Archive for September, 2009

I just became aware of this program put on by Sen. Tom Coburn and Sen. John Barrasso, both M.D.s, who speak about healthcare proposals from a personal experience perspective.  Excellent viewing!

Here is another one:

For more of their discussions go to their YouTube page here.

Update78% of Doctors against Public Option

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Lost in the alternative media reporting from the unprecedented National Tea Party and March on Washington was a smaller, but significant protest that took place at the Capital on Thursday, September 10, 2009.

Doctors Against Obamacare

Like any protest critical of their left wing ideology, the main stream media, except for Fox News, totally ignored it.

Then again it was real doctors and healthcare professionals and not the fake kind the socialists roll out!

Luckily for the rest of us our friend El Marco was there to cover it:

On September 10, 2009, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals came to Washington, D.C. from across the country to show their opposition to Obamacare. This rally exploded the government-created myth that there is unanimity amongst health care professionals for Democrat plans to take over health care. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons came to D.C. to present a petition from doctors to lawmakers. The AAPS has been a voice for private physicians since 1943. Their motto is Omani pro aegroto, “all for the patient”. The doctors met with the representatives from their respective states and argued for a platform that avoids unnecessary  bureaucratic intervention in health care.

Ed Note: Docs4PatientCare were also a big part of this protestAnother website is TakeBackMedicine.

His excellent report with tons of photos is here!

Oleg from The People’s Cube had this to say:

My friends and I arrived from New York by car on Thursday the 10th, just in time to catch a sight at which to marvel: hundreds of doctors and nurses waving hand-made posters and chanting slogans in opposition to the government takeover of health care. Protesting in a park facing the Capitol building, medical professionals offered a resounding second opinion about the health of national medical care, with speaker after speaker exposing Obama’s proposal as malpractice…

Doctors had a better prescription: tax reform, tort reform, and allowing patients to purchase health insurance across state lines — a combination of measures that would save $120 billion every year without government rationing. Their rally received no coverage whatsoever in the “mainstream” media…

Excellent Videos:

For more videos of the rally Continue Reading »

Our friend Oleg, an immigrant from Russia, was at the National Tea Party on 9/12. Oleg, whose vision of this country is tempered by his life experience in the U.S.S.R., has written two outstanding articles at Pajamas Media which not only document the events of that weekend, but paint them with his mature views on democracy and freedom in America.

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Oleg is also the creator of The People’s Cube, a website in which he and others parody the socialists in America using the themes of Communism from the USSR, Maoist China, etc…

Some excerpts from his reflections:

For three days Washington was filled with friendly, cheerful working people, easily identifiable by their American flags and their shirts, pins, and signs with clever, heartfelt messages on them. If one were to judge this nation by the people walking the streets of its capital that weekend, one might surmise that America was inhabited by highly rational, creative, positive, responsible, and engaging individuals. Unfortunately, on most other days Washington exemplifies the opposite, misrepresenting this nation in every sense of the word…

One can only imagine that this is what Washington and the rest of the country might look like if the original Jeffersonian trend had not been brutalized by the modern influx of leftist ideologies. In a way, the tea party movement is an effort to revive America’s classic libertarian tradition. That ideal appears to be pretty much out of place in today’s political culture. Even as I’m writing this, the “mainstream” media is dismissing the starry-eyed tea partiers as close-minded racist bigots. In print, on radio waves, and on TV screens, champions of the “liberal” racket are writing off the tea party protests as a shameful inability of white America to accept a black president — as if the desire of individual liberty has anything to do with skin color and as if there exists a race of people that, in the long run, gains anything from a government tyranny.

On the Doctor’s Rally against Nationalized Healthcare (Thurs. 9/10):

My friends and I arrived from New York by car on Thursday the 10th, just in time to catch a sight at which to marvel: hundreds of doctors and nurses waving hand-made posters and chanting slogans in opposition to the government takeover of health care. Protesting in a park facing the Capitol building, medical professionals offered a resounding second opinion about the health of national medical care, with speaker after speaker exposing Obama’s proposal as malpractice…

Doctors had a better prescription: tax reform, tort reform, and allowing patients to purchase health insurance across state lines — a combination of measures that would save $120 billion every year without government rationing. Their rally received no coverage whatsoever in the “mainstream” media…

On the Troop Support Rally at Walter Reed:

On Friday we joined a patriotic rally outside Walter Reed Army Hospital. Several hundred people — generations of veterans and ordinary citizens like us — waved American flags and signs on four crowded street corners at the main hospital entrance.  We cheered buses with wounded soldiers returning from complimentary dinners at a local restaurant…

On the Sign Making Party at the Hyatt:

The much larger and friendlier Hyatt was bustling with activities. It seemed to be a tea party headquarters, with a welcoming “Tea Party Express” sign at the entrance, crowds in patriotic T-shirts, and buses depositing one group of protesters after another. That evening the Hyatt was hosting a busy sign-making event in a spacious conference room downstairs, which eventually transformed into a boisterous celebration inside the hotel’s airport-sized lobby. All TV screens at the bar and the seating area were tuned to Fox News, as hundreds of upbeat marchers mingled excitedly with a drink in one hand and a poster board in the other, conversing in a jovial manner with complete strangers as if they were old friends, and proudly exhibiting their freshly made signs…

