August 31, 2009

Governor Paterson Wallows

Governor Paterson appears clueless regarding how politics is played. He digs a bigger hole for himself each time he tries to save his candidacy and improve his poll numbers. (Fredric U. Dicker, "Paterson ripped over 'silence' of the Dems, " New York Post, August 31, 2009, Page 2) Withholding his support from Thompson, he reveals his fantasy that Bloomberg will support him.

If Paterson gets the nomination without an extreme act of civil benefits, he will lose to the Republican candidate. Does he expect to survive with the help of Bloomberg who will likely support Giuliani?

One question is why did Spitzer choose him? Another is how did he ever get elected state senator?



New York Post

Last updated: 4:10 am
August 31, 2009
Posted: 2:21 am
August 31, 2009

August 30, 2009

Senate Leader Harry Reid Threatens Las Vegas Newspaper

Aug. 30, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
SHERMAN FREDERICK: Enough is enough, Harry
Stop the childish bullying

August 29, 2009

Democrats Were Right

Much as it pains me to say this, I have to admit it - my Democrat friends were right.

They told me if I voted for McCain, the nation's hope would deteriorate, and sure
enough there has been a 20 point drop in the Consumer Confidence Index since the
election, reaching a lower point than any time during the Bush administration,
including right after 9/11.

They told me if I voted for McCain, the US would become more deeply embroiled in the
Middle East, and now, tens of thousands of additional troops are scheduled to be
deployed into Afghanistan .

My Democrat Party friends told me if I voted for McCain, that the economy would get
worse and sure enough unemployment is approaching double digits and the new stimulus
packages implemented recently have sent the stock market lower than at any time since
the Islamic Terrorists attacks of 9/11.

They told me if I voted for McCain, we would see more "crooks" in high ranking
positions in Federal government and sure enough, several recent cabinet nominees and
Senate appointments revealed resumes of scandal, bribery and tax fraud.

They told me if I voted for McCain, we would see more "Pork at the trough" in Federal
government and sure enough, 17,500 "Pork Bills" have shown up in Congressional
legislation since January 2009...

I was also told by my Democrat friends that if I voted for McCain, we would see more
deficit spending in Washington D.C. , and sure enough, the new President has spent
more in just six months than all other Presidents combined - in the entire history of
the good ole USA ...

Well I voted for McCain in November and my Democrat friends were right... all of
their predictions have come true!

Jean Lafitte, the most famous Jewish pirate

Jean Lafitte, the most famous Jewish pirate
15 May 2008
By Former Temple University Professor Bernard Glick:

Many of the pirates of the Caribbean were Sephardic Jews who
turned to piracy to get revenge on the Spanish Catholics who
expelled them from Spain in 1492, murdered their families and
stole their property. Six of Barbarossas chief officers were Jewish!

This article sheds light on one of the most famous Jewish
Pirates: Jean Lafitte the Jewish Pirate.

One of the things I do since I retired from Philadelphia's Temple
University is lecture on cruise ships. My signature talk is the
50-century old history of piracy whose practitioners I call the
Seafaring Gangsters of the World. A few weeks before my first
gig, I sent a draft of the talk to my history buff sister,
Phyllis. She liked it, but was very unhappy that I had not
mentioned Jean Lafitte. I told her I didn't include him because I
intended to deal with the economics, the sociology, and the
politics of piracy. She said I simply had to talk about Lafitte
because he was unique. He was a Sephardic Jew.

In his prime, Lafitte ran not just one pirate sloop but
a whole fleet of them simultaneously. He even bought a blacksmith
shop in New Orleans, which he used as a front for fencing pirate
loot. And he was one of the few buccaneers who didn't die in
battle, in prison, or on the gallows. Though I didn't lecture
about Lafitte at first, a circumstance of serendipity has made me
do so ever since. I was flying to Norfolk, Virginia. The man in
the seat next to me wore a skullcap and he began chatting with me
in Gaelic-accented English. Though born in France, the friendly
passenger now lives in Switzerland. We quickly established that
we were both Jewish and that both of us had taught in Israel.

Then we had the following conversation: What are you
doing on this plane? I asked.

I'm a mathematician. I work for an American company and Im
flying to Norfolk today because it has the US Navy's largest
naval base and my company is trying to get a Navy contract. Now,
what are you doing on this plane?

My wife and I are picking up a cruise ship in Norfolk.

Taking a vacation?

Not entirely. I'll be giving lectures on the ship,......
as many, in fact, as there are full days at sea.

What do you lecture about?

Since cruise lines frown on controversial topics. I
have talked about Israel once or twice, but I usually talk about
Latin America, which is my second specialty, or the Panama Canal
or Mexico's Isthmus of Tehantepec, or the voyages of Captain Cook
to the South Pacific.
But I always begin a cruise with a lecture on pirates. The kids
love it and the old folks like it, too.

Are you going to talk about Jean Lafitte?, he asked.

No, I said,and I repeated what my sister had told me..

He pulled out his wallet and handed me a business card.
It had Melvyn J. Lafitte written on it.

Then he said, I am a direct descendent of Jean Lafitte.
Your sister, Phyllis, is absolutely right. Our family, originally
named Lefitto, lived in the Iberian Peninsula for centuries. When
Ferdinand and Isabella re-conquered Spain and expelled the Jews
in 1492, most of the Jews fled to North Africa. Others went to
the Balkans or to Greece and Turkey. But some Sephardic Jews, my
ancestors among them, crossed the Pyrenees and settled in France,
where Jean was born in about 1780. He moved to French Santo
Domingo during the Napoleo-nic period. However, a slave rebellion
forced him to flee to New Orleans. Eventually he became a
pirate, but he always called himself a privateer because that
label has a more legal ring to it.

In 1814, the British sought his aid in their pending
attack on New Orleans. However, he passed their plans to the
Americans and helped General Andrew Jackson beat them in 1815. A
grateful Jackson, not yet President, saw to it that Lafitte and
his family became American citizens.

And, by the way, did you know that there is a town of
Jean Lafitte, as well as a Jean Lafitte National Historical Park
in Southwestern Louisiana?

I was flabbergasted, not so much by the saga of Jean
Lafitte as retold by a proud descendant, but by the fact that the
two of us had met so coincidentally in the skies over Georgia.
Melvyn Lafitte lives in Geneva and I live in Portland, Oregon.
These cities are 5,377 miles apart.

Unlike him, I am mathematically challenged, so I don't
know what the statistical probability is that a descendant of the
Franco-Jewish-American pirate Jean Lafitte would board an
airplane and sit next to me as I was agonizing over whether to
mention his famous ancestor in my forthcoming talk.

