Thursday, April 09, 2009

“Skip the Census” - “A Civil Disobedience Idea”

Coyote Blog offers up the following civil disobedience idea.

I have been toying around with a protest idea over the last few days, one that I hope would excite both civil libertarians interested in privacy as well as small government libertarians fed up with government social micro-engineering:

Skip the Census

Mine will be for the circular file.

Comment thread is worth perusing.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/09 at 02:02 PM
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A Sermon Worth Listening To

My father, who passed away in November 2007, was a man of faith, a conservative to be sure, and evangelical in the sense that he was unafraid to share his faith, though he would not wear his faith on his sleeve, nor would he be in your face about his faith, or an individual’s lack of faith.

After he passed away, I was looking through a book of his, which my sister gave him, where he was able to record some of the history of his life, amongest other things.

One of the other things the book allowed him to record, was the ten (10) most important things he could instruct his children in, all eight (8) of us, though he only penned four (4).

The number one (1) most important thing he wrote down to instruct us kids was “You cannot legislate morality.”

I immediately thought of this when clicking over to Greg Manikaw’s Blog and perused a post titled Faith-based Economics.

The post is actually only a photograph of The Brick Church’s marquee, which lists the Sunday morning worship time, a Wednesday communion time, various pastors associated with the church, and the title of the Sunday morning sermon.

The Problem With Regulatory Agencies.

State directed regulatory agencies are legislators of morality, whose only authority is force, and I would hope that the sermon preached noted this, and condemned it.

Have faith in this, “You cannot legislate morality.”

Via The Corner.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/09 at 11:21 AM
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It’s All About the Wa$hington$

Why do I blog?  It isn’t for the money, that’s for certain.  I run no ads, I do not “bleg,” nor do I lament the time and effort I have contributed to posts within these pages.  I blog to maintain my freedoms, and to highlight abuses or potential restrictions of my freedom, and, if by extension my concerns about individual freedom are in alignment with other individuals concerns about individual freedom, and we therefore contribute to protecting individual freedom from its many State sponsored assaults, so much the better.

Other blogging individuals, who may be referred to as “big liberal bloggers;” for example Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos; associated with the Democratic party, who are willing to spread the ideological socialist idea of the day, appear to be blogging for the big payoff, or for at least a few coins typically so liberally sprinkled by the left to the “needy” of the day.  Case in point.

Some of the leading liberal bloggers are privately furious with the major progressive groups — and in some cases, the Democratic Party committees — for failing to spend money advertising on their sites, even as these groups constantly ask the bloggers for free assistance in driving their message…

“They come to us, expecting us to give them free publicity, and we do, but it’s not a two way street,” Jane Hamsher, the founder of FiredogLake, said in an interview. “They won’t do anything in return. They’re not advertising with us. They’re not offering fellowships. They’re not doing anything to help financially, and people are growing increasingly resentful.”...

“Most want the easy way — having a big blogger promote their agenda,” adds Markos Moulitsas, the founder of DailyKos. “Then they turn around and spend $50K for a one-page ad in the New York Times or whatever.” Moulitsas adds that officials at such groups often do nothing to engage the sites’s audiences by, say, writing posts, instead wanting the bloggers to do everything for them.

So, does this mean that if the “big liberal bloggers” do not receive any lucre from the Democratic party they are simply going to shutdown their blogs, or begin blogging about kittens?

Big Liberal Bloggers Tee Off On Progressive Groups For Not Sharing Ad Wealth

Posted by John Venlet on 04/09 at 08:33 AM
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Uninsured or Simply Overreported by Collusion

Reynolds links in to a piece at Doug Ross @ Journal under the title The curious case of 200 nearly identical MSM headlines.

The piece wonders at the amazing fortuity of over 200 news articles published, in as many different publications, within one twenty-four (24) hour time period, on the same subject matter, fined tuned to specific localities, and that subject purports to be the number of individuals who are uninsured, health care wise, in the United States.

When you realize that the subject matter is being pushed by Families USA - The Voice for Health Care Consumers, a member of the Progessive States Network, which of course is aligned with ACORN and SEIU, all darlings of Obama and the left, the fortuity of the 200 nearly identical MSM headlines is crushed under the realization of fined tuned propaganda dropped like a phone book on a swarm of ants.

What should be more troubling than this fined tuned propaganda machine, though, would be misrepresenation of the facts dropped by the propaganda machine, in regards to the allegedly 47 million American individuals without health insurance, which is pointed out in the post.

Data from the Census Bureau debunks the lie continually promoted by the mainstream media of the legendary 47 million uninsured Americans:

• 9.5 million people are illegal aliens
• 8.3 million uninsured people are those who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and choose not to purchase insurance
• 8.7 million uninsured people are those who make over $75,000 a year and choose not to purchase insurance

This leaves approximately 20 million uninsured; less than 7% of the population. Why do some people choose not to purchase insurance? 60 percent reported being in “excellent health or very good health” and purposefully decided not to buy insurance.

Further, 45% of the uninsured will have insurance within the next four months according to the Congressional Budget Office. Many are transitioning between jobs and purchase health insurance through their employers.

So what is the true extent of the “health care crisis” continually marketed by the big government leftists? The Kaiser Family Foundation, a liberal non-profit frequently quoted by the media, puts the number of uninsured Americans who do not qualify for current government programs and make less than $50,000 a year between 13.9 million and 8.2 million. That is a much smaller figure than the media report and is also subject to “the 45% rule”, wherein that percentage will transition to new jobs within a four-month time-frame.

Question everything.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/09 at 07:41 AM
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