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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Obama: Evil Overlord or Mistake Prone Doofus?

Photo: AFP/Saul Loeb
On Monday, at the nuclear summit in Seoul, South Korea, President Obama told Russian President Dimitry Medvedev (who walks so stiffly because Vladimir Putin's hand works Medvedev's controls via an access port in Medvedev's butt) that after he was re-elected in November he'd have more flexibility to work with the Russians on a nuclear armament treaty. His words alone do not bother me. What he said is what politicians say to other politicians when they are trying to get deals done. A fact of political life is that Obama will have more flexibility to work with the Russians after the election. Therein lies the problem, when it comes to our amazingly engaging Commander-In-Chief..

A few things:
  • That Obama assumes he will be re-elected should give you a glimpse into his view of himself
  • That Obama is not telling Medvedev that Russia will have more flexibility with the United States after Obama's re-election tells us by the language he uses that he (Obama) views the US as subservient to Russia
  • Obama's assertion today that Russia is also not in a position to hold serious arms talks because they just had an election is a preposterous mashing of logic that no one seems to have picked up on. The Russian president could care less whether they had just held an election or not. Seriously people, pay attention
But overall, my response was that this was just another stupid statement from a man who really has no business operating on the world stage.

Then I saw this picture of our Commander-In-Chief yukking it up prior to today's summit meeting. As he walks past the podium, Obama says "Wait! Wait!" and then walks back to the mic and puts his hand over it, all the while grinning that incredibly annoying grin of his in the direction of the object of his desires, President Medvedev.
  • First of all he hugs the President of South Korea like some dopey frat boy who just found out his NCAA brackets haven't been busted. I mean seriously, you're the President of the freakin' United States of freakin' America. When you're not bowing, do you have to hug everyone like you're at a Bears game?
  • His little sketch was done for one reason, and one reason only: To show Medvedev that he is more concerned with Medvedev's (and subsequently Putin's) take on the gaffe than he is about anything the American people might be concerned with

The hubris Obama shows transcends the mistakes of a stupid politician. By his actions, Obama proves that he has nothing but disdain for the American tradition of a free and open press (even though NBC, ABC, and CBS have done their level best to end that tradition for us on his behalf), and that he has nothing but antipathy for the American people. I don't know about you Obamabots, but I don't want my president making jokes with the presidents of other countries at the expense of the concerns of the American people. No offense, but if you think this was pretty cool of Barack, you're an idiot.

That is why so many of us are concerned about a second Obama term. He behaves now as if he doesn't  answer to the American people, imagine when he is untethered by the electoral process.

As my initial reaction that politicians say stupid things, and stupid politicians say really stupid things, dissipates, let's look at some of the legitimate concerns of the non-Obamabots:
  1. The United States, NATO and United Nations (an organization that proves its irrelevance everyday when it comes to freedom and prosperity for actual real people) have all been hamstrung by Russia in Syria. Libya was easy to knock off, but Russia is a close ally of Syria, so let the killing continue
  2. In his first year in office, Obama sold-out Poland and the Czech Republic by canceling the deployment of missile interceptors and radar units that would have defended against missile attacks from Iran and other neighboring states in the region, like Syria. This was done to appease the Russian government
  3. Russia promised help via bases and other trans-shipping assets in getting American equipment to Afghanistan. Russia did not follow-up and Obama hasn't said a word
  4. Obama championed the START treaty ratified by the Senate in 2010 even though we reduced our arsenal against reductions Russia was said to be undertaking, while allowing Russia to maintain a wide advantage in tactical nuclear deployments. Russia also asserts that in this treaty the United States has promised to eliminate missile enhancements, which is not true, but Obama has so far sided with Russia on that point
Is President Obama trying to destroy the country? Not on purpose, he's not smart enough for that. What he is doing instead is indulging in his private little fantasies of himself as King of the World where butterflies and unicorns take the place of people who would rather kill us than work with us. It's kind of similar to his child-like belief that electric cars are going to solve our current energy problems. Unfortunately, in his fantasy Obama forgets to think about the other modes of transportation and energy generation the Chevy Volt won't fix.

President Obama is a dangerous mix of ruthless, lie-to-your-face politician coupled with an unevolving naivete about how the world actually works beyond the communities he used to organize.

We won't elect a vicious evil overlord to a second term in November. We'll re-elect something far worse: An over-educated, under-experienced, arrogant and narcissistic intellectually young man who thinks he can change the world with the snap of a finger. That half the country is enamored of his goofy smile and frat-boy antics worries me even more.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Trayvon Martin: Yes, It's About Race...and Stupidity

On Sunday, February 26, seventeen year-old Trayvon Martin was killed, ostensibly for being young and male, and possibly because he was black. 

Racism is the easy answer in this case, but it wasn't just racism that killed Trayvon, it was a combustible mix of over-zealousness and systemic failure that killed Trayvon Martin. We shouldn't diminish the role racism may have played here, but we do our society a disservice if we ignore the entire realm of possibilities in this case.

Zimmerman has been allowed to walk because of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law which allows the use of deadly force when a person feels their life is in danger. Prima fascia, the law is sound, but if it simply gives Florida police the authority to close a case without any investigation because they agree on the facts as provided by the survivor, the citizens of Florida need to be concerned about the kind of State they live in.

