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Our Health Care is World Class or at least Top 40

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Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka--the 37th Greatest Mormon of All-Time

It strikes me as absurd that liberals want to put down our health care system.   They complain that we pay more than any other country and our health care is only the 37th best in the world right behind Costa Rica and ahead of Slovenia.   Well, that may be true, but is 37 bad?  Heck no.  The 37th best health care in the world is still world class.  When I was growing up a man by the name of Casey Kasem did a top 40 radio show and you know what, they played the 37th top song one time, just like the number one song.  Let’s not stop there though–Here are some other #37s.

The Billboard 37th hottest song right now is Uprising by Muse–I’m sure it’s great.

Rolling Stone rates Bob Marley and the Wailers’ No Woman No Cry as the 37th greatest song of all time.

Internet Movie Database users votes Taxi Driver as the 37th greatest movie of all time.

TV.COM rated CSI: NY as the 37th most popular show on television now.

The 37th greatest tv episode of all time is Chrylser Theatre’s “Kicks” from 1965.

Terry Kath of Chicago was named the 37th best rock guitarist by DigitalDreamdoor.com.

Topper Headon of The Clash was ranked the 37th best rock drummer by the same website.

In 1998 The Sporting News named Hank Greenberg as the 37th best baseball player of all-time.

The Sporting News called Deon Sanders the 37th greatest football player of all-time.

The 37th ranked college is The University of Maryland according to ULinks.com.

The 37th best restaurant in the world is Le Quartier Francais, South Africa according to San Pellegrino’s 2009 awards.

Beeradvocate.com rates Surly Brewing Company’s Furious as the 37th best beer in the world.

The 37th greatest Mormon is Jimmy “Super Fly” Snuka

The board of RandomHouse.com named The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder as the 37th greatest novel of all-time.

The 37th greatest television quote is  “…if it weren’t for you meddling kids! (The bad guy, “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?”) according to TV Land.

So you see, if you intend to call our health care system anything less than world class, then you need to make the same comments about a whole lot of great things.  That’s why no matter what the liberals and democrats may claim, top 40 isn’t that bad at all.

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September 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Public Option Loses 2 Votes

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Today the Senate Finance Committee defeated the public option in a double header 15-8 and 13-10.  This is great news for this country as the public option appears on it’s last legs.  Despite the best efforts of President Obama, only 2/3 of Americans favor the public option and only 3/4 of doctors are in favor of it.   Those numbers are even lower in the Southern United States where the country has it’s highest percentage of NASCAR related injuries.

This setback will hopefully kill the public option leaving us with a health care reform that will safeguard the interests of the insurance industry by mandating that people buy coverage or pay a very severe fine.   This is the type of reform that I believe everybody should be able to get behind.     The heroes of the day for the 1/3 of who oppose the public option were Democratic Senators Blanche Lincoln, Kent Conrad, and Max Baucus who in statesmanlike fashion supported this country’s insurance industry over the powerful sick people lobby which continues to push for public funding.

Baucus said that his own bill without the public option, “is not easy on insurance companies.”  I am assuming that he is referring to all the people who insurance companies would now have to do paperwork for because his bill would mandate them buying insurance.   As many of these people are young twenty-somethings in good health, the insurance companies would probably be willing to do it.

At this time of economic uncertainty it really doesn’t make much sense for us to throw stones at the one industry in this country that is booming.   Last year, insurance companies made a 428% profit.  Can our economy afford to knock that down?  I don’t think so.

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September 29, 2009 at 7:14 pm

A Teacher Speaks on Obama’s Education Reform

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Nate Peele: I’m here with Tony Federko who is a Chicago Public Schools teacher.  I wanted to get his thoughts on Obama’s proposal to extend the school year and school day.

Tony Federko: Thank you Mr. Peele, but when you asked if we could have a conference, I expected that you wanted to talk about your daughter Emily.

NP: Well, she’s doing fine–isn’t she?  She loves your class and I think she’s really learning a lot so far this year.

