Thursday, January 17, 2013

Did President Obama read the Afforable Health Care Act?

I'm a little Concerned about two of the Presidents recommendations in particular 16 and 17 which reads as follows.  

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to healthcare providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

Now I happen to know some health care providers have already begun asking these questions, but I just recently reviewed the AHCA (Affordable Health Care Act) and I'm forced to ask the question, has the Federal Government done something since the AHCA, to void section X of the Obama Care Bill?  Because Section X, starting on page 2,037, line 23. “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights” States the following. 
A wellness and health promotion activity implemented under subsection (a)(1)(D) may not require
the disclosure or collection of any information relating to—
(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully
possessed firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property of an individual; or
‘‘(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of
a firearm or ammunition by an individual.
of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an
amendment made by that Act shall be construed to
authorize or may be used for the collection of any in
formation relating to—
‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of
a firearm or ammunition;
‘‘(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or
‘‘(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.
BANKS.—None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall
be construed to authorize or may be used to maintain
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records of individual ownership or possession of a
firearm or ammunition.

It sounds to me like the AHCA, does in fact forbid this.  If I remember correctly, this is what the NRA was bragging about being a win.  So what gives?  


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Obama is not Hitler, but he does act like him

This morning President Obama addressed the country with the messages of our children, and facebook was set ablaze with the typical anti-Obama Hitler references.  As usual, many people try to connect Obama's positions to Hitlers positions, and even use fictional quotes from Mein Kampf in a weak attempt to prove their points.  The sad thing about this, is that there are plenty of parallels to be made between Hitler and Obama without the use of false information.  I don't understand why so many people are quick to use a quote, without having any understanding of it's origin.  If you use a quote, you really ought to know exactly where it came from, and I don't mean the site from which you shared it, I mean the literature or speech it was spoken or written.

To this day many still hold Hitler up on a pedestal as a gun grabber, a leader who took guns out of the hands of his people.  This is simply not the truth.  Adolf Hitler Was an anti-Semite of the highest order, of this there is no question.  But he was a man of his time.  Being an anti-Semite back then was normal and even expected.  He did not see the Jews as his people, as Germans, even those born and raised in Germany.  When he came to power he most certainly did see to it, that the Jews were disarmed.  But he actually relaxed gun control to the citizens of Germany which had largely been disarmed through permit and registration requirements and limits prior to his rise to power.  Many guns were already out of circulation by the statist polices prior to his becoming  Fuehrer, through purely Democratic means.

Again, the firearms law enacted by Hitler's government enhanced the rights of "Germans" to keep and bear arms. There were no new restrictions added, many preexisting restrictions were relaxed or eliminated.  

In the conclusion of World War 2, American soldiers occupying Germany were shocked to learn how many German civilians owned private firearms. Thousands of handguns were looted from German homes and brought back to the United States after the war. General Eisenhower ordered all privately owned firearms in the American zone of Germany confiscated, and Germans were required to hand in their long guns as well as any handguns which had not already been stolen. In the Soviet zone Germans were summarily shot if they were found in possession of even a single cartridge.

Now, to get back on point.  Adolf Hitler did write Mein Kampf, and he did express many ideas and beliefs in that work, but he most certainly did not specifically say anything about controlling the Children.  He also did not ban guns using the Children as a ploy, and as I've already addressed, he didn't ban guns unless you were a Jew.  BUT, Hitler did most certainly understand the value of propaganda and using Children to persuade the population.  There are many photos of Hitler surrounded by children, of course you also need to remember that Hitler was loved, he was not hated or feared, he was the most popular German leader of all time.  He didn't hide behind bullet proof glass, he walked around in the open.

A quick scan of Mein Kampf reveals that he does mention Children over 40 times.  So there is no question he understood the power of using Children to tug at the heart strings of his people, Just as President Obama does.  President Obama is not Adolf Hitler, but he does keep acting like him.  Also, I feel the need to point out that many of the actions which brought Germany crumbling, came before Adolf Hitler. Hitler was viewed as the man who was going to fix everything. (Do you see another parallel?)  The actions of leaders prior to the Third  Reich, mirrored our current U.S. System of government almost to the letter.  They supported much of the same policies that the modern liberals support today.  Economic Egalitarianism, internationalism and even a view of Cosmopolitanism that would suggest support of a one world government were common among both regimes.  

And look were it lead Germany.

So, there are many things to compare and many things to be afraid of, but that doesn't mean that President Obama is Hitler.  It also doesn't help the cause of liberty to manufacture things that aren't true.  But most importantly, why would you want to, when there are so many genuine items to pull from. 






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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Porn vs check out isle smut

Today while getting groceries and supplies I was forced to wait in line while the clerk and her manager tried to figure out how to make the Link Card in front me work properly.  This provided me with the opportunity to read the cover of several magazines, well I'll admit what really caught me attention was the pretty little thing in her undies, but after that attracted my line of sight I decided to read the cover stories as well.  This really got my mind running around in circles.  While I was checking out I couldn't help thinking to myself how some people have the nerve to say porn is demeaning to women.  Is Pornography worse than the smut pushed as an impulse buy?

People, mostly women, take off their clothes for the amusement of others, mostly men. This is a clearly defined practice which has ages and ages of history behind it.  There are no misconceptions, the models take off their clothes and put their goodies on display.  For this service they are paid, and paid well, generally speaking.  No one is forced to do this against their will, at least not in commercially produced publications.  But the smut on display at the grocery store is filled with unrealistic expectations.  Perfectly toned, perky little hard bodies dancing around in their underwear with headlines like "How to give him mind blowing sex".   

This stuff is peddled to the masses in quantities that I'm sure far exceeds pornographic magazines, and worse still is that it's put right in the reach of children.  This fact really stood out to me as a soon to be father.  I thought about the kind of questions children might ask and wondered how I might answer such questions from a child about these magazines.  Can you imagine, a trip to the grocery store leading to a question like  "Dad, what is mind blowing sex".  Or a teenage daughter asking why it's inappropriate for her to run around in her underwear when the models on the magazines do it?  These are questions some have no doubt already had the pleasure of dealing with, I don't look forward to that day.           

All this leads me to the realization that I almost would rather see pornography on the check out isle shelf at the grocery store and the pop culture "smut" behind the counter.  At least when my kid asks me why the girls on the cover are naked, I can turn it into an economic lesson.  Simple supply and demand.  There are plenty of girls with "daddy issues" and plenty of dirty old daddies willing to keep them employed.  I would rather teach that lesson than taking all the time required to explain and teach about how some people make profit selling an unrealistic image to people who simply want to be popular.  



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