Send a message to your Senator today, before it’s too late
From: John McCain (email@example.com)
This afternoon, at 2:45pm, the Senate will vote on my amendment to the Democrats’ massive health care bill aimed at overhauling how Americans receive health care. This amendment is the first Republican amendment and will send the bill back to the Finance Committee to force Democrats to pay for the bill without cutting Medicare coverage for our seniors.
I urge you to immediately send a message to your Senator by adding your name as a supporter to this amendment before it’s too late so that we can prevent Medicare cuts and government rationing of health care. The Democrats’ bill as it is written would gut Medicare as we know it, and that’s just not right.
Fortunately, the antiwar left has little power to stop the president from making good on his commitments. Notwithstanding Mr. Obama’s vote against funding the war in Afghanistan in May 2007, the White House can win a battle over war funding by standing with a coalition of victory-centered Republicans and Democrats who don’t want their president embarrassed.
Only a failure of presidential nerve or an unwillingness to make further midcourse corrections as the need arises will keep Mr. Obama from achieving the goals he has spelled out.
Victory can still be won. It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy, and it will take active leadership from Mr. Obama. But it is now within his grasp.
At a recent symposium, Intel boss Paul Otellini, a contributor to both parties, expressed concern about the “amount of variability in the system” created by the state of policy flux in healthcare, energy and tax policy. “It is very difficult to make a hiring decision,” he said. General Electric chief executive Jeffery Immelt, a strong supporter of Obama’s cap-and-trade proposal, added he would just like to “know what the rules are.”
All in all, a disturbing replay of the 1930s when FDR’s big changes left business reeling with uncertainty and confusion. The “devil you don’t know” and all that.
Small business is certainly with Big Business on this, particularly regarding the mercurial nature of healthcare reform. The substance of ObamaCare continues to morph daily — from the state of the public option to employer mandates to financing expanded coverage – as Senate leader Harry Reid scrounges for votes. On energy, the president will make big promises at Copenhagen even though cap-and-trade looks stillborn in the Senate.
Of course, Obama could pivot and revamp healthcare reform into a more incremental, targeted bill that might actually pass with decent margins in both houses. And while cap-and-trade is gasping for air, a deficit-neutral carbon tax (offsetting payroll taxes) might actually pull in significant Republican support. Maybe even a fat payroll or corporate tax cut.
But the tendency toward election-year gridlock is fast approaching. And for frazzled Corporate America and a frozen job market, gridlock – and the uncertainty that goes with it – is not good.
In the case of Dr. Greer, he has implied on several occasions that because all abductions are “negative” (in his interpretation anyway) they are caused only by the military and that there are no real ET abduction experiences. I think his views on this need to be taken with a giant grain of salt. In the past, I’ve generally been a supporter of Dr. Greer’s disclosure efforts and feel he should be commended for those efforts, but in this case, I strongly disagree with his conclusions.
I feel Dr. Greer’s views should be taken with a grain of salt for a couple of reasons. I once spoke with him briefly about MILABS and he contends his information that abduction is only being performed by the military comes from the accounts of some yet to be disclosed “insiders” who spoke with him regarding personal experiences of being involved in perpetrating false ET abduction scenarios.
In an interview by Randy Peyser in 1999, Greer said that these individuals claimed to be on “abduction squads” creating scenarios using human-built “UFOs and biological matter” used “to make it look like there are extraterrestrial events going on which are, in fact, 100 percent human in origin.” He also said,
“People who have had real ET encounters have subsequently been targeted for this kind of faux experience to confuse the database and put a spin of fear on the subject.”
I cannot help but wonder if what was actually being disclosed to him by these individuals were true accounts of MILAB re-abductions, happening because the abductees were having very real ET experiences, and that his retelling of these accounts is greatly influenced by Dr. Greer’s very public personal views regarding his own ET contact experiences.
He has always related his personal contact experiences as having been only “positive” benign events. And has insisted that all “real” contact experiences are only “positive” and therefore any “negative” ones, or those perceived as being “scary”, are not real. Thus, upon hearing these insiders’ accounts of involvement, he may have heard what he wanted to hear – experiences that did not conflict with his anti-abduction position. I believe he chooses to have a very one-sided view due to his own contact experiences and is conveniently able to explain away any he perceives as “negative” as being military in origin now that these insider folks have seemingly confirmed it for him.
Researcher/experiencer Melinda Leslie discussed her recent work on abductees who claim to have been interrogated, and sometimes re-abducted by covert/military operatives, after their initial alien encounter.
HH: Dr., would you believe that Massachusetts is an enormous success?