TF: Yes, but…

NP: Good, now how do you agree with the liberals or conservatives on education?

TF: I don’t really see a difference honestly.   Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton are currently promoting the President’s education reforms.

NP: Really?  I wasn’t aware of that.   What do you think of the President’s idea to expand the school year?  He says we’re falling behind other countries because we don’t spend enough time in school.

TF: He’s wrong.  Don’t get me wrong I voted for him…

NP: Oh really?

TF: Anyway, Obama said that he wants our children to go to school as much as they do in Korea.   An American eighth-grader gets about 1,150 instructional hours per year while a South Korean would get 923.  Our kids have more instructional time than Taiwan, The Phillipines, and Japan who score higher than us on aptitude tests.

NP: Right, because we have teacher’s unions.

TF: Most of those countries do too.  The difference is we have a third world rate of child poverty and a third world medical system where children are forced to go to school sick and malnourished.   We also count everybody on our tests, but they only count citizens.   We do better on these tests than most developed countries like Germany and England.

NP: Germany and England are socialist countries you know.  Still, education reform is a good thing.   Don’t we need to run schools like a business?

TF: Business isn’t doing too well right now.  Maybe we should run businesses more like schools.   If we wanted to run it like a successful business, we’d start with the employees who are in the trenches everyday.  Instead, reform seems to stem from corporations who want a chance at all the money in education.

NP: Liberals are like that with social programs.

TF: It isn’t just liberals.  The very people who attack the Heritage Foundations of the world on Health Care and demand a public option are the same people joining forces with the Heritage Foundation on education to push for more charter schools.   Charter schools do the same thing insurance companies do and do not always take the students with pre-existing conditions like behavioral issues or learning disabilities.  Despite all that, test data shows that the charters don’t do as well as the regular schools at educating kids.

NP: Don’t you think that the school day should be longer?   I’d love to have a job like yours where I get out at 3:00

TF: Before we talk about adding more hours to the school day, maybe we could talk about paying teachers for the hours they already work.   Georgia has started furloughing teachers and states like California are hemorrhaging jobs.  I work a 10 hour day of which I get paid for 6 hours and 15 minutes.   Even if I was paid for an 8 hour day, they couldn’t afford it.  You know I always tell people who say they’d love my job, that they should go to school and become teachers–or go to a charter school where you wouldn’t even have to take education classes to teach.

NP: I think I’d be a great teacher.   I have a way with kids you know.   Don’t you think we need to have tougher standards for teachers though?

TF: With charters, we’re actually making the standards lower, but here’s the problem.   If you have 1000 apply for 1000 job openings, you can’t be selective.  In the wealthy school districts and the schools where they have new computers and good security they can hire good teachers.   In inner city schools some good teachers are working hard, but sometimes they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

NP: So how would you improve schools?

TF: First, I’d pay teachers more for working at those inner city schools.   Then, I’d try and reduce class size.   People who say that it doesn’t make a difference haven’t taught.  I’d give teachers more preparation time because many of us work almost as many unpaid hours as paid hours.   I’d keep tenure because  due process is important in this type of job, but I would make it easier to terminate somebody who was obviously not doing their job.  I’d focus more on public education and only allow charters that did creative or experimental curriculum that could be studied and possibly implemented in the public schools.  Doing those things would give you a better pool of candidates for teaching jobs.  Then comes the next two big steps:

I’d search out successful people in business, sports, the arts, you name it and I’d ask them what was it in school that helped make them successful and I’d try and reproduce it.   Everything is so geared for tests now and I don’t believe those are the most important things.   Then, I’d pass very strong health reform with a public option and I’d make childhood poverty a major focus.

NP: So is it too late to get my daughter transferred to another class?

TF: I’m afraid so.

NP: OK, well thanks.

