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I am thinking it is already too late.  We are officially in the outer limits of the city of Police State.

So we have a list that is nothing new, except the last entry, but bears repeating often:

Attempts to ban or tightly regulate arms owned by citizens

(You can find your own links to this – thousands of them)

 DHS stockpiling ammo (1.6B rounds)

http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/020813-643707-obama-homeland-security-vast-ammunition-purchases.htm

 DHS buying automatic weapons (7000 full auto)

http://pjmedia.com/blog/misfire-joe-bidens-shotgun-vs-rifle-comments/?singlepage=true

http://www.infowars.com/dhs-buys-7000-full-auto-assault-rifles-calls-them-personal-defense-weapons

 DHS purchasing drones capable of tracking moving and stationary targets and determining armed/unarmed status, capable of painting a target with IR laser from 60,000 feet (read that in the unredacted RFQ)

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57572207-38/dhs-built-domestic-surveillance-tech-into-predator-drones/

http://politechbot.com/docs/dhs.uav.drone.specification.030113.html )

DHS purchasing 2700 light-armored tanks

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/obama-dhs-purchases-2700-light-armored-tanks-to-go-with-their-1-6-billion-bullet-stockpile/

 Next come the lists of people, their weapons, their beliefs, their affiliations, their acquaintances, etc.

You think I’m joking?  The drones, tanks, and automatic weapons don’t cause you to be uneasy?  You’re a sheeple if they don’t.

Let’s see where those items get placed.

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Drudge’s choice of aggregating titles and picture selection is impeccable.  Below, you can see that Obama is faded, hard to see, looking at a loss, and on the defensive without his many many minions.  Hopefully the absent minions are ones that have woken up.  -LK

Also, maybe the time is right for Santorum to step out of the shadow and leave some soggy Mittens lying in a muddy ditch.

As with all of it, it doesn’t really matter unless it does.

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There’s the power grab I’ve been watching for.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover.”  – North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue in her overt bid to overthrow your right to be represented – next comes taxation without that representation, in her eyes.

With honeyed words and an oily demeanor the usurper will sidle forth, eager to take control of your lives – just for the good of everyone, you understand.
No, Bev, what we ought to do, rather than your suggestion of suspending elections, is calmly and rationally tell Congress to grow the hell up and do their goddamned jobs like they swore to do.   – Dr. Lemur
Interesting ow her suggestion of a two year suspension just happens to cover the next election cycle, isn’t it?
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Ok, the cut-n-paste section is a bit long here but there is a reason…  Pittsburgh inmates are getting 42″ plasma tv’s.

The money comes from the “Inmate Welfare Fund” – proceeds from the jail commissary used by the inmates.

Onorato administration officials who wouldn’t be interviewed on camera or allow the televisions to be photographed, argued in a statement that it’s not the public’s money.

“No taxpayer dollars or county funds are being used to purchase the televisions. The inmates are purchasing the televisions to replace old or broken sets. The decision to purchase the TVs was made by a committee that consists of jail personnel and inmate advocates.”

The point of being in jail is not to mistreat people or make them feel worse and resentful,” Marion Damick, a committee member, said.

It’s not?
Yes it is.  I want prisoners to feel worse.  I want them to hate prison.  I want to chain them to… wait, no, I don’t want tha… wait, yes I do.  I want them to never want to go back, ever.
Where’d the idea come from that there should be anything enjoyable about being incarcerated on the public’s dime?  Sure they may have bought those TVs with “non-public” money but while they are getting free room and board they ought to be paying for every cent of it.  If that deal sounds like it sucks, stay the hell out of jail.
A very good friend of mine was in jail for a while, and yes, I can still say that.  He never wants to go back again and has become a completely different person.  I’d say jail being a suck-ass place to be was probably one of the best things to ever happen to him, as he’s a fine human being that I’m proud to call a friend.
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Now… (said slowly) I’ll bet… that she looked up the color of the reporter’s skin before bitching about his racist transcription of Obama’s intentionally dropped G’s in his Congressional Black Caucus speech…  She did so purely out of curiosity, I’m sure.
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The good news is that liberals are good for Mother Earth.  Yes, tiny little cannisters filled with life-saving albuterol and nasty evil CFC’s are still pure evil and must be stamped out.  If a few asthmatics are killed along the way, that’s a price we’re willing to pay, because Green is Always Better.
Give it time, and the government will want to tax the rich for $14,000 for every man, woman, and child to pay for $7,000 funerals and “give” those away, too.  Hell, why not?  We’re going to be doing something similar with health care soon.  Tax for more than the amount, pocket the difference – it’s the political way to pay for all the things that can’t be justified.
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Zombie Reagan will not run.  It’s on Drudge.  Sorry Stoaty…
For the hearing impaired, use this handy visual that she hand-crafted to navigate to her site.
Seriously, think about what I just said, stop clicking on that graphic, realize it was BS, and follow the hyperlink above, okay?