The space at the adjacent liquor bar was so jammed with people that the patrons had to hold their signs high above their heads so they wouldn’t be crushed…

The dreamlike effect could be best summed up with the sign “Government off our backs now,” which kept popping up against the rows of colorful liquor bottles. It was the most surreal drinking party I have ever seen. It was also the friendliest and most relaxed…

On the March and Rally:

On Saturday morning September 12, protesters started gathering at Freedom Plaza two blocks away from the White House, eventually filling the whole of Pennsylvania Avenue all the way to the Capitol…

I was walking all day, taking pictures with my big Sony camera and trying to get to every corner of the rally…

As I stopped to chat with the protesters, people shared with me their joy over the spirit of love, connectedness, and camaraderie that seemed to be sweeping the rally. Maybe not in these exact words, but their tone and lit-up faces suggested that much. No doubt the event was unprecedented…

Many of the tea partiers had reportedly taken up protesting for the first time. Never before had they felt the need to raise their voices in the face of political adversity. Times do change, don’t they? My guess is that their experiences of standing shoulder to shoulder with over a million like-minded Americans in defense of liberty were in some ways similar to what I had felt at my first Fourth of July celebration — and that it was just as “therapeutic.”…

Throughout the rally I couldn’t help but draw comparisons with the leftist demonstrations I had witnessed in San Francisco, New York, Washington, and Denver. While the formal methods were similar, they were two completely different species. The differences in slogans, attitudes, behaviors, and appearances were obvious. But these were all superficial symptoms stemming from a major philosophical divide, which I was trying to formulate…

At this tea party, however, the legendary euphoric spirit was real. Apparently, to experience it in a sober, secular setting is an opportunity open only to those who live by their minds and adhere to true human values…

What brought all these different folks together was their love of freedom. They recognized the danger posed by encroaching big government tyranny and acknowledged a need for action. But that’s where the similarities ended. These people weren’t used to speaking in unison. There were no predictable pious clichés or standardized hypocritical speech codes typical of leftist protests. Underneath all the masquerade, the accents, and other superficial attributes, the essential qualities of the million-plus tea partiers were what the term “diversity” used to mean originally, before the collectivist left pulled a racist bait-and-switch scheme and repackaged the term to denote a purely biological and tribal belonging with no regard to our individual minds, liberties, and ambitions…

Both of his articles are worth reading in full:

America Awakes:  Reflections on 9/12

America Awakes:  Reflections on 9/12 (Part II)

His photos are here and the full set is here!

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From Big Government.com:

The Working Families Party and local Democratic Party Officials are at the center of a massive voter fraud scandal in Troy, NY.

According to the Times Union:

Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy.

Documents at the county Board of Elections show the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties.

There may be as many as 50 absentee ballots that were forged, according to people close to the case. Countywide, there were 126 absentee ballots applied for on the Working Families Party line.

What isn’t mentioned is that WFP is nothing more than a front group for ACORN.  Or as Roger Stone put it:

The Working Families Party is not about working people or families and it isn’t really a party. The WFP is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACORN. Bertha Lewis co-chair of the Working Families Party is the Executive Director of New York ACORN. New York ACORN leader, Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party and WFP headquarters are located at the same address as ACORN’s national and New York office at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

WFP is essentially a money funnel which pays for an aggressive door to door canvas. Largely funded by unions, the WFP is ACORN’s “political arm” in New York State. Candidates supported by the Working Families Party and issues supported by ACORN are both advocated on the door steps of target voter homes as they share one major voter canvas.

Read the whole thing here.

ACORN and Working Families Party love Kristen Gillibrand!

More on ACORN’s political parties here.

Andy Sullivan interviews folks at a Tea Party Social in NYC.

Compare and contrast!

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The Hawaii Chapter of Gathering of Eagles has been doing troop support in new and innovative ways for almost three years now!

From the first troop support rallies in Kamuela, Hawaii, through convoy welcomes and canteen operations, to their outstanding Kona Coffee support operations, they have set a pace that is amazing!

Red Hawk tells the moving story of how one man with a flag made a difference!

Every significant holiday and day of remembrance they are out waving their flags!

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And welcoming troop convoys!

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Or manning canteens to refresh our troops!

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Their Kona Coffee operations have touched the lives of thousands of deployed Soldiers, Marines and Airmen!

Kona Coffee is considered one of the finest coffees in the world and is only grown in a select area on the Big Island of Hawaii.

U.S. Marine Corps:  Operation Jarhead Java

U.S. Army:  Operation Warrior Wakeup

U.S. Air Force:  Operation Maka’Ala Airmen

Local farms donate the coffee to be shipped to the troops, and the Hawaiian GOE Chapter raises the funds to pay for the shipping costs.

Here’s how you can help keep the coffee flowing to the troops!

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Some pictures of the deployed troops enjoying their Kona coffee!