Here are the facts:
  • The shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman was a Neighborhood Watch volunteer with a carry permit
  • Zimmerman was not tested for drugs or alcohol (as is common in most homicide cases) and after questioning (by a narcotics detective, not a homicide detective) Zimmerman was allowed to leave police headquarters wearing the clothes he wore during the shooting -- thus eliminating the opportunity for any future examination for evidence of Zimmerman's clothes
  • Zimmerman outweighed Martin by approximately 80 pounds
  • The Sanford police dispatcher specifically told Zimmerman that it was not necessary for him to follow Martin
  • Zimmerman called Sanford, FL, police 46 times in 15 months to report suspicious persons or activities
  • Zimmerman applied for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office academy in 2008. The reason he was not accepted has not been made public
  • In 2005, Zimmerman was arrested for battery on a police officer after interfering in the arrest a friend of Zimmerman's for serving alcohol to a minor. Zimmerman entered a pre-trial intervention program and the arrest was subsequently expunged from his record
  • A month later, Zimmerman was charged for domestic violence, but after an injunction against both parties that arrest was also expunged. The female involved in the dispute has refused to comment on the case
  • In 2004, Zimmerman called police as he followed a man he claimed had spit at him during a traffic incident
  • In 2003, Zimmerman chased a 24-year-old man he witnessed shoplifting a television from a store in Lake Mary, FL, until police arrived on scene
  • Trayvon Martin was carrying a bag of candy, a can of iced tea, and a cell phone
  • Zimmerman was said to have had a bloody nose and some cuts on the back of his head, but did not require any medical attention. I have a hard time agreeing that a fist fight or struggle is cause for the use of deadly force. If so, then we must all be required to carry firearms. 
  • If Martin was not physically attacking Zimmerman why didn't Zimmerman simply walk away,  eliminating any threat to Zimmerman Martin may have posed?
  • According to a friend of Trayvon who was speaking to him on the phone at the time, Martin was concerned because he was being followed by Zimmerman and he did not know why
There is no denying that in many areas of the country, young black men are considered suspicious, even if they are only eating Skittles while talking to a girl on their cell phone. There are fools and miscreants everywhere who will judge people on the color of their skin and no amount of governmental intereference is going to change that. Race baiters and dividers only serve to deepen the divide, but in this case concern over the obvious racial overtones is not only called for, it's necessary. My concern is not Zimmerman's racism, but rather the Sanford Police Department's. An individual who is a racist is a scourge on society, an institution that is racist is a threat to society's very existence. Is it possible that the Sanford Police Department closed the case so rapidly because they agreed with Zimmerman's assessment that Trayvon Martin was a threat simply because he was wearing a hoodie and walking down a street Zimmerman felt he shouldn't be on? Would they have reacted similarly if Trayvon was white? The actions of the Sanford Police Department make these questions necessary.

But, racism is only one part of the equation. It should be noted that Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime, and any objective statements by me are suppositions and generalizations, but there are some troubling facts and questions that Sanford authorities were apparently willing to overlook.

Here are the questions:
  • Why did the Homeowner's Association allow Zimmerman to carry a concealed weapon while on "patrol?"
  • Was Zimmerman a frustrated police officer, obsessed with law enforcement, who felt entitled to take the law into his own hands?
  • Was he actually physically threatened by a teenager who weighed 80 pounds less than he did and who was only carrying food and a cell phone?
  • If he was only verbally threatened why is deadly force an acceptable outcome?
  • If Zimmerman felt his life was in danger and there was indeed a physical altercation, why did Zimmerman exhibit no marks or injuries?
  • Why did Zimmerman ignore the dispatcher's admonishment that "we don't need you to do that" in reference to Zimmerman following Martin?
  • Who was yelling "Help Me!" in the background of various 911 calls? Zimmerman claims it was him and Martin's family claims it was Trayvon.  
  • Why were Sanford Police so quick to accept Zimmerman's accounting of an incident that resulted in the death of another person, without even the facade of a proper investigation?
  • Does Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law make it possible to kill someone without fear of prosecution as long as you have a story that is acceptable to local police?
If the Sanford Police were left to answer these questions, we'd would never have gotten the chance to find the answers. Apparently, after the national outcry, the Seminole County D.A.'s office is going to convene a Grand Jury next month to take a look at the case. Hopefully, Mr. Zimmerman doesn't encounter any suspicious kids in the meantime.

This entire story is an outrage, and every one of us, regardless of where we stand on issues of politics, should be raising our voices in support of Trayvon Martin. I for one don't want our country to become a place where kids can get shot for walking down the street by anyone, for any reason, and the "authorities" don't put the effort in to understand if the shooting was in fact justified. Maybe Trayvon Martin was endangering the life of George Zimmerman, but I am unwilling to accept that conclusion without proper investigation.

Whether Zimmerman exclaimed "f****** punks" or "f****** coons" is irrelevant. A 17-year-old kid is dead and as far as the local authorities were concerned, his death was justified even though no detailed investigation took place. The Sanford Police should not be allowed to be judge and jury. No police officer -- or neighborhood vigilante -- should ever be allowed to be judge and jury.

Racism or not, stupidity or not, over-zealousness or not, a 28-year-old man acting as a neighborhood vigilante shot and killed a 17-year-old simply because he felt the 17-year-old seemed suspicious. Regardless on your views of liberty and freedom, this cannot be acceptable in any society.

Trayvon Martin was killed because of a volatile mixture of legislative indifference possibly mixed in with racial stupidity and the deadly ambitions of a local citizen. His killing was given the OK as a result of police malfeasance.

This cannot stand.

Additional sources for information contained in this story: Boston Herald, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Apparently Even the Foreign Press Is Under Orders From Obama

ATTENTION LEFT WING HATERS: The following story is NOT about President Obama sending his 13 year-old daughter to Mexico for Spring Break. It is about the manipulation of the media to hide the optics of the story during an election year. All hateful comments accusing me otherwise will be laughed at.

I could care less where the Obama's send their kid on vacation, except for two things:
  1. Be upfront about the costs you're expecting me to incur
  2. Don't tell the media to pull the story when government assets are involved
On the John Gambling (New York City) show this morning I heard a brief bit about President and Michelle Obama sending thirteen-year-old Malia off to Oxaca, Mexico, for spring break with 12 of her school mates. Because she is the president's daughter she was also acoompanied by 25 Secret Service agents and presumably other chaperones. Malia and a friend stayed in a hotel separate from the rest of the group.

I heard this story nowhere else until The Blaze broke a piece about how the Obama Administration has admitted that it instructed the media to pull the story on Malia's trip. (White House Admits To Asking Media To Pull Malia Obama Vacation Story)

Ostensibly, the Obama's are asking the media to pull the story for the following reason:
From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls. - Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady
This is utter non-sense. We have American assets in place to protect Malia (as we should) and we have a right to know how our assets are being deployed. An administration that operates under secrecy -- regardless of the reason -- cannot be trusted. In reality, the Obama's realize that the optics of this trip would be incredibly negative in an election year. This has nothing to do with privacy, or the picture of the Obama's escorting daughter Sasha from church on Sunday (sans Malia) would have been stricken from publication as well. The website Black Celeb Kids dot Com has posted pictures of the Obamas leaving church as well as Malia enjoying some "r&r with 12 friends" in Mexico.