Jewish history is replete with vivid color.
Ziegler Puts Palin in Perspective

John Ziegler omits a quality which Palin has more of, than almost all politicians -- common sense. Liberal politicians and drunk-on-kool-aid journalists speak about Gov. Palin the way that they spoke about Harry Truman in 1948. He fooled them all. They were almost all wrong about him. They are wrong about her too.

Sarah Palin: One Year Later
by John Ziegler
August 28, 2009
Rockefeller Bill Gives President Internet Control

August 28, 2009 12:34 AM PDT
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
by Declan McCullagh

August 26, 2009

Man's death at state-run home ruled a homicide

School immunization requirements delayed; homicide at Lubbock state home
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The mother of a 45-year-old mentally disabled man whose death at a state-run home was ruled a homicide said Monday that her son was slammed against a bed and choked with a towel.

The Lubbock County medical examiner has ruled that Michael Nicholson's June 6 death was caused by a physical altercation with asphyxia. Nicholson was partially on a bed when someone laid over his upper torso before he became unresponsive at the Lubbock State Supported Living Center, according to the autopsy report released Friday.

Nicholson's mother, Lilly, said employees at the center, formerly called the Lubbock State School, dressed her son before starting CPR. She said her son had the mental capacity of a 2-year-old and had been in the facility for 30 years. The autopsy report said Michael Nicholson had a "history of psychiatric and behavioral problems with episodes of combative behavior."

Six employees were fired for their involvement in Nicholson's death.
Social Security for Congressmen

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.

Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security and, of
course, they do not collect from it. You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.

In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it.
After all, it is a great plan. For all practical purposes their plan works like

When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die.
Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments...

For example, Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may
expect to draw $7, 800,000..00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand
Dollars), with their wives drawing $275, 000..00 during the last years of
their lives. This is calculated on an average life span for each
of those two Dignitaries.

Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more
during the rest of their lives.

Their cost for this excellent plan is $0.00. NADA!!! ZILCH!!!

This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I
pick up the tab for this plan.

The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds;

From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid)
into, every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our
employer). We can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement.

Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!

Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.

That change would be to Jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the
Senators and Congressmen.. Put them into the Social Security plan
with the rest of us. Then sit back......

And see how fast they would fix it!

Arthur Caplan, Bioethicist

Arthur Caplan

University of Pennsylvania Professor Caplan is a man with a lot of academic awards. Does he have sufficient common sense to balance his academic perspective? If his comments on ABC News' Prime Time, August 25, 2009 are any indication, he shows little common sense.
He says that a person may commit a violent act thus he or she should be medicated. He does not state any rational method of determining who may be violent, and how to identify them. If human nature is any indicator all humans are capable of violence given sufficient provocation.

He is a bioethicist. What are the qualifications for that title? Princeton University Professor Peter Singer is also a bioethicist. Singer professes that parents should be allowed to kill a baby born with disabilities within six months of birth. He says it will increase happiness in the world.

Caplan expresses his despicable opinion of persons accused of mental illness without any evidence to support his biases. He does not question how mental illnesses are created. He does not mention any abuses of psychiatry. He sounds like a man with financial interests in the psychiatric industry and the drug industry. ABC did not provide any information about his drug company or psychiatric connections. He has a graduate degree from Columbia University which has an enormous financial commitment to promoting drug treatment.

Caplan was "Named 'Person to Watch in 2001' by USA Today." Why was he singled out to be watched? What are his personal habits that make him a subject for surveillance? Has anyone watched him since then? What was he found to be doing?

Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Emanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics
Tel:(215) 898-7136

National Health Insurance Constitutional?

Is National Health Insurance Constitutional?

August 20th, 2009 at 10.12am in First Principles, Health Care.

The Foundry
Heritage Foundation
Julia Shaw
Psychiatry's War on Civil Society

In this essay Carroll argues that big government works contrary to human relationships which create stable society. The same logic applies to abuses of psychiatry in place of human relationships. Read his comments (replacing red words with mauve). Statistics show that learning has gone down since psychiatry has entered the schools and violence has gone up in and out of schools with the emphasis on psychiatry.

"As (government) psychiatry claims responsibility for more tasks, it absorbs the allegiance that citizens once placed in other relationships and forms of association. When the (federal government) psychiatric industry assumes more responsibility for fulfilling the moral obligations among citizens, it tends to undermine the perceived significance and authority of local institutions and communities.

This encourages citizens, instead of looking to their families, churches, or local communities for guidance and assistance, to depend on (the government) psychiatry for education, welfare, and various other services. As individuals begin to look more consistently to (the government) psychiatry for support, the institutions that are able to generate virtues like trust and responsibility begin to lose their sway in the community. Excessive bureaucratic centralization thus sets in motion a dangerous cycle of dependence and social decay."

President Obama’s War on Civil Society
August 20th, 2009 at 3.16pm in Ongoing Priorities.
The Foundry
Heritage Foundation
By Conn Carroll
Only Black Men Understand?

Attorney King says white people "will also never know what it feels like to be stopped by a police officer on the street for no apparent reason, or to feel watched in a store while shopping for your kids, or to get uncomfortable on a dark street because you sense the white couple coming toward you is uncomfortable, or (in politics) to read criticisms about you that seem out of bounds -- and wonder whether these things happen because you are black." (CHARLIE KING, "RACE & POLITICS: NAVIGATING IN A NEW ERA," New York Post, August 25, 2009) This is a self-serving unsubstantiated nonsensical race based claim. Police, storekeepers, and pedestrians target people for many reasons not just skin color.

He adds, "It is completely understandable when an African-American leader asserts that race has a role in his or her unfavorable treatment, because race and racism still plague African-Americans as a group." This is a faulty argument. People treat morons and a boors unfavorably. Some black people are paranoid. Some use race to bully others to get special treatment.

After arguing that allegations of racism are effective in black districts he
concludes that it is bad state-wide. Does he imply that if the state was a majority black it would be good strategy?

New York Post
Last updated: 3:52 am
August 25, 2009
Posted: 2:59 am
August 25, 2009

August 25, 2009

Obama's Supporters Use Personal Attacks, No Facts

John Stossel's Take
Every Critic a Racist
08/24/2009 10:23 PM

August 24, 2009

PC Speech in Spades!!!

Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday phrases
By Chris Hastings
From The Sunday London Times
August 23, 2009
Maine Has Obamacare. Does it work?

