“We, the PEOPLE!!” is 5 Years Old, Just Like Michele Bachmann’s Intellect!! :)

On July 26, 2007, the first “We the PEOPLE!!” blog was written and published at this web site (you can view it HERE).  GW Bush had been president for 6 1/2 years, the USA was fighting two unfunded wars that seemed endless money pits, VP Dick Cheney was still claiming that Iraq still had hidden weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)  and Osama bin Laden was still running around the countryside with impunity.

Five years later, it’s interesting to see the changes.  Not only were no WMDs ever found in Iraq (the stated reason for our invasion of that country), but the Iraq war and the USA’s presence in that country both ended.  The war in Afghanistan is still going on, but the USA and its NATO allies are drawing down their involvement, and there is actually an end date (2014) for the complete withdrawal of all NATO troops.  Osama bin Laden is dead, taken out by elite US forces.  Bush and his entourage are gone, although the republicans have regained the control of the US House of Representatives which they lost in 2008.  And sadly, their minority standing in the senate is still large enough to block anything the democrats try to do.  Remember that from 2002 to 2006 the GOP controlled both houses of congress and did whatever they wanted.

Since the first “We, the PEOPLE!!” blog, while much is better, some things are still very bad.  An example is the economy that the GOP drove into the ground during that 2002-2006 period that they controlled everything.  That’s the same time frame that saw massive tax cuts for the wealthy, the initiation of yet another totally unfunded war half way around the world from the USA, and the passing of a drug prescription plan for seniors (a good thing, by the way) that was also completely unfunded (a bad thing).  Deregulation of the financial industry was another of their accomplishments.  And when all of this was mixed together, the bottom fell out of the housing market, and then the financial markets, precipitating the worst recess since the great depression of the 1930’s.

5 years after that first blog the USA in deep into a political season which will culminate in a general election on November 6th, 2012.  President Obama, who inherited a massive pile of dung from the previous administration, and who has been blocked at every turn by the republicans in Congress, is running for his political life against a very wealthy multimillionaire who has perfected the art of flip-flopping to win at any cost.  Before Mitt Romney became the darling heir-apparent of the GOP presidential nomination, he had to swing WAY to the extreme right to knock out his other GOP opponents during the primary season.  Oone of those opponents is an extreme right-winger who hysterically fancied herself as US president: Michele Bachmann, republican congresswomen from Minnesota.

Michele two greatest assets are her physical attractiveness and her (and her husband’s) money.  Those two assets have earned her two terms as US congresswoman from Minnesota, and she is now running for a third term.  But a year ago she ran for the US presidency, and that’s when much of the country, and even the world, got to know who she really is.

During the GOP presidential primary season, Michele perfected the art of inserting her shapely foot into her shapely mouth by saying the most outrageous things in a way that told the listener that she probably also believes in the tooth fairy.  For example, she said that if she was elected president, she would lower gasoline prices in the USA, which at the time were more than USD $3.50 a gallon and rapidly headed for $4 a gallon, to $2 a gallon, as if a president had any control over the oil companies, refineries, and commodity speculators.  She claimed repeatedly that president Obama was born outside the USA, and she emphatically stated that the founders of the US constitution (1787) ended slavery in the USA (1865).  For a more complete list of her “rantings and beliefs of a 5-year-old intellect”, click HERE.

She didn’t even come close to winning the nomination.  And when the primaries were over, it seemed that Michele sort of faded background into the woodwork from whence she came.  Until this week, that is, when she opened her mouth again, this time on the Glenn Beck Show, and accused Muslim-Americans in the US government of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.  Thus, with one fell swoop, she not only commited an act of multiple slander against government officials with exemplary service the USA, but once against demonstrated that the ultra-extreme-radical-religious-right lunatics within humanity will believe anything, even if they make the stuff up themselves… Just like the 5 year old with her imaginary teddy-bear-shaped friend.

So to Michele Backmann’s intellect, as well as to this blog (which has NO connection whatsoever to Michele Bachmann)….

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY!!!!

 

 

 

Blog is Taking a Break This Week Due To….