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More Chins than a Hong Kong telephone directory.  That’s my kitty Jilly-boo.

See the chins? She has lots more now. That's an old picture.

Apparently we humans in the US are getting that way, too.  Quick… everybody panicOne in five of us is pudgy, just like Jilly-boo.

Over the last two decades, people in the United States have been eating less nutritious food and more of it. At the same time, activity levels have fallen, Levi said.

“If we’re going to reverse the obesity trends, willpower alone won’t do it. We’re going to have to make healthier choices easier for Americans,” Levi said.  (Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health)

Making healthier choices requires willpower, you idiot.  But we don’t need the gov’t or some control group doing it for us.

Will you be surprised if the Trust for America’s Health is outed as a George Soros funded initiative?  Well, it IS a Soros-funded initiative.  No lie.

When I hear someone say “We’re going to have to make healthier choices easier for Americans,” what I really hear is “We know what is good for you and we’ll eliminate anything we don’t like until all you can do is choose from what we choose for you.”

We do what we must, because we can…  – Aperture Science

Welcome to yet another area where your life will be controlled if you don’t watch out.  You, too, could live in a controlled area like New York City.

If I want to be obese, it’s my choice, and the gov’t can just get it’s own pudgy butt out of my choices.

More later tonight.

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I am.  I’m a law-abiding Michigander.  But I’ll tell you this:

If the Michigan police think that if I am stopped that they can download data off my cellphone they are going to have to arrest me.  AFTER I take my SIM card and destroy it.  There is no F*CKING WAY they get to intrude on my privacy like this.  No way.

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.

ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.

I will endure arrest on principle.  I will be respectful to the officer, as much as I can and still refuse to comply with his “orders”, but I will NOT hand over my personal information to anyone under duress.

A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.

“Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device’s capabilities. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”

The ACLU is concerned that these powerful capabilities are being quietly used to bypass Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

“With certain exceptions that do not apply here, a search cannot occur without a warrant in which a judicial officer determines that there is probable cause to believe that the search will yield evidence of criminal activity,” Fancher wrote. “A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched.”

Many thanks to The Butcher of Lansing for this link.

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Now, do NOT think that this next graphic (not mine) and the previous section above are related in any way.  They aren’t.  But Llamas with Hats make me laugh and damnit, I could use a laugh.  Family health issues with my sister have made this kind of a dark week.

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Ah, yet another air-dried-tongue-wagger has spoken up about the dismal fate of the planet.  What is the hardly-novel nightmare du jour?

Why, it’s vat grown meat… food… stuff.

Leading scientists say meat grown in vats may be necessary to feed 9 billion people expected to be alive by middle of century

No kidding? Wow. Well, how bad could that be? I mean, look at the awesome vat-grown-lambshake below. You can even have them put mint jelly in a little dollop on top. Doesn’t that look delish?

Bacon Shots.  (don’t confuse with the bacon-flavored vodka I saw over at DPUD)
Pork Shooters.
Bambi Juicy Box.
Foi-gras Fizzes.

It brings a whole new meaning to the term “12 oz Porterhouse Steak”. Put the can in some simmering water, bring it to the table, pop the top for the customer and insert a silver straw.

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While we’re worrying about the health care thing, this has been going on for a long time but it makes it no less wrong:

One problem facing all the state proposals is that federal law generally trumps state law.

States are proposing things against the new Health Care Reform voted in, and you see statements like that.

Should there not be much more bristling at this sort of talk?  Yes, yes, I know it has been this way a long time, but the federal government was only supposed to have powers given to it explicitly, not have any powers it wants that were not explicitly taken away.

Such consequences are what Lincoln set in motion when he laid the idea of State’s sovereignty in the ground so many years ago.

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Let’s use California as an example of the griping, even though it is other states involved in the story… because there are states that are griping and are going to SUE THE US GOV’T OVER THE HEALTH CARE BILL.  Oh, won’t this be fun?

States that sued:  The states that sued are Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington, McCollum said in astatement on his office’s Web site.

