Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Why Are the Medical Insurance Companies Silent?
President Obama is now trying to shift the blame for millions of canceled policies onto the insurance companies. You would expect them to defend themselves. But they don’t, either because they are too deep in the deal or too intimidated– or both.
Thanks to Obamacare's passage, the federal government has much more control over them than during the Clinton administration. They have in effect become government sponsored and controlled entities, and the days of their speaking out publicly against their federal overlords are over.
Do the insurance companies like the crony capitalist arrangements they have become party to, or do they think they have no choice but to go along?
Posted by Otto at 3:42 AM
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, November 08, 2013
It's unfortunate that so many want so badly to believe it.
Liberalism, the Decline of an Illusion
Liberalism as practiced in today's America is a chimera, not actually an ideology but an alliance of interest groups controlled by elites for the preservation of their (the elites') wealth and power. The interest groups often seem to be working against their own advantage by being so affiliated (e. g. African-Americans are in the worst shape in years under Obama), but not the elites who have been able to thrive. These elites are also able to appear altruistic to themselves and others while behaving in manners that are hideously selfish and atrocious to the common good. Liberalism is not so much an ideology in our society as it is a shield, a defense mechanism for a lifestyle.He's certainly got that right. I hope he's right about it being in decline, every time I start thinking it is, Democrats win more elections. How anyone in their right mind can vote for a Democrat is beyond me and the only reason to vote for most Republicans is because a vote for a third party splits the vote giving the Democrat the win. We need to get over that third party hump.
Posted by Otto at 2:35 AM
Monday, October 28, 2013
Nick Adams can articulate America like very few today. A three part video interview definitely worth watching.
Why a foreigner is rooting for American exceptionalism
One passionate, eloquent Australian reminds Americans why we are the world's beacon for liberty, prosperity and hope — that "a weak America means a dangerous world," and "no less than the entire world is at stake."
Posted by Otto at 1:40 AM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Congress Has America Caught Up in 'Endless Extortion Scheme'
As Obama said in October 2010, "We are going to punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us."
Posted by Otto at 5:00 AM
Monday, October 21, 2013
The Supersessionists of the Liberal Confederacy
"Law is a consensus. But the left rejects that consensus. It subjects each law to an ideological test. If the law meets the ideological test, which is based on social justice criteria entirely foreign to the American legal system, and the practical test of furthering social justice, it can stay. If not, then it will either be struck down or disregarded. They have applied that same ideological test to the nation as a whole and decided that the existence of the United States does not meet their ideological tests."Read it, Daniel Greenfield articulates what we already know and don't quite know how to deal with.
Posted by Otto at 4:57 AM
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Because I keep hearing from some people that Obama is doing God's work because as Christians we should use the government to help poor people. :-(
I was sent these: Hating the Poor but Loving Jesus?
Shall We Celebrate the 1%?
Basically, the jist is, if you are not for using government poverty programs and for redistributing wealth you hate poor people.
Well, I'm all for helping poor people but I believe the government does more harm than good. I believe using the government for such things enriches politicians and bureaucrats, not poor people. I believe people have a personal responsibility to help, not a collective one. Besides, if you are not giving freely, from the heart - such as when the government takes your money to redistribute - it breaks the spiritual laws of giving and blesses neither the giver nor the receiver (witness any of our inner cities). God's way of personal, voluntary giving blesses both.
"Jesus Christ was not about building empires. Jesus Christ was not about exercising control over other people. Jesus Christ was not about accumulating power."Mr. Havir's message is not a political one, I just heard that and pulled it out. It fits, but he was talking church, not national politics.
Posted by Otto at 4:56 AM
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Satan likes to trip people up, he enjoys causing problems, he finds glee in destruction. I don't see Obama or anyone in his administration or his party acting any differently. Who is being helped? Poor people? I've never seen so many homeless people out there, it's getting ridiculous. Obama is helping Obama and his already rich cronies. That's all. What he says is absolute bullshit, what is happening is real and that reality is about to smack you in the face whether you support him or not.
Dangerous Times: The Crisis-Monger
"From tip to toe, Obama is a crisis-maker, not a healer. He stirs up trouble every chance he gets. Ask yourself how any U.S. president could willfully try to worsen race relations in the United States by flipping the judicial verdict in the Zimmerman trial, and you will begin to see the real Obama. He doesn't care whether justice was done. He only whips up more racial rage."
"Obama favors instability because he can get his way only through crises. That is his ideology. That is also why he sneers at the U.S. Constitution, the great stabilizing foundation of America for two whole centuries."
"Leninism is nothing but personal animosity turned into government policy."
Posted by Otto at 1:16 PM
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Live Blogging Media Spin on Gov't Slowdown
Last week, as the prospect of a federal government shutdown loomed as reality, the President of the United States told the media that he would "not negotiate" with "house burners." And with that, the American mainstream media threw away their longstanding belief in "civil bipartisan compromise" in order to stand with Obama.This morning on the radio they played clips of Obama and company comparing Republicans and Tea Partiers to terrorists, which are in the following video:
I was in the car with my wife - who doesn't actively follow the political scene, but she's not ignorant either - and after hearing the clips she said, " He's trying to start a civil war." And you know, I don't think she's wrong. He has to frame it correctly, of course, he can't look like the bad guy, but he's got the American media in his pocket, they are his puppets and they do what he says. The international scene is a distraction from what he wants to do- crush the American way and any who would defend it. He doesn't attack any international crisis with the relish and enthusiasm he attacks and mocks his political enemies. I say Obama, but he has a huge array of like-minded comrades both in and out of government. They are a real and present danger. They want an uprising so they can crush it. I don't doubt this any longer.
Posted by Otto at 2:32 AM
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Probe launched over claim that elite Capitol Police unit blocked from Navy Yard massacre
The board that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police has opened an investigation into whether a tactical team of officers that was one of the first on the scene during the Washington Navy Yard shooting was ordered to stand down.This administration wants all guns out of the hands of the American people in a bad way because it is the only thing that stands in the way of total transformation of our society and total control by progressives and they are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. What do they care if people die? They didn't care when they sold guns to the Mexican cartels and they don't care about the people who live in places like Detroit and Chicago because those deaths help their cause.
Several sources confirmed the probe to Fox News. The investigation follows reports that a highly trained and specialized Capitol Police team arrived soon after the shooting started, but was told by a supervisor to leave the scene.
The BBC, which first reported on the allegation, quoted a Capitol Police "source" as claiming "lives may have been saved" if the team could have intervened.
I'll stop short of saying this shooting was orchestrated but it's sure beginning to look like it was allowed.
Posted by Otto at 1:47 AM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition
President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.Yeah, the "vetted" groups would NEVER give the weapons to the non-vetted groups. That totally wouldn't happen.
Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad's regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.
The fact remains that ALL of these groups are anti-American. All of them. Obama is arming our enemies. And this is not just lack of judgement, he has been on the wrong side of every conflict that I can think of - such as Honduras in 2009, Iran, when the people started an uprising, Egypt, Libya - and I'm not so sure there is a side in Syria. Being wrong so often takes real dedication.
Posted by Otto at 4:22 AM
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Shooting the Syrian Elephant
America has no sense of purpose. Its leaders want to bomb Syria, but can articulate no sensible reason for doing so. They resort to humanitarian gibberish, but they would never move to stop genocide in Africa. Their motives are not humanitarian, they are conformist. They are conforming to the expectations of the foreign pressures of a region that they hope to order and govern.Remember when John Kerry said this: “With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes, They have. That offer is on the table.”
That sense of pressure reveals the hollowness of the men within. Men of strong moral courage do not commit crimes because the crowd expects them to. It does not kill to avoid being mocked. It is the hollow empire of hollow men that is compelled to such final extremities, acting out a farce to avoid the inevitable revelation that the emperor is naked and his empire has run out of pants.
Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion.
Posted by Otto at 3:13 AM
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Matt Drudge Goes Off on Republican Party: ‘WHO ARE THEY?!’
"Why would anyone vote Republican?" Drudge tweeted. "Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!"I've been thinking the same thing and had decided to post about it before I saw this headline. What are the Republicans doing? Collecting a paycheck? I don't want to vote Republican in the next election, I don't want these guys in office, they don't represent me.
God help us.
Posted by Otto at 12:34 AM
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Police investigate woman's rape near gay club as hate crime
The woman left Revolution nightclub on Bumby Avenue Sunday when she said three white men began yelling homophobic slurs at her.There's something about this story that's not quite right. It just has a made-up feel to it, maybe it's just the reporting. We'll see.
The woman said she remembers walking under an overpass on South Street and Primrose Drive, and then giving a homeless man some money before the car pulled up.
The men stopped the vehicle and got out, and then one of the occupants pushed the woman to the ground, where the driver raped her, according to a police report. The woman told police that the men then drove away.
Afterthoughts: Seems like they're more interested in the "hate crime" than the rape. Rape is a pretty serious offense. We need to completely remove hate crime from our legal system, a crime is a crime. It is also incredibly obvious that the only time they talk about "hate crime" is when a white person is the perpetrator. "Hate crime" has become like "Racist," only white people can be guilty. It's just another way to divide people instead of bringing them together. But then, dividing people is what it's all about these days.
Posted by Otto at 4:56 PM
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I like this guy, he needs to be more visible as an NRA spokesman.
If gun control worked, Chicago would be Mayberry right now! And Weld County and El Paso County would be Thunderdome!Of course, it's not really about gun control, it's about control. Period.
Posted by Otto at 2:42 AM
March on Washington's 50th anniversary commemoration draws tens of thousands
Martin Luther King III had this to say:
"However, sadly, the tears of Trayvon Martin's mother and father remind us that, far too frequently, the color of one's skin remains a license to profile, to arrest and to even murder with no regard for the content of one's character," he said, calling for "stand your ground" self-defense laws to be repealed in states where they have been enacted.Trayvon Martin was not profiled because of the color of his skin - that was incidental - and he was not shot because of the color of his skin. He was not chased down and murdered. Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman and was beating the crap out of him. If he hadn't done that, he would still be alive. It was NOT the color of his skin - he could have been Hispanic, white or Asian - it was his BEHAVIOR. It was what he did. You don't get to beat the crap out of someone because they looked at you or even if they are watching you.
This was proven out in a court of law. The prosecution did not even have a case, in fact, the prosecution's evidence proved the case for the defense. It was an embarrassment and waste of tax payer dollars to even bring this case to trial. So stop repeating lies.
Posted by Otto at 12:35 AM
Friday, August 23, 2013
It turns out my sons computer is not activated. That means I have to call Microsoft on my knees begging for my product code. And I have been thinking very seriously about the fact of this.
It's as if I'm staying at a hotel and leave the key in the room when I go out to eat. I stop by the front desk for a duplicate only to be told, "sorry, we can't make duplicate keys, you'll have to pay for another room." But I don't want another room, I already paid for one and I just need my key to get back in - I have a receipt. Here's my ID, whatever proof you need, I'm not trying to get what I haven't paid for.
Microsoft has become that much of a tyrant? I hate tyrants.
Linux, my old friend, I think I'm coming back to you again.
Posted by Otto at 1:28 AM
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I've been a defender of Windows 8 since I got it in January. I read complaint after complaint about it and almost didn't upgrade because of it. Then, when I got it I couldn't understand all the fuss - it works great, it's fast, I don't care about the start button, and the tiles are not in my way when using the computer. So why am I hatin' on Microsoft today?
I got my son a computer a while back, one of the those mini desktops. It worked great but you can't upgrade it, there's no room for a graphics card, etc. After I got Windows 8 on my computer I bought the upgrade for him, too. He loved it and Microsoft offered an upgrade to Media Center for free, so we got that. Don't really use it, but whatever. It was a separate installation after Windows 8 was installed and had it's own product key - which I thought was for Media Center only, turns out no. I had Windows 8 Pro, now I had Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. It's not like just adding a program, it changes the whole thing to a separate product. This became the problem, well, Microsoft made this the problem. It shouldn't make any difference - I have a product key for both, I legitimately paid for Windows 8 and legitimately acquired Windows 8 Pro with Media Center.
My son, older now, was becoming frustrated with his computer because he wants to play some games and the graphics card wasn't good enough. A friend had a larger, upgradable computer that died on him, I checked it out and told him it was the hard drive, but he bought a new computer instead of replacing the drive. He gave me the old computer and I put the hard drive from the little computer into it and - incredibly - it booted up and worked like it was always installed in it. I thought I would have to do another install. The only problem was I had to activate Windows again but I knew that and heard it was not a problem, just call Microsoft and tell them what you're doing and they can clear it up for you. So I did.
The first person I talked to was very nice, I explained the situation and she said she couldn't do it but would transfer me to another department that could help me. The wait was only a couple of minutes, I re-explained everything, was asked questions and had to be transfer again. The wait was not long, the third person was very helpful, she cleared the Windows 8 product key but it didn't work because the product key I had was for Windows 8 Pro, not for Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. The product code for Windows 8 Pro with Media Center was in an email on my sons account and I didn't know the password. I would have to wait until he got home from school. She said when I got it I could call back. And I did.
Now that I have the correct code, I call Microsoft again. I get transferred again. Then a guy asks me my name, number and email, and said he will open a case number and to please hold. Ok. Hold, hold, hold - 10 minutes, hold, ring, click. They hung up. I call back again, explain everything again, give my information again. He said that what I wanted was impossible, the product is too new and Microsoft can't clear the product code for me. You will have to buy another product code. "What? That's not going to happen. I bought this one. It's the same hard drive, the same installation. I'm not buying it again." It didn't go well. He hung up.
No, really, I'm not buying it again. I don't believe for a second that Microsoft cannot clear this product code. I searched the internet for ways to get around this problem without help from Microsoft. There are ways, and then there are ways. I chose to try this one: How to Remove "Windows Media Center" and go Back to Windows 8 Pro. Since I had the Windows 8 Pro product code and it was cleared, I figure it would be the best bet. It worked like a charm, was very easy, and when it finished the desktop looked exactly as before, my son couldn't tell the difference.
Thanks for nothing Microsoft. I'm not buying it again.
Posted by Otto at 3:55 AM