Obamacare: The Maine Experiment
By Conn Carroll
The Foundry
American Heritage Foundation
August 21st, 2009 at 11.01am in Health Care.
ABC NEWS Ignores Psychiatric Abuses

ABC News will air a special feature on their news show Prime Time on Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 10:00 PM ET and PT. (Check local listings)

'Mad Pride' Activists Say They're Unique, Not Sick
For Some, Psychiatric Conditions Are 'Mad Gifts' to Be Cherished, Not Medicated
ABC News
Prime Time (August 25, 2009)
Aug. 24, 2009

In this video from March 3, 2008 (linked by ABC News as related to the above story) ABC gives air time to two psychiatrists and two members of NAMI to promote treatment. African American woman psychiatrist Dr. Green admits that psychiatry is not scientific, that it is an ongoing experiment trying and testing drugs on humans without telling them that it is an experiment. Later she makes the nonsensical claim that there is a biological basis for mental illness. When challenged by one organization the American Psychiatric Association was unable to provide evidence of that claim. But ABC News broadcasts it still.
The other psychiatrist Dr. Rego, discusses talk therapy for "appropriate" patients. ABC News then allows two members of NAMI to give their opinions of psychiatric treatment. NAMI is a lobbyist for drug companies, which give to NAMI about $3 million each year to promote drug treatment. NAMI spins their focus as fighting stigma, saying that stigma prevents treatment not that stigma prevents enjoying Constitutional Rights and privileges enjoyed by other citizens. ABC joins journalists and politicians using lobbyists to promote more taxpayer funding of drug treatment while denying their patients their rights.

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[Misleading drug corporate propaganda video at this site.]

On Tuesday August 25, 2009 ABC News added a segment to their web site for the show. It is a simplistic story about a violent man. ABC joins the despicable police mind-set that persons accused of mental illness are dangerous. ABC slurs all persons accused of mental illness with this abomination. Why doesn't ABC news accuse all homosexuals and all African Americans of being violent as they used to do? Why do they continue to assassinate the character of victims of psychiatric and drug corporations' PR spin?
ABC News provides no evidence of a connection between the alleged violence and the psychiatric diagnosis. They do not question how mental illnesses are created, i.e., by consensus. Psychiatry is personal opinion masquerading as science. It is a lucrative boondoggle.

Here's the link for ABC online contact form with a limit of 500 characters per message. I sent two.

[Here's what I wrote.]
[First Comment]
I strongly object to the format of your show planned for broadcast on Tuesday August 25, 2009 regarding psychiatry. It includes some of the most vile stereotypes of persons with disabilities i.e., that they are violent. This is propaganda for the drug industry and the psychiatric industry. You do serious harm to the lives of persons accused of mental illness which is no more than personal opinion masquerading as science. Illnesses are created by consensus. For alternate views see

[Second Comment]
Regarding Prime Time 8/25/09 on psychiatry you broadcast one-sided industry propaganda. NAMI is a lobbyist for the drug industry. NAMI promotes drug treatment not rights of persons with disabilities. Drug cos. give NAMI $3 million each year. US Sen Grassley investigates NAMI. Why don't you? Look at for non industry views. Public discourse about psychiatry is controlled by drug industry as your show indicates.
CA Donut Shop Changes Owners and Policy

[letter to journalist about article]

Dear Patty Fisher,

It is great that you wrote about the resolution of the donut shop's insults to persons with disabilities (Patty Fisher, "Doughnut sensibility," San Jose Mercury News, August 23, 2009
) Journalists ignore and sometimes condone abuses of persons accused of mental illness especially denial of Constitutional rights. Here are comments about your article.

Your refer to "mental health advocates" without specifying. Some journalists and politicians believe that NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (or whatever they call themselves now), are advocates for patients. NAMI promotes drug treatment. Pharmaceutical corporations give NAMI about $3 million each year to promote drug treatment while saying they fight stigma. They do not focus on defending and asserting the rights of persons accused of mental illness.

You refer to "the mentally ill" as if they are a group of illnesses. These are humans with flesh and blood and feelings and rights. They are persons. Referring to them as illnesses is what doctors and psychiatrists do which dehumanizes them and leads to abuses.

You ask "why did that take so long?" for the donut shop owner to meet with the protesters. That is a question that needs to be asked regarding why the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 has not been enforced to protect the rights of persons with disabilities? Those law are still ignored. When it comes to equal protection of the discrimination laws persons with disabilities are ignored.

You say, "the owners didn't understand how offensive their mental-hospital theme was." The same can be said about journalists, politicians, lawyers, judges, police, and psychiatrists who refer to their patients as illnesses. How often do we read or hear that a person accused of crime "has a history of mental illness?" Why do prosecutors reveal medical records at arraignments? Why do journalists report that and diagnoses from relatives, neighbors and lovers?

You say, "Making light of serious mental illness only contributes to the stigma, which makes it difficult for people to admit they need help and seek treatment." That is NAMI's position. Stigma makes it difficult to get police protection from crimes. It prevents the right to be heard by judges and politicians. It prevents the enjoyment of many rights and privileges enjoyed by others. There is nothing stopping anyone from getting treatment. Indeed what other illness do police enforce diagnoses? NAMI does not address these abuses because they lobby governmenet for taxpayer funding of treartment.

You say, "He refused to meet with local mental health groups" without specifying. Are these groups that work for rights of persons with disabilities or groups that promote treatment?

Please continue to write about these abuses. The only way to stop them is to shine light on them. Currently the public discourse on psychiatry is controlled by the business interests -- psychiatrists, drug companies and providers.
Downing Street Memo

[If this was public knowledge since May 1, 2005, as reported here, why wasn't this addressed by US journalists who were and are still filled with animosity toward George Bush? Why the personal attacks and no discussion of the issues raised by this memo?]

As originally reported in the The Sunday Times, May 1, 2005


From: Matthew Rycroft
Date: 23 July 2002
S 195 /02

cc: Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Attorney-General, Sir Richard Wilson, John Scarlett, Francis Richards, CDS, C, Jonathan Powell, Sally Morgan, Alastair Campbell


Copy addressees and you met the Prime Minister on 23 July to discuss Iraq.

This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. It should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know its contents.

John Scarlett summarised the intelligence and latest JIC assessment. Saddam's regime was tough and based on extreme fear. The only way to overthrow it was likely to be by massive military action. Saddam was worried and expected an attack, probably by air and land, but he was not convinced that it would be immediate or overwhelming. His regime expected their neighbours to line up with the US. Saddam knew that regular army morale was poor. Real support for Saddam among the public was probably narrowly based.

