Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
You were promised during the campaign:
- TRANSPARENCY OF GOVERNMENT
- NO MIDDLE CLASS TAX INCREASES
And what did you get:
- NO REAL CHANGE
- NO BIPARTISANSHIP
- NO TRANSPARENCY OF GOVERNMENT
- ALL SORTS OF MIDDLE CLASS TAX INCREASES FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN
REMEMBER THE PROMISES AND WHO PROMISED THEM AND WHAT PARTY THAT HAD HIM AS THEIR CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT AND DO THE RIGHT THING THE NEXT TIME YOU VOTE!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The cadets wanted to hear something uplifting, bigger than themselves, patriotic and heroic... not when we are coming home and details of politicians and foreign policy. You may have delivered what the left wanted, the middle wanted and the right wanted but what the cadets wanted to hear was we are in this until VICTORY has be won.
As a lawyer I'll give you an "A" for the speech; as a President, Commander in Chief, and Leader of America an "F". Mr. President, keep trying, maybe someday you will get it...I pray.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I understand and respect the position of Professor Marc Falkoff of Northern Illinois University but I disagree with his timing and maybe his motivation because I cannot read his mind. During a time of war we cannot afford the luxury of trying to understand and show the enemy compassion; our job is to win and to win the enemy has to be dehumanized and made into a beast that needs to be killed and destroyed. It is difficult to kill a fellow human being if you attribute to him feelings of love of family, wife, children and all the good attributes we attach to humanity. Therefore both sides, in war, dehumanize the enemy so that killing can be made easier and less traumatic to the individual doing the killing; it is not a natural act that comes naturally to most of us but has to be taught and drilled into us...thank God.
I believe that the time for understanding, showing compassion for reading his reflections and poetry is after we have won the War on Terrorism. To do so when we are engaged in it would only weaken our resolve and focus on VICTORY, a word that I did not hear once during President Obama's speech at West Point.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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December 1, 2009
McHenry County Department of Health
2200 N. Seminary Avenue
Woodstock IL 60098
Contact: Debra Quackenbush
H1N1 community clinics scheduled at local college, high school
Woodstock IL – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has scheduled its next community clinics for H1N1 vaccine.
Sunday 12/6 • 1pm-5pm
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Hwy 14 • Crystal Lake
Wednesday 12/9 • 4:30pm-7pm
Jacobs High School
2601 Bunker Hill Rd • Algonquin
Priority groups for the injectable and nasal vaccine include individuals 6 months to 24 years old, caregivers of infants less than 6 months of age, those 25 – 64 with chronic health conditions, healthcare workers and first responders younger than 50 years of age. Pregnant women should call for an appointment.
Free appointments can be made online at www.mcdh.info or by calling the hotline at . Cancellations do occur so residents are encouraged to visit the website for the most up-to-date information.
The best form of protection against flu viruses is to follow the 3 C’s – cover your cough with a tissue or sleeve, wash hands with warm soap and water, and stay home when ill. For more flu tips, visit www.mcdh.info.
“Working to prevent disease and promote health and safety for all people of McHenry County since 1966.”
Debra Quackenbush MPH CHES
Community Information Coordinator
McHenry County Department of Health
2200 N. Seminary Avenue
Woodstock IL 60098
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Sunday, November 29, 2009
- National Security
- Same Sex Marriage
- The Economy
- The Free Market
- Foreign Policy
- Offshore Outsourcing
- Job Losses
- Tony Rezko
- Constitutional Law
- The Military
- Education Policy
- Federal Taxes
- Social Security
- 34 Appointed Czars
- Nobel Peace Prize
I am sure I forgot some. Please feel free to add to the list.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"I have often felt that," said Einstein. "But then I realize that the insignificant dot who is man is also the career politician."
*words inserted and changed from the Einstein quote by myself (boldened and italicised)
Friday, November 27, 2009
The closest element in the periodic table that might under some circumstances with certain permutations on some planets that could possibly support life-like processes would be silicon; but this according to most scientists would be a stretch of the imagination.
Carbon based molecules are responsible for the things living things need to exist:
- Nucleic Acids
It is remarkable that the very element which is primarily responsible for our biochemical existence is now anathema and must be taxed and removed from our Earth according to some elements of the so-called scientific community; which I believe is junk science. I believe this is simply a way of creating a world type government and supplying it with the needed resources (money) to support its fictional doctrines and control the masses; don't forget what our forefathers said...the power to tax is the power to destroy... and obviously control people.
Just thing of it...some day a global government (not elected but selected by a few elite...Copenhagen Agreement?) will impose on us a personal tariff depending on our mass and subsequently our carbon footprint. Just step up to the scale and get your personal carbon tax bill; better stay skinny.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Most important...DO NOT FORGET...when it comes to voting time if they betrayed you or if they kept their word. Those that cannot be trusted in little things cannot be trusted in big things or for that matter at all...do NOT FORGET!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Ratification was not an easy process and arguments pro and con were waged vigorously. In response to this process the Federalist Papers were written and published under the name of Publius; these papers were the ablest written to try and convince the state of New York to ratify the new Constitution. They appeared in the New York journals between October, 1787 and April, 1788. It was not until 1804 that their true authors were named by Alexander Hamilton just before his duel and his subsequent death at the hands of Aaron Burr. Those authors of the 85 letters were Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison.
If you really want to get a "feel" for what the Founding Fathers wanted for this new country Google "Constitution of the United States of America" and read it; it is not that long. Also read "The Federalist...1787 - 1788" and you will get a true insiders interpretation of what the Constitution was intended to mean and connote to the people of the United States.
Monday, November 23, 2009
This civilian trial has nothing to do with bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to justice; he has already admitted to doing what he has been charged with and said he is guilty and accepts the death sentence. So what does this civilian trial have to do with except putting the cross hairs of terrorists on New York City again; it has to do with hopefully increasing the political capital of the President and the Democratic Party in view of their rapidly decreasing approval ratings. They need some circuses to feed to the people to give them a "bump" and increase their ratings presumably before the 2010 elections and 2012 Presidential elections. I think this will backfire because of the following reasons:
- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be given one of the greatest platforms to spread his vitriol and hatred and profess jihad to the world.