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September 28, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Science Threatens America’s Values

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There is a battle going on for the hearts and minds of our dear country my friends and that battle is between the forces of God and the forces of science.   I see the front lines drawn and I hope America wakes up and realizes what is happening before it’s too late.  I see a brave Christian soldier like Senator James Inhoffe (R-OK) who isn’t afraid to stand up to the powerful fresh air and clean drinking water policies to say, “God’s still up there.  We’re going through these cycles.”   I see former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron courageously going to 50 top universities to pass out altered versions of Darwin’s Origins of the Species showing the links between Darwin and Hitler.

Inhoffe has little use for science just like another great leader of men–Jesus.  He is one of a new breed of Christian theorists who have noticed an occasional moderate summer day and declared that global warming is a myth no more real than evolution or gravity.   The theory is that the reason that the ice caps are melting and that species are dying off has nothing to do with man made gasses, but with God being in a rather playful mood.   After all, they argue the Earth has been changing for thousands of years, just not evolving.   Inhoffe will be traveling to the climate change summit in Copenhagen this Fall to present an alternative view.   I wish this brave Christian warrior good luck in convincing the liberals who have bought into this in whatever country Copenhagen is in.

Kirk Cameron’s efforts have been widely publicized on Youtube.   In November on the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s Origins of the Species, Kirk Cameron and his group will be giving out altered version of the book at 50 top colleges which will include bonus pages comparing Darwinism to Nazism and let’s people know that Darwin was a racist and sexist.   By showing the evil that has been done in Darwin’s name, hopefully Kirk can lead atheists back to the straight and narrow the way he did with his best friend Boner on Growing Pains.   There has been a tremendous amount of evil committed in the name of science and this must be brought into the light.  I won’t deny that there has never been evil committed in the name of religion because obviously Muslims and Buddhists and Catholics consider themselves to be religious too.  However, no two Christian nations have ever gone to war with each other and Christianity has produced only good in it’s long history.

There is a war going on in this world between the forces of science and Christianity.   I know what our founding fathers would have chosen and that is the same choice we should have made, the brain can be deceived, but the soul always knows the truth.  6,000 years ago when the world was created, it was created for us to use our hearts as well as our heads.

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September 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

Latest CBO Study Finds Major Flaw In Obama Care

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The most recent Congressional Budget Office study finds that a strong public option would save $85 billion more than a system that uses triggers like the Blue Dog Democrats would prefer.    The key is that a strong public option would be tied to medicare rates and would only pay doctors about 5% over what they make treating medicare patients.  The strong public option would save $110 billion dollars compared to $25 billion for the weaker plan.

The comments section of Ezra Klein’s article in today’s Washington Post Online was filled with angry reaction today as people pointed out that a public option was unfair to doctors.   Readers posted comments like “how about we just put guns to doctors heads and force them to perform surgery on us? That’d probably save even more money, no???” and “does CBO also give statistics as to how many doctors would shut their doors with this reimbursement??”.   To me this is the real beauty of the conservative movement in this country—caring about the less fortunate even when they won’t stand up for themselves.    We have frequently gone to bat for insurance companies and now we’re coming to the aid of doctors even though 73% of doctors are in favor of the public option.

It is imperative for us to stand up for these doctors’ rights against their wishes not simply because it’s the right thing to do, but also because the other 27% of doctors who prefer no public option, could close up their practices and either go back home to whatever country they came from or leave medicine for some other more lucrative field.   As a country, let’s agree to stand up for the rights of doctors no matter how much they oppose us doing so.

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September 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Toys Latest Tools of Liberal Indoctrination

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I remember when I was a kid, the toys I played with helped me to grow up to be the man I am today.  In addition to trucks, and sporting equipment, and bb guns, I played games like Life where you made choices to assemble the perfect nuclear family or Monopoly where I built many a business empire.  For girls, Barbie taught them the value of shopping and watching their figure.