C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

CDS said that military planners would brief CENTCOM on 1-2 August, Rumsfeld on 3 August and Bush on 4 August.

The two broad US options were:

(a) Generated Start. A slow build-up of 250,000 US troops, a short (72 hour) air campaign, then a move up to Baghdad from the south. Lead time of 90 days (30 days preparation plus 60 days deployment to Kuwait).

(b) Running Start. Use forces already in theatre (3 x 6,000), continuous air campaign, initiated by an Iraqi casus belli. Total lead time of 60 days with the air campaign beginning even earlier. A hazardous option.

The US saw the UK (and Kuwait) as essential, with basing in Diego Garcia and Cyprus critical for either option. Turkey and other Gulf states were also important, but less vital. The three main options for UK involvement were:

(i) Basing in Diego Garcia and Cyprus, plus three SF squadrons.

(ii) As above, with maritime and air assets in addition.

(iii) As above, plus a land contribution of up to 40,000, perhaps with a discrete role in Northern Iraq entering from Turkey, tying down two Iraqi divisions.

The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. No decisions had been taken, but he thought the most likely timing in US minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the US Congressional elections.

The Foreign Secretary said he would discuss this with Colin Powell this week. It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran. We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the UN weapons inspectors. This would also help with the legal justification for the use of force.

The Attorney-General said that the desire for regime change was not a legal base for military action. There were three possible legal bases: self-defence, humanitarian intervention, or UNSC authorisation. The first and second could not be the base in this case. Relying on UNSCR 1205 of three years ago would be difficult. The situation might of course change.

The Prime Minister said that it would make a big difference politically and legally if Saddam refused to allow in the UN inspectors. Regime change and WMD were linked in the sense that it was the regime that was producing the WMD. There were different strategies for dealing with Libya and Iran. If the political context were right, people would support regime change. The two key issues were whether the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the military plan the space to work.

On the first, CDS said that we did not know yet if the US battleplan was workable. The military were continuing to ask lots of questions.

For instance, what were the consequences, if Saddam used WMD on day one, or if Baghdad did not collapse and urban warfighting began? You said that Saddam could also use his WMD on Kuwait. Or on Israel, added the Defence Secretary.

The Foreign Secretary thought the US would not go ahead with a military plan unless convinced that it was a winning strategy. On this, US and UK interests converged. But on the political strategy, there could be US/UK differences. Despite US resistance, we should explore discreetly the ultimatum. Saddam would continue to play hard-ball with the UN.

John Scarlett assessed that Saddam would allow the inspectors back in only when he thought the threat of military action was real.

The Defence Secretary said that if the Prime Minister wanted UK military involvement, he would need to decide this early. He cautioned that many in the US did not think it worth going down the ultimatum route. It would be important for the Prime Minister to set out the political context to Bush.


(a) We should work on the assumption that the UK would take part in any military action. But we needed a fuller picture of US planning before we could take any firm decisions. CDS should tell the US military that we were considering a range of options.

(b) The Prime Minister would revert on the question of whether funds could be spent in preparation for this operation.

(c) CDS would send the Prime Minister full details of the proposed military campaign and possible UK contributions by the end of the week.

(d) The Foreign Secretary would send the Prime Minister the background on the UN inspectors, and discreetly work up the ultimatum to Saddam.

He would also send the Prime Minister advice on the positions of countries in the region especially Turkey, and of the key EU member states.

(e) John Scarlett would send the Prime Minister a full intelligence update.

(f) We must not ignore the legal issues: the Attorney-General would consider legal advice with FCO/MOD legal advisers.

(I have written separately to commission this follow-up work.)


(Rycroft was a Downing Street foreign policy aide)
Psychiatric Drug Abuse, Journalism Bias

In this report of abuse of psychiatric drug abuse, the reporter quotes only one psychiatrist who promotes drug treatment. No advocate against psychiatric abuses is quoted.

Teen trippin' on ADHD drugs can be a real downer
Aug 24 01:02 AM US/Eastern
AP Medical Writer
$20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas


Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U. S. needs to know....

Something happened.... H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it.. It wasn't mentioned on the news... just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN screen.

Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA. This is the news that didn't make the headlines...

By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza.

The "presidential determination", which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States, was signed and appears in the Federal Register.

Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

Let's review....itemized list of some of Barack Obama's most recent actions since his inauguration:

His first call to any head of state, as president, was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.

His first one-on-one television interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.

His first executive order was to fund/facilitate abortion(s) not just here within the U.S., but within the world, using U.S. taxpayer funds.

He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.

He ordered overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.

He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and the "terror attack" on 9/11.

Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.

These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.

Doubtful? To verify this for yourself:

August 22, 2009

Copyright Law Apple Discussions

Copyright Law Apple Discussions

On August 22, 2009 at about 4:00 AM I while reading Apple Discussions on Final Cut Express I noticed a message regarding downloading a news item from TV. Tom Wolsky the expert on FCE (author of an excellent guide book to FCE 4) posted a reply saying it is illegal to download from TV and that discussing the subject was not permitted in the discussions. I cannot be certain that all posts using his name on Apple Discussions are posted by him personally. He may employ interns to help with all of the queries.

I posted a comment saying all downloads are not illegal; that Fair Use Doctrine is a defense to charges of copyright infringement. I said protect your rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and gave the URL

On Saturday August 23, 2009 I received three emails notifying me of replies to my post. All are copied below. When I tried to go to the replies to answer I was directed to a page saying I was not permitted access to that message or to the thread.

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Error: you do not have permission to view the requested forum or category.
Home > Support > Discussions

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I'm aware that Mr. Wolsky is an expert on FCE. But I do not think he is an expert on copyright law, Fair Use Doctrine or the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. People with law degrees, medical degrees and PhD.s are experts in their field. But their expertise does not carry over into all other fields as they believe. I was unable to find a way to contact Apple Discussions.

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Follow up message
Dear Roy Bercaw,

Tom Wolsky posted "Re: Capturing / downloading video from news sites" in "Capturing / downloading video from news sites" on Aug 22, 2009 3:03:48 AM.
Fair use is a defense against breach of copyright suits after those rights have been infringed. This forum cannot discuss methods of breaching copyright.
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Apple Discussions: Topic "Capturing / downloading video from news sites" in forum "Final Cut Express and Final Cut Express HD" has been updated by mcforman

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Follow up message
Dear Roy Bercaw,

mcforman posted "Re: Capturing / downloading video from news sites" in "Capturing / downloading video from news sites" on Aug 22, 2009 12:28:10 PM.
Did you ever get an answer? I have the same question
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MartinR posted "Re: Capturing / downloading video from news sites" in "Capturing / downloading video from news sites" on Aug 22, 2009 1:19:46 PM.
It's illegal to do so. Tom indicated that in his original reply.