…the annual trek from paradise (Daytona Beach, Florida) to the land of frozen winters, car-swallowing potholes, pissed-off state workers, incredibly high taxes, crumbling infrastructure, and a state government that almost makes the US congress look adequate.  Almost, though not quite.  It would be a benefit to its residents if Massachusetts would invade and turn into one of its counties.  Only trouble with that is that Massachusetts doesn’t want it.  🙂

Of course, this all refers to the smallest state in the USA, known for the incredible wealth of the “haves” and “have more’s” who frolic in Newport on their mega-million dollar yachts or in their sea-side mansions.  You know…Little Rhody, as it’s called (by practically no one), or as some refer to it, “Rogue Island”or “Wrong Island”.

RI might in fact be the last of the 50 states to still not list its legal forms on line.  But enough of that for now…

Next week is the 5th anniversary of “We, the PEOPLE!!  and the blog will be back in full force…with certain “party favors”.

 

Political Hoaxes and the Idiots Who Believe Them, Part 2

Remember the stupid story about Barack Obama having a stolen social security number?  It was incredibly impossible. No one should have believed such a moronic thing.  But people who are too stupid, too lazy or too learning-impaired to understand the most basic lessons of logic and common sense believed it and circulated it around the internet.  It inspired the June 13th, 2012  We, the PEOPLE!! article entitled “Political Hoaxes and the Idiots That Believe Them” which you can read HERE.  And it included all the embedded links to references and sources that anyone could click to see for themselves.  Credibility, after all, is important to thinking people.

Not one month later, ANOTHER malicious attack email being circulated by these same folks was sent to me.  It reads:

My right wing friends   spreading fear, as always…

Sent: Friday, July 06, 2012 4:32 PM
Subject: Fwd: DO YOU HAVE A GUN IN THE HOUSE? KNOW HOW TO ANSWER.

“When I had my gangrene gallbladder taken out and spent 10 days in the hospital for what should have been an overnight stay the insurance company kicked me out. I had home nurse visits for two weeks and was asked if I had guns in the house. I respond that if I did I would not tell them. So the below has some merit.

“FYI, I am passing this along… there are comments from two other people I have also been asked if we keep guns in the house. The nurse just kinda slipped it in along with all the other regular questions. I told her I refused to answer because it was against the law to ask.

 Everyone, whether you have guns or not, should give a neutral answer so they have no idea who does and who doesn’t. My doctor asked me if I had guns in my house and also if any were loaded. I, of course, answered yes to both questions. Then he asked why I kept a loaded gun close to my bed. I answered that my son, who is a certified gun instructor and also works for Homeland Security, advised me that an unloaded, locked up gun is no protection against criminal attack.

The Government now requires these questions be asked of people on Medicare, and probably everyone else.

 Just passing this along for your information: I had to visit a doctor other than my regular doctor when my doctor was on vacation.. One of the questions on the form I had to fill out was: Do you have any guns in your house?? My answer was None of your damn business!!

So it is out there! It is either an insurance issue or government intervention. Either way, it is out there and the second the government gets into your medical records (as they want to under Obamacare) it will become a major issue and will ultimately result in lock and load!!

Please pass this on to all the other retired guys and gun owners… Thanks. 

From a Vietnam Vet and retired Police Officer: I had a doctors appointment at the local VA clinic yesterday and found out something very interesting that I would like to pass along. While going through triage before seeing the doctor, I was asked at the end of the exam, three questions: 1. Did I feel stressed? 2. Did I feel threatened? 3. Did I feel like doing harm to someone?

 The nurse then informed me that if I had answered yes to any of the questions I would have lost my concealed carry permit as it would have gone into my medical records and the VA would have reported it to Homeland Security.

Looks like they are going after the vets first. Other gun people like retired law enforcement will probably be next. Then when they go after the civilians, what argument will they have? Be forewarned and be aware. The Obama administration has gone on record as considering veterans and gun owners potential terrorists. Whether you are a gun owner, veteran or not, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED !

 “If you know veterans and gun owners, please pass this on to them. Be very cautious about what you say and to whom.

 “They are coming for us, so unless you’re an ostrich, do not stick your head in the sand……….”

Here’s the response sent:

“This is utter BULLSHIT.  It was generated by folks in the NRA to bolster the attacks against the US attorney general Eric Holder so that they could generate a non-existent issue to galvanize gun owners and conservatives to vote, and to swing independents.

