Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's All Thanks to Obamacare!

When Obamacare passed through the Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid Congress without a single Republican vote, then was signed into law by President Obama, a lot of people cheered that the US had finally come into the 21st century to form a wise and glorious health care system to insure its citizens.

It was lauded and praised in the news media as the best thing to ever happen to any government ever in the history of forever.

I come here today, not to praise Obamacare, but to bury it.

That year Obamacare passed, my insurance premiums went up 280%. That's right, the brilliant plan of the "Affordable Care Act" had the nearly immediate effect of reducing the amount of money I could spend on my family by some $900 a month.

Each year since then, either my premiums have risen, or I've had to take greater economic risks with huge premiums, high co-payments, ever higher deductibles (currently $6000), and less coverage.

Thanks directly to Obamacare, I can now barely afford my "affordable care."

Today I found out that my insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, will no longer sell individual insurance plans in Maricopa County after this December. Maricopa County contains the Phoenix metropolitan area of over four million people.

 United Healthcare is also dropping out of Arizona.

Yet, thanks to Obamacare, two major companies can no longer afford to sell insurance in my city.

So, thank you Barack Obama. Thank you Nancy Pelosi. Thank you Harry Reid. Under your direction and vast wisdom, you have succeeded in breaking the health insurance market for me and for millions of citizens in Arizona.

But hey, at least our illegal immigrants can still get free health care.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Sermon

What's Terrorism Got to Do With It?

Taking a look back over the past couple of weeks of terrorist attacks in the US, you'd think that the news media would show a little more aggressive reporting over 37 wounded and five dead.

But no.

Eight stabbed in a mall in St. Paul? Hey, at least the Muslim Somali refugee didn't use a gun. Then there'd be outcries for gun bans.

But no.

The Muslim immigrant from Turkey who is believed to have killed four women and a man at a Macy's in Seattle used a rifle. Well, at least it wasn't an evil "automatic" assault rifle. That might have prompted a few anti-gun outcries.

And what can you say about an inept Muslim bomber with ties to Afghanistan, who blew up a Manhattan area, wounding 29 people? Again, no one died, so the news media treated the whole incident like a traffic accident.

It looks like the entire news media have succumbed to the ignorance spread by their high priest, President Obama. The president's attitude toward terrorism in the US seems to rest on denial. If hard pressed, Obama will admit that terrorism exists, but will deny that anything can be done to stop such killings in the US.

Islamist Terrorism

What do these three incidents in the past weeks show us?

The perps were all Muslim.

Islam Is Not a Race

Leftists keep accusing the people in the US considered to be a "basket of deplorables," of race baiting when naming Islamist Terrorism. Can we sit back for a moment to point out, once again, that Islam is not a race?

Islam is a religion. Its mixture with government has produced precisely the danger that leftists are afraid of. Yet, instead of blaming Muslims, they blame Christians.

Progressive dogma makes absolutely no sense.

Charlotte Lives Matter

Instead of focusing on real dangers and real problems, the news media have focused on attacking the one institution that helps keep the US separated from military dictatorships, namely our police forces.

Hatred of police forces isn't new. We can trace clashes with the police back a hundred years and more. The one common denominator for blaming the police is socialism. We can trace conflicts with the police by labor unions, 1960s radicals, and currently by social justice warriors who blame the police any time a black man is shot or arrested.

I was in LA during the riots after the trial acquitted the four police who beat Rodney King. Even then, the news media was out to "prove" the brutality of the police by condemning those four officers for beating up a defenseless black man.

The fact that Rodney King had tried to evade the police with a high-speed chase, was drunk and high on PCP, was tasered twice, and still resisted arrest, didn't seem to make it into the news at the time. To the media, beating Rodney King was an act of racism, not a justified take-down of a drug-crazed criminal.

Edmund Burke on Evil Men

Edmund Burke, the Irish statesman who lived during the time of the American Revolutionary War wrote in a letter:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
This famous phrase wasn't the only thing he wrote in that letter, however. How about this one:
Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design. They are enabled to fathom it with common counsel, and to oppose it with united strength.
And this:
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
We now live in a world full of evil. Good ideas and good people are ridiculed and suppressed in favor of a socialist narrative that pits us against each other like gladiators in a circus. We perform for the amusement of an elite class who pays lip service to one group or another in the hopes that no one will notice their rise to absolute power.

Good people everywhere must "associate," as Burke puts it, so that evil may not prevail against the good. Or, as Ben Franklin put it:
We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Random Thoughts


With the Islamist terrorist attacks this past week (i.e., random violence perpetrated by persons who may or may not be male Muslims), the news media once again has proven that, as a whole, they are incompetent at reporting anything but ideological dreck.