In addition, if you were to actually read the Terms of Use on the sites (CNN and others) you will see that they explicitly assert their copyright to their materials and prohibit reuse of the materials without their express advance consent. Downloading material 'for personal use' is generally allowed (for example, to read an article at a later time ...) but copying or using any of their material including video in FCE would constitute creating a derivative work, which is expressly forbidden by the Terms of Use.

The point is, don't use other people's intellectual property unless you have their express permission to do so. Just because you can get your hands on the material does not give you the right or permission to use it.
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August 21, 2009

Loser Obama's Blame Game

Obama Snares Palin, Media in Wide Blame-Game Net: Caroline Baum
By Caroline Baum
August 19, 2009
Sen. Kennedy Tries to Keep Seat in Family

AUGUST 21, 2009, 3:33 P.M. ET
Wall Street Journal
What Ted Kennedy Wants
He's trying to change election rules—again.
NY Governor Blames Racism for his Incompetence

August 21, 2009, 1:42 pm
City Room
Paterson Brings Up Racism for His Low Standing
By The New York Times

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Gov. Paterson Backs Off Race Statements
Said people wanted him to not seek re-election
MyFox New York
Updated: Friday, 21 Aug 2009, 4:32 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 21 Aug 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

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Gov. Paterson says people 'nervous' over minorities in office; White House: Obama doesn't agree
By David Saltonstall In Oak Bluffs, Mass., and Kenneth Lovett In Albany
Updated Monday, August 24th 2009, 1:12 PM

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Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins Speaks

Dinkins: NY Gov Should Watch Race Remarks
New York Times
Published: August 25, 2009
Filed at 9:03 a.m. ET
Obama, SEIU, Planned Parenthood in Montana

[Received in my inbox. I have no way to verify this report. However it does fit in with reports from elsewhere at other "townhall meetings." SEIU thugs reportedly attacked citizens and filled rooms with friendly Obama supporters.]

Hello All,

By now you have probably heard that President Obama came to Montana last Friday. However, there are many things that the major news has not covered. I feel that since Bill and I live here and we were at the airport on Friday I should share some facts with you. Whatever you decide to do with the information is up to you. If you chose to share this email with others I do ask that you DELETE my email address before you forward this on.

On Wednesday, August 5th it was announced locally that the President would be coming here. There are many groups here that are against his healthcare and huge spending so those groups began talking and deciding on what they were going to do. The White House would not release ANY details other than the date.

On about Tuesday Bill found out that they would be holding the "Town Hall" at the airport. (This is only because Bill knows EVERYONE at the airport). Our airport is actually located outside of Belgrade (tiny town) in a very remote location. Nothing is around there. They chose to use a hangar that is the most remotely located hangar. You could not pick a more remote location, and you can not get to it easily. it is totally secluded from the public. FYI: We have many areas in Belgrade and Bozeman which could have held a large amount of folks with sufficient parking. (gymnasiums/auditoriums). All of which have chairs and tables, and would not have to be SHIPPED IN!! $$$$

During the week, cargo by the TONS was being shipped constantly. Airport employees could not believe how it just kept coming. Though it was our President coming several expressed how excessive it was, especially during a recession. $$$$$

Late Tuesday/early Wednesday the 12th, they said that tickets would be handed out on Thursday 9am at two locations and the president would be arriving around 12:30 Friday. Thursday morning about 600 tickets were passed out. However, 1500 were printed at a local printing shop per White House request. Hmmmm.....900 tickets just DISAPPEARED. This same morning someone called into the radio from the local UPS branch and said that THOUSANDS of Dollars of Lobster were shipped in for Obama. Montana has some of the best beef in the nation!!! And it would have been really wonderful to help out the local economy. Anyone heard of the Recession?? Just think... with all of the travelling the White house is doing. $$$$$ One can only imagine what else we are paying for.

On Friday Bill and I got outo to the airport about 10:45 am. The groups that wanted to protest Obama's spending and healthcare had gotten a permit to protest and that area was roped off. But that was not to be. A large bus carrying SEIU (Service Employees International Union) members drove up onto the area (illegal) and unloaded right there. It was quite a commotion and there were specifically 2 SEIU men trying to make trouble and start a fight. Police did get involved and arrested the one man but they said they did not have the manpower to remove the SEIU crowd. The SEIU crowd was very organized and young. About 99% were under the age of 30 and they were not locals! They had bullhorns and PROFESSIONALLY made signs. Some even wore preprinted T-shirts. Oh, and Planned Parenthood folks were with them.... professing abortion rights with their T-shirts and preprinted signs. (BTW, all these folks did have a permit to protest in ANOTHER area).

Those against healthcare/spending moved away from the SEIU crowd to avoid confrontation. They were orderly and respectful. Even though SEIU kept coming over and walking through, continuing to be very intimidating and aggressive at the direction of the one SEIU man.

So we had Montana folks from ALL OVER the state with their homemade signs and their DOGS with homemade signs. We had cowboys, nurses, doctors, you name it. There was even a guy from Texas who had been driving through. He found out about the occasion, went to the store, made a sign, and came to protest.

If you are wondering about the press..... Well, all of the major networks were over by that remote hangar I mentioned. They were conveniently parked on the other side of the buildings FAR away. None of these crowds were even visible to them. I have my doubts that they knew anything about the crowds. We did have some local news media around us from this state and Idaho.

Speaking of the local media... they were invited. However, all questions were to be turned into the White House in advance of the event. Wouldn't want anyone to have to think off the top of their head. It was very obvious that it was meant to be totally controlled by the White House. Everything was orchestrated down to the last detail to make it appear that Montana is just crazy for Obama and government healthcare. Even those people that talked about their insurance woes... the White House called our local HRDC (Human Resource and development Committee) and asked for names. Then the White House asked those folks to come.

Smoke and mirrors... EVERYTHING was staged!!!!!!!!!!

I am very dismayed about what I learned about our current White House. The amount of control and manipulation was unbelievable. I felt I was not living in the United States of America, more like the USSR!! I was physically nauseous. Bill and I have been around when Presidents or Heads of State visit. It has NEVER been like this. I am truly very frightened for our country. America needs your prayers and your voices. If you care about our country please get involved. Know the issued. And let Congress hear your voices again and again!! If they are willing to put forth so much effort to BULLY a small town one can only imagine what is going on in Washington DC. Scary!!

