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Docs in a Box
November 15, 2009, 5:43 pm
Filed under: News Views

If you’re headed to your doctor’s appointment, take a minute during your chat with the doc to ask what he or she thinks of current health reform efforts. One of my doctors, foreign born, says America is rapidly becoming a nation of victims, lacking initiative. He says the American dream is still true: everywhere but America. Another doctor says physicians,  already forced to take reduced payments from bankrupt Medicare, will simply stop taking as many Medicare patients.

One survey says as many as 45% of doctors will consider early retirement or getting out of medicine altogether if current plans pass. And the Obama Administration insists there won’t be rationing? Dramatically fewer doctors, millions of new patients: if you don’t think there will be rationing maybe you need to try some new meds.

PR Bonanza for Terrorists
November 14, 2009, 6:50 pm
Filed under: News Views

President Obama says there will be inquiries by Congress into the Fort Hood massacre perpetuated by Islamic radical and butcher Malik Nadal Hassan.

Quoting the President:

“…all of us should resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theatre that sometimes dominates the discussion here in Washington”.

Uh, excuse me, but what does the President think will happen when the mastermind of 9/11, Kalid Sheik Mohammed, among others held at Guantanamo Bay, goes on trial in civilian, not military court? The “confessed” terrorist will be afforded the rights of an American citizen, in the city where more than two-thousand innocent people perished in the fiery hell of the twin towers collapse. Does the President not think THAT will turn into political theatre? Political theatre that allows Kalid Sheik Mohammed to blast America and glorify his horrendous ideology?

But Mr. Obama wants the world, the Arab world in particular, to like America.

Well, I’m sure when the 9/11 mastermind and other terrorists get their civilian trials and when the President finally shuts down the state of the art Guantanamo Bay prison, Islamic terrorists the world over will say, “Gee, aren’t those Americans magnanimous? Why don’t we emulate their democracy and stop slaughtering them and our fellow Mulims?” 

Civilian trials for the worst type of enemy combatants will make for great PR for terrorists and a greater recruiting tool than Guantanamo ever was.

Odd Couple (Palin/Obama) Expose Liberal Media
November 13, 2009, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Political Commentary

Who’d have thought it? Sarah Palin and Barack Obama together have done more to expose the left leaning media than decades of previous coverage by ditto writers and broadcasters. I use the term left leaning, but I know that’s not fair; actually, they’ve bent themselves backwards into contortions to destroy and demonize Palin and glorify and indulge Obama. And the American people, all too trusting, are waking up, noticing and getting angrier by the minute.

If we the people, the average Americans who for so many years trusted the big three networks, CNN and their demon news offspring (who, for  as long as TV news has been around, have taken their marching orders from the badly discredited New York Times) hadn’t noticed the bias, had thought journalists were objective, had thought they were the watchdogs of big  government and hot-shot politicians…well, we were wearing rose-colored glasses. We’ve taken off the shades and have seen the light and it’s a glaring, blinding light that leaves spots before our eyes.

It’s not that a lot of us didn’t know it and didn’t notice the liberal, Democratic bias of the national media. We’d get frustrated and then let it slide and go back to our trusting ways. Until we couldn’t ignore it any longer. Until it was sickening. Until it really slapped us in the face when we saw the blatant, over the top vicious cruelty intently and intentionally focused on Sarah Palin and worse, so much worse, against her children. I don’t think that prized voting block known as moderates and independents got just how awful, how prejudiced the mainstream media are when it comes to covering people who don’t fit in with “their” crowd: the liberal elites– until it came to Sarah Palin. Where was the equally tough coverage of Barack Obama? His background, his relatives, his associates and his children (who are off-limits to the obliging media).

Americans have been be too complacent when it comes to media coverage: letting it wash over them, catching bits and pieces here and there as they go about trying to make a living, getting kids to school, unloading the groceries, chatting on the phone, checking their e-mail, talking over the day with their spouses as the TV news anchors chat away in the background. But you’d have to be living in la-la land or under a rock not to notice the extreme variance in coverage of Sarah Palin compared to Barack Obama, who has been practically worshipped by a pathetically fawning media. A few of the mainstreamers are starting to wake up but they’ve been embarrassed into doing so by critics on FOX and talk radio. And let’s face it, if FOX and Rush and Beck and Hannity are as popular as they are the reason is that the mainstream media haven’t done their jobs. So thanks ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, etc. You did it! You brought conservative programming to the airwaves: long may it play!