- It will allow his defense attorneys to get through the discovery process all sorts of intelligence material that would put the national security of the United States at risk.
- It would allow his defense attorneys to cross examine witnesses and put them at risk for retaliation and death.
- But most of all it would be a slap in the face of all those innocent victims in the World Trade Center Towers, their families and all the police, firemen and fire women and first responders who gave their lives in the service of their fellow men and women at Ground Zero that day of infamy.
My advice to you President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder is not to proceed with this circus in New York.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The Large Hadron Collider was restarted on Friday, November 20th. It took about 15 years to build it and was an international collaboration.
In the 1960s, British physicist Peter Higgs postulated a clustering effect of the Higgs Boson as the mechanism which imparts mass. According to mathematical theoretical considerations and experimental suggestions some think the Higgs boson as the single missing piece of the Standard Model of particle physics. Some think the Higgs boson is a single particle others think it might be several. At any rate it is the single most hot spot in particle physics because it might answer the question of mass or may lead to new discoveries in particle physics. Where it will lead no one is absolutely sure...but it will lead to new and exciting frontiers where no one has gone before.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
They stood in solidarity against the mullahs, who let loose their bullying thugs into the crowds to inflict physical harm and harassment on the protesters. The protesters demanded democracy but all they received was imprisonment and torment in the notorious Evin prison.
What did the protesters receive for all their efforts; five were condemned to DEATH; yes DEATH for protesting. The death sentences that were announced this week are hoped to silence the political opposition. They will not silence the opposition to the ruling ayatollah; they will just change the chants of "Death to America," to chants of "Death to the dictator." That is a direct threat to Iran's ruling ayatollah. The movement will not stop, it will grow and grow until the Theocracy crumbles and a more secular and representative government ensues.
It is inevitable.
"President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, experienced litigators, fully realize that in a civilian court the Qaida quintet can and will demand discovery of mountains of government intelligence...As civilian "defendants," these war criminals will put Bush-era counterterrorism tactics under the brightest public spotlight in American legal history...And because it is unnecessary to have this civilian trial at all, one must conclude that this is what Obama and Holder want to happen.
This will give the hard left its promised feast. Its shock troops, such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, will gather up each new disclosure and add it to the purported war-crimes case they are urging foreign courts to bring against President Bush, his subordinates, and U.S. intelligence agents."
So the reason for the civilian New York trials are for two reasons:
- To divert the public attention from the miserable failed foreign policies of President Obama and
- To but the blame on President Bush, as they have been doing since Obama's inauguration.
Wake up America and see the writing on the wall.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine is expected to have a similar safety profile as seasonal flu vaccines, which have a very good safety track record. Over the years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received seasonal flu vaccines.
H1N1 Flu Vaccine: Safety First
Experts describe the process for developing the H1N1 vaccine, testing it in volunteers, and monitoring its safety during and after immunization.
Common Ingredients of U.S. Licensed Vaccines
Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccines Descriptions and Ingredients
WHO: Safety of Pandemic Vaccines
CDC expects that any side effects following vaccination with the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine would be rare. If side effects occur, they will likely be similar to those experienced following seasonal influenza vaccine.
Where the shot was given
Life-threatening allergic reactions
•Hoarseness or wheezing
•Swelling around the eyes or lips
•Fast heart beat
Fainting (mainly adolescents)
Usually begin within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot
Seek Medical Attention Right Away
Usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days
Questions and Answers on H1N1 Flu Vaccine Safety
Unexpected Adverse Events
The safety of all vaccines licensed in the United States is monitored through a system (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS) that collects and analyzes information from adverse events that occur after vaccination. Healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, and the general public can submit information to the system via mail, fax, or dedicated Web site, in English or Spanish.
Report a reaction following vaccination
Monitoring Vaccine Safety
Federal Plans to Monitor Immunization Safety for the Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Program (Federal Immunization Safety Task Force)
Existing vaccine safety monitoring efforts, which have been in place for many years, are being expanded to respond to the 2009 H1N1 influenza. New systems also have been developed to support the vaccine safety monitoring efforts. Details include:
•Large, linked databases from health insurance plans are being matched with state immunization registries to conduct near-real time surveillance of the health outcomes of more than 20 million people following vaccination
•Reporting capacity and staffing has been increased more than 10-fold to collect reports from providers and the public of potential adverse events
•Expanded surveillance systems will enhance detection and follow-up on potential cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder
•An independent group of experts is being established to conduct regular, rapid reviews of data from federal safety monitoring systems as it accumulates
The Federal Immunization Safety Task Force was established in 2008 to ensure that all federal efforts relevant to immunization safety are coordinated and integrated and that opportunities to enhance synergies across the federal government in immunization safety are identified. This cross-government task force is led by the Department of Health and Human Services and is jointly chaired by the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The Task Force includes participation from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. All three Departments are responsible for vaccine research and safety monitoring.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
However, the public option is doubly optional — individual states can choose whether to make the government-sponsored plan available to their residents, according to a senior aide to Sen. Reid. The bill also calls for member-owned "co-op" health plans.
The legislation represents a blend of two bills, one crafted by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and the other by the Senate Finance Committee. The former committee's bill included the public option; the latter did not, but instead called for "co-op" plans.
The opt-out clause for the public option in the new Senate bill attempts to placate critics who say a government health plan would force private insurers out of business, leading to a federal takeover of healthcare. Public-option supporters contend that a government plan will merely make private insurers more competitive.
The Senate bill would cost $849 billion through 2019, but it would ultimately shave $127 billion off the federal deficit while reducing the number of uninsured by 31 million people, according to a senior Democratic leadership aide.
The bill bears the strong mark of Sen. Reid, who has sought the middle ground for the sake of winning 60 Senate votes. Sixty is the magic number needed to overcome any procedural hurdles mounted by opponents and pass a motion to proceed, which would bring the bill to the Senate floor for debate and a vote. Democrats hold 58 Senate seats; independents, two more.
