Monday, August 31, 2009
Cheney said the President is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the United States. Someone get him a copy of the Constitution!
In the Sunday interview, he said, "I knew about the waterboarding, not specifically in any one particular case, but as a general policy that we had approved. The fact of the matter is the Justice Department reviewed all those allegations several years ago." OPS! He opened his mouth and put his foot in it.
Now the man is saying he knows far less about waterboarding and the specific information gathered from specific detainees.
In January of 2009, Cheney said waterboarding "been used with great discrimination by people who know what they're doing and has produced a lot of valuable information and intelligence."
Well, Mr. Former Vice President, how do you know that waterboarding was used with "great discrimination" if you only know about waterboarding as a general policy?
In December 2008, Robert Mueller, the Director of the FBI since July 5, 2001, had stated however that despite Bush Administration claims that waterboarding has "disrupted a number of attacks, maybe dozens of attacks", he does not believe that evidence obtained by the U.S. government through enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding "disrupted an attack"
OPS! Waterboarding did NOT disrupt a single attack. According to the FBI. Anyway,.
Published in the Gainesville Times under this headline:
Lott: Many appeal to emotion, not reason, in health debate
Most Americans want reform in health care that will reduce cost without sacrificing quality of care. This is long overdue and just about everyone agrees that the status quo is unsustainable.
So why is it that most Republicans and the extreme right are running scared on this critical issue and proving every day that they are willing to use any means to block real reform?
I don’t buy the old tired, worn-out excuse that the Democratic plan will create government control of health care and we’ll all be destroyed by the "evils" of socialism. Those who perpetrate such lies and fears will be the first to raise up in arms if Medicare or Medicaid programs were abolished. This is the height of hypocrisy by Republican-incited objections to government involvement in health care.
Let’s get real. What’s really going here is not being exposed in the media. The latter is a profit-driven business like "big pharma" and the insurance industry that’s more interested in sensationalizing public fears for the sake of ratings and the bottom line, than being channels for reason and common sense. This is an American tragedy in which we are both victims and victimizers. Why is that?
To understand what’s happening, we must first be able to see through the superficial facades that we hide behind, such as conservative or liberal, right or left, Republican or Democrat. Such labels may be good for our egos, but they are irrelevant to the demands of the 21st century.
The way I see it, there are only two kinds of people in this world: those who are willing to learn and grow and those fixed in their mindsets. I say this because one of the skills that Republican strategists have developed far superior than their Democratic counterparts, is knowing how to change people’s attitudes and thinking by manipulating their ignorance and fears. They have discovered that the issue of health care reform is fertile grounds for re-establishing their power, just as they used the fear of terrorist attacks for political advantage during the years of Bush-Cheney.
Fortunately, the latter was temporary as the fear-mongering was carried too far, and the same thing is poised to happen with health care reform.
People are passionate about their attitudes and opinions, make no mistake about it. The fact that the economy is bad and more people are struggling now to make ends meet only serve to bring these hidden attitudes to the surface. Many of them have racial overtones, especially with the fact that we have a black president for the first time in American history and Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority. This means that Americans who are invested in the old ways are least likely to change and are easily persuaded by demagogues appealing to their raw emotions.
According to researchers, there are basically two ways that people can be persuaded (Petty & Cacioppo, 1981; Eagly & Chaiken, 1992; Petty & Wegener, 1998). The first is called the "central route" which involves persuading the recipient of a message to think reasonably by carefully weighing the arguments.
The second way is called the "peripheral route" which bypasses the rational thinking mind and appeals to the limbic system, or one’s lower nature and instincts. Advertisers are known for using the latter, which has proven extremely effective in selling products and services.
When demagogues like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity use the public airways to inflame and incite people’s fears, by labeling President Barack Obama as a socialist, or comparing him with the evil dictator, Adolf Hitler, they are deliberately using the "peripheral route" to appeal to your lower, irrational nature. They are trying to change your attitude not just about health care reform, but also about Obama.
Recipients of such messages don’t have to bother about thinking for themselves, nor do they have to concern themselves with facts. The truth is, the Limbaughs and Hannitys are well aware that their listeners (without whom they would not be paid millions of dollars) are both not motivated nor able to think deeply about the issues they present.
My question is, shouldn’t these listeners be directing their outrage toward their leaders who persistently show contempt and disrespect for their intelligence, and essentially use them to increase their influence and bottom line?