JG: Yes, I believe it’s an enormous success. I think spending that money to cover that many people, improve that many people’s lives, reform our insurance markets, I think is a remarkable success.
HH: Does it have a public option?
JG: It does not have a public option.
HH: Why then should we not allow other states to adopt solutions similar to Massachusetts without having a federal system imposed on it, so that we get the ability to experiment at the local level and come up with other enormous successes that do not involve the implementation of a potentially disastrous and expensive public option?
JG: Well, I mean, the public option’s a separate issue. And look, on the public option, I think that’s really a sideshow. I don’t think the public option is really something, I don’t think the public option is really something that’s very integral to this reform, to be honest. The separate issue is should we let states experiment? Absolutely, and the Senate bill does. There’s provisions to let states experiment and move away from the framework that’s in this law, and I think they should.
HH: Is there a downside to public health, to health care in America, if the public option is implemented?
JG: No, you know, I’ll be honest, the public option doesn’t matter that much, one way or another. I mean, I don’t think there’s a downside if implemented. I don’t think there’s a huge upside if implemented. I think all else equal it’s a good thing, because I think it adds competition to the insurance sector. But it’s really not, it’s far from the most important issue. It’s not something we should be spending so much time on. It’s really just not the most important issue here.
HH: But this isn’t an academic exercise. This is an exercise in real world politics, in which the public option is a mandate by Bernie Sanders, and is a non-starter for Joe Lieberman.
HH: Would you recommend it be jettisoned rather than kill the bill?
JG: If the choice was kill the bill or jettison the public option, I would 100% be for jettisoning the public option. I’ve been clear on that. I do not think, I do not think that’s worth sinking the bill over. I think it’s a fine thing. If it’s in there, I’d be happy. But I definitely would personally, this is just me speaking, I would personally sacrifice it to pass the bill in a heartbeat.
The bottom line is the decline in the unemployment rate this month was noise, and the unemployment rate will probably increase further. If the economy adds about 2 million payroll jobs next year, we’d expect the unemployment rate to still be at about 10% at the end of the year.
Monday is “Student Day,” and the regime is bracing for big demonstrations. The usual warnings have been issued, and internet will be jammed as of Sunday. For once, the opposition is giving the regime a taste of its own electronic medicine, hacking into state-run media and putting “Green” messages on their web sites.
In a sort of preemptive bribe, the regime declared a long holiday, starting Thursday, and encouraged people to celebrate in the countryside. But the weather is not inviting, and a quick look at Twitter (#iranelection is probably the best) will show you that preparations for the anti-regime demonstrations are going ahead. Both Mousavi and Karroubi, the top two leaders of the Green Wave, have said they will be with the students.
They are receiving very strong support from leading clerics, above all Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, who declared the movement to be “the real representation of the legitimate demands of the majority of the Iranian nation, over many years.” And he delivered a fierce denunciation of the regime:
Once again I emphasize and repeat, I warn the rulers that the way you are walking on, will bring nothing but damage and destruction not just to the religion, but also to the ‘earthly’ issues – both on yourselves and on the nation. Being loyal to the law and respecting the nation’s right is the best way to show a ruler’s good will. Selfishness, greed, domination and the acts of violence against the nation – the irreligious & illegal show trials of respected politicians, and the heavy sentences for them, will have the outcome of isolation of the country and the system in the world. And puts even more distance between the people and the rulers, and is destroying the face of the ‘oppressed Islam’. And in the end it will bring God’s anger.
Which pretty much sums it up. The wrath of God. Will it fall Monday?
To reiterate, she is specifically saying that nobody can trust an Internet-based image to be legitimate. And as many readers already know, there have been several illegitimate document images that have been floating around the Internet claiming that Mr. Obama was born in various places. Therefore, it is only actual, physical documents that should be examined to determine their authenticity.
Secondly, isn’t it interesting that Ms. Lines isn’t castigated for her work, even though she explicitly affirms the results that “Ron Polarik” came up with?
Thirdly, as you can clearly see for yourself, “Ron Polarik” has already “affixed his mark” to an affidavit wherein he states what he claims to be his credentials. If he’s lying, then that could be very easily revealed on any sort of cross-examination were his credentials formally questioned.
At least Palin isn’t slamming the so called “birthers”, and for that, she deserves kudos. I’m sure the media will be hounding her on this, so we’ll get to see that spectacle. Buckle up Sarah, and get ready to punch back.