"I have the responsibility of taking what the left wants and what the right wants and coming up with a package that is a moderate piece of legislation that will allow the American people to have a new structure that will control healthcare in this country," Sen. Reid said earlier this month.
A vote on a motion to proceed could come as early as tomorrow.
If passed, the Senate bill would have to be reconciled to a bill passed earlier this month by the House. The reconciled bill would then come before both chambers for a final vote.
Authors and Disclosures
Freelance writer, St. Louis, Missouri
Disclosure: Robert L. Lowes has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The President and his Attorney General, Eric Holder have some misplaced belief that these "enemy combatants" should be tried in a civilian court according to the rule of law we have established for criminals. Doesn't the President "get it yet"; these are terrorists who are using Islam as a recruiting method to promulgate jihad against anyone not Muslim and even those who are Muslim and do not agree with their brand of Islam. He is importing them into the United States...what a blunder. Just because they don't wear a uniform does not mean they are any less an armed force dedicated to kill us and what we stand for....this is every bit a war but without the visible trappings that we are use to seeing. These terrorists should not be brought (imported) to the United States and should be tried by military tribunals only after the War on Terror has been won; if it takes 10 or 20 years so be it. We did not begin this war they did and the burden of their actions and its consequences fall on them and not on us.
Monday, November 16, 2009
As a Cardinal (a Prince of the Church) he had a duty to explain his position on the abortion issue; just like any news writer or politician has and he did. Ellen Goodman criticized him for a breach of etiquette for lobbying at a funeral; what a hypocritical position she placed herself in. I guess in Ms. Goodman's elitist, liberal view the sensitivities of a family trumps the truth of the millions of dismembered developing babies that have been aborted, not for medical reasons, but as a form of birth control....if abortion isn't the greatest sin against Ms. Goodman's sense of "civility" than I don't know what on earth could be.
Ms. Goodman talks about reproductive health care and pro-choice Democrats as though they are benign Constitutionally justified positions; they are not. No where in the Constitution of the United States is there a right to privacy which the Supreme Court that passed into law Roe V. Wade created and used to justify a women's right to abortion on demand. It was a right created by a liberal Supreme Court to justify their position and to satisfy a presumed social and political need at the time.
Reproductive health care and pro-choice are just code words for abortion on demand. I pray that Ms. Goodman will someday see deep within her soul the value of innocent human life and fight to protect it and not destroy it. A Culture of Death can only lead to darkness and more death; I don't find anything uplifting in that view.
If you want to share your views with Ms. Goodman her e-mail address as listed in the Northwest Herald is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I believe that the right of self preservation of our society trumps the so-called right to privacy that is found nowhere in the Constitution of the United States of America.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today remember all, those who gave their lives, those who were injured, those who served in any capacity that was assigned to them; they all served as part of an American Armed Force that made this country able to continue and to assure each of us the blessing of freedom. Do not forget the men and women who serve today,risking their lives abroad and at home for the safety and security of this One Nation Under God.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
You owe it to yourself and your country to be informed.
Monday, November 9, 2009
According to Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the bill is DOA (dead on arrival) in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has not yet scheduled floor debate on the bill. This bill may not even get settled one way or the other until next year. I am sure there will be a lot of spinning by all the talking heads on TV and the radio over the next several weeks but one thing that is certain is that the passing of this bill was NO mandate from the people.
Failed Bank List
Bank Name City State CERT # Closing Date
United Commercial Bank San Francisco CA 32469 November 6, 2009
Gateway Bank of St. Louis St. Louis MO 19450 November 6, 2009
Prosperan Bank Oakdale MN 35074 November 6, 2009
Home Federal Savings Bank Detroit MI 30329 November 6, 2009
United Security Bank Sparta GA 22286 November 6, 2009
North Houston Bank Houston TX 18776 October 30, 2009
Madisonville State Bank Madisonville TX 33782 October 30, 2009
Citizens National Bank Teague TX 25222 October 30, 2009
Park National Bank Chicago IL 11677 October 30, 2009
Pacific National Bank San Francisco CA 30006 October 30, 2009
California National Bank Los Angeles CA 34659 October 30, 2009
San Diego National Bank San Diego CA 23594 October 30, 2009
Community Bank of Lemont Lemont IL 35291 October 30, 2009
Bank USA, N.A. Phoenix AZ 32218 October 30, 2009
First DuPage Bank Westmont IL 35038 October 23, 2009
Riverview Community Bank Otsego MN 57525 October 23, 2009
Bank of Elmwood Racine WI 18321 October 23, 2009
Flagship National Bank Bradenton FL 35044 October 23, 2009
Hillcrest Bank Florida Naples FL 58336 October 23, 2009
American United Bank Lawrenceville GA 57794 October 23, 2009
Partners Bank Naples FL 57959 October 23, 2009
San Joaquin Bank Bakersfield CA 23266 October 16, 2009
Southern Colorado National Bank Pueblo CO 57263 October 2, 2009