Misguided Republicans and their supporters have already made up their minds about health care reform, or any other crucial issue facing Americans. A fixed mindset sees failure as defeat, not as an opportunity to learn from mistakes and improve.
This explains why the GOP prefers winning over public service by maintaining a campaign of lies and distortions, and avoiding high-effort cognitive and rational debate.
The 'staffer' got 'moved' to a new job. Seems she failed at the new job.
Let's just call her "Eve."
I think that fits since I'm ribbing Cagle and the young lady could have become Georgia's First Lady/Woman in Read.
Friday, August 28, 2009
So let's get the story out of the rumor stage. I have a name. Someone confirm that name and the background details.
I'll publish it. Right here.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The blog space does belong to the Times. And, it is expected that bloggers be submissive to the owner of any blog space.
However, giving free blog space is just like giving someone a stage and a microphone. You invited them to speak. Don't expect them to kiss your ass.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I wonder which of our two favorite sons of bitches from Hall County will turn states evidence against the other?
I've already proved that Cagle has committed security fraud. Now he's implicated in the Nathan Deal scandal. That scandal includes my good friend, Chris Riley.
It's alleged that Chris violated federal law when using a government email account. That email arranged a meeting between Cagle, Deal, and Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham.
Graham, perhaps after having his head bashed against a metaphysical political wall, privatized a state service. Deal got the private contract with no public bidding process.
So what did Cagle get? Hmmmmm....
The CIA has guidelines on head bashing or "walling." A detainee being questioned "may be walled one time (one impact with the wall) to make a point or 20 to 30 times consecutively when the interrogator requires a more significant response to a question."
However, make sure the wall is made out of plywood to prevent serious injuries.
For more guidelines from the CIA on how to get at the truth, read today's story on CIA interrogation methods at this link.
But always remember, the "goal of interrogation is to create a state of learned helplessness and dependence."
I always feel like that on election day in Hall County, Georgia where Republicans hold every elected office.
Monday, August 24, 2009
You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.
You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.
You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
You didn't get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.
You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
You didn't get mad when we let a major US city drown.
You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.
You finally got mad when.. when... wait for it... when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all ok with you but helping other Americans...that's where you draw the line?
Borrowed from the Gainesville Times
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Being an unconvicted felon won't stop Karen Handel from becoming governor or from controlling election out comes
The issue that came up was a ‘legal vote.’ That could be a problem in defining “legal” on this blog.
Not that anyone wants “illegal votes.” But, can’t we agree that many votes are “illegal” and counted every election that have nothing to do with race or citizenship?
Because of Handel’s action, the argument can be made that all votes cast in a system not in full compliance with the Constitution are illegal.
Karen Handel cheapened all the votes and shamed all honest voters. Why make such changes in the legal voting system just before an election except in an attempt to change the outcome of that election.
Judge the actions not only by effect and intention but by timing.
It wasn’t the first day on the job for Karen Handel. And, it wasn’t an unfunded mandate forcing her to do a job on the cheap. Nor, a court ruling. Or, a piece of legislation a thousand pages long being ‘rushed’ through committee. We weren’t being attacked by terrorists or little green men from Mars.
The argument has been made that the 'billions' of new registrations required mass verification.
Be advised! Each Georgia county is responsible for verification before issuing a voter registration card. It is not a function of the Secretary of State (SOS) to mass verify county voter registration. It is the responsibility of Karen Handel, SOS, to follow the law even she or Sonny Perdue doesn't like it.
Why couldn’t Handel, if there was a problem, solve that problem in a methodical way without breaking the laws, cheapening honest votes, and stopping honest voters from fully enjoying the benefits of freedom and democracy?
Somebody answer that for me.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The American Nurses Association supports the current healthcare reform efforts and has created a website with a tool kit for nurses.
The kit includes the follow letter to be sent to each Congressman. Brain surgeons never argue with their nurses. Neither should Congress.
Give 'me Hell, Clara!
I am writing to request that you support health care reform legislation that includes a strong public plan and guarantees quality, affordable health care for everyone. As one of the nation’s 2.9 million nurses, I see firsthand how important access to affordable quality health care is. As the number of uninsured Americans continues to grow at an alarming rate, the only place the uninsured can get treated is in the emergency room, which is often the most expensive form of immediate care. This creates a huge strain on the health care system and its providers.