“It is no different from the rumors they spread during the last election in 2008, that Obama would come after guns and ammo if elected.  Their efforts only succeeded in causing a run on ammo in gun stores that resulted in a shortage of ammo that took six months to rectify.

“For some reason that defies explanation, many people will believe the unbelievable and unprovable and, most importantly, illogical…

“Here’s just some of what’s wrong with the message from this lunatic woman:

“1. “When I had my gangrene gallbladder taken out and spent 10 days in the hospital for what should have been an overnight stay the insurance company kicked me out”. Someone with a gangrene gall bladder probably is very close to death, and removal of such a thing would require a minimum of 10 days just to stabilize infection. Why would she claim it was supposed to be only an overnight stay?  Furthermore, insurance companies don’t kick people out of hospitals. They might not pay past a point but that would be determined on a case by case basis by the doctor’s reports and hospital reports.

“2.  She says “The Government now requires these questions be asked of people on Medicare, and probably everyone else.” Wait a minute! She earlier said she was dealing with an insurance company. Since Medicare provides for all hospitalization coverage, how did her “insurance company” kick her out?

“3.  Re: #2 above, the government, which presumably is the executive branch headed by Obama, does not have the authority to make laws. Congress passes laws and the president signs them or vetoes them. A federal government agency can make regulations, but first they must publish a Notice of Proposed Rule-making in the Federal Register for a minimum of 60 days and invite comments. The NRA would have jumped all over that, and done so VERY publicly.

“4.  In not ONE CASE is there a name or a web address to verify a single allegation.  It’s just a bunch of premeditated bullshit, including the reference to Obamacare (“wants to get into your medical records”). Obamacare has NO provision to roll back the HIPAA laws regarding medical privacy protection, which you can read HERE.

“And FINALLY!!!… snopes.com, which investigates these rumors, has declared this FALSE!!!!  You can check it out for yourself HERE, but for your idiot right wingnut conservative friends, if you print this out, here’s the actual web site: http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/medicare.asp

“Hope this settles the issue. I’m interested to hear the reaction you get….And PLEASE feel free to tell them to contact me if they want to fight against truth and logic.  :)”

Every time these idiots spout their garbage and this blog becomes aware of it, these folks are going to be embarrassed with those nasty  and stubborn little things called facts.  And everyone on the entire email header of the message is going to see how dumb all the re-emailers are.

It should be a lot of fun.  🙂

 

This is utter BULLSHIT.  it was generated by folks in the NRA to bolster the attacks on the US attorney general Eric Holder so that they could generate a non-existent issue to galvanize gun owners and conservative to vote and to swing independents.

It is no different from the rumors they spread during the last election in 2008, that Obama would come after guns and ammo if elected.  Their effort only succeeded in causing a run run on ammo in gun stores that took six months to rectify.

For some reason that defies explanation, many people will believe the unbelievable and unprovable and, most importantly, illogical  I recently wrote a blog about that entitled “Political Hoaxes and the Idiots That Believe them”, which you can read HEREThis is exactly the same bullshit.

Here’s just some of what’s wrong with the message from this lunatic woman:

1.  “When I had my gangrene gallbladder taken out and spent 10 days in the hospital for what should have been an overnight stay the insurance company kicked me out”.  Someone with a gangrene gall bladder probably is very close to death, and removal of such a thing would require a minimum of 10 days just to stablize infection.  Why would she claim it was supposed to be only an overnight stay?  Furthermore, insurance companies don’t kick people out of hospitals.  They might not pay past a point but that would be determined on a case by case basis by the doctor’s reports and hospital reports.

2.  She says “The Government now requires these questions be asked of people on Medicare, and probably everyone else.”  Wait a minute!  She ear;ier said she was dealing with an insurance company.  Since Medicare provides for all hospitalization coverage, how did her “insurance company” kick her out?

3.  Re: #2 above, the government, which presumably is the executive branch headed by Obama, does not the authority to make laws.  Congress passes laws and the president signs them or vetoes them.  A federal government agency can make regulations, but first they must publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register for a minimum of 60 days and invite comments.  The NRA would have jumped all over that, and done so VERY publicly.

4.  In not ONE CASE is there a name or a web address to verify a single allegation.  it s just a bunch of premeditated bullshit, including the reference to Obamacare (wants to get into your medical records).  Obamacare has NO proviision to roll back the HIPAA laws regarding medical privacy protection, which you can read HERE.