Jennings State Bank Spring Grove MN 11416 October 2, 2009
Warren Bank Warren MI 34824 October 2, 2009
Georgian Bank Atlanta GA 57151 September 25, 2009
Irwin Union Bank, F.S.B. Louisville KY 57068 September 18, 2009
Irwin Union Bank and Trust Company Columbus IN 10100 September 18, 2009
Venture Bank Lacey WA 22868 September 11, 2009
Brickwell Community Bank Woodbury MN 57736 September 11, 2009
Corus Bank, N.A. Chicago IL 13693 September 11, 2009
First State Bank Flagstaff AZ 34875 September 4, 2009
Platinum Community Bank Rolling Meadows IL 35030 September 4, 2009
Vantus Bank Sioux City IA 27732 September 4, 2009
InBank Oak Forest IL 20203 September 4, 2009
First Bank of Kansas City Kansas City MO 25231 September 4, 2009
Affinity Bank Ventura CA 27197 August 28, 2009
Mainstreet Bank Forest Lake MN 1909 August 28, 2009
Bradford Bank Baltimore MD 28312 August 28, 2009
Guaranty Bank Austin TX 32618 August 21, 2009
CapitalSouth Bank Birmingham AL 22130 August 21, 2009
First Coweta Bank Newnan GA 57702 August 21, 2009
ebank Atlanta GA 34682 August 21, 2009
Community Bank of Nevada Las Vegas NV 34043 August 14, 2009
Community Bank of Arizona Phoenix AZ 57645 August 14, 2009
Union Bank, National Association Gilbert AZ 34485 August 14, 2009
Colonial Bank Montgomery AL 9609 August 14, 2009
Dwelling House Savings and Loan Association Pittsburgh PA 31559 August 14, 2009
Community First Bank Prineville OR 23268 August 7, 2009
Community National Bank of Sarasota County Venice FL 27183 August 7, 2009
First State Bank Sarasota FL 27364 August 7, 2009
Mutual Bank Harvey IL 18659 July 31, 2009
First BankAmericano Elizabeth NJ 34270 July 31, 2009
Peoples Community Bank West Chester OH 32288 July 31, 2009
Integrity Bank Jupiter FL 57604 July 31, 2009
First State Bank of Altus Altus OK 9873 July 31, 2009
Security Bank of Jones County Gray GA 8486 July 24, 2009
Security Bank of Houston County Perry GA 27048 July 24, 2009
Security Bank of Bibb County Macon GA 27367 July 24, 2009
Security Bank of North Metro Woodstock GA 57105 July 24, 2009
Security Bank of North Fulton Alpharetta GA 57430 July 24, 2009
Security Bank of Gwinnett County Suwanee GA 57346 July 24, 2009
Waterford Village Bank Williamsville NY 58065 July 24, 2009
Temecula Valley Bank Temecula CA 34341 July 17, 2009
Vineyard Bank Rancho Cucamonga CA 23556 July 17, 2009
BankFirst Sioux Falls SD 34103 July 17, 2009
First Piedmont Bank Winder GA 34594 July 17, 2009
Bank of Wyoming Thermopolis WY 22754 July 10, 2009
Founders Bank Worth IL 18390 July 2, 2009
Millennium State Bank of Texas Dallas TX 57667 July 2, 2009
First National Bank of Danville Danville IL 3644 July 2, 2009
Elizabeth State Bank Elizabeth IL 9262 July 2, 2009
Rock River Bank Oregon IL 15302 July 2, 2009
First State Bank of Winchester Winchester IL 11710 July 2, 2009
John Warner Bank Clinton IL 12093 July 2, 2009
Mirae Bank Los Angeles CA 57332 June 26, 2009
MetroPacific Bank Irvine CA 57893 June 26, 2009
Horizon Bank Pine City MN 9744 June 26, 2009
Neighborhood Community Bank Newnan GA 35285 June 26, 2009
Community Bank of West Georgia Villa Rica GA 57436 June 26, 2009
First National Bank of Anthony Anthony KS 4614 June 19, 2009
Cooperative Bank Wilmington NC 27837 June 19, 2009
Southern Community Bank Fayetteville GA 35251 June 19, 2009
Bank of Lincolnwood Lincolnwood IL 17309 June 5, 2009
Citizens National Bank Macomb IL 5757 May 22, 2009
Strategic Capital Bank Champaign IL 35175 May 22, 2009
BankUnited, FSB Coral Gables FL 32247 May 21, 2009
Westsound Bank Bremerton WA 34843 May 8, 2009
America West Bank Layton UT 35461 May 1, 2009
Citizens Community Bank Ridgewood NJ 57563 May 1, 2009
Silverton Bank, NA Atlanta GA 26535 May 1, 2009
First Bank of Idaho Ketchum ID 34396 April 24, 2009
First Bank of Beverly Hills Calabasas CA 32069 April 24, 2009
Michigan Heritage Bank Farmington Hills MI 34369 April 24, 2009
American Southern Bank Kennesaw GA 57943 April 24, 2009
Great Basin Bank of Nevada Elko NV 33824 April 17, 2009
American Sterling Bank Sugar Creek MO 8266 April 17, 2009
New Frontier Bank Greeley CO 34881 April 10, 2009
Cape Fear Bank Wilmington NC 34639 April 10, 2009
Omni National Bank Atlanta GA 22238 March 27, 2009
TeamBank, NA Paola KS 4754 March 20, 2009
Colorado National Bank Colorado Springs CO 18896 March 20, 2009
FirstCity Bank Stockbridge GA 18243 March 20, 2009
Freedom Bank of Georgia Commerce GA 57558 March 6, 2009
Security Savings Bank Henderson NV 34820 February 27, 2009
Heritage Community Bank Glenwood IL 20078 February 27, 2009
Silver Falls Bank Silverton OR 35399 February 20, 2009
Pinnacle Bank of Oregon Beaverton OR 57342 February 13, 2009
Corn Belt Bank & Trust Co. Pittsfield IL 16500 February 13, 2009
Riverside Bank of the Gulf Coast Cape Coral FL 34563 February 13, 2009
Sherman County Bank Loup City NE 5431 February 13, 2009
County Bank Merced CA 22574 February 6, 2009
Alliance Bank Culver City CA 23124 February 6, 2009
FirstBank Financial Services McDonough GA 57017 February 6, 2009
Ocala National Bank Ocala FL 26538 January 30, 2009
Suburban FSB Crofton MD 30763 January 30, 2009
MagnetBank Salt Lake City UT 58001 January 30, 2009
1st Centennial Bank Redlands CA 33025 January 23, 2009
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By Robert McCoppin | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 11/8/2009 12:02 AM
The allocation of vaccines for the H1N1 flu virus in recent weeks may have seemed haphazard.
In suburban Cook County, many children with serious medical conditions couldn't get a shot.
Initially, DuPage and McHenry counties had only nasal sprays, which pregnant women and people with conditions like asthma can't take.
In Kane County, mass vaccination clinics were canceled after demand overwhelmed the supply.
And in Lake County, some people seeking vaccinations gave up when they saw jammed parking lots and hours-long lines. And parents who didn't qualify for the shots were given vaccines they didn't even ask for.