Bozeman, Montana

August 19, 2009

Obamacare's Rationing Will Reduce Health Care Services

AUGUST 18, 2009, 7:16 P.M. ET
ObamaCare Is All About Rationing
Overspending is far preferable to artificially limiting the availability of new procedures and technologies.
Martin Feldstein
Obama's Rasputin's PR Firm Earns Millions

David Axelrod's ties targeted in health fight
By Kenneth P. Vogel
August 19, 2009
It is Possible to Fake DNA Evidence

DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show
New York Times
Published: August 17, 2009
More Crime Traced to FBI Employees and FBI Training

In 1968 at Columbia University police and FBI provocateurs were behind most of the violence that occurred on campus before the police action to clear the campus. It is a long term pattern of abuses of power by police agencies including but not limited to the FBI. For 20 years the Irish mob in Boston ran the FBI. They used the FBI to eliminate any competition focusing on Italian American gangsters. Two informants murdered 19 civilians. Four civilians were framed by the Boston FBI for a murder that the FBI knew they did not commit. There is a log list of deadly violence by the FBI over many years across the nation. There is little will to address abuses of power by police or the FBI.

Attorney: FBI trained NJ blogger to incite others
Aug 18 03:51 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

August 18, 2009

PILOTS for Boston

Boston Municipal Research Bureau Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
A Vision for Boston:
Questions for the 2009 Mayoral Candidates
Day 1: PILOTs

What is the basis by which nonprofit institutions should make payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOTs) to Boston in a way that provides a reasonable payment for city services without harming the economic benefits of the institutions?

Nonprofit institutions play a significant role in the growth and vitality of the Boston economy. However, their tax-exempt status in a city highly dependent on property tax revenue puts more pressure on taxable property. In addition, exempt institutional development in Boston can result in a loss of property tax revenue.

To help offset lost revenue to Boston, many institutions make payments-in-lieu-of-taxes as part of what has been described as one of the most effective PILOT programs in the country. Nevertheless, some observers have called for larger and more standardized sources of payment. In fiscal 2009, PILOTs to the city amounted to$32.5 million and the budget for fiscal 2010 is $34 million. Last year, Massport made Pilot payments of $16.1 million which represented close to half of the total $32.5 million. Medical institutions contributed $4.5 million and educational institutions contributed $8.2 million in PILOTs in fiscal 2009.

However, on a land area basis, private non-profit institutions account for a relatively minor part of the city's tax exempt property. While, 51% of the city's landmass is occupied by tax-exempt owners, 78% of exempt property area is publicly owned by the City, the Commonwealth and its authorities and the federal government. Educational and medical institutions represent less than 5% of the City's land area. Religious institutions also represent a large share of private exempt area.

A mayor must balance his or her desire to fund city services at an adequate level, charge users of the services appropriately, and spread the cost of government over the widest possible base. Yet, it is vital to acknowledge the pivotal role that educational and medical nonprofit institutions play in producing jobs and anchoring our economy. For example, universities and hospitals alone account for almost 20% of the jobs in Boston and a recent report of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals set the economic benefit that Boston's hospitals generate for the City at greater than $8 billion. Additionally, teaching hospitals dedicated nearly $175 million to community benefit programs as defined by the state's Attorney General's Office.

It is a challenge for a mayor to determine how best to achieve a fair level of cost sharing without damaging the city's ability to preserve its current base of nonprofits, encourage their expansion within the city, and attract new entrants.

What is the basis by which private nonprofit institutions should make payments-in-lieu-of-taxes to Boston? What do you believe is the appropriate level of payments in lieu of taxes by non-profits? What is your strategy for achieving that level without making Boston unfriendly to non-profits?


Liam Day at 617-723-2277 ext. 203, 617-721-1341 or
Elaine Beattie at 617-227-1900 or

August 17, 2009

Yale Press Censors Cartoon Book

Yale Press Censors Cartoon Book

Fearing violence the Yale University Press removed cartoons about the prophet Mohammad.

New York Post
Posted: 3:46 am
August 16, 2009
Obamacare Exacerbates Racial Animosity

From the essay: "In his essay "Decline of the American Male" in USA Today, David Zinczenko, editor of Men's Health, give us a clue. "Of the 5.2 million people who've lost their jobs since last summer, four out of five were men. Some experts predict that this year, for the first time, more American women will have jobs than men."

[. . .]
New York Times pundit Paul Krugman writes in his "The Town Hall Mobs" column that, as did Richard Nixon's men, "cynical political operators are ... appealing to the racial fears of working-class whites."

[. . .]
black columnist Cynthia Tucker says 45 percent to 65 percent of all vocal opponents of Obamacare are motivated by racial hostility to a black president.

We are headed for interesting times."

Angry White Men
by Patrick J. Buchanan
Human Events
August 11, 2009
Lawless White House Violates First Amendment Repeatedly

White House Battle Against Free Speech Grows
Rory Cooper
The Foundry
The Heritage Foundation
August 13th, 2009 at 4.51pm in Ongoing Priorities.

August 16, 2009

God's Natural Pharmacy

Onions look like the body's cells. Today research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries

Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents c ervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Celery, bok choy, rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Kidney beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

A sliced carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.


The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve. The Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception. Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!'

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing. The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter."

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.

August 15, 2009


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August 14, 2009

Who's Bob Dylan?

22-year-old female Long Branch NJ officer did not know who Bob Dylan is and forced him to show his ID after a ride in her patrol car.

Like a complete unknown: Bob Dylan frogmarched to collect ID after rookie policewoman fails to recognise scruffy music legend
By Annette Witheridge
Daily Mail (UK)
Last updated at 10:50 PM on 14th August 2009

August 13, 2009

545 vs 300,000,000.

Charlie Reese

545 vs 300,000,000.


Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and
then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and
high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on
appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine
how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the
federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it.......... Is up to you.

This might be funny if it weren't so darned true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge T ax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Ser vice FeeTax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years
ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had
absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world,
and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' And I still have to 'press 1' for English!?
Comparing Obamacare to UK National Health Service

Trust the Government
by Newt Gingrich
Human Events
August 12, 2009

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The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9661, Pages 423 - 431, 31 January 2009
Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions

Govind Persad BS a,
Alan Wertheimer PhD a,
Ezekiel J Emanuel MD a
Corresponding Author

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August 12, 2009

Media Double Standard Continues

In this analysis Fox news substantiates media bias and double standards regarding Bush and Obama. There is no shame among these extreme biased journalists.