Now is the time for health care reform. I share the American Nurses Association’s belief that in order to meet our nation’s health care needs we must have an integrated and well resourced national healthcare workforce policy, a system that focuses on wellness and prevention, and a high-quality public insurance option that complements and competes fairly with options offered by private insurers.
I believe that health care reform must happen this year and I join the ANA in their push for meaningful health care reform that includes a strong public option. I look forward to your reply.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This new open season for gunners include public appearances of President Obama. Former President Bush banned cameras, microphones, and intelligence from his public appearances. Perhaps this new open season preys on the recent banning of intelligence. Only an idiot would stalk around with a gun during a presidential event.
Imagine if Squeaky Fromm had been caught with her Colt .45 before pointing it at President Ford. "Officer, I was just affirming my right to carry arms."
How about John Hinckley, Jr.? "Oh, officer. That's a violation of my Constitutional rights to stop me and ask about my gun!"
It's always open season on stupidity. This season only the idiots have the guns.
[To walk with a stiff, haughty, or angry gait]
In violation of the Voting Rights Act, Secretary of State Karen Handel refused DOJ review of changes in voting laws, a federal crime. This is a federal court ruling and has so far resulted in no penalty for Handel.
Handel was too busy losing her campaign for Governor to follow the letter of the law.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The American Medical Association does NOT have a listing for a Steven Frazier for the State of Indiana.
Allegedly this DOCTOR has an active practice.
Better check again guys. On the face of it, it's a fraud.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
It seems Congressman Deal let the former doctor, Representative Gingrey, use the pagan symbol of deception in a slide presentation in Gainesville this morning.
You can read the whole post at this link.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Georgia’s 11th District Congressman isn’t a doctor. That would be the honorable Phil Gingrey.
Reading the Congressman’s biographical information, he graduated medical school in 1969 and only practiced medicine for 26 years. Doesn’t that mean he stopped being a doctor in 1995? He better not be touching female patients pretending to be legally a doctor. His Georgia medical license expired 25 months ago.
So what can the 11th District Congressman bring to a 9th Congressional district discussion on healthcare? Pretty much nothing beyond partisan talking points. But maybe Nathan Deal needed an attack dog from outside the 9th District. That would make some sense.
Deal must cultivate the Republican radicals to win the gubernatorial nomination without destroying his support among moderate Georgians.
Expect the Congressman formerly known as Dr. Phil Gingrey to lead the partisan charge at tomorrow’s healthcare discussion in Gainesville, Georgia while Congressman Deal slinks in the background.
It’s time for honesty in politics. No more fake witnesses. And, no more fake doctors in the healthcare debate.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Over 100 people the Mountains Center auditorium to make public comments on a proposed water reservoir. The elected official adjourned the meeting and slinked from the venue before listening to voters.
Republicans have been telling us for years, the government is the problem. They prove that again and again and again, as our elected government officials.
Republican government doesn't work. At least Republican government doesn't work for the average voters. It doesn't even listen to the people.
Vote them out!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
You will learn the truth about what is going on in Washington from 2 Republicans.
One sided. No active healthcare professionals.
I wonder if the hospital booted them for that reason?
We'll know on the 12th. The hospital, had it truly approved a community related healthcare event, could have held 300 - 400 people.
Only room at the Civic Center that will hold more people is the Ballroom.
"Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure."
There will be a NON town hall meeting on Health Care August 12, 8:00 am to 9:30 am at the Gainesville Civic Center. The public is invited but you better RSVP through the Chamber.
I see no one invited a Democratic representative to speak. Expect the focus to be on how Deal and Gingrey have been fighting Obama to save us all.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Seems those cold winter nights got very boring for Mr. and Mrs. Palin. Both of them committed adultery. Sarah gave her farewell speech with no wedding band on her left hand. Todd is going back to drilling for oil. Sarah and the brats are buying land in Idaho.
No more moose for you, Sarah.
Details on Republican family values, Alaskan style at this link.
What are the biggest medical advances from our private drug companies?
Viagra and Rogaine.
How about dentistry?
A dentist can bleach your teeth so white that the enamel falls off.
Compare that to what the government has charged you for exposing tobacco and smoking as the biggest causes of cancer, stroke, and heart attacks. Or, the simple addition of fluoride to public water systems.
Government healthcare. You already have it. It's free and more effective than Viagra.