Because the media in the United States is so completely unreliable when it comes to proper reporting of our own government, I have been forced to find information for this blog from publications like Al-Jazeera and the UK Guardian and Daily Mail. I did a Google search on "Malia Mexico" and the top return was from the Daily Mail. I hit the link and this is what I got in return:

...The page you have requested does not exist or is no longer available.

If you have typed the URL in by hand, please make sure you have entered it correctly, with no capital letters of spaces.

Alternatively, if you have clicked on a link on Mail Online and found this page, please report the problem to our technical team and we will correct it as soon as possible.

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This also happened on some other "legitmate" news sites I use on a regular basis.

Nothing is more dangerous than a press that operates at the behest of the government. With 25 Secret Service agents on the case, I highly doubt that keeping the story quiet had anything to do with personal safety. This is about letting the American people know just enough to keep the Obama's in office without having to sacrifice the perks of the office (as the Obama's see them).

A government that can get away with manipulating the media cannot be trusted to serve with the public's best interests in mind. Period.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Why I Am A Libertarian, Part III - The Ku Klux Klan Were Not Libertarians

All Libertarians Are Painted By The Left With The Brush of Their Hatred For Murray Rothbard

American economist Murray Rothbard founded the anarcho-capitalism school of libertarian thought that espoused minimal government and free-market anarchism (where the markets themselves regulate the actions of a society). He is considered one of the great libertarian thinkers of the 20th Century. In 1963, Rothbard wrote:
"the Negro Revolution has some elements that a libertarian must favor, others that he must oppose. Thus, the libertarian opposes compulsory segregation and police brutality, but also opposes compulsory integration and such absurdities as ethnic quota systems in jobs."
For writing this, the egalitarian Left has castigated Rothbard as a racist for 50 years.

Statists who worry about losing their grip on the vise of power claim that Rothbard was also a racist because he favored a separate state for Americans of African descent. They almost always conveniently omit the part about Rothbard sharing this view with Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X. Rothbard also felt Malcolm X was a more important leader than Martin Luther King, Jr., who Rothbard felt was in power because he was favored by whites.

While I don't agree with a lot of what Rothbard wrote, to call him a racist to bolster a lame argument against personal freedom is asinine. The Left goes to the well of racism to attack those who disagree with them on a regular basis without a true grasp of the facts, and the people the monolithic Left targets this propaganda with are the people who have been harmed the most because of it.

One! Two! I Hate You! Democrats Are Racists Too!
Most Democrats would be surprised to learn that the 1924 Democrat convention (commonly referred to as the "Klanbake" was pretty much hijacked by the Ku Klux Klan. There is racist history on all sides of the argument, but only one side owns the propaganda. The Democrat party defaults to racism while the Republican party stands blushing with its hands in its pockets wishing the Democrats would stop crushing them over race. The Democrats hide their historical racism while the Republicans are unable to recall the positive things they have done. Both sides are foolish and shouldn't be trusted.

Have The Strides Made in the 1960s Been Lost Forever?

While there are conditions of culture that I find myself uncomfortable with from time-to-time because of my ignorance of the culture I am being introduced to, I am simply not uncomfortable around people of different races. I grew up during the racial turmoil of the 1960s and the images and words that swirled around my youth had a profound impact on how I viewed the people around me. The color-blindness of my generation -- black and white -- who lived through the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s has seemingly been lost on the generations that followed. We are now more segregated and mistrusting of other races now than at anytime in the past 40 years, and to me it's no coincidence that the country has veered sharply toward the Left. Whites, blacks, Hispanics and everyone in between are all to blame for the new racial ignorance of our current political dialogue.

I am not so dumb as to attempt to claim that racism doesn't exist -- it does, and exists from all races to all races. There are stupid people everywhere, and no amount of institutional control over people's thoughts and hearts will change that. At the core of a color-blind society will be the men and women who only see a person's deeds.

Recognizing the Mistakes of Those Who Carry the Banner

All political parties and ideologies have been hijacked by low-thinking racists, and unfortunately the libertarian movement has not been immune. Murry Rothbard's endorsement of David Duke because Duke was a staunch state's rights proponent with a belief in small government while ignoring Duke's white supremacist views was indeed a low-point in Rothbard's career, but it wasn't a racist endorsement, it was a naive and politically ignorant one.

There is no excuse for the racist rants of Ron Paul's newsletter in the 1990s, and Paul's claim he was unaware of what was being written under the banner that bore his name is simply not acceptable. But to call his son Rand a racist because he favors repealing the 1964 Civil Rights Act is equally unacceptable. For a robust, stable and color-blind society the government must eschew all forms of institutional racism -- both negative and positive. To favor one race over another in an attempt to make both races "equal" (positive racism) is no different than telling one race it must use a separate water fountain (negative racism). To tell an entire race of people that the government must help them become "equal" is condescension in the extreme.

Was the country heading down a stupid path when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed into law (a law most Democrat congressmen vehemently opposed)? Absolutely, but as usual, the government's solution only made things worse for both sides. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has effectively given us two countries -- one that only sees race through the filter of government control and one who has overcome the racial ignorance of our forebears.

There are examples of racism throughout the histories of both major political parties in the United States. For a member of one party to accuse the other of racism is a fool's game played only by foolish people without a firm grasp on the political history of their country or party.

Group Think Tends Toward Racism, Individual Think Rarely Does

While there are individual morons in the world who will always shatter the illusion of human evolution, racism tends to be manifested by groups. Group-think is the fuel of racial hatred and when left on our own to pursue individual relationships and pursuits we are rarely subjected to the small-mindedness that comes from the group at large. We tend to judge those we encounter on how they treat us personally and how they perform in their lives.

I am a libertarian because I know that living among people who are free to pursue their lives in a peaceful and self-interested manner only enhances my life and the lives of those around me. Every healthy human being in this country has exactly the same opportunity for success as every other healthy human being. It's a tragic fraud when a person fights for more governmental control over the lives of others while calling themselves "liberal." Government cannot legislate equality -- it can only ensure that every man has a chance.

Libertarianism isn't a panacea. It is flawed just like every other political theory, but it's childish to abandon libertarianism for modern American statism because of those flaws.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Why I Am A Libertarian, Part II: It's Not Just For Potheads Anymore

“I want a World War Two style victory plan – a decisive, all out cataclysmic effort to break the back of the drug culture.” - Newt Gingrich, 1998
Gingrich has also come out in favor of Singapore-style anti-drug laws that allow police to compel a person to submit to urine tests, on the spot, without a warrant or reasonable cause. Gingrich also sponsored H.R. 441 which set the punishment for smuggling "100 dosage units" of any illicit drug over a border into the United States as death. The death penalty for engaging in commerce. Gingrich may be a "Conservative" but he is certainly not a supporter of free-will.