And FINALLY!!!…  snopes.com, which investigates these rumors, has declared this FALSE!!!!  You can check it out for yourself HERE, but for your idiot right wingnut conservative friends, if you print this out, here’s the actual web site:  http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/medicare.asp

Hope this settles the issue.  I’m interested to here the reaction you get.  And feel free to tell them to contact me if they want to fight against truth and logic.  🙂

All the best, Howie

Happy 236th Birthday, America; Time to Face Reality

Today is July 4th, 2012.  On this day in 1776, the 13 British colonies that would become the first 13 states of the USA gave birth to their country by signing the Declaration of Independence, which basically told King George III of England that “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!

Thus began events that led to the American Revolutionary War, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, and countless accomplishments, discoveries, events, inventions that led Americans and many people around the world to believe that the USA was the greatest country on the planet.

In fairness, certain negative “accomplishments, discoveries, events and inventions” were not emphasized by those pushing the concept of American Exceptionalism.  They also consistently fail to mention that the first person to coin the phrase “American Exceptionalism” was Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, in 1929!

No matter, though.  If you’re an American baby-boomer born between 1946 and 1964, you probably remember being taught first by your parents and then in elementary school that the USA was the absolute BEST country on Earth.  That claim was backed up (if anyone had the audacity to question it back then) by stating that the USA had universal literacy, a fantastic and expanding economy, the best scientists, the greatest agricultural production, the greatest discoveries and scientific achievements, and the strongest democracy with the greatest freedom of any country on Earth.  Children were raised believing every word.

In the 1950’s and early 1960’s, many of those claims were reasonably true:  the USA had invented the telephone, gramophone and television, had developed penicillin and a polio vaccine, had recovered from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War 2 to produce massive amounts of military equipment for itself and its European allies.  It defeated Japan and participated in the defeat of Nazi Germany.  It was the first country to develop fission and fusion atomic weapons and nuclear power for electricity.  It boasted a car in every garage, the highest post-World War 2 standard of living, and by 1964, was well on its way to becoming the first (and ultimately the only) country to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth.  It was easy to believe that America was the best place in the world back then.

But other countries around the globe recovered and rebuilt from the second world war and began to exercise their own gifts, achieving their own greatness.  Ultimately they started to pull ahead of America in various categories.  Not every country accomplished everything that others were doing, but it became clear over the next 40 to 50 years that different nations were first matching and then surpassing the USA in various categories in which the USA once held first place.

Various logistical factors helped this along:  global communications, the development and wide-spread use of the internet,  and instantaneous global information exchange, to name a few.

But more significantly, America got mired in some very negative activities and events:  racial discrimination and the struggle for civil rights; the Vietnam war with its outrageous human and material costs; presidential, political, and civil rights assassinations;  governmental scandals, coverups, impeachments and resignations; and the rise in political power of religious fanaticism and Corporate America, to name a few.  Meanwhile, the world’s more socially, economically and technically advanced nations improved and raised the standard of living to first match and then exceed that of the USA.

Additionally, while right-wing opposition grew against a strong central government in the USA, Europe was moving in the opposite direction by forming the European Union and adopting a single currency for most European countries.  It also embraced universal healthcare and open borders.  Their people recognized that high quality of life must be paid for with fair taxation and a “One for all. all for one” attitude.  And the result:

The result is perfectly explained between the 6th and 9th minutes of the opening scene of the new HBO series “The Newsroom”.  Jeff Daniels, playing a TV newscaster (the main character), is asked in a public forum to explain why the USA is the greatest nation on Earth.  He responds: “It’s NOT!

Regarding freedom, he goes on, 180 out of 207 nations have freedom.  Then he rattles off some very disturbing statistics about the USA’s rankings against the rest of the world.  The USA is:

7th in literacy;

27th in math;

22nd in science;

49th in life expectancy;

128th in infant mortality;

4th in labor; and

4th in exports.

He continues that the USA only ranks 1st in the world in the following categories:  Number 1 in people incarcerated;  Number 1 in people who believe in angels; and Number 1 in defense spending (more than the next 26 countries combined!).

So, America, celebrate those great past achievements that began on your birthday, but also recognize the reality of the decline in your world rankings.

Because until a problem is recognized, no work will ever start on its solution.