This is significant because ONLY ONE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM (a Louisiana turncoat from New Orleans – surprise, surprise).

Some states look like they were drug in – Louisiana, Florida, and Texas, for example.  Louisiana looks a teensy bit bad because they had the one Republican turncoat but had a Democrat vote against, too.

Note:  By “drug in” I mean that they’d rather not even had this issue at all and really would rather they didn’t have to sue to get their rights back.

Washington, Colorado, and Michigan – you look like crap, you guys – you can vote in people that won’t listen to you but when it comes time to pony up the bucks you sue against the Fed because it’s a crappy law.

Another state which I think would love to sue but won’t, at least until they find out how much they personally will have to spend would be California and their 34 Democrats to 19 Republican seats – not a one of those democrats voted against the bill..

Louisiana 6-1, Republicans.

Florida 15-9 (1 vacant), Republican.

Texas 20-12, Republicans.

Pennsylvania 11-1 (1 vacant), Republican.

Nebraska 3 Republicans.

Alabama 5-2, Republicans.

Idaho 1-1, tied.

Utah 2-1, Republicans.

South Carolina 4-2, Republicans.

South Dakota 1 Democrat (Stephanie Sandlin – who voted against the bill)

Virgina 6-5, Democrats.  (Two dems voted against so I don’t know what to think)

Michigan 8-7, Democrats. (Michigan has Stupak, which is humiliating)

Colorado 5-2, Democrats. (One dem against – bad show you jerks)

Washington 6-3, Democrat. (One dem against)

Well, I won’t say I have respect for a single one of the 39 Dems that voted against HRC.  I got burned by Stupak already.  For all I know, those 39 just didn’t get their palms properly greased like Stupak did.

Give California time – sticker shock just hasn’t set in – they’ll start bitching once people stop accepting their IOU’s.  By roughly 56%, Californians helped pass this sumbitch of a law by virtue of the idiots they voted into power.

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They think that Obama/Demo-Care will take away our freedoms.  Oh pish.  How could government-run health care possibly take a way our freedoms?

I didn’t have the heart to even post 15 and 16, which are so bone-chilling, so hair-raising, so terrifying – based on the effect that they will have on pharmaceuticals and device makers – that I can’t put it on a family blog.

Europe is just amazed how we can be happy with our current medical care system and slap each other on the back about how civilized their systems are.

Simple fact – more gets innovated and developed in the US through our way of doing things than anywhere else.  The world greatly benefits from our pharma system.  They had best hope this doesn’t put a crimp in that, or they’re going to have two choices:  (1) pay lots more for drugs, or (2) be more blatant about stealing the recipe and reverse-engineering/making knock-off drugs.

With thanks to By David Hogberg…

2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

Makes me want to do all three things myself….

5. You are an employer and you would like to offer coverage that doesn’t allow your employers’ slacker children to stay on the policy until age 26? Tough. (Section 2714).

TWENTY-SIX???

6. You must buy a policy that covers ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision careYou’re a single guy without children? Tough, your policy must cover pediatric services. You’re a woman who can’t have children? Tough, your policy must cover maternity services. You’re a teetotaler? Tough, your policy must cover substance abuse treatment. (Add your own violation of personal freedom here.) (Section 1302).

And that is the ONLY way this could even hope to be set up without being so obvious to even the lowest cretin that it cannot work.  Someone has to pay a disproportionate amount if other’s aren’t going to pay their share.  Simple fact of life.

11. If you are a physician and you don’t want the government looking over your shoulder? Tough. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to use your claims data to issue you reports that measure the resources you use, provide information on the quality of care you provide, and compare the resources you use to those used by other physicians. Of course, this will all be just for informational purposes. It’s not like the government will ever use it to intervene in your practice and patients’ care. Of course not. (Section 3003 (i))

What’s he talking about?  Anyone ever tells you that the government will not use information it has if it decides the need exists, look at Japanese internment in WWII.  If that information is there, it WILL be used by someone who feels they have a right or need to it.

12. If you are a physician and you want to own your own hospital, you must be an owner and have a “Medicare provider agreement” by Feb. 1, 2010. (Dec. 31, 2010 in the reconciliation changes.) If you didn’t have those by then, you are out of luck. (Section 6001 (i) (1) (A)).

Like… is #12 permanent?