Back in October I wrote extensively about the War on Drugs (The Reality-Based Libertarian View On The War On Drugs - October 5, 2011) so I'm not going re-hash the entire column, but here are some salient points to reconsider:
  • In 2010 the Federal Government spent $15,000,000,000 on the War on Drugs
  • From 1980 to 1999 over 126,000 people were sent to prison for "possession" -type offenses. In New York State alone
During the course of my life I have seen the havoc drugs, alcohol, and tobacco have wreaked on people I was fond of. If, in 2012, you are unaware of the potential harm awaiting you when you use drugs, alcohol or tobacco, no law in the world is going to stop you from using. The argument that addiction is a disease doesn't wash with me either: Playing Russian Roulette with a pistol can have grave consequences on the operation of your head, which is why you probably don't play Russian Roulette -- because you know what you're getting into when you start playing.

Fortunately for our federal, state and local governments, millions of people play Russian Roulette with their health everyday. The producers, wholesalers, retailers, and end-users of these dangerous substances all cash-in on our destructive habits, while our government waits at the end of the line to collect obscene amounts of money from those destructive habits. Yet, without a hint of hypocrisy, our government throws tens of thousands of people in prison (not jail - prison) for using substances that are equally as harmful as the substances the government makes money from. The culture of the United States is Marlboro and Budweiser, not White Widow and Big Bud. Users of the former are good citizens. Users of the latter go to prison.

Meanwhile, government prohibition has spawned a black market of incredible proportions. People make truckloads of  money selling drugs to people who are willing to take the risk for whatever personal reasons they may have. Violence is the natural by-product of a black market, so by default, our war on drugs has also helped increase the level of violence in our society. Whether you like it or not, the drug trade will flourish and no amount of legislation or money will stop it. Local police departments have been militarized beyond the needs of the community to wage the war on drugs on our own citizens, and we've all been conditioned to think this is the way things need to be. The map on this page shows the history of botched paramilitary police raids across the country in pursuit of the war on drugs. Cato Institute.

The government taxes mainstream corporate products and attempts to eradicate products that have not yet been corporatized -- yet both categories cause damage to the people who use them. Making "illegal" drugs legal is not going to result in the ruination of generations of young people, and in fact, a lot of young people who make the stupid mistakes of youth might be spared the ruined lives that come from the horrors of spending time in prisons with actual bad people. You know what happens when a dopey kid winds up in jail with murderers and other hard-core criminals? I'll give you a hint: The hardcore criminals don't become dopey kids.

We have allowed our government to pursue the destruction of countless lives in an effort to save people from destroying their lives. When citizens willingly accept the illogical pursuits of their government without understanding that government has no discretion when it comes to further failures of logic, society as a whole loses.

This is not about pot, it's about the fact that once a government begins to reach into your conscience, morality, and privacy, it does not know when to stop reaching. Is there a drug problem culturally in the United States today? Of course there is. The human and fiscal costs of abuse of oxycodone and methamphetamine, to name just two, are incalculable. However, in spite of all the money we are spending and all the lives we are destroying through the government's attempt to save people's lives, the war on drugs has become a monumental waste of blood and treasure.

Blindly throwing money and resources at a problem we haven't been able to solve in forty years, with no exit strategy, is just stupid. As a libertarian, the basis of my politics lie in the following:
  • Not everyone will choose to live as I have chosen to live
  • Governments do not solve problems without causing other problems
  • Government does not make my moral choices for me
These three tenets underscore the libertarian belief that relying on government to solve our problems is folly.

Tomorrow: Trust Me, the Ku Klux Klan Were Not Libertarians

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why I Am A Libertarian Part I: I Have No Idea What The Hell Is Going On And Neither Do You

I don’t go with pragmatic arguments at all.…I don’t go for the arguments that the free market is magic, and that if we left it alone everyone would be better off and happier. I always go to a pure, ideological, moral point of view: I just don’t know.” - Libertarian Deep-Thinker, Penn Jillette
I think Penn is a brilliant person. He's gentle of thought, fair-minded and has a fully-functioning BS meter. The fact that he is an atheist and I am not does not change my overall agreement with his earthly point-of-view. Penn's atheism comes from a healthy skepticism of the Bible, and my Christian deism comes from a healthy skepticism of the belief that there is nothing more to the grandeur of life than living and dying. The stuff that goes on in-between is where we agree.

I am a libertarian (small 'l' for reasons I will explain later) because I am a human being. My view of liberty is people-based. I want to be free to live how I choose to live and I want you to be free to do the same. I also want to be free from having your will forced on me, in return I won't force my will on you.

The differences between you and me develop because for some reason both of us have chosen to live in large groups of "us." (When I say "me" I mean me, and when I say "you" I mean everyone else out there who is not "me." When I say "us" I generally mean you because quite frankly "us" scares the hell out of me.) The trouble starts because I like to surround myself with people who think like I do, and unfortunately so do you.

The reality is that I have to put up with you, and you have to put up with me. But since we're both equal, who wins?

At the end of the day, I have no clue what we're here for, what we're supposed to do with our time, or what awaits when we check out. You don't either. You have what you believe, and what you believe is your reality, but it may not be what I believe, or what the person living in a mud hut in the Amazon might believe. You have no right to dictate your beliefs to me, just as I have no right to tell you that you are ignorant for believing what you believe.

What we have in common is that we are here and we are human beings. That's the only fact I have so therefore it's my starting block.

I was put here for some reason, maybe just by chance, maybe by grand design, maybe as punishment because I was an @$$$%^& in a previous incarnation of me somewhere out in some other universe. Maybe I am a proton in a droplet of water, or maybe I am indeed a god-like creature sent here to make the world a better place. Who the hell knows? I sure don't. Either do you.

