This should be of no surprise.

I found a video on YouTube of a Congressional hearing. I have the video below. What it boils down to is, it says in the programming code for the healthcare.gov website (I’m not sure if a user actually sees this or not) that the user “has no expectation of privacy.” This means the Federal government cannot obey its own laws on HIPPA security.

Working with medical records in my last employment, HIPPA awareness was drilled into me morning, noon and night. The company faced substantial financial penalties from the state, not to mention probable litigation from the members whos data was violated, if there was an inadvertent exposure of medical records.

Coupled with the fact that some of the programmers for that website were Belorussian State-controlled programmers, I refuse to let any of my personal data near that website.

Here is the video:

Quote of the day

During my daily reading today, I found out this past Sunday was the 271st birthday for Thomas Jefferson. In that article, I found this quote:

“We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.”

I find this pretty telling of how things are going today, don’t you think?

An explanation for Government

Here is a video talking about the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy Ranch Dispute. I think it does a reasonably good job explaining the madness that is our current government.

By the way, What is said about the BLM is pretty much true for the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) the Department of the Interior (which BLM is a part of) and most, if not all of the major departments of the Executive Branch.

Congress writes the “Sunshine and Puppies for Everybody Law of 2014″ in general terms, then at the end, has a part that reads something like, “The departments that have responsibility for enforcement of this law can issue defining regulations pertaining thereto.” Which means, they publish their “regulation changes” in the Federal Register (which most people have never even heard of) and after the appropriate “public comment period,” the regulations now have the authority of law. Now, if a significant number of citizens express outrage and other comments against the proposed regulation, the Department concerned can “take into consideration” the comments before issuing the final regulations. They usually don’t and make it law as originally written.

Anyway, here is the video:

I like this answer!

From Acculturated:

Lauren Conrad, one of the hotter Conservative women (not Conservative babe) was asked by a Liberal (who seems to view women only as sex objects, based on the question) on a radio interview the question, “What’s your favorite position?”

Without batting an eye, she responds, “CEO.”

 

A Second American Revolution

Yesterday, the Second American Revolution almost started.

If you watch the MSM (read, “anybody other than Fox”), you have probably missed this event. CNN had one link at the bottom of their page when I checked a bit ago.

Here’s the rough outline of the story: Cliven Bundy, a rancher in Nevada, has owned and ranched an expanse of land his family claimed in 1875. Back in the 90′s, the federal government declared a species of tortoise in that area “endangered” and took steps to “protect” it. Too bad the tortoises have grown to the point they have to kill a thousand of them. Since the Feds (specifically the Bureau of Land Management) has to “protect” the tortoises, they asserted control over the land that Cliven’s family has worked for 139 years. The BLM then demanded that Cliven pay them so they could control his land and give him permission to let his cattle graze on his property. So far, the BLM asserts the Bundy family owes them $1.1 Million.

Cliven’s refusal to pay the “fees” has “forced” the BLM to round up his cattle on “federal” land. Scuffles escalated to the point several thousand citizens, at least some of them armed, gathered in support of the Bundys. It was at this point yesterday, when BLM agents were facing a force that was armed at least as well as they were.

And the BLM backed down.

Now, there is a lot more to this story than that. Solar energy farms, Senator Reid and even the Chinese have been mentioned in the possible motivations for trying to force this issue. And there is probably more to it than that. We will probably never know. The MSM is suspiciously silent, and when they do speak, it is on the side of the government, which is where we all know they are anyway.

This is NOT the end. New plans are being drawn up, a timeline developed and press releases are being written. The BLM will be back, and they will win, unless the entirety of the government is stopped. The power grab of Washington has to end. Don’t look to Washington, both parties are interested in controlling the citizens, the only difference is the exact methods. Look to your fellow citizens.

3:55pm UPDATE: THIS IS UNCONFIRMED, and I am working on it:

James Wesley Jr Via Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children
This was shared on their Facebook “Page,” but NSA is BLOCKING IT from being shared any further. Please Copy & Paste this entire message and post it EVERYWHERE YOU CAN!