Obama lost the debate on his health care initiative. His supporters in and out of the White House use personal attacks on critics of the bill. It is common knowledge among debaters that ad hominem attacks indicate that one has no rational arguments. Recently liberal media kool-aid drinkers focused on a New Hampshire man who legally carried his pistol to a public rally. They ignored the subject of the public meeting and scared their liberal sheeple as if something bad happened. It was only an American citizen exercising his Constitutional Right. That is shocking to liberal pundits.

Analysis: Press Largely Ignored Incendiary Rhetoric at Bush Protest
News outlets that are focusing on the incendiary rhetoric of conservatives outside President Obama's town hall meeting Tuesday ignored the incendiary rhetoric -- and even violence -- of liberals outside an appearance by former President George W. Bush in 2002.
By Bill Sammon
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Vulnerable Group Ignored by Politicians and Journalists

When it comes to police profiling, affirmative action, and government assistance to minority businesses only persons with disabilities are ignored. African Americans, women and homosexuals all enjoy substantial access to political power and wealth. Only PWD remain outside of the privileges extended to those with power and money. In this case even their survival is ignored by bureaucrats.

EXCLUSIVE: Disaster plans leave disabled behind
Report finds little progress since Katrina
Washington Times
By Audrey Hudson

August 11, 2009

US Soldier Charged with Assassinating DEA Informant for Drug Cartel

US Army soldier Michael Jackson Apodaca arrested for contract kill in Mexican drug cartel murder
New York Daily News
Tuesday, August 11th 2009, 3:23 PM

August 10, 2009

Florida Murders of Parents of 17, Mexican Drug Link

Mexican drug dealers are linked to the murders of parents of 17 children in Florida, including sales of used cars. What is the connection to Obama's Cash for Clunkers?

Mexican Mafia Connection
by Rick Outzen
Daily Beast
August 10, 2009
Comment on Obamacare

Aug 04, 2009 @ 05:34 AM
By James A. Nollet, Milkowice, POLAND

Time To Go, Grampa
by Patrick J. Buchanan

Human Events
August 4, 2009

Getting back to the subject of restricting health care for the aged, I'm reminded of a column I once read.

I was in Heathrow Airport outside London waiting for my next flight, and I picked up one of the famous Fleet Street tabloids, and there was an article by an elderly gentleman, and he told his story of his recent encounter with the English Public Health System (PHS)

This was a man whose family had suffered grievously during the Great Depression. There was NO public health back then, and if you couldn't afford to pay a doctor, you simply did without. You might as well have been living in the Dark Ages.

Anyway, WWII came and went, and as soon as it was over, England couldn't kick Winston Churchill out of office fast enough, because now it was time to install a nice, post-war LABOUR government, which would give England free public health!

My columnist was a yellow-dog Labour supporter for many, many years. He thought that PHS was the greatest thing since the invention of fire.

But then he got older and he needed a certain procedure.

I forget what his problem was exactly, but it was 1) NOT life-threatening, but 2) VERY PAINFUL. So he went to his PHS clinic and they told him, NO PROBLEMO, and all he'd need to do now WAS TO WAIT 18 MONTHS OR SO, because they were too busy to attend to him before then.

So he had a choice. Spend his life savings of 8,000 Pounds and have the procedure done privately, or wait with excrutiating pain.

He chose to spend the money. And now, he STILL likes PHS, but he just doesn't feel the same as he did before.

Another story: I once wrote a book, the story of one of the first men to receive a heart transplant in the Boston area. The book was never published but that is neither here nor there.

At the time, my uncle was a well-known pathologist in northern Minnesota who'd had a hand-shake agreement with Walter Mondale in which Mondale promised that, if elected in 1984, he'd make my uncle the US Surgeon General.

So I tapped my uncle for wisdom about the medical aspects of what I was writing about, and the subject got on to heart transplants, and he told me this is how it works in England.

In any given year, the PM and the Parliament decide how much per cent of GDP they will spend on PHS. Whatever the number is, that's the number.

So now they have a number, and they have a good idea how much tax revenue they will be able to spend. Then they divide the whole pie. In the case of heart transplants, the amount of pie available may mean that in the next year, England will be able to afford to transplant 200 hearts on the public dime.

But suppose there are 500 who need a new heart?

At THIS point, England will impose an age cut-off, on the reasonable theory that the younger you are, the more good a new heart will do you, and the better you will be able to withstand the rigors of the transplant.

Let us suppose that the cut is Age 35 since, of the 500 total candidates, 200 are age 35 or younger.

Good for them. Bu what about the remaining, older, 300?

They are plain bleep out of luck. England tells THEM, either you pay for it privately, or YOU JUST DROP DEAD, but WE CAN'T DO IT, because we don't have enough money for everybody, and we are rationing what we do have.

Think about THAT, America.
Criticizing Obama is Not Racist

Criticizing The President Is Not Racist
Mike Gonzalez
August 7th, 2009 at 3.29pm in Ongoing Priorities.
The Foundry
Heritage Foundation

August 9, 2009

Obama is Not Like Harry Truman, a Friend of Israel

This story shows Obama's apparent lack of historical knowledge regarding Israel.

Truman: Made consistent promises.
New York Post
Last updated: 2:41 am
August 8, 2009
Posted: 1:36 am
August 8, 2009
Palin Warns of Denial of Health Care to Vulnerable Persons

Palin says Obama's health care plan is 'evil'
Aug 8, 4:33 AM (ET)
My Way News

August 7, 2009

Allegations of Racism are Unfounded and Misleading

This Just In
The Gates case isn't about race
Doesn't Matter If You're Black or White Dept.
Boston Phoenix
August 5, 2009