And that's the root of why I refuse to pledge myself to a group, or a party, or most reprehensibly another human being. We are a species of whining little children who throw tantrums when things don't go our way and groups of us throwing tantrums can get pretty dangerous. Maybe it's not a tantrum. Maybe it's cheering the death of someone we disagree with politically. Or strapping a bomb to our chest, or sticking electrical probes on the genitals of those with whom we disagree. This is the best we can do? After tens of thousands of years of evolution Rush Limbaugh, Bill Maher, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney (just to name the prominent leaders of the American demise) are the height of our genetic achievement? That the other side is wrong 100% of the time is acceptable to you? That's best we are capable of anymore?

I have no idea. Maybe it is the best we can do. Maybe it is why we're here. Somehow that conclusion is extremely unsatisfying to me.

I am a person. I know that while I am here I am responsible for myself and my family, otherwise we won't live very long. I know that socialism, nationalism, federalism, communism, capitalism, religion and any of the other things the great thinkers who have gone before us have stuck us with are all pretty much failing. The only thing that transcends the muck and mire us human beings like to wallow in is the desire to climb up out of the mud and be safe and happy.

You may be angry with me right now for raising the questions I've raised. Maybe to the point of wishing that I burn in hell. That's okay with me. I promise not to make you think like I do as long as you promise not to speed up my trip to wherever it is I am eventually going.

I know what's wrong when I see it, I just don't have a clue what's right. That's why I'm a libertarian.

Today's Visual Aid: A Pictoral Representation of Why I Don't Join Groups

History shows that this:

Obama Flag flying in front of Democrat Party headquarters
in Lake County, FL 
Often turns into this:

Which inevitably turns into this:

Which pretty much always ends up like this:

Tomorrow: Libertarianism, It's Not Just for Potheads Anymore 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bahrain: The Forgotten Revolution. An Interview With Asma Darwish, Part III

As this piece is published, Zanaib al-Khawaja's father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, is currently in the 33rd day of his hunger strike in a Bahraini prison. al-Khawaja is the founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and has spent his lifetime championing human rights. For more about al-Khawaja read the linked Wikileak bio.

Read al-Khawaja's letter to Denmark's Minister of Foreign Affairs (February 8, 2012) courtesy of Ceasefire Magazine (UK).

“If not for Twitter, I would probably be in jail right now, and maybe dead,” Asma Darwish, a 21 year-old political exile from Bahrain told a reporter last year.

In yesterday's column, Asma discussed the difficulties the Bahraini people have faced telling the story of their portion of the Arab Spring. A regime that has been able to outlast the attention span of the world, denial of entrance permits for foreign journalists last fall, and the increasing trickle of information from Syria, have all conspired to turn the world's attention away from Bahrain. Meanwhile, the revolution, and the brutality of the Khalifa regime, continues.

Darwish: There are so many people in prison right now, and they have not been released yet. Torture is still going on. So many people are oppressed. In the streets there are peaceful protesters protesting everyday and they get attacked with tear gas and other poison gasses. I tweeted the other day about Bahrain being number two in the amount of martyrs killed in one year, after Libya, comparing the populations of the two countries.
I was not able to find an exact number of political prisoners detained or arrested in Bahrain in the past year, but the number is generally estimated at above 2,000. Using that conservative figure, against a native population in Bahrain of 700,000, (1.2 million with guest workers),  a per capita comparison with the United States would put 9.5 million Americans in jail for speaking out against the government.

Asma Darwish
There are no published statistics for the number of Bahraini citizens killed by the government during the past year. Darwish estimated the number at 75, but that number may be greater. A Facebook page entitled Bahrain Martyrs tallies 29 through April, 2011, and an article in the Guardian UK had the number at 60 through June, 2011. Obviously the Bahraini government is not going to release these figures, and without outside monitoring the amount of Bahraini citizens killed or imprisoned by their government is unknowable.

The number of people killed in Syria at the hands of their government is yet to be known but the fact remains, of the top three countries in numbers of citizens murdered by their governments over the last year, Libya and Syria have garnered world-wide attention. Bahrain has not.

When do you think you will be able to return to Bahrain?

Darwish: I don't know. I applied here (Switzerland) for asylum and I'm waiting for the decision to be [made] for me and my husband. I'm not sure when I can get back because if I go back right now there will be a huge amount of risk I would be taking. I might be arrested in the airport itself. I am staying here for the moment and I am studying here and I will work for the Bahraini case from this land. I will tell the people here about [how] we are struggling in Bahrain. Actually in a few days I am attending the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva with other activists so we can deliver the Bahraini case to organizations here.
In the United States the story of Bahrain is not receiving a lot of attention. Is it the same in Europe?

Darwish: It is a quiet story. I think people who live in the United States and the UK have more awareness on what's happening in Bahrain than here in Europe. Here [in Europe] the coverage is very little and our work here is quite more than working in the States or UK about Bahrain. So here we have to start from scratch.

Asma's brother Mohammed was arrested in May of 2011 and was detained by Bahraini authorities without word of his whereabouts or condition. On June 4, Asma began a hunger strike to bring attention to her brother's case. Around this time, Asma was also forbidden from attending university classes. A week after Asma's hunger strike began to attract world-wide attention, authorities allowed her family a fifteen minute visit with her brother.

Doctors from Doctors Without Borders attended to Asma during her hunger strike, but for safety parked blocks away and walked to her house because doctors in Bahrain have routinely been targeted by the police for torture and arrest. Over the past year, underground networks of aid and care have developed to shield caregivers from the eyes of the government and many doctors have been forced to flee the country, seeking asylum in the UK and United States.

Asma's husband, Hussain Jawad was a member of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Amnesty International and has been arrested multiple times. Hussain's father, Mohammad Hassan Mohammad Jawad, 65, is also a human rights activist. He was arrested last March and was kept in solitary confinement for four months before being sentenced to 15 years in prison. In prison, Jawad's interrogators tortured him with electric shocks to his genitals, legs, ears and hands. They made him bow down before a picture of Khalifa with his mouth open so they could spit in it, adding that "unless you swallow the spit we will urinate in your mouth instead." He is currently the oldest political prisoner in Bahrain.

Last summer, one of Asma's cousins was arrested and tortured for simply observing a protest. He was subsequently released, but one has to assume he was arrested because of who his family is. Asma also has another cousin and an uncle currently serving time in prison because of their activism.

Bahraini Shi'a political prisoners are routinely subjected to electrical shocks, beatings, and sexual abuse, including rape. Many of the prison guards committing offenses against Shi'a prisoners are Sunnis from Pakistan, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Guards have been known to burn Qur’ans among other acts opposed to their faith, in-between their own prayers. "One prisoner was made to kiss an officer’s foot as he kicked his Qur’an across the cell."