And since I mentioned Rush, who can forget the firestorm of controversy when he was doing a stint at ESPN and dared say Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, who is black, was “overrated” and that, “The media have been very desirous that a black quarterback can do well—black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well.”

We all know the hysterical overreaction that followed that comment. No wonder everyone tiptoes around all “ PC”; we’ll never have an honest dialogue on race because anyone who dares to say anything the mainstream media deem unacceptable is usually drummed out of a job.

Allen Barra writing for politically liberal Slate came to Rush’s defense:

“But the truth is that I and a great many other sportswriters have chosen for the past few years to see McNabb as a better player than he has been because we want him to be. Rush Limbaugh didn’t say Donovan McNabb was a bad quarterback because he is black. He said that the media have overrated McNabb because he is black, and Limbaugh is right. He didn’t say anything that he shouldn’t have said, and in fact he said things that other commentators should have been saying for some time now. I should have said them myself.”

So, isn’t it just as obvious as the nose on your face that the mainstream media are not covering Obama as toughly as they should have or could have because a.) he’s not conservative and therefore b.) they want the first black President to succeed? Would they want a black, conservative president to succeed? Of course not. Where is the praise from the liberal media for the brilliant, black conservatives like Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell and many others? I think some of the most courageous people in the political arena are black conservatives. But they are either ignored or vitiated by intolerant liberals. It takes a lot of guts and character to be a proud, black, conservative.

Even if Barack Obama wasn’t your or my candidate because of his policies and liberalism we were proud of the process that elected him the first black President. It also drew attention to the fact that America is not the racist country that much of the rest of the world seems to think it is. But then, alas, he started to govern– or try to. Within mere weeks of the collective national swoon over his election Americans were waking up hearing Da-da-da-da…da-da-da-da: the theme to the old Twilight Zone TV series. What the heck is he doing today? How much did you say he’s spending? What’s happening to our health care system? Why is he making speeches denigrating our country? Why is he jetting off to Copenhagen with Oprah and playing round after round of golf but he can’t find the time figure out what to do about our troops needing support in Afghanistan? Excuse my language but Jesus H! This is just getting to be too much and Americans, conservatives, joined by heretofore wishy-washy moderates and independents are finally seeing the blinding light and it’s not Obama coming down from Mt. Sinai. It’s the glare of the danger he poses to our freedoms and not even the mainstream media can cover for him anymore.

Who needs them anyway? 


Moderates: Jump! Jump NOW!
November 12, 2009, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Political Commentary

When a local, state or national election would roll around I was one of those people who would read the newspaper, listen to what candidates had to say and carefully consider each person’s merits. I’d cast my vote mainly for Republicans, but now and then a Democrat or two as well. If  I couldn’t tell much difference between the two and one of the two was a black candidate, I’d press the button for the minority candidate. I felt it was important that our political system be as racially mixed as our population and it was high time qualified black candidates had just as much chance at election as a white candidate.

When it comes to politics I’ve tended to be naïvely trusting. I can recall being rather startled to learn how many people go into a booth to exercise their precious right to vote and simply pull a lever for one party or another. I had voted for Democrats for President; I had voted for Republicans. I suppose I was part of that coveted demographic called “the Independents”.

Well hell’s bells, never again! Like many Americans the election of President Barack Obama has pushed me over the fence; no, not just pushed me over–shoved me over. Don’t get me wrong I did not vote for him. But I did make a big mistake by taking for granted that whoever was elected President of the United States, no matter the policy differences elucidated on the campaign trail, loved the United States of America as much as I did: that he or she would always put America’s interests first: that once Barack Obama took on the heavy mantle and responsibility of the presidency he would realize the wisdom of moving to the center in order to be a President for all the people (or at least to get re-elected!)