35 posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 11:19:30 AM by pissant
He also told me something that I never forgot, for it caused me to do some other things in an effort to be nice to him and possibly a favor. We spoke of where I had been and the world as I saw it. I told him I had been to Africa , Mombassa specifically, and he said to me abruptly, “I was born there”. I told him he is not eligible to be president if that was true, but I remembered he said his mom was an American, so, maybe it was okay. But it was what I did after that makes this a true memory: I went back to the barracks and told others of this guy and suggested we all grab our photo albums and visit him again and show him pictures of Mombassa so he could see where he was from.
Because the guy telling the story only wrote it down because he is going to college for vocational rehab due to a spinal injury and had to take a lit and comp course for his new degree, his instructor is a conservative and he told her the story, and she wanted him to write it as a short story.
17 posted on Monday, November 30, 2009 9:49:03 PM by RaceBannon
Would you be willing to write out an affidavit of your account of the meeting between Barack Obama and you in Hawaii 1980?
My attorney and I are composing litigation now for an action in federal court that will be filed soon. Would you be willing to write an affidavit and allow us to include it in our litigation?
As stated before, I have procured Barack Obama II’s Coast Province General Hospital (1961 British Protectorate of Kenya) birth certificate in Mombasa Kenya. I have a certified copy with embossed seal and 2009 Hospital Admin stamp and signature.
I look forward to hearing from you.
245 posted on Wednesday, December 02, 2009 11:42:44 PM by InspectorSmith
As early as June 2008, RaceBannon was on the Birther bandwagon and saying Obama was “controlled by Satan.” And only now he is remembering this conversation.
What strikes me most is what he said as to where he grew up: Indonesia. He told me he wanted to be President of the US someday. I remember lightly smiling and commenting that maybe by the time he gets to be 40 or so, America will be ready for a Black man to be President and I wished him luck…
He also told me something that I never forgot…I told him I had been to Africa , Mombassa specifically, and he said to me abruptly, “I was born there”. I told him he is not eligible to be president if that was true, but I remembered he said his mom was an American, so, maybe it was okay…
It was Barak Obama. I don’t know if I’d bet my life on it, but I am willing to tell people openly at the risk of my ridicule. I was there, and saw him, spoke to him, and he openly told me he was born in Mombassa, Kenya, not Hawaii.
My detractors don’t seem to realize, if I had just blurted it out, what I remembered from then, THATS when I would have looked like I was jumping on the bandwagon.
Now? It honestly is for a college paper, I told my professor of the day and others, and she asked me to write it down.
That’s how it got around, I sent it to friends who I thought it would be interesting to read, and one of them published it on NY GOE’s website, and here we are today! 🙂
I am not worried, and I am not surprised that people find it hokey. It has been a long time and I obviously dont remember a lot of that day, but , like I said, I remember it only because I was going to go back and show him pictures of Mombassa from April 1980
271 posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 5:09:36 PM by RaceBannon
Will you sign an affidavit attesting to your story?
Lucas Smith previously asked if you would write an affidavit and allow him and his lawyer to use it in their litigation, but I haven’t seen an answer here to the question yet. If you have answered Lucas Smith privately, please let us know, and please consider sharing your answer with those of us very interested in it.
275 posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 5:51:58 PM by Nontaxpayer
Are you going to eventually sign an affidavit or become a plaintiff in some sort of legal action against Obama?
I can understand not answering Lucas Smith, and I’m trying to respect your privacy, but your story has become public and its allegation is of national interest. People like me, who have been involved in the eligibility movement for over a year, would like some assurance that you are serious and will move forward in a court of law on this.
283 posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 7:11:35 PM by Nontaxpayer
Since I kicked things off here about this story, a Free Republic thread was kicked off by someone else shortly afterwards.
John Charlton of The Post & Email also got started on this story after this post, and today, has posted an article about the story and the alleged Marine who has been going by ‘RaceBannon’ on Free Republic for years:
Jerome Corsi, author of a book attacking Obama, repeated the claim in an Aug. 15 interview with Steve Doocy on Fox News.
Corsi: Well, what would be really helpful is if Senator Obama would release primary documents like his birth certificate. The campaign has a false, fake birth certificate posted on their website. How is anybody supposed to really piece together his life?
Doocy: What do you mean they have a “false birth certificate” on their Web site?
Corsi: The original birth certificate of Obama has never been released, and the campaign refuses to release it.
Doocy: Well, couldn’t it just be a State of Hawaii-produced duplicate?
Corsi: No, it’s a — there’s been good analysis of it on the Internet, and it’s been shown to have watermarks from Photoshop. It’s a fake document that’s on the Web site right now, and the original birth certificate the campaign refuses to produce.