By "importing" guards to carry out inhumane acts against Bahraini political prisoners, the Khalifa regime can claim a level of separation from the depravity it unleashes on its own people. Charges have also been made by Shi'a activists that the Khalifa regime is allowing a disproportionate number of Sunni Muslims into the country to change the overall demographic of the country. Sunnis would tend to be more sympathetic to the majority government, furthering marginalizing the Shi'a minority.

Khalifa is a beast among men, and as an American I want my government to maintain a higher standard among the people it chooses to do business with.

Again, I call on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama to make a firm statement denouncing the violence and torture of Bahraini citizens in the country the US Navy 5th Fleet calls home.

Addition information courtesy Bahraini Freedom Movement.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bahrain: The Forgotten Revolution. An Interview With Asma Darwish, Part II

To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and — more profoundly — our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action - President Barack Obama, march 28, 2011, speaking on Libya. Read the full context of the President's speech here.

Human rights activist Zanaib al-Khawaja
 shortly before being handcuffed, dragged and beaten
by police in December, 2011. 

That the Obama Administration has been silent on the civil war in Bahrain is troubling. Simply by the act of allowing our military to do business with the Khalifa regime we acknowledge the Khalifa regime's legitimacy -- in spite of the atrocities of the Khalifa regime.

The Assad regime's violence against its own people in Syria festered for nearly a year before the world took notice and imposed sanctions, even while appeasing Putin's Russia -- a staunch ally of Assad. Meanwhile, the world has conveniently chosen to look away from the Khalifa regime's own terrorism campaign against a similar minority in Bahrain.

I am not suggesting military intervention in Bahrain, but we partner with that country to headquarter our US Navy 5th Fleet there, so turning a blind eye to the acts of the Bahraini government is inexcusable. The lack of consistency in US foreign policy is troubling at best, deadly hypocritical at worst.

This is Part II of my interview with Asma Darwish, a 21 year-old political exile currently living in Switzerland.

Do you have an update on Zanaib Al-Khawaja's condition?

Darwish: Zanaib is not on a hunger strike right now, her father is. He is in prison for life as an opposition leader in Bahrain. He was tortured severely and he was beaten [after] his arrest in April [2011]. He had to go to the hospital and be admitted there for some surgeries on his face. He's on his 26th day of his hunger strike right now [as of March 7, 2012] in a Bahraini prison.
What message can I help you get out?

Darwish: What Bahrain is suffering from is a double-standard. There is media attention for Egypt and Libya and Syria and other countries in the Arab Spring, but when it came to Bahrain there is very little news and media coverage on what is happening. The regime in Bahrain is not even allowing people working for the media, media personnel, to attend the protests or to enter Bahrain [in an attempt] to cover up what is happening.
What I think is good to happen is for the American people to raise up in solidarity with the Bahraini case. If they could lobby for Bahrain in organizations and media and share information and send broadcasts of the stories happening in Bahrain from arrests to torture to expulsion from education and work.
So, I think it is only the sympathy that we need because the [American] people have a huge influence over their [government] and their country. It is obvious that the United States administration is not cooperating with what is happening in Bahrain and they are applying a double-standard when it comes to the Bahraini case.
Do you think that might have anything to do with our naval base?

Darwish: Exactly. That's because Bahrain is an ally because of the 5th Fleet and because maybe the oil that Bahrain has. But it is more. When I moved to live in Switzerland I met so many people [who] would ask me where I was from. I would tell them I am from Bahrain. Some of them would ask 'where is it?' Then whenever I say 'Dubai' they go 'oh, Dubai, you live in Dubai.' I would say, no, I live in Bahrain, it's near Dubai. And some other people would go, 'oh, okay, we know Bahrain, there was a revolution there. But it ended in March last year when the Bahraini government controlled the situation.' I tell them, no, that's not right, that's not correct, the revolution has been going on on a daily basis in the villages and cities of Bahrain. Around 200 hundred protests happen all over Bahrain every day. They ask me why the media isn't covering this situation, why do we see so much of other countries like Syria on CNN but we don't hear anything about Bahrain?
This makes it harder for the Bahraini people to deliver their voice and to deliver their struggle in the country.
Where do you see Bahrain in a year?

Darwish: I see the people stronger in a year. I see them more aware of what is happening. What has happened in Bahrain has raised people's awareness about the political system in Bahrain and so many other countries. It made everyone a human rights activist and a human rights defender. But the political situation in Bahrain isn't getting any better until there is an international pressure on the Bahraini regime.
Without [international] pressure he will not step down, he will not even [implement] reform.

In tomorrow's column Asma will discuss the imprisonment, injury, and death experienced by the Bahraini citizens who spoke out against their government.

They didn't run away. They faced the bullets head-on.
- Robert Fisk, February 20, 2011

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bahrain: The Forgotten Revolution. An Interview With Asma Darwish Part I.

On March 6, 2011 I ran an interview with Bahraini freedom activist Zanaib Al-Khawaja (An Interview With a Bahraini Revolutionary - March 6, 2011), a 27 year-old mother of a two year-old. In the past year she has gone on a hunger strike, been imprisoned and released and her father has been sentenced to life in prison for speaking out against the government. Meanwhile, the revolution in Bahrain has fallen out of the public consciousness. Bahrain and the United States are deeply connected because of Bahrain's proximity to Saudi Arabia, our ally through oil and money, and more importantly because the United States Navy's 5th Fleet is based there. Unlike Libya, we have a vested interest in, and a responsibility to, the people of Bahrain.

On June 15, 2011 I wrote a piece about three young Bahraini women, Al-Khawaja, Sawsan Jawad, and Asma Darwish who went to the United Nations Development Council offices in Manama in an attempt to deliver a letter about imprisoned family members to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The piece is an accounting of their subsequent detention on that day. (Update On A Bahraini Revolutionary: How Did You Spend Your Day? June 15, 2011).

Asma Darwish holding a picture
of her brother. June , 2011
On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to speak to Asma Darwish via Skype from Switzerland where she is currently seeking asylum. Darwish, 21, and her husband were forced to flee Bahrain after receiving multiple death and rape threats via Facebook and Twitter, as well as threats of arrest from Bahraini authorities.