14. You are a health insurer and you want to raise premiums to meet costs? Well, if that increase is deemed “unreasonable” by the Secretary of Health and Human Services it will be subject to review and can be denied. (Section 1003)

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This speaks volumes all by itself.  You want proof that the media is in Obama’s pocket?  How about the fact that not one critical issue was brought up in the news article…?

Obama to seal US-UN relationship

By Harvey Morris at the United Nations

Published: September 8 2009 19:59 | Last updated: September 8 2009 19:59

Her remarks were the latest by the Obama administration to emphasize a shift from the strategy of the previous Bush administration, sometimes criticized by its UN partners for seeking to use the world body principally to endorse its own unilateral policies. The US currently holds the month-long rotating presidency of the Security Council.

“The council has a very important role to play in preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons, and it’s the world’s principal body for dealing with global security cooperation,” Susan Rice, US envoy to the UN, said last week.

Barack Obama will cement the new co-operative relationship between the US and the United Nations this month when he becomes the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council.

The topic for the summit-level session of the council on September 24 is nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament – one of several global challenges that the US now wants to see addressed at a multinational level.

Well, y’all wanted change.  Choke on it.

The man has proved with his choice of advisors that he can’t manage his way out of a paper bag, so this promises to be really damned scary.

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As much as I would rather chew off a limb than be in the same room with Camille Paglia, she does have a head on her shoulders – a smart one, too – and is actually closer to what I’d call a moderate than 95% of the so-called moderates (all liberals think they are moderate).  I’m joking about the limb-chewing and same room stuff.

She had some things to say about Obama, the Democrats, and the state of the Liberal Machine.  All undermined by Obama, the Democrats, and the Liberal Machine.

By foolishly trying to reduce all objections to healthcare reform to the malevolence of obstructionist Republicans, Democrats have managed to destroy the national coalition that elected Obama and that is unlikely to be repaired. If Obama fails to win reelection, let the blame be first laid at the door of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis.

Who is naive enough to believe that Obama’s plan would be deficit-neutral?

One would think that the total number would be about two people, both of whom huff paint thinner fumes to get high.  But the polls and surveys argue differently.

Why did it take so long for Democrats to realize that this year’s tea party and town hall uprisings were a genuine barometer of widespread public discontent and not simply a staged scenario by kooks and conspirators? First of all, too many political analysts still think that network and cable TV chat shows are the central forums of national debate. But the truly transformative political energy is coming from talk radio and the Web — both of which Democrat-sponsored proposals have threatened to stifle, in defiance of freedom of speech guarantees in the Bill of Rights.

Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers

Take-home points:  Democratic Party is not interested in the little people.  The Democratic Party is contemptuous of dissent and this is akin to cutting their own throats.  The Democratic Party has taken a vacation from reality.  Obama’s team is in way over their heads and is amateurish and naive on many fronts, thinking that “looking good” is a one-for-one substitute for competence and professional work.

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Geek out on this:  Making your own 3D printer.  Thanks go to Ms. Tenacious for the link.

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Someone had the balls to come out and utter something this stupidly hypocritical in regards to the proper elimination of Van Jones.

“The ability of the conservative media machine to generate a controversy for this White House is amazing.” –MSNBC’s Chuck Todd

The whole idea of “czars” is asinine.  If the person is qualified to have the ear of the president, they ought to be nominated for a position and vetted just like any other candidate.

The vacuum in Tanenhaus’ head must be painful…

“The primary dynamic of American politics, normally described as a continual friction between the two major parties, is equally in our time a competition between the liberal idea of consensus and the conservative idea of orthodoxy. We see it in the Democratic Party’s recent history of choosing centrist, explicitly nonideological presidential candidates (Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama), as contrasted with the Republicans’ preference for ideologically committed ones (Goldwater, Reagan, George W. Bush).” –Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times’ Book Review and Week in Review sections, in his new book, “The Death of Conservatism”

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A judge that hasn’t long to serve before being removed.  He has questioned divinity.

A California judge today tentatively scheduled a trial for Jan. 26, 2010, for a case that challenges Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president based on questions over his qualifications under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

If the case actually goes to arguments before U.S. District Judge DavidCarter…

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Good news:  The ObaMessiah did not speak in my daughter’s school today.

I did miss the local Tea Party on it’s stop through Michigan today.  I found that my neck issues just made it logistically impossible.  So… sorry iamfelix, but we just couldn’t make it.

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I don’t recall this kind of idiocy during the Bush years.  The Health and Human Services Secretary demonstrating how to cough?

More…

snapshots in idiocy

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