Yet in Chicago, officials have received nearly 330,000 doses, more than double suburban Cook, and started getting the vaccine nearly a month before the collar counties.
The allocation of vaccine created such anomalies as Kane County at one point getting more doses than DuPage County, though it has almost half the population.
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Maureen McHugh, executive director of the DuPage County Health Department, said there have been some discrepancies, but state workers are trying their best with a limited supply.
"It's been an awkward couple of weeks," she said, "but it will even out."
Despite the inconsistencies, public health officials say they are trying to dole out the doses as fairly as possible.
Distribution is based not strictly on population, but on a number of factors, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said.
H1N1-related hospitalizations and deaths, along with population, are the primary considerations. The state no longer tracks overall cases by county because the illness is widespread.
State officials also try to keep distribution spread evenly across the state, and consider logistics such as the refrigeration storage capacity of each county.
"We're ordering as much as we can as soon as we can," Arnold said. "Right now, supply is so limited, we're all clamoring to get it. We hear some concerns, 'I live in this county but it's coming to this (other) county.' It's not a perfect system. Our objective is to get as much vaccine as we can into people."
Further complicating distribution is that federal authorities treat Chicago, New York and Los Angeles the same way they do states, sending the cities their own allotments of vaccine separate from their states, because of their large populations. Illinois, then, doled out its allotment to the rest of the state.
As the supply evens out, county health departments now are taking steps to serve a previously underserved group, those with underlying medical conditions who are at greatest risk of dying from the flu.
On Friday, DuPage County began holding the first of two immunization clinics for schoolchildren with medical conditions that endanger them, such as heart, lung, neurological, and immune-suppressing conditions.
DuPage officials sent letters to the children as identified by nurses at schools throughout the county. All 3,000 appointments were very quickly filled.
Cook County started allocating some of its supply to obstetricians and pediatricians Thursday, spokeswoman Amy Poore said, in an effort to get vaccines to some of the most at-risk patients: pregnant women and children with underlying medical conditions.
But some pediatric specialists have said they are unequipped to provide the shots because they don't normally provide vaccines, so officials are trying to find the right providers.
And Will County will hold clinics this week specifically for people with severely compromised immune systems, such as transplants recipients, chemotherapy patients, and those getting oxygen for acute lung disease.
Statewide, all 95 county health departments should have received vaccines by now, and most have held or scheduled vaccinations. Much of the initial shipments were in the form of a live virus in a nasal spray, which pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions cannot take.
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There are also signs the scarcity of vaccine may be starting to loosen up, as Chicago, suburban Cook, and all the collar counties got additional doses this past week.
After initially getting the smallest allotment per person, with a paltry 20,000 doses for 2.5 million people, suburban Cook suddenly has by far the biggest supply outside Chicago, with almost 150,000 doses. Officials hope to start supply day care centers and walk-in clinics soon.
Vaccine remained scarcest in McHenry County, with just one dose for every 100 residents - all nasal spray.
Plagued by delivery delays, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shipped 327,000 doses to Chicago and more than 1 million doses to the rest of the state, with ultimate allocations based strictly on population. But the CDC leaves the method of allocation up to each state.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday it has started receiving 3.7 million doses for its personnel - though many are not necessarily in the highest-risk groups for serious complications from the flu. The states also reserve additional vaccines for members of military families.
Source: U.S. Census, county health departments
Debra Quackenbush MPH CHES
Community Information Coordinator
McHenry County Department of Health
2200 N. Seminary Avenue
Woodstock IL 60098
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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView.* During the week of October 25-31, 2009, a review of the key indicators found that influenza activity remained high in the United States. Below is a summary of the most recent key indicators:
Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) nationally decreased very slightly this week over last week after four consecutive weeks of sharp increases. While ILI declined slightly, visits to doctors for influenza-like illness remain at much higher levels than what is expected for this time of the year and parts of the country continue to see sharp increases in activity. It’s possible that nationwide ILI could rise again. ILI continues to be higher than what is seen during the peak of most regular flu seasons.
Total influenza hospitalization rates for laboratory-confirmed flu are climbing and are higher than expected for this time of year. Hospitalization rates continue to be highest is younger populations with the highest hospitalization rate reported in children 0-4 years old.
The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) based on the 122 Cities Report continues to increase and has been higher for five week now than what is expected at this time of year. In addition, 18 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported this week; 15 of these deaths were confirmed 2009 H1N1, and three were influenza A viruses, but were not subtyped. Since April 2009, CDC has received reports of 129 laboratory-confirmed pediatric 2009 H1N1 deaths and another 15 pediatric deaths that were laboratory confirmed as influenza, but where the flu virus subtype was not determined.
Forty-eight states are reporting widespread influenza activity at this time; a decline of one state over last week. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This many reports of widespread activity at this time of year are unprecedented during seasonal flu.
Almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far continue to be 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses. These viruses remain similar to the virus chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir with rare exception
Taken from CDC Newsletter.
In a statement issued from Camp David shortly after the vote, President Barack Obama, who had visited House Democrats earlier in the day, said, "Tonight, in an historic vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would finally make real the promise of quality, affordable health care for the American people."
For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was "proud" of House members who stood steadfast against overwhelming GOP opposition. "When we can't find common ground, we have to stand our ground," she said at a news briefing following passage of the legislation, which garnered just one Republican vote, that of Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA).
But House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH), whose GOP substitute plan went down to defeat shortly before the historic vote, vowed to continue the fight. "I came here to renew the American Dream, so my kids and their kids have the same opportunities I had. I came here to fight big-government monstrosities like this bill that dim the light of freedom and diminish opportunity for future generations. Our plan will lower premiums by up to 10%, making health care more affordable for families and small businesses. That's what the American people want, and that's what Republicans will continue to fight for."
Action now turns to the Senate, where leaders are working to merge bills from that body's Health Committee and Finance Committee. Like the House-passed bill, the Senate Health Committee's proposal includes a public-plan option, a new government insurance plan that would compete with private plans in the marketplace and be authorized to negotiate rates with physicians and hospitals. The Finance Committee proposal, in contrast, would create state-level private, nonprofit, consumer-run insurance cooperatives, which liberals in the Senate, including West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller, say are fatally flawed.