Police Report of Arrest

Girl With the Apple

Girl With the Apple

August 1942. Piotrkow, Poland. The sky was gloomy that morning as we
waited anxiously. All the men, women and children of Piotrkow's Jewish
ghetto had been herded into a square. Word had gotten around that we were
being moved. My father had only recently died from typhus, which had run
rampant through the crowded ghetto. My greatest fear was that our family
would be separated.
'Whatever you do,' Isidore, my eldest brother, whispered to me, 'don't
tell them your age.. Say you're sixteen.' I was tall for a boy of 11, so I
could pull it off. That way I might be deemed valuable as a worker. An SS
man approached me, boots clicking against the cobblestones. He looked me up
and down, then asked my age. 'Sixteen,' I said. He directed me to the left,
where my three brothers and other healthy young men already stood.
My mother was motioned to the right with the other women, children,
sick and elderly people. I whispered to Isidore, 'Why?' He didn't answer. I
ran to Mama's side and said I wanted to stay with her. 'No,' she said
sternly. 'Get away. Don't be a nuisance. Go with your brothers.' She had
never spoken so harshly before. But I understood: She was protecting
me. She loved me so much that, just this once, she pretended not to. It was the
last I ever saw of her.
My brothers and I were transported in a cattle car to Germany. We
arrived at the Buchenwald concentration camp one night weeks later and were
led into a crowded barrack. The n ext day, we were issued uniforms and
identification numbers.
'Don't call me Herman anymore.' I said to my brothers. 'Call me
I was put to work in the camp's crematorium, loading the dead into a
hand-cranked elevator. I, too, felt dead. Hardened, I had become a number.
Soon, my brothers and I were sent to Schlieben, one of Buchenwald's
sub-camps near Berlin.
One morning I thought I heard my mother's voice, 'Son,' she said
softly but clearly, I am going to send you an angel.' Then I woke up.
Just a dream. A beautiful dream. But in this place there could be no angels. There
was only work. And hunger. And fear..
A couple of days later, I was walking around the camp, around the
barracks, near the barbed-wire fence where the guards could not easily see.
I was alone. On the other side of the fence, I spotted someone: a litlegirl with light, almost luminous curls. She was half-hidden behind a birch tree.
I glanced around to make sure no one saw me. I called to her softly in
'Do you have something to eat?' She didn't understand. I inched closer
to the fence and repeated question in Polish. She stepped forward. I was
thin and gaunt, with rags wrapped around my feet, but the girl looked
unafraid. In her eyes, I saw life. She pulled an apple from her woolen
jacket and threw it over the fence. I grabbed the fruit and, as I
started to run away, I heard her say faintly, 'I'll see you tomorrow.'
I returned to the same spot by the fence at the same time every day.
She was always there with something for me to eat - a hunk of bread or,
better yet, an apple. We didn't dare speak or linger. To be caught would
mean death for us both. I didn't know anything about her, just a kind farm
girl, except that she understood Polish. What was her name? Why was she
r isking her life for me? Hope was in such short supply, and this girl
on the other side of the fence gave me some, as nourishing in its way as the bread
and apples.
Nearly seven months later, my brothers and I were crammed into a coal
car and shipped to Theresienstadt camp in Czechoslovakia. 'Don't return,' I
told the girl that day. 'We're leaving.' I turned toward the barracks and
didn't look back, didn't even say good-bye to the little girl whose
name I'd never learned, the girl with the apples.
We were in Theresienstadt for three months. The war was winding down
and Allied forces were closing in, yet my fate seemed sealed. On May 10,
1945, I was scheduled to die in the gas chamber at 10:00 AM. In the
quiet of dawn, I tried to prepare myself. So many times death seemed ready to claim me,
but somehow I'd survived.. Now, it was over. I thought of my parents. At
least, I thought, we will be reunited.
But at 8 A.M. there was a commotion. I heard shouts, and saw people
running every which way through camp. I caught up with my brothers. Russian
troops had liberated the camp! The gates swung open. Everyone was running,
so I did too.
Amazingly, all of my brothers had survived; I'm not sure how. But I
knew that the girl with the apples had been the key to my survival. In a
place where evil seemed triumphant, one person's goodness had saved my
life, had given me hope in a place where there was none. My mother had
promised to send me an angel, and the angel had come.
Eventually I made my way to England where I was sponsored by a Jewish
charity, put up in a hostel with other boys who had survived the Holocaust
and trained in electronics. Then I came to America, where my brother
Sam had already moved. I served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, and
returned to New York City after two years. By August 1957 I'd opened my own
electronics repair shop. I was starting to settle in.
One day, my friend Sid who I knew from England called me. 'I've got a
date. She's got a Polish friend. Let's double date.'
A blind date? Nah, that wasn't for me. But Sid kept pestering me, and
a few days later we headed up to the Bronx to pick up his date and her
friend Roma. I had to admit, for a blind date this wasn't so bad. Roma
was a nurse at a Bronx hospital. She was kind and smart. Beautiful, too, with
swirling brown curls and green, almond-shaped eyes that sparkled with life.
The four of us drove out to Coney Island. Roma was easy to talk to,
easy to be with. Turned out she was wary of blind dates too! We were both
just doing our friends a favor. We took a stroll on the boardwalk, enjoying
the salty Atlantic breeze, and then had dinner by the shore. I couldn't
remember having a better time.
We piled back into Sid's car, Roma and I sharing the backseat. As
European Jews who had survived the war, we were aware that much had been
left unsaid between us. She broached the subject, 'Where were you,' she
asked softly, 'during the war?'
'The camps,' I said, the terrible m emories still vivid, the
irreparable loss. I had tried to forget. But you can never forget.
She nodded. 'My family was hiding on a farm in Germany, not far from
Berlin,' she told me. 'My father knew a priest, and he got us Aryan
papers.' I imagined how she must have suffered too, fear, a constant companion.
And yet here we were, both survivors, in a new world.
'There was a camp next to the farm.' Roma continued. 'I saw a boy
there and I would throw him apples every day.'
What an amazing coincidence that she had helped some other boy. 'What
did he look like? I asked. He was tall, skinny, and hungry. I must have
seen him every day for six months.'
My heart was racing. I couldn't believe it. This couldn't be. 'Did he
tell you one day not to come back because he was leaving Schlieben?'
Roma looked at me in amazement. 'Yes,' That was me! ' I was ready to
burst with joy and awe, flooded with emotions. I couldn't believe it! My
'I'm not letting you go.' I said to Roma. And in the back of the car
on that blind date, I proposed to her. I didn't want to wait.
'Y ou're crazy!' she said. But she invited me to meet her parents for
Shabbat dinner the following week. There was so much I looked forward to
learning about Roma, but the most important things I always knew: her
steadfastness, her goodness. For many months, in the worst of
circumstances,she had come to the fence and given me hope.
Now that I'd found her again, I could never let her go.
That day, she said yes. And I kept my word. After nearly 50 years of
marriage, two children and three grandchildren I have never let her go.
Herman Rosenblat, Miami Beach, Florida
This is a true story and you can find out more by Googling Herman
Rosenblat as he was Bar Mitzvahed at age 75. This story is being made
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August 6, 2009

Chinese Psychiatrists Cure Internet Addiction

Psychiatrists in China successfully cured a teenager of his internet addiction by killing him. American psychiatrists are more focused on making money while curing their patients. They refuse to beat their patients to death as in China. They slowly destroy their minds with drugs in the USA. It is much more lucrative.

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