Boy was I wrong; I’m not Catholic but it’s enough to make me want to take comfort in a Catholic confessional. I’m tempted to sneak into a Catholic church, discreetly slide into a confessional booth (do they still have those?) and do that neat cross yourself thing and then say to a shadowed Priest, “Father forgive me for I have sinned”. “And what is that sin my child?” “Father, forgive for believing President Barack Obama would do right by America.” “My child, have you learned nothing about liberals?” “I have now, Father.” You are forgiven my child; say eight hundred gazillion million ‘Hail Mary’s’ and go in peace.” Boy, I need that!

Like many Americans, I confess (without a Priest) that I’ve allowed myself to get caught up in that whole concept of “Let’s just vote for change; sure, that sounds good, why not? A nice little dose of change is just what this country needs!” And then we got Jimmy Carter and then we got Bill Clinton and now, now we’ve got Barack Obama. (“Father, forgive me for…” Oh never mind! But I still have this desperate need for absolution for the sins of the past, for being so naïve!)

Now I have to watch and listen daily as the President of the United States of America (THE greatest nation on the planet, thank you very much) sells us down the river and runs around the world mealy- mouthing the country (have we apologized enough for EVERYTHING yet?) that elevated him to the most powerful position in the world, or at least it was when Obama was elected. I’ve been disappointed in past presidents, I’ve even despised past presidents, but I’ve never been afraid of a president: afraid that he would so dramatically change our nation (for the worse) that my grandchildren would not know the freedoms and opportunities Americans do today. The almost daily assaults on our nation’s values, freedoms, free enterprise system and Constitution by Barack Obama and his ilk, have left average Americans reeling in disbelief.

I was chatting with a darling 78-year-old woman the other day. She and her husband have run a successful small business for many years and are still vibrant and active. They are also now scared out of their wits. Like other decent, hard-working Americans they can’t believe how quickly this Administration is working to dismantle what so many Americans hold dear, how badly the economy continues to tank, how their health care may be affected and the mind-boggling amount of taxpayer money being spent (thrown away) by the billions and trillions. This couple was not anti-Obama when he was elected; they are about the sweetest, kindest people you’d ever want to meet. But these mild-mannered seniors are stock-piling food, have bought a safe, stocked it with several thousand dollars, hidden it away, and, and, bought a gun, illegally! That’s how scared they and many other Americans are.

I watched President Obama’s Inauguration with pride, pride in the fact that we had elected our first black, “post-racial”, whatever, President (although I think if Colin Powell had had the fire in the belly to run some 20 years ago, he would have been our first black President). Barack Obama’s color was never really a big deal to most Americans. As I recall the most disparaging remarks came from the likes of Bill Clinton and other liberals. But even those of us who did not vote for him still took pride in Barack Hussein Obama’s election (only in America could a guy with a name like that be elected just seven years after 9/11!) and in the elegant, natural and peaceful transfer of power from one candidate to another, from one party to another that is a hallmark of this incredible nation.

On Inauguration Day we saw the crowds, heard the cheers and speeches, we saw the intoxicated joy of his supporters, and we heard him praise our military and then we who did not vote for him, and those moderates who did, thought, “Everything will be okay; he understands what is at stake and believes in our great Constitution as we do.”

We were wrong and he doesn’t.

If we want to save the values and traditions of this nation now is the time for independents and moderates to get off the fence once and for all. And don’t just slide off or climb carefully down. Jump! Jump now! Take the leap! Get involved in conservative issues. Don’t live in fear of saying what you believe and don’t ever, ever, vote for “change” for change’s sake again.


Women Gone Wildly Conservative

No, that title is NOT an oxymoron. Wild (and by that I mean free-spirited, fun, curious and adventurous) women can be conservative. I know that will come as a shock to many but I, among many others, am your living, breathing proof: a man-loving, make-up wearing, former anchorwoman, motorcycle riding, one time Baptist, Jesus Freak, Methodist, Baha’i (even dabbled in Christian Science one time)  and currently free-spirited, soul journeying seeker. Where I’ll end up spiritually at this point, even I’ve kind of given up speculating. My Dad once told me I’d eventually end up Jewish and living on a Kibbutz. Hummm…

I’ve studied the Bible throughout my life and also read Dr. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle and believe in Divine Intelligence, God, Source, the Creator, whatever you like to call Him, Her or It. Beyond that, I’ve kind of thrown up my hands and consider it all a Great, Wonderful, Powerful Mystery. Like more and more Americans I gravitate toward considering myself spiritual but not religious.