Why are you in Switzerland?
Darwish: Actually, January 20th, I left Bahrain for safety and security reasons because I have been exposed to threats of via codes and messages on social networks containing rape and arrest and murder, so I had to leave the country. Fear of arrest was the basic concern of mine and my husband's. I am here with my husband. He is a human rights activist as well. His father, is 65 years-old and he has been sentenced for fifteen years imprisonment.

Can I have an update on your brother?
Darwish:  My brother was arrested in May, 2011. Riot police and masked men stormed into my house at 1:30 in the morning. (Ed Note: This section of the interview did not record properly because of a technical problem, but Darwish describes the police storming and ransacking her home in search of her brother) They couldn't find my brother at home because he was hiding in my sister's house. Then they took my elder brother as a hostage. They then went to my sister's house and arrest my brother there. He spent two months in prison, until late July when he was released. He was tortured, and his head was bashed into the wall when he was asked if he liked the King or not and he refused to answer this question. He was admitted in the prison hospital for one week.
He is good right now. After he was released we got [a notification] of his trial date but then the lawyer told us that the case has been reserved [postponed]. So now he is in Bahrain and he is participating in the process going on and he is participating in the political unrest happening [there].

Is he concerned for his freedom and his safety, or is it possible that he has gotten enough publicity that he might not be arrested again?
Darwish: You know, publicity is never a sure thing when it comes to facing the Bahraini regime. We are trying to do our best to get the publicity in order to get a little bit [of] safety for ourselves. But on the other hand, the publicity is not a good thing because it brings attention to you, especially the government's attention.
Which brings us to why you are in Switzerland because it is likely the threats you received were from government sympathizers, if not the government itself.
Darwish: Exactly. I got threats from people who work at the Ministry of the Interior as well as people on Twitter using photos [of themselves] being dressed as riot police. They were threatening me [with] rape and arrest, saying we will come for you and arrest you and we will torture you to death so you never dare to talk against the government again.
My interview with Asma Darwish will continue tomorrow.

For more information on Bahrain, please watch the video below. The documentary, published by Al Jazeera is long, but the world doesn't easily lend itself to two minute YouTube videos. If you don't have the time to watch the entire documentary, watch the last fourteen minutes (from 36:00) on to understand what the Bahraini government (with silent complicity from the United States) is doing to people the government itself disagrees with. The propaganda spouted by the Bahraini government via its dedicated news outlets should having a chilling effect on even the staunchest statists amongst you.

Because of our Navy's involvement with the government of Bahrain, I call on President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and Secretary of State Clinton to demand an end to the sectarian violence that is being ignored in Bahrain.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Media Matters, Cory Booker, Twitter and Me - A Fable of Race and Politics At 140 Words Or Less

Yesterday I tweeted this:
Sandra Fluke and her Flukepostles are the same people who buy houses they can't afford and then expect us to help them pay for it
I thought this was a never clever statement about the people who are clogging the nation with tomfoolery and divisiveness.

Within a few minutes I got this reply from LovelyLadyPA who has no information up on her profile (most Twitter trolls and flamethrowers prefer to remain anonymous):
She has 984 followers, so after you remove the spambots people use to inflate their numbers, she is a fairly small-time player in the Twittersphere (as am I).

As I usually do when I am attacked with non-sense, I check to see who follows the flamethrowing party. The first three people who came up were:
  •  Media Matters for America (Following 2,075 - 53,465 Followers)
  • Angelo Carusone (who uses the Twitter handle StopBeck and who is affiliated with Media Matters) (Following 9,546 - 26,821 Followers)
  • The Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker (Following 58,966 - Followed by 1,120,929)
 The fact that Ms. LovelyLadyPA is a relatively small-time player in the Twittersphere makes the fact that the Mayor of Newark follows her interesting to me.

I'll be the first to agree that no one is responsible for the idiocy of the people they follow on social media networks but claiming a lack of responsibility for stupidity is different from repudiation of same.

Media Matters for America is a Democrat hack website funded by George Soros that is so partisan they are foolish, so it's no surprise they follow stupid people.

Angelo Carusone is actually a fairly stand-up guy. I hate his politics and his unwavering partisanship, but at least he stands behind what he says and does. He's rigidly and naively partisan, so again no surprises.

Cory Booker has so far proved to be an able executive in a city that chews up and spits out lesser politicians on a regular basis. He is a Democrat (seriously, we're talking Essex County, New Jersey, here) but I would likely support him if he were to run for governor of my home state, The Socialist Republic of New Jersey.

But, I don't like stupidity. It sticks in my craw and frosts me to no end. So I tweeted the following to Media Matters, Angelo Carusone and Cory Booker:

@LovelyldayPA who spouts racist non-sense is followed by @StopBeck @MMFA and most disappointingly, Newark Mayor @CoryBooker
Was it a petty thing to do? Of course it was. This is politics. And anyway now that I've shunted your liberal argument against being offended because it is "petty" (next thing you're going to tell is to "chill"), imagine if I (a baby-boomer white male person) had made a similarly asinine racist tweet. Then imagine if a prominent politician following me didn't seem concerned about my similarly asinine racist tweet. Hopefully you've gotten my point in all this now.

A few hours later, after not hearing back I tweeted this directly to Mayor Booker:
@CoryBooker I'm wondering if you agree with or would repudiate the racist vitriol spouted by @LovelyLadyPA whom you follow on Twitter?

It's a simple question. No matter the reason the Mayor has chosen to follow her, he either agrees or disagrees with her words. Personally, I don't agree with them and would have no problem saying so in a public forum -- even if LovelyLadyPA was my sister or my mom or something. Again, in the small picture we all have better things to do, but in the big picture, a leader needs to have higher standards about the people he chooses to follow on social media. A white mayor would be sent out of town on a rail if the situation were reversed.

As expected, I never heard anything from Media Matters or Carusone but they are not elected officials that may someday govern me, so no big deal there.

More silence, so I tweeted the Mayor again:
I take ur silence as endorsement of vitriol spewed by ppl u follow on Twitter.

That got a reaction from Booker:
U know that is ridiculous
I know! Right? The original tweet was about socialists redefining America and had nothing to with race, hence my surprise that race was brought into this, except for the fact that I am white.