Unfortunately, toys are now the tools of left wing indoctrination.  The most outrageous example is the newest American Girl doll Gwen.   As the New York Post’s Andrea Peyser explains it, “She is homeless. A homeless doll.  In the history books that come with every American Girl doll — bringing to life these little monsters until impressionable  little ones believe they are actual people — you learn that Gwen’s father walked out on the family.  Her mother lost her job. As the little kiddies learn to read about this doll as if she’s a human being, one learns that, as fall turned into winter, Gwen’s mom lost her grip.  Mother and daughter started bedding down in a car.”

I think the above story not only demonstrates the danger of giving young children these indoctrinating toys, but also of allowing them to read.  Andrea Peyser finds that the doll teaches the following lessons, “For starters, men are bad. Fathers abandon women without cause. She’s also telling me that women are helpless. And that children in this great country, where dolls sell for nearly 100 bucks a pop, are allowed to sleep in motor vehicles. But mothers don’t lose custody over this injustice. Because, you see, they are victims, too.”  These are not the things we want our daughters to learn–not when they could be learning how to coordinate outfits with Barbie.

Several American Girl fans took to the American Girl Website  to debate Ms. Peyser and you could feel the liberal vitriol even at their early age.   “I totaly L-O-V-E Gwen!Her dress is beautyful and the flower print at the top is on her beautyful light pink under!Her sandals are 100% tought to get on.” writes AGGwen1997.

“Bravo American Girl! Your Gwen doll celebrates the diversity of our culture.   My other dolls have been having a Saul Alinsky style work stoppage until health care reform is passed with a public option,” said SecondGradeVegan

I would love to blame the indoctrination of our children solely on American Girl and move on, but sadly I cannot.   The following games and toys are just as guilty:

  1. Operation – While there is nothing wrong with surgery, there is no attempt to accurately simulate insurance paper work, which makes it appear the child is operating under a single payer system.
  2. Noodleboro Fun Park Sharing Game – This game teaches kids that they win by sharing.   The rules might as well just say, “From each player according to his ability, to each player according to his need.”
  3. Toy lawnmowers – Trying to encourage your children to do his own yard work when there are plenty of immigrants who will do it cheaply and quickly is irresponsible
  4. Puzzles – Puzzles are fine when done individually, but too often they’re done by a group of children.  This discourages them from learning the value of self-reliance.

We must defend our children from this kind of liberal indoctrination.   After homeless dolls, the next step is gay dolls, and then before you know it we’re living in a socialist society.   Let’s pray that never happens.

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September 24, 2009 at 9:26 pm

All Porn is Gay Porn

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First, a word of caution to all the father’s out there.   If your daughter gives you a permission slip to join the pom team at her school, make sure the ink hasn’t smeared before calling the school as an irate parent.   Pornography has been in the news this week so I guess that might be part of the problem.

Tom Coburn’s chief of staff, Michael Schwartz gave a speech for the Value Voters Summit last week that explained, “All pornography is homosexual pornography because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards…Now, think about that. And if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you think he’s going to want to get a copy of Playboy? I’m pretty sure he’ll lose interest. That’s the last thing he wants! You know, that’s a good comment, it’s a good point, and it’s a good thing to teach young people.”

This immediately brought a couple of questions to my mind:

  1. If you read Playbody, but only the articles, will that turn you bisexual?
  2. If somebody was already gay, would watching porn make them straight more efficiently than the current deprogramming methods?

However, what this really did for me is to make me feel even more sympathy for Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California USA contestant.   You see, Carrie is most famous for coming out against gay marriage at the Miss USA pageant that she totally would have won otherwise.  At the time liberals like Perez Hilton tried to make her out to be some kind of bigot, but her story is much more complex.

“I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos,” explained Miss Prejean when a half dozen racy pictures of her surfaced.  Carrie looks amazingly attractive in those pictures and I can’t help, but think that many an 11 year old boy could spend a considerable amount of time studying them.  The problem is, as Michael Schwartz explained, this act will make them gay.   At which point, Miss Prejean will oppose their marriage.   I certainly don’t approve of the lifestyle, but I can’t help think that this is hypocritical when she helped to cause the gay lifestyle in the first place.

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September 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm