Sunday, November 29, 2009

Best Buy Drops Christmas for Islam?

Three years ago Best Buy went the politically correct route by dropping the word "Christmas" and going with "Happy Holidays" in all their advertising. OK, there's a lot of that going around. Must not risk offending anyone. After all, America is the land of the politically correct with the only leader who bows to foreign royalty. But now Best Buy has made the decision to give a shout out to their Muslim customers. However a few American's took exception to this. Some of those crazy Christian groups are even calling for a boycott Best Buy.

Eid al-Adha commemorates the Muslim Prophet's readiness to sacrifice his own son in obedience to God. According to the Koran, God appeared in Prophet Ibrahim's dream and asked him to sacrifice something that was most dear to him.

Prophet Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his own son, Ismail. However, when he put a knife on Ismail's throat, God replaced his son with a goat through a miracle.

So in modern times, Muslims celebrate by cutting the throat of a goat while reciting the name of Allah (Surah al-In'aam Aayat 121).
This weekend while I was eating leftover turkey, my neighbors gathered at their homes and mosques to kill a goat. In fact, in proper Muslim culture it is consider a right of passage for a young boy to slit the throat of his first goat. Truly a Kodak moment. I can certainly understand why Best Buy would want to recognize this tradition.

Best Buy's respond to all this?

"Best Buy’s customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations. We respect that diversity and choose to greet our customers and employees in ways that reflect their traditions.

We do use the word “holiday” in some of our advertising because it is meant to be inclusive to everyone. "

America, land of the tolerant and inclusive. Unless of course you're a Christian.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Louisiana Purchase, Take 2

Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu demands $300 million in federal pork for Louisiana in exchange for her vote to move forward with the health care debate.

"My vote today, should in no way be construed by the supporters of this current framework as an indication of how I might vote as this debate comes to an end."

Once again a member of Congress puts "bringing home the bacon" to their home state a higher priority over the best interest of our country. How much more will she demand for her vote on the final bill? How many other members of Congress will jump on the pork bandwagon now that it's clear that Reid is willing to reward each positive vote? As our Government continues to bury us in debt, we elect representatives whose primary concern is maintaining their hold on power. While Obama fiddles, Congress is burning the country down.

But of course Harry Reid is part of the our new "Honest and Open" government.

Remember this story, as reported in 2006 by Forbes magazine?

"Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn’t personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show.

In the process, Reid did not disclose to Congress an earlier sale in which he transferred his land to a created by a friend and took a financial stake in that company, according to records and interviews.

The Nevada Democrat’s deal was engineered by Jay Brown, a longtime friend and former casino lawyer whose name surfaced in a major political bribery trial this summer and in other prior organized crime investigations. He’s never been charged with wrongdoing – except for a 1981 federal securities complaint that was settled out of court.

Land deeds obtained by The Associated Press during a review of Reid’s business dealings show:

-The deal began in 1998 when Reid bought undeveloped residential property on Las Vegas’ booming outskirts for about $400,000. Reid bought one lot outright, and a second parcel jointly with Brown. One of the sellers was a developer who was benefiting from a government land swap that Reid supported. The seller never talked to Reid.

-In 2001, Reid sold the land for the same price to a limited liability corporation created by Brown. The senator didn’t disclose the sale on his annual public ethics report or tell Congress he had any stake in Brown’s company. He continued to report to Congress that he personally owned the land.

-After getting local officials to rezone the property for a shopping center, Brown’s company sold the land in 2004 to other developers and Reid took $1.1 million of the proceeds, nearly tripling the senator’s investment. Reid reported it to Congress as a personal land sale.

The complex dealings allowed Reid to transfer ownership, legal liability and some tax consequences to Brown’s company without public knowledge, but still collect a seven-figure payoff nearly three years later.

Reid hung up the phone when questioned about the deal during an AP interview."

The Democrats promised transparency. Now that we can see no only their actions but their motivations, what are we going to do about it?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Just Too Darned Intellectual"

Yeah, that's the problem. President Obama is just too darned smart. Having to deal with all those little issues of being the President of the United States just bogs him down.

Is Chris Matthews re-evaluating that tingle he had running down his leg? I, for one, would be willing to find Obama something to do that would better suited to his skills and intellect.

Friday, November 20, 2009

ABC News: Reid Buys Obamacare Vote for $100 million

How desperate are the Democrats to secure the necessary votes for their massive Government Health Insurance plan?

Government Health Care Includes Abortion Coverage

Beginning on line 7, p. 118, section 1303 under “Voluntary Choice of Coverage of Abortion Services” the Health and Human Services Secretary is given the authority to determine when abortion is allowed under the government-run health plan. Leader Reid’s plan also requires that at least one insurance plan offered in the Exchange covers abortions (line 13, p. 120).

What is even more alarming is that a monthly abortion premium will be charged of all enrollees in the government-run health plan. It’s right there beginning on line 11, page 122, section 1303, under “Actuarial Value of Optional Service Coverage.” The premium will be paid into a U.S. Treasury account – and these federal funds will be used to pay for the abortion services.

Section 1303(a)(2)(C) describes the process in which the Health Benefits Commissioner is to assess the monthly premiums that will be used to pay for elective abortions under the government-run health plan and for those who are given an affordability credit to purchase insurance coverage that includes abortion through the Exchange. The Commissioner must charge at a minimum $1 per enrollee per month.

To quote congressman Joe Wilson, "You lie!"

Pelosi Health Care Increases Deficit $89 Billion - CBO

From the Congressional Budget Office:

The Budgetary Impact of Enacting Both H.R. 3961 and H.R. 3962

Under current law, including the new rule, Medicare’s payment rates for physicians’ services will be reduced by about 21 percent in January 2010, and CBO estimates those payment rates will be reduced by about 2 percent annually for several subsequent years. H.R. 3961 would increase those payment rates by 1.2 percent in 2010 and restructure the SGR beginning in 2011. Those changes would result in significantly higher payment rates for physicians than those that would result under current law. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3961, by itself, would cost $210 billion over the 2010–2019 period.

H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, would establish a mandate for most legal residents of the United States to obtain health insurance, set up insurance “exchanges” through which certain individuals could receive federal subsidies toward the purchase of such insurance, and make numerous other changes in the health insurance system, in federal health care programs, and in the federal tax code. CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimate that enacting H.R. 3962, by itself, would reduce federal budget deficits by $109 billion over the 2010–2019 period through its effects on direct spending and revenues.

CBO estimates that enacting both H.R. 3961 and H.R. 3962 would add $89 billion to budget deficits over the 2010–2019 period. That amount is about $12 billion less than the sum of the effects of enacting the bills separately. The $12 billion difference results from two types of interactions. The higher payment rates for physicians’ services under H.R. 3961 would increase the net cost of provisions in H.R. 3962 by about $3 billion. However, that difference would be more than offset by the effect of a change under H.R. 3962 in how payment rates for Medicare Advantage plans are set. That change would reduce the effect of the changes made by H.R. 3961 to Medicare’s payments for physicians’ services in the fee-for-service sector on payment rates for Medicare Advantage plans. As a result, the estimated increase in payments to Medicare Advantage plans would be $15 billion smaller if both bills were enacted than under H.R. 3961 alone.

The agency estimates that the two bills together would cost about $32 billion more in 2019 than H.R. 3962 alone and that the combination of the two bills would increase the budget deficit in 2019 by $23 billion relative to current law.Those increments would grow during the following decade. As stated in its October 29, 2009, letter to Congressman Charles B. Rangel, “CBO expects that [H.R. 3962] would slightly reduce federal budget deficits in that decade relative to those projected under current law—with a total effect during that decade that is in a broad range between zero and one-quarter percent of GDP [gross domestic product].” If both H.R. 3961 and H.R. 3962 were enacted, CBO expects that federal budget deficits during the decade following the 10-year budget window would increase relative to those projected under current law— with a total effect during that decade that is in a broad range between zero and one-quarter percent of GDP.

Is it possible that Reid and and Pelosi "mis-stated" the facts in order to get health care approved?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Islam is Still Evil

According to information obtained from one of two suspected al Qaeda collaborators arrested in France last week, al Qaeda's strategy is to drain the US economy financially then stage an attack more spectacular then 9/11. The suspect is a physicist who was working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Switzerland.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Yes He Did

As reported by the Associated Press:


Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus object to a provision in the Senate legislation — backed by the White House — that bars illegal immigrants from buying health insurance within a proposed new marketplace, or exchange, even if they use their own money to buy from private companies.

Illegal immigrants can buy private health insurance now, so some lawmakers say the White House position goes too far. The House bill doesn't have that language, and several members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with Obama at the White House on Thursday to tell him that if that changed, he could lose as many as 20 votes.

"I think that he got our message," Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., head of the Hispanic Caucus, said afterward.

House leaders said that, in keeping with the Hispanic Caucus' demands, there was not likely to be any prohibition added to the House bill against illegal immigrants shopping in the exchange.


So on September 9th, when President Obama told congress the Universal Health Insurance, provided health insurance through subsidies paid for by taxpayer money,  he did in fact lie.   And now that all estimates of  the financial costs of the plan will hit at least $1.2 Trillion (although President Obama and Speaker Pelsoi appear to be using different calculators), it becomes clear that this administration and the Democratic leaders in Congress will say anything to have their way.   Although unemployment has now hit 10.2%, the President continues to vote 'present' on the war while focusing on demonizing FOX News.   This administration focuses it's agenda on a bill that will disrupt 17% of our total economy, increases taxes and the federal deficit, with a massive increase in government bureaucracy.  The current bill being pushed provides government subsidized health insurance to non-citizens that includes payment for abortions.   Did he lie?  Yes.  Is this the change we were promised?   

Two words:  Term Limits.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Islam is Evil

With events at Fort Hood in Texas, it is time to call a spade a spade.   While President Obama is cautioning us not "to jump to conclusions before all the facts are in", and the press is play the main suspect as a stressed out Army psychiatrist, it is time to stop being politically correct.   The suspect was a known Muslim.   Witnesses have reported he shouted "Allahu Akbar" then opened fire on our soldiers who were preparing to defend freedom overseas.   I doubt he was part of a conspiracy or sleeper cell.   It is not necessary for a Muslim to be part of a larger group in order to perform acts of violence against non-Muslims.  He was simply following the teachings and examples of his prophet Muhammad.   

"We took the liberty to make some inquires concerning the Grounds of their pretensions to make war upon a Nation who had done them no Injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our Friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation.  The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them where they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners,  and that every Muslim who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise. "  - 
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, report after meeting with an Ambassador representing the Barbary Pirates, 1786.  Today those "pirates" would be call "Islamic Terrorist". 

Islam is evil.  Today's most "perfect" Islamic society may be found in Iran.  The religion is the state, and the Koran is the final authority in all things.  The more Islam seeps into other cultures, the more Muslims demand other observe and respect their beliefs, while attempting to removing and limited our culture and beliefs.  All in the name of tolerance.   Every time you hear the phrase "Islamic Extremists" it should be a reminder for you to do your own research and draw your own conclusion.  By not educating yourself, you are putting your freedoms and beliefs at risk. 

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