But to overcome a 60-vote hurdle — the number of votes Democrats would need to cut off a GOP filibuster that some conservative Democrats have threatened to join — Senate Democrats who favor the public-plan option may have no choice but to compromise to get any sort of reform legislation through their chamber.
If that happens, and it's still a big if, the next battleground would be the conference committee, where negotiators of both chambers must forge a single piece of legislation acceptable to both sides — and, of course, to the President.
Authors and Disclosures
Wayne Guglielmo is a freelance writer for Medscape.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Important Notice for America's Future
The Treaty of Copenhagen, is being prepared for signing in mid-December 2009. It would create an unelected world government with direct power over all financial and trading markets, and direct power to intervene over the heads of elected governments in the economic and environmental affairs of all nations signing the Treaty. The new, supranational bureaucratic entity will have the power to redistribute up to 2% of wealthy nations annual gross domestic product to third-world countries in reparation for imaginary "climate debt" - just as undeniable scientific proof becomes available that CO2 has only a tiny and harmless warming effect! Please support the Instrument of Repudiation, and urge at least five of your friends to support it too. Please sign up to oppose the Treaty and preserve America's freedom, democracy, and prosperity.
Go to www.webcommentary.com to find the details on how you the average citizen can repudiate this Agreement.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The purpose of the census is get the number of all the people living in the US regardless of their status so that the Census Bureau and the federal government can figure out how your taxes will be distributed in an equitable? and "fair" manner...Hmmmm again. According to the Brookings Institution each person in the US uses about $1400 in annual program expenditures. So in fact, we already have a program that in a sense redistributes some of the money (wealth) to theoretically everyone...the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the fat, the skinny, the legal, the illegal, the documented, the undocumented, the tax payer, the non-taxpayer....that sounds a lot like like what President Obama said in his campaign for President...to redistribute the wealth.
Just thought you folks out there would like to know this.
I believe the winds of change are starting to blow ever so gently but will erupt into a tornado if the people are feed the same old empty promises they have been getting for generations.
Democrat candidates for office cannot any longer hope to slip into office on the shirt tails of President Obama; in fact President Obama cannot hope to stay in office on the basis of his rhetoric and charm and flashing smile...it will not work again. He has to really accomplish things of substance that the American people expect of their President. As the President now realizes, words and promises will NOT BE ENOUGH.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Now, I believe in the theory of "Trickle Down Taxation"; a theory proposed by myself. The basic core of my theory is that when they milk all they can from the so-called "rich" they will then redefine "rich" to include the upper 1/3 of the middle class and when that has been mined for all the extra taxes needed then the middle 1/3 and so forth and so on....where does it end...bankruptcy of the country and financial collapse. We all know, deep within our inner being, there are NO FREE LUNCHES...someone somewhere always pays the bill. What happens however when you run out of the someones and somewheres?
Think about it...someday you may be defined as being super-rich for the sake of being in a tax bracket so that your finances can be mined by the IRS... only in America. God bless us and save us...He may be the only one Who can!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
"Thus not only our reason fails us in the discovery of the ultimate connexion of causes and effects, but even after experience has inform'd us of their constant conjunction, 'tis impossible for us to satisfy ourselves by our reason, why we shou'd extend that experience beyond those particular instances, which have fallen under our observation. We suppose, but are never able to prove, that there must be a resemblance betwixt those objects, of which we have had experience, and those which lie beyond the reach of our discovery."
We live in a time and culture in which the people involved in the brain tumor cluster in McCullum Lake may never know the absolute truth regarding this issue. I say this because the techniques and purposes of law and science differ dramatically. Both seek to find the truth, but each applies a different meaning of "truth".
According to L.O. Gostin, Public Health Law...Power..Duty..Restraint, "While law seeks finality and closure, scientific inquiry is continuous; while law in civil litigation makes decisions by the preponderance of evidence (greater than 50 percent), science uses statistical significance (greater than 95 percent, with a confidence limit that does not include 1.0); while law follows an adversarial method, science embraces the experimental design (the "scientific" method); while legal evidence is testimonial, scientific evidence is empirical. These different understandings do not mean that one field discovers truth and the other less than truth. Rather, the two fields have different missions and each operates, at least partly, in the other's environment. Science and law, therefore, must seek to understand the other, and each must accommodate the methods and cognitive processes of the other."
Conflicts and differences of opinion can occur between law and science in several areas; one area is that of the issue of causality - did an event or exposure to a substance produce or cause a certain harm to an individual or group of individuals. The plaintiff attorney tries to assign responsibility for the alleged harm to the defendant; that is his/her mission. The attorney for the plaintiff claim that a certain substance or substances caused a detrimental health condition to the plaintiffs. Sometimes this allegation takes place years or even decades after the alleged exposure to the alleged agent.
Problems arise in trying to prove scientifically that the alleged exposure to the alleged agent was directly and causally related to the detrimental health condition. Why? ...because of the number of individuals involved, the time span between the alleged event and the detrimental health condition and the many variables that might have or could have affected each of the plaintiffs over the many years since the alleged event and the detrimental health condition.
According to L. O. Gostin, Public Health Law...Power.Duty.Restraint, the "plaintiffs in exposure litigation must establish two types of causation: general and specific. General causation assesses whether the substance is capable of causing the harm found in increased levels in the population. Specific causation assesses whether exposure to the substance in fact caused caused the plaintiffs' harm." It can rarely be proven that the harm in the population or individual was directly caused by a specific event or substance which that population may or may not have been exposed to many years ago.
The epigraph by David Hume states that positive correlations never establish causation; however epidemiologists use statistical significance to establish positive correlations between two events, the exposure and the harm done, to support causality. But to do this by using the scientific method the causality is assumed only if there exists more than a 95 percent chance that the exposure results in harm.
This is the conundrum that exists in proving causation by using the law and using the scientific method.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
- Independence - The civilian review body must be independent of the Sheriff's Police Department.
- Investigative Power - The civilian review body must have the authority and resources to independently investigate complaints.