Marine Initiative: No blender, No problem!

Marine Initiative: No blender, No problem!

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Nothing like a cup of Greenwell Farms 100% Kona Coffee on an early Iraq morning..."It puts the round in the chamber" - SSgt. Garza

Nothing like a cup of Greenwell Farms 100% Kona Coffee on an early Iraq morning..."It puts the round in the chamber" - SSgt. Garza

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The Obama administration is waffling on providing our troops what they need for success in Afghanistan. The internal debate in the White House swings between declaring defeat and sticking it out, but no voices appear to be raised in favor of Victory.  So the procrastination drags on and our troops and the people of Afghanistan suffer for it.

Sgt. Daniel Bell, the Missouri State Captain of Vets For Freedom asks that you sign this petition to pressure the president to give General McChrystal what he needs to do the job!

CLICK HERE to sign the “Give our Generals What They Need” Petition.

His letter follows:

Fellow Vets for Freedom members:

My name is Sergeant Daniel Bell and I’m the Missouri State Captain of Vets for Freedom. Much more importantly, I served as a Special Operations Medic under General Stanley McChrystal in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Serving under General McChrystal–one of the most frequently deployed service members to Iraq and Afghanistan–gave me a first-hand perspective on this man’s dedication to our country. Whether I was listening to one of his briefs, or flying alongside him on a mission, Gen. McChrystal’s decisive leadership was always evident.

He always instilled confidence in the men of his task force by leading the way–and being on the ground–during dangerous missions. If there ever was a commander who knows what is taking place on the ground, and understands why type of strategy we need to win, it is Stan McChrystal.

There is no military leader I respect more than General McChrystal. Our troops in Afghanistan could not have a more competent and dedicated commander, and I’m committed to doing anything possible to ensure General McChrystal is given the support he needs to turn the tide in Afghanistan.

Please join me in supporting General McChrystal by signing the Vets for Freedom “Give the Generals What They Need” Petition.

Move out and draw fire!

Sergeant Daniel Bell

U.S. Veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan
Missouri State Captain, Vets for Freedom

For More on the situation and prospects in Afghanistan read this and this.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

More here.

ACORN falls back on strong arm tactics to stem the flow of revelations!

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Rolling out their political stooges like Barney Frank to threaten investigations into the muckraking going on over at BigGovernment.com

Now ACORN has called out their legions of lawyers to go after the courageous young duo who exposed the corrupt criminal underpinnings of the monolithic criminal enterprise for all the world to see.

The tentacles of the ACORN monster plunge deep into the political structure of the Democrat party and will exert all of their “power of persuasion” to drive politicians, lawyers, district attorneys and anyone they’ve bought in the past to their defence.

Like cannon fodder they will be used up trying to defend the indefensible.

The rot in the ACORN tree will eventually cause it to fall.

Michelle Malkin has the scoop

The Wall Street Journal covered the Barney Frank angle.

Another view is that ACORN has just sprayed Miracle Grow on the seeds of their own destruction by opening the door to discovery by the attorneys for the defendants!  From Jonah GOldberg:

Fourth, even if the defendants don’t plead any counterclaims, the scope of discovery against ACORN will be incredibly broad, as it almost always is in civil litigation. ACORN has far, far more to lose from what could come out during discovery than what they are asking for in this suit.

Time to pop some popcorn!

Jonn at TAH slaps down Barney Frank’s attempt to pin ACORN on Bush!

Allahpundit says this is War!

ACORN IS the Working Families Party in New York!

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Roger Stone lays it all out:

Media coverage of ACORN and that organization’s illegal activities in New York, California and elsewhere has largely ignored one of ACORN’s most successful projects; New York’s Working Families Party (WFP).

Because of the unique nature of New York State election law, candidates are allowed to be endorsed and appear on the voting machine ballot as the candidate of multiple parties, winning the cumulative total of all votes cast for that candidate on multiple party lines. Minor parties such as the Conservative, Liberal and Right to Life Party have played significant roles in New York politics.

The Working Families Party is not about working people or families and it isn’t really a party. The WFP is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACORN. Bertha Lewis co-chair of the Working Families Party is the Executive Director of New York ACORN. New York ACORN leader, Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party and WFP headquarters are located at the same address as ACORN’s national and New York office at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

WFP is essentially a money funnel which pays for an aggressive door to door canvas. Largely funded by unions, the WFP is ACORN’s “political arm” in New York State. Candidates supported by the Working Families Party and issues supported by ACORN are both advocated on the door steps of target voter homes as they share one major voter canvas.

The Working Families Party has no county organizations or county committee men or women and no local structure beyond its top leadership and an army of paid canvassers. Since the major parties no longer have the man power to organize an effective voter canvas, Democrats have turned to the WFP for their door to door campaign activities.

But more importantly, the Working Families Party is a criminal enterprise utilizing a for-profit political consulting firm, Data and Field Services (DFS) to skirt New York City election laws regarding public finance and campaign spending limits.

Read the whole thing here!

Hat Tip: Monroe Rising

Working Families Party another candidate for the new fashion wear!

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