The media writes off a black police officer shooting an armed black man as a heinous act of police brutality and racism waged against peaceful African Americans. The Twitterfeed zombies spread the most outlandish lies about the incident. Riots and looting take place over several nights which destroys property and threatens lives.

Here's a question: When will Americans (including blacks) begin to realize just how damaging social justice politics is to the health of the people of the US?

Our country was founded on the principle that "whenever any form of government becomes destructive of [protecting the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government." We need a call to arms in the US. There is no institution that poses a greater risk to our life and liberty than the ignorant socialist government that we currently have.

While we're at it, let's throw out the current system of education. Our public schools haven't succeeded in doing anything more for the rising generations of students than to turn them into useless and ignorant tools of the government.

What the heck's up with Hillary's eye?

The wife and I happened across a Spirit Halloween store (yes, in September). We witnessed several people bring their babies into the store and watched the poor little guys freak out over the horrific masks and images that represent Halloween these days. We saw the parents laughing at their own children.

What kind of parent would do that to a child? And does that help explain why so many children have grown up to be Hillary supporters? They're all suffering PTSD from having parents who would scare their own children to death and think it's funny.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Got Those Teaching Blues


Now that I'm in full swing into the new school year, it's much more difficult to find extra time to give a rat's patootie about politics. Except, that while working as an educator, I am surrounded by those whose ideas about education and about the government's role in our everyday lives has become so unhinged with reality that the door to reality has broken free, been snatched away by a tornado (full of sharks), and has landed in Oz.

Not even working a majority of the time in the private sector has helped as the school is constantly bombarded by federal and state regulations that prevent the very thing that we're trying to do - educate our children.

In response to the state bureaucracy, our private school has had to restructure to give into petty demands and dictatorial commands. The bureaucracy, of course, is run by people who have never taught in a classroom and is managed by ignorant and leftist ideologues.

These folks are so ignorant of reality and so certain of their abilities that they simply cannot conceive of an educational system that doesn't kowtow to their accepted dogmas.

These dogmas have seeped into every aspect of public education, from K-12 to universities, and are now being forced into the private sector.

Finding out about these state dicta, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

As a side note, I've been reading an excellent book by Jerry Doyle, of Babylon 5 fame, entitled Have You Seen My Country Lately? Mr. Doyle has put a good amount of research into teaching about the leftist takeover of our country since the 1960s and what he calls economic fascism. Take a look at it. It's worth the read.

It's even better as an audio book, read by Doyle himself.

In the meantime, I work and work and spin my wheels and rarely get to spend some time writing this blog.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Some Thoughts on the Passing Scene

Heathen dance at the beginning of school.
School has begun again and I find myself in a maelstrom of activity, making me think once again of Macbeth's lament, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Not that school is nothing. It's just the sound and fury at the start that makes me wish for quieter days.

I started my new job in charge of yet another K-12 school with the high hopes that we can save some of the present generation from the ignorance broadcast through the public school system.

The college where I teach (now part time) also fired up its fall semester, so it has been a busy few weeks.

I also spend my days recruiting students for a program that allows folks who, for whatever reason, haven't had the chance to finish college. The program sets them on a pathway toward gaining a college education and degree.

The other day, a sixty-thousand dollar BMW X5 passed me while I was driving to work. It sported a bumper sticker that said, "Bernie - We the People - Not We the Rich." I can not imagine the mentality of people who can drive a car worth three times as much as mine, who think that other people are rich, not them. (I also cannot fathom what mental gymnastics people have to go through in order to think that the government will "take care of them." But that problem has been around for a long time.)

Long live the socialist state with its BMW X5's! Now, where's mine?

Hillary's designer came from North Korea.
Like many of you, I saw the photos of Hillary sporting her latest over-priced outfit that looks like a North Korean prison guard uniform (or an oven mitt, I can't decide), and I came to the obvious questions once again.

If Hillary were a man, would the press actually support her as a candidate for president of the US? If she were a Republican, would she have even made it off the starting blocks toward nomination?

Of course, the answer is no. But these lapses in fashion judgment bring these questions to the forefront.

The wife and I went to see the latest live screening of Rifftrax spoofing one of the best old sci-fi movies of all time. (By best, I actually mean worst.) We watched Mothra with amazement and more than a little giggling.

There's something about bad sci-fi movies that speak to my soul. Perhaps it's the deep plots or the fine characterization. Perhaps it's just the wonton destruction. Whatever the reason, we laughed a lot and enjoyed ourselves.


Come to think of it, we enjoyed this movie a lot more than the summer fare of new movies.