CAN YOU VERIFY THIS ? At 1750 hours ET, I was contacted by my source within the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current situation at the Bundy Ranch. To put it bluntly, the people are being hoodwinked into believing that the situation is being resolved. It is not. It is a strategic de-escalation to fool the public. This source stated that the retreat of the BLM agents and the release of the cattle was actually crafted as a potential plan yesterday (Friday, 11 April 2014) based on the following:
1. A military assessment of satellite and drone surveillance imagery of the “patriot resistance. Drones under the control of the U.S. military were in use, taking real-time photographic images of not just the activity at the ranch, but “identifying the protesters, any arms and any supplies they might have or be carrying. “Mission accomplished.”
2. Real-time communication intercepts between patriots on-site and their off-site support;
3. Active monitoring of internet traffic regarding the coverage of events at ranch;
4. The monitoring of real-time video from the scene.
This source stated that a response by the patriot movement was anticipated, although exceeded their expectations. Although this was a real operation, they also ran this as a test case for future government operations once they saw the response. They were also actively managing the media, in some cases threatening to cut off White House access to anyone covering the event.
Despite this, the coverage by the alternative media began to create a public relations problem that was not easily managed. Note the lack of acknowledgment by the White House regarding this event. They are intentionally framing it as a state issue, despite the fact that all federal response has been and continues to be from the White House. There is a reason for this – a reason that has not been identified in any of the public reports to date. I will explain in further detail in a follow-up report on Sunday, after this source attends [redacted] to obtain more specific information about future federal operations. Regardless, according to this source, the government will take back ‘their land’ as they must to fulfill international obligations. It was never about grazing rights or anything other than (1) “securing clear title” to the land, and (2) further demonizing any patriotic resistance. It is my understanding, based on the information from this source, that it is a critical task to create a situation that will also advance their agenda of gun control and confiscation.
A more detailed report will follow on Sunday, 13 April 2014, with additional and much more specific information about their inside plans and future operations.PLEASE MAKE THIS VIRAL

My email address is to the right, if you can confirm or deny this, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

7:38PM UPDATE: I found this: Investigator: BLM’s Surrender at Bundy Ranch is a Strategic De-escalation to Hoodwink the People.

I endorse this idea

I found this on one of my feeds this morning. This pretty much sums up how I feel about things:

I have a loyalty that runs in my bloodstream, when I lock into someone or something, you can’t get me away from it because I commit that thoroughly. That’s in a friendship, that’s a deal, that’s a commitment. Don’t give me paper – I can get the same lawyer who drew it up to break it. But if you shake my hand, that’s for life. – Jerry Lewis

Out of their area of expertise

I saw this video on my local news, and I want to call BULLSHIT.

I will start taking anti-gun propaganda in medical journals seriously when I start seeing articles on heart surgery in Guns & Ammo. I understand their motivations, but an etymology (I’ll bet you didn’t know Conservatives knew words like that!) on the RKBA without addressing societal conditions and having the blanket result of “BAN FIREARMS” has no place in a medical journal. Just like articles on heart surgery has no place in a firearms magazine.

The article gives three examples of “children” being hit by bullets. Two of them were 15+ years old, and two of them stray bullets (not the same two). What really got my ire up was the spokesman for the hospital said, “It’s best not to have a gun in the home at all.”

Really. Well, I’m sure you’re an expert on something, but it’s not firearms.

A quick search pulls up some data from 2007. This data is skewed, since it lists “children 0-19 years old.” I’m sorry, but I consider 15-17 “young adults,” and 18 and 19 year olds, “adults.” Anyway, the statistic lists 138 deaths as unintentional, while 683 deaths as suicide (each of them per 100,000 population). That comes out as 821 deaths by firearms. I excluded homicides, because firearms was the only statistic given.