- Mandatory Police Participation (aka Subpoena Power) - The civilian review body must be able to compel the participation of officers in their investigations and hearings.
- Role in the Discipline System - A civilian review body must have a role in the discipline of officers where complaints are upheld. That role may be advisory to the Police Department, or civilian review may have a disciplinary role in certain defined cases.
- Statistical Analysis and Reporting - The civilian review body should issue a report at least annually on statistics involving police complaints and other aspects of policing, and analyze the data to identify trends and to identify practices or even individual officers that may require remedial action to improve policing and prevent future incidents.
- Policy Recommendations - The civilian review body should be both retrospective, investigating individual complaints, but also prospective, proactively looking at ways to improve policing. Policy recommendations in civilian review bodies are often the result of investigating individual complaints, which may identify a need for new or better police practices, policies, or training.
- Hearing Component (Formal or Informal) - The civilian review body must have the ability to conduct hearings on individual complaints and on matters of policy.
- Adequate Funding - Funding must be adequate to effectively support the investigative, analysis and reporting, and policy roles of civilian review.
- Reflects Community Diversity - Both the staff and the civilian review body should reflect community diversity.
- Accessibility - The public must be able to easily and directly access the civilian review body, whether physically, by phone, e-mail or fax. The physical location of the civilian review body office is an important consideration, and should reflect both the public accessibility of the body, and its independence from the police department.
- Qualifications and Training - The civilian review staff must be appropriately qualified and trained, and time and funding dedicated to continuing education and peer-to-peer learning. The members of the civilian review body will probably need to meet certain qualifications, and should be given initial orientation and training, with opportunities for ongoing education and peer-to-peer learning.
The above was taken from a discussion by Director Tom Radulovich,BART Police Department Review Committee Meeting of April 29, 2009.
The democrats in congress and the President believe that a federal role in health care will make health care more affordable. The opposite has occurred. Here are a few facts:
- Prior to the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, health care inflation ran slightly faster than overall inflation.
- In the years since, medical inflation has climbed 2.3 times faster than cost increases elsewhere in the economy.
- Much of this reflects advances in technology and expensive treatments, but the contrast does contradict the claim of government as a benign cost saver.
Let's now examine the record of Congressional forecasters in predicting costs. We will start with Medicaid, the joint federal-state program for the poor:
- The House Ways and Means Committee estimated that its first year costs would be $238 million. It hit more than $1 billion and costs have kept climbing since then.
- Thanks in part to expansions promoted by California's Henry Waxman, a principal author of the current House bill, Medicaid now costs 37 times more than when it was launched -- after adjusting for inflation.
- Currently the cost is $251 billion, up 24.7 percent or $50 billion in fiscal 2009 alone, and that's before the health care bill covers millions of new beneficiaries.
Medicare has a similar record:
- In 1965, Congressional budgeters said it would cost $12 billion in 1990.
- Its actual cost that year was $90 billion.
- The hospitalization program alone was supposed to cost $9 billion but wound up costing $67 billion. These aren't small forecasting errors--the rate of increase in Medicare spending has outpaced overall inflation in nearly every year (up 9.8 percent in 2009), so a program that began at $4 billion now costs $428 billion.
The lesson to be learned is that nearly all federal benefit programs grow relentlessly once they are started. This history won't stop Democrats bent on ramming their entitlement into law. But every Member who votes for it is guaranteeing larger deficits and higher taxes far into the future.
Source: Editorial, "Health Costs and History;Government programs always exceed their spending estimates," Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2009.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I do not understand the man, President Obama and I do not understand why he is not taking his first and foremost responsibility more seriously; to protect the security of the United States of America and its' citizens more seriously. Can anyone give me a good and reasonable answer to this question? Weakness is never rewarded by peace in this real world we live in....history has told us so over the millenniums.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Another reason for this move now is to take the heat off of the President whose ratings are falling at a precipitous rate in the democratic and republican parties and also with the American people across this great land.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
As a resident of McHenry Brogan "knows the culture of McHenry and what people expect of their police force". "He knows the nooks and crannies and niches." On top of all of this he has always been a nice guy and someone who always put the welfare of the city and his fellow police officers before his own.
In contrast we have the City of Woodstock who decided to hire a new police chief from outside the department from outside the county and from outside the city. Chief Robert Lowen Jr's salary is, according to the Northwest Herald, $122,658. According to the information I have he has still not moved into McHenry County, as previous chiefs had to, much less the City of Woodstock of which he is the chief of police. I wonder if he knows the culture of McHenry County? I wonder is he knows all the nooks and crannies and niches of his city like police chief Brogan does? Does not living where you are the Chief of Police tell you anything about the man?.....I don't know...do you?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Paris, Feb. 22, 1787
On this date one of our Founding Fathers wrote a letter to Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the future second President of the United States of America. They, the Adams family and the writer of this letter were friends while both families were stationed in Paris at the time of the Revolutionary War and for a period afterward.
The author of this letter wrote, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. This rebellion was of a group of farmers who were protestesting certain actions of the government which were certainly not favorable to them.
Can you tell me who this Founding Father was that liked a little rebellion now and then? Was it:
1. George Washington
2. Alexander Hamilton
3. James Madison
4. Thomas Jefferson
5. Ben Franklin
I will give you the correct answer after the pole has expired.
Monday, May 25, 2009
- The pursuit of happiness
Sometime today take a few minutes and remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives for their country and for the three simple God given rights all human beings have by nature of their being. Amen.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
In today's Northwest Herald, Friday, May 1, 2009, you were quoted as saying "The city's interest always is to protect residents and taxpayers and to be a good steward of tax dollars. ...we also want to be fair and equitable to city employees."
So far I have not experienced that aspect of the "city's interest" towards its employees. I hope that some time in the very near future I will experience your quoted words in real forward moving modalities of action to resolve this situation of which you are aware.
I am not saying this to be rude or blamful but I would recommend that before totally backing your departments heads you adopt the late President Ronald Reagan's philosophy, "trust but verify". As they say there is always another side to a story and in the news business always a "back story" that can change the whole complexion of what you may have been told along with what people may have told you are iron clad facts and incontrovertible.
