky: “The other thing we asked for, uh, is independent testers. Uh, we asked for six independent,uh… they did come back and say [looks at other guy] no to the testers…[looks again for help from other guy]

Assistant: “No testers at this point. But they’ll, uh, track it.”

Rocky: “You know, so it’s really fun because [gesticulates with arms] because a lot of people… I mean, we’ve put out feelers on this stuff and we’ve… Uh, the feds came to us saying ‘tell us what you need, we’ll get it to you’ and we’re working with them and it’s just been tough.”obamacare Oregon

There are a couple of things to consider here. Maybe King’s a computer genius and I’m just unaware, but it doesn’t inspire confidence to hear the man in charge of the Covered Oregon website calling the system “the Oracle thing.” OrBamaCare’s commercials have invoked Oregon’s state motto, “She flies with her own wings.”  But when actually getting the system to work, it appears the Oregon folks expected the feds to swoop in to their rescue. Maybe they were so busy patting themselves on the backs for being an early adapter to Obama’s take over of the medical system they forgot to figure out how they were going to implement it. 

The clock is ticking. More than 100 thousand Oregonians are in the first wave of people kicked off their health insurance. They must reacquire insurance by mid December or be fined by ObamaCare’s enforcers, the IRS. So far not one person has been signed up via the Covered Oregon computer program, so the state has required people to fill out a 20 page questionnaire, complete with wallet biopsy, by hand. The state has given its 400 newly hired workers 45 days to process each one. You do the math.

*Video* California Costco labels Bibles “fiction”

Bible labeled fiction at costcoA Simi Valley, Ca. pastor tweeted out this picture of the Bibles for sale at Costco. Note the “fiction” label. KTLA reported,

A pastor at a Simi Valley church made a perplexing discovery while shopping at a local Costco.

Caleb Kaltenbach, the pastor of Discovery Church, was looking for a gift for his wife when he saw Bibles labelled as “Fiction.”

So, he took a picture and tweeted it to his congregation with the caption, “Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of fiction…hmmmm.”

“I was completely offended. I believe the Bible is real and it shouldn’t be marked fiction,” church member Shellie Dungan said.

Kaltenbach told KTLA that Costco later reached out to him and explained what happened.

“They told me it was a distribution error from their warehouse,” Kaltenbach said.

Bet they’d never make that mistake with Korans. If you happen to go to Costco, check to see what genre the Bibles are listed under. 

Seattle City Councilwoman urges Boeing machinists to “take over” factory.

SawantI would really like to know where the rational voters of Seattle were the day this crack pot made it into city government. Not only does councilwoman Kshama Sawant call business people and cops “criminals,” she is now calling on Boeing machinist union members to “[T]ake over the factor[y], and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine.” It’s all in the name of “democracy” you know. 

To put her crazy into some sort of perspective, the machinist union’s national headquarters took over the negotiations for Boeing’s local machinists, telling the company to stuff their latest offer. The decision essentially meant Boeing would take their 777x business elsewhere. From the Labor Union Report website,

According to Heraldnet.com, local union members and local union leadership were shut out of the negotiations entirely.

By all accounts, IAM leadership in Washington, D.C., and Boeing representatives kept leaders of Seattle-based District 751 in the dark about the contract talks before presenting the porposal [sic] to them less than two weeks ago. The offer called for major concessions — including trading pensions for 401(k) plans and increasing health care costs — in exchange for placing 777X final assembly in Everett and a $10,000 signing bonus, among other promises.

When the company told the machinists to go pound sand, the socialist councilwoman sprang into action to ‘save’ the jobs the union scuttled.  She proposed workers take over the Everett plant and “re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines.” Here’s her latest via KIRO TV,

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Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant spoke to supporters of Boeing’s machinists during a rally in Seattle.

By Gary Horcher

SEATTLE —

Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant told Boeing machinists her idea of a radical option, should their jobs be moved out of state 

“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night.

This week, Sawant became Seattle’s first elected Socialist council member. She ran on a platform of anti-capitalism, workers’ rights, and a $15 per-hour minimum wage for Seattle workers.

On Monday night, she spoke to supporters of Boeing Machinists, six days after they rejected a contract guaranteeing jobs in Everett building the new 777X airliner for eight years, in exchange for new workers giving up their guaranteed company pensions.

Now Boeing is threatening to take those jobs to other states. “That will be nothing short of economic terrorism because it’s going to devastate the state’s economy,” she said.

Sawant is calling for machinists to literally take-possession of the Everett airplane-building factory, if Boeing moves out. She calls that “democratic ownership.”

“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don’t need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” she said.

Sawant says after workers “take-over” the Everett Boeing plant; they could build things everyone can use.

“We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.

Sawant says she was referring to “drones” when speaking of war machines. Still, she says even as they work on the lines, building airplanes daily, she believes Boeing workers are under siege.

“Workers have to realize, they have more power than they think,” she said.