And another response from the Mayor:
Sad you are wasting time on this. By your logic, u following me means you endorse all I say. So endorse this: Jack should CHILL
Sorry Mayor, but you're wrong. Here's my logic:  If I am an elected official and I follow you on a social media platform and you say something stupid and inflammatory it's incumbent upon me to repudiate those words lest they attach themselves to me. This is not difficult. The standard is held firm for politicians on the Right, but somehow when someone points out a lack of standards by people on the Left, we are told to "chill."

I was seeking a repudiation of a blatantly racist comment made about me over something that had nothing to do with race. Although I do take the Mayor's first response as a Democrat-lite repudiation, I'm still wondering why it was so difficult to do.

Even though I was chastised for being a childish and churlish pain in the political ass, the offending tweet was pulled down later in the afternoon. So, yeah, there's your repudiation.

I thank the Mayor (or his people) for taking the time respond to my concerns about receiving racist comments from someone the Mayor is connected to via social media, even if the vitriol spewed at me was kind of glossed over by chastising me for my insolence. I remain a supporter of the Mayor's efforts in Newark and I wish him well.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sandra Fluke: The Most Powerful, Influential Woman In America Today

The following post is in honor of Women's History Month.

Having grown up during the era of the original Women's Liberation movement, I have to say I'm a little disappointed that all the movement wound up doing was giving women like Sandra Fluke the idea that society is responsible for her birth control needs.

Forget the stupidity of Rush Limbaugh, and the sheer glee of the Democrats for beating the Right once again because they have the monolithic media (you too, Fox News) in their purses. Sandra Fluke is a political operative who chose to go to Georgetown simply to help her further her convoluted "women's health" campaign.

Remember this Ms. Fluke, you are not free if you are demanding someone else takes care of you. Whether it's a boyfriend, sugar-daddy, actual dad, or political party, you have sold your freedom in exchange for what you perceive as sexual freedom by demanding someone else take care of you. I won't call you names, but I do feel sorry for you and your followers who continually ask for help without understanding the toll that help extracts from your lives.

As their de-facto figurehead, I also feel sorry for those of you who call yourselves Democrats, because, collectively, all you seem to care about anymore is who is going to take care of you. I don't mind if you choose to spend your lives wallowing in your lameness, but when you drag me into it, regardless of the McCarthyism Ms. Fluke represents, I will fight for my independence from an over-reaching and inept government.

So, while all of you Leftists and Statis are gloating because you smacked down a radio talk show host for being a dope, remember, you are siding with someone who is so dependent on other people that she can't handle her own personal choices with her body without someone else's money. That is sad, for all of you.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Obama, Fluke, Sebelius: If There Weren't So Many Americans Healthcare Wouldn't Be So Expensive

I wrote about Sandra Fluke and her take on "women's health" and the terrible financial ordeal America in general, and Jesuits in particular, put its female college students through on Tuesday (Joan of Arc. Lady Godiva. Sandra Fluke. OMG. Whatever. February 28, 2012). While I choose to question Ms. Fluke's ethos and intelligence, Rush Limbaugh did what Rush Limbaugh does and produced a few soundbites for the sole purpose of causing outrage among the non-thinking American populace. This is unfortunate because it falls right into the Obama Administration's campaign plans for 2012 -- paint over the real problems Obama has proven completely inept at managing with social issues the media and non-thinking population will dutifully nod their heads in agreement at as the drool of intellectual failure dribbles down their collective chins.

Sandra Fluke is a political operative, and nothing more. That's why Nancy Pelosi allowed her to speak during a break in official testimony after the GOP disallowed her testimony. Pelosi doesn't care about actual testimony, or women's health, she cares about publicity. Fluke is being used by the Democrat party to obfuscate their failures by painting the nasty GOP as being against women's health. We've heard it all before -- starve grandma, push grandma over a cliff in her wheelchair, hate all races, hate women, eat meat. And without fail the non-thinking populace laps it all up like mangy dogs at a rain puddle.

On the Today Show this morning, Matt Lauer and Savannh Guthrie were outraged that this poor pitiful college student was called names by Limbaugh. They were almost in tears. Someone should have warned Ms. Fluke that when you step into the political arena spouting non-sense, people are going to have a go at you.

Make no mistake, Ms. Fluke is relying on Big Daddy (the government) to protect her from herself and we are all expected to blindly agree with her. No right-thinking person is going to accept Ms. Fluke's portrayal of herself and her college buddies as down-trodden kids who need a helping hand from Big Daddy. Except that we now live in a society that scoffs at people like me who expect personal responsibility as the first line of birth control before holding their hands out to Big Daddy to help them keep from getting pregnant. This is why we're even having this ridiculous conversation in the first place. You are failing America.

Then you have Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, who failed to pay $7040 in income taxes between 2005 and 2007 due to an "error' relating to charitable contributions. Taxes? We don't pay no stinking taxes!

Sebelius testified yesterday that the "reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception" to insurers who are being forced to provide free contraception to their employees. Let me translate this for you: Less kids means less expense, so if these damned people would just stop getting pregnant, the insurance companies could afford Obamacare.

Here's a few other ideas I'd like to suggest to Sebelius to help make healthcare cheaper for everyone (well, almost everyone):
  1. Put an age limit on old people. Seriously, all they're doing is clogging up the healthcare system and beyond maybe occasionally taking care of their grandchildren (who are also cost us all money) they don't contribute to society at all
  2. Handicapped people really require a lot of financial resources and even though Sebelius and her ilk make a show of compassion, you gotta find savings where you can find savings
  3. People with diseases. I mean seriously. Insurance companies drop a lot of coin on these people. I found the bulk of your healthcare cost savings right there
  4. Heterosexual men. If we're not having kids anymore what the hell is the point? Most of them are out of work and the rest of them smell bad and act like babies when they're sick
  5. Speaking of babies, two words: boo-boos. If these damned kids hadn't been born in the first place they wouldn't have all of these damned boo-boos. If we ignore them (the kids or the boo-boos, your choice) we'll save money on Band-Aids and Neosporin
So, America, pay attention to this: Your government is trying to save you money by ensuring there are fewer of you out there running up the cost of healthcare. Sandra Fluke is the figurehead, Sebelius is the mouthpiece, and Obama is the inept Chicago politician who loves his White House gig so much he'll just keep throwing non-sense at the wall until some of it sticks.

We have put our futures in the hands of low-functioning-intellect politicians who haven't a clue about life, liberty and what it means to be an individual human being. Congratulations America!