821 deaths per 100,000 population sounds like a lot, and it is. But when you consider 1,056 “children” drowned, and 6,683 died in motor vehicle accidents (again, each of those per 100,000), it’s way down on the list of deadly things.

In my home, when my son was 4 years old, he could read the rules of firearm safety. I posted a sheet of them, at his eye level, and whenever he came out to the garage to visit me while I was reloading, he had to recite them to me.

Anytime he was curious, I would sit down with him, talked about them, and would answer his questions on his level. I “defanged the serpent” by not making firearms mysterious objects.

When my son was seven, he received a .22LR rifle and he would go to the range and shoot it with me. One time he accidently pointed his (empty) weapon towards the shooter in the next station. I snatched the rifle out of his hands, explained (I did not ‘yell’ at him) what he had done, why it was wrong and that he had broken one of the rules. I then had him apologize to the gentleman he had pointed his rifle towards, and then I brought him to the range master, had him explain what he had done and apologized to the range master. My son then had to sit behind me on the bench while I continued to shoot. Do you know what? Lesson learned, he never did anything like that again.

Now, after all that, did I just leave loaded weapons all around the house? No. Did I keep my son out of the rooms where firearms were located when I was not in those rooms? Of course. Did I keep the weapon, magazine and ammunition in three separate places? No. I used something called COMMON SENSE. My weapons were secured when they were not in my presence, the members of my family had age appropriate training on firearms use and I didn’t have a problem.

Bottom line: Doctors should not engage in telling others how and when to be armed in defense of ourselves and our families. I do not kibbutz them during an operation, they should return the favor.

Physician, heal thyself.

 

This is why the ACA SUCKS

Okay, at this moment, I am unemployed. Due to my wife’s medical issues, she needs continual medical insurance. So, I attempted to enroll on healthcare.gov.

Without giving them any personal information, based on the Facts that I have made $8,000 this year (and assuming I have no other income for the rest of the year), her age and there are two of us, she does not qualify for any subsidies.

The least expensive Bronze plan is $228 a month. The deductible is $4,000 a year. The health care plan pays 50% after she pays the deductible. There is another plan that pays for everything after the deductible, but that plan is $244 a month and the deductible is $5,300 a year.

So, she has to pay 75% of our annual income (which has already been earned and spent) on the bottom plan, and 94% on the other plan.

Just to make sure, I went back and checked for both of us. It would be $447 a month for the plan just above the bottom Bronze plan, with a $10,600 total/$5,300 individual deductible. That means that I have to pay 51% of my income in premiums, and if my wife by her self hits the deductible, that’s 117% of my stated annual income. If I maxed out my deductible, that’s 186% of my annual income. ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY-SIX PERCENT.

For just health care. This would be before paying for housing, utilities or food.

Please tell me how a mandatory “affordable” health care plan that will consume DOUBLE my annual income by itself is supposed to be “good” for me?

I’m waiting.

An Insult To End All Insults

DISCLAIMER: I am a male. I am not in the position to make a choice like this. I refuse to force any woman to make a choice either way. I do always hope that the choice she makes is for the life of the baby.

When I first married my Beautiful Blushing Bride, she was politically active, particularly in the Pro-Choice area. I read stories about women, desperate to abort an unwanted pregnancy, who were forced to use implements like coat hangers to cause the abortion. Quite often the use of that coat hanger led to serious and permanent problems, including the death of the woman.

So, what does the D.C. Abortion Fund (DCAF) use as a gift if you donate $10 a month?

Coat Hanger Pendant

That’s right. If you donate to their cause, they will send you a necklace that symbolizes the most hated thing that is used when there is no other choice to end a pregnancy. To me, to wear something that represents death (certainly of the child, sometimes the mother as well) and unimaginable suffering (the mental torture of the mother over the killing of her baby and the physical suffering, up to sterilization of the mother or her death) as a piece of pretty jewelry, insults the casualties caused by that implement.