Richard W. Gorski, M.D.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
When are the citizens of this country going to draw a line in the sand and tell its elected officials ....no further ...no more intrusion in our private lives and affairs.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The irony of Mathew Bunda going to jail because he missed two court appearances and could not come up with the bond after he could not pay his divorce attorney $18,000 is beyond belief. Several of President Obama's Cabinet owed thousands of dollars to the IRS and admitted it. How were they treated....got a new job...to be a member of the Presidents Cabinet and advise the President on how to run the United States of America when they can't even take care of their own "STUFF" in their own house. I guess that's what President Obama meant by "CHANGE"...hmmm?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Boy have I learned my lesson; never talk to the press with the expectation that the truth will be revealed by them. In most cases you can probably expect that you will get a STORY created to titillate the readers and stir controversy and increase sales and circulation and not even an attempt at getting at the underlying factors that are at the heart of the matter. What a lot of reporters (not journalists) want is to get their STORY on the front page of a newspaper in big black print with their name written below.
I also resent the implied insinuation that I doled out pain meds like some street corner dealer supplying his customers with their needs. If I could count the times I gave patients free samples or medications (freely at my cost) that they needed but could not afford it might be more than the hairs on your head. I am truly saddened and disheartened at the way you approached this, seemingly setting up your agenda to go where you wanted to go and report and dismissing the things that did not fit your agenda or version of the truth. I wish you well on your journey to become a journalist.
Monday, March 23, 2009
What happens in many cases is that before the case ever comes to court the witness of the alleged misdeed is gotten rid of, fired, discredited in some fashion so that if and when he/she does get to court they are discredited by the defendants attorney as not being credible. I know of at least two alleged instances when this perhaps legal but I believe unethical legal tactic has and is being used to protect the "boss" and the "boss's" boss. Now don't you feel better about the intrinsic goodness of our human nature and your fellow man or woman....hmmmm...bull.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Lately one hot topic that people in and outside of the Woodstock Police Department have been privately vocal about is that allegedly this period of time under the current leadership at the police department has evoked one of the lowest periods of morale in the rank and file of the patrol officers. They allegedly are affraid to say anything to anyone lest they are placed in the "crosshairs" of a superior and deamed a "non-team player". So they allegedly remain quiet and not active in reporting things that maybe should be reported; that way they keep their jobs and pensions and don't incurr the wrath of their leadership.
When you pass by the relatively new police station and view the apparent peace and tranquility of its exterior remember that appearances are not always what they seem to be and that what goes on inside may not correlate to the peace and serenity of the outside shell that the building presents to the general public.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
- Mike Danahey
The Courier News
Newspaper in England nailed the OBAMA CRAZE! The Daily Mail (UK) wrote this editorial about Obama on 1/6/2009.(confirmation, Google "London Daily Mail Obama's Victory")Obama's Victory--A British view a victory for the hysterical Oprah Winfrey, the mad racist preacher Jeremiah Wright, the US mainstream media who abandoned any sense of objectivity long ago, Europeans who despise America largely because they depend on her, comics who claim to be dangerous and fearless but would not dare attack genuinely powerful special interest groups. A victory for Obama-worshippers everywhere. A victory for the cult of the cult. A man who has done little with his life but has written about his achievements as if he had found the cure for cancer in between winning a marathon and building a nuclear reactor with his teeth. Victory for style over substance, hyperbole over history, rabble-raising over reality. A victory for Hollywood , the most dysfunctional community in the world. Victory for Streisand, Spielberg, Soros, Moore, and Sarandon. Victory for those who prefer welfare to will and interference to independence. For those who settle for group think and herd mentality rather than those who fight for individual initiative and the right to be out of step with meager political fashion.Victory for a man who is no friend of freedom. He and his people have already stated that media has to be controlled so as to be balanced, without realizing the extraordinary irony within that statement. Like most liberal zealots, the Obama worshippers constantly speak of Fox and Limbaugh, when the vast bulk of television stations and newspapers are drastically liberal and anti-conservative. Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer said that just as pornography should be censored, so should talk radio. In other words, one of the few free and open means of popular expression may well be cornered and beaten by bullies who even in triumph cannot tolerate any criticism and opposition. A victory for those who believe the state is better qualified to raise children than the family, for those who prefer teachers' unions to teaching and for those who are naively convinced that if the West is sufficiently weak towards its enemies, war and terror will dissolve as quickly as the tears on the face of a leftist celebrity. A victory for social democracy even after most of Europe has come to the painful conclusion that social democracy leads to mediocrity, failure, unemployment, inflation, higher taxes and economic stagnation. A victory for intrusive lawyers, banal sentimentalists, social extremists and urban snobs.Congratulations America !
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The stimulus bill passed without one republican vote; so much for bipartisanship and change. I suspect that the next four years will be much of the same with Pelosi at the helm keeping her troops in line. No one knows that this stimulus bill will even work over the long run. If it does you can be sure that the democrats and their genetico-politico (new word created) descendants will take full credit; if it does not it will be because of those few republicans that did not sign on to the package. So folks hang on to your wallets, purses, cash (if you have any) and investments and savings over the next four years...hang on real tight. Its going to be a rough and tumble ride. You can be assured of that. I hope I'm wrong.
However if one reads the papers and records of the Founding Fathers their idea of who would have the right and privilege to vote for their representatives in the envisioned new republican form of government was not what we today enjoy and take for granted. Not everyone was included in this group of "voters"; they the Founding Fathers feared a take over by what was called then the uneducated rabble or at times referred to as the "mob". To them the voter would be a stakeholder in this new country; someone who was a land owner, business owner, educated to some degree so he could read and understand issues and not on the receiving end of government money. They feared that if all were to be allowed to be voters that they would vote for the candidate that would would promise them more and more until the government would find itself bankrupt and unable to fulfill its promises. In other words they felt that voters should be males who had something to loose if they voted unwisely and not individuals who only had something to gain....sound familiar? Women were not even considered in the argument at that time.