I enjoy the fellowship of women who rejoice in their feminine “goddess” natures and I thrive on my prized friendships with women who read their Bible everyday and who can’t imagine a life without a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have hosted interfaith events at my house that included women Christians (from Quaker to Catholic to Evangelicals to Episcopalians) to Muslims and Hindus and Baha’is and to believers in the Native American Great Spirit. The skin of these women has varied from black to white to brown and bronze: all beautiful whether in their jeans, elegant saris or brilliantly colored African patterned head scarves.

If I describe my spiritual openness and curiousness liberals automatically assume that I must be one of them: spiritually enlightened, that is. Certainly, they reason (if you can call stereotyping reasonable) conservative women aren’t that open: “they” can only be closed-minded or Evangelical or unsophisticated or all of the former. The ones who do have successful careers are lucky enough to have married tolerant, indulging men who give them the permission or support to venture out of the house and follow their calling into a particular career. Liberals, who now want to be called Progressives because they know the vast majority of Americans are NOT liberal, have tossed Sarah Palin into the stereotypical conservative woman category  with a viciousness that’s hard to comprehend. We’ll set aside for a moment the fact that Sarah Palin became a Governor while Hillary Clinton was a Governor’s wife and without Bill, would we ever have heard of a Hillary Rodham in the political arena?

Liberals can try, but they simply cannot stereotype every conservative.  I’ve been pretty darned open-minded when it comes to religion (just don’t give me that politically correct pap about terrorist, Major Malik Nadal Hassan, and fellow practitioners of simply being disturbed and misunderstood. But let’s not jump to conclusions unless of course we’re Barack Obama who can jump to conclusions about the Cambridge police officers but not about Muslim extremists).

If I’ve been able to seek and knock and find what I want in a spiritual sense it’s precisely because I am an American and I also happen to be a proudly conservative one at that. No matter where my soul travels on the spiritual conveyor belt of life and religion (it’s a shame I have to add “as long as it is peaceful and law-abiding”; there was a time that went without saying) I recognize with unbridled gratitude that my ability and my freedom to do that are deeply grounded in Judeo-Christian values and ethics and in the Constitution of the most exceptional, religiously diverse nation on the planet.

We cannot overlook or forget that the footprints of women, Christian women, emaciated, exhausted, some nursing newborns, were among the first to step onto the soil of the New World at Plymouth Rock in the quest for freedom of religion.  I, we American women, who love this country and who are free to pursue our diverse spiritual paths, should never lose sight of the fact that those little footprints are the biggest we will ever attempt to step into and follow. The names of the very few who survived, who even made it across the ocean before perishing: Susanna, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Mary–are the reason we rejoice in the sisterhood of believers– believers in America, believers in her traditions, her freedoms, her Constitution, her flag and in our right to raise our voices and say “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.”

We all owe those Christian women and men our eternal gratitude. If those of us of whatever faith or spiritual persuasion do not recognize that contribution, shame on us.

We women have work to do. If liberals try to take this country from us look out: you might as well try coming between a lioness and her cubs. To borrow (okay, okay…and slightly adjust) the motto of the flag that inspired many a Revolutionary American and is being adopted again by groups fed up with big, intrusive government: “Honey, if you’ve got even a lick of sense don’t even think about treading on me!”

To give the treading, footstep analogy another twist, if you like hits from the 60’s you’ll remember Nancy Sinatra’s musical rant about a betrayed woman: “These boots are made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are going to walk all over you” and I might add, that’ll really hurt if they have spiked heels!

Listen up Washington, be careful who you betray (and where you step). A virtual army of women is mobilizing to save this country, to preserve its freedoms for our children and our children’s children.

There’s work to be done and we each have a role to play.

“Are you ready boots? Start walking!”