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90 Year Old Medal Of Honor Recipient to Home Owner’s Association: How’s My Ass Taste?

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 28, 2009

I commented on this story a few weeks ago and have been remiss on posting an update.  You will just have to deal with my laziness.

Finally, a right and just ending to a shining example of idiotic public relations stupidity.  It only took two US Senators and a swath of local and national talk radio, including the great Mark Levin, for this Home Owner’s Association to get its head out of their ass.  It even made it to a White House press briefing.  At last, the fight appears to be over:

A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner’s association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday.

The Sussex Square homeowners’ association likewise has agreed to drop threats to take legal action against retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.

The association had threatened to take Barfoot to court if he failed to remove the pole from his suburban Richmond home by Friday. It had said the pole violated the neighborhood’s aesthetic guidelines.

Well gee whiz.  How nobel of them.

Even though this was more about the actual flag pole as opposed to the flag itself (yeah, right), this HOA probably couldn’t have done much according to the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.  But then again, I am no lawyer. 

Indeed, we are a nation of laws not men, and while I am not equating an HOA agreement as “law”, there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.  To me this was always about common sense.

I leave you with Mark Levin’s retelling of how Army Col. Van T. Barfoot earned his Medal of Honor:

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Democrats: Transparency? Never Heard Of It

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 21, 2009

While most of us slept last night, Harry Reid and the Senate democrats robbed us in the middle of the night.  At roughly midnight Central time, a vote was taken on the ReidCare Managers Amendment.  It passed 60-40 right down party lines.  They own it now. 

Yes America, under the democrats this is how laws get made now:  written in secret, voted 0n in the seedy dark shadows of the night.

Last night was the first of three procedural votes the democrats need to pass in order to destroy America’s healthcare system.

With the passage of the Managers Amendment, the democrats must wait 30 hours for the next vote (roughly until 7am Tuesday) , which will be an up-or-down vote on the Manager’s Amendment.  50 votes required.

There will then be a cloture vote on the Reid Substitute, requiring 60 votes.  Then democrats must wait 30 more hours for an up-or-down vote on the Reid Substitute.  Only 50 votes required.

Finally, there will be a cloture vote on the final bill, ReidCare.  60 votes required.  Then democrats must wait 30 more hours for the final up-or-down vote on ReidCare.  Again, only 50 votes required.

So if everything goes to plan it should take place Christmas Eve.  Neat.

Merry Fucking Christmas.  Oh I’m sorry, Happy fucking holidays.

With the 60 votes required for a cloture vote, no wonder Reid wanted to end debate on the bill.  He doesn’t want the public knowing what exactly is in the the billEspecially the under 200k middle class, where over 68 million will have to pay a whole lot more:

Here’s the quantitative summary for the Reid bill. All figures are for the year 2019, and in each case these are net results of premium changes, tax subsidies, and tax increases.

17.8 million individuals, families, and single parents with incomes under $200K will be net financial winners (11% of all tax returns under $200K):

[Of] that 17.8 million total, 13.2 million of them will benefit from the government subsidy for health insurance, net of any premium increases.

The other 4.6 million of them will also benefit, netting out their premium reduction with the higher taxes they will pay. These people in general will not get a health insurance subsidy.

68.4 million individuals, families, and single parents with incomes under $200K will be net financial losers (41% of all tax returns under $200K):

In general these people are not eligible for premium subsidies, so the effects of he Reid bill on them are direct premium effects and/or tax increases.

Within this group, here are some representative averages, taking into account premium changes, tax subsidies for premium purchase, and tax increases:

Within this population of 68.4 million net losers, an average individual working for a small business who gets health insurance through the small group market will be worse off, even if his income is below $10K per year:

Income of 0 – $10K: He pays $31 more (per year).

Income of $10K – $20K: He pays $99 more.

Income of $20K – $30K: He pays $202 more.

Income of $30K – $40K: He pays $325 more.

Income of $40K – $50K: He pays $377 more.

Income of $50K – $75K: He pays $576 more.

Income of $75K – $100K: He pays $681 more.

Income of $100K – $200K: He pays $726 more.

If this individual works for a large employer buying insurance in the large group market, the bill helps him if his income is <$20K, and hurts him if his income is >$20K:

Income of 0 – $10K: He pays $135 less.

Income of $10K – $20K: He pays $67 less.

Income of $20K – $30K: He pays $36 more.

Income of $30K – $40K: He pays $159 more.

Income of $40K – $50K: He pays $211 more.

Income of $50K – $75K: He pays $410 more.

Income of $75K – $100K: He pays $515 more.

Income of $100K – $200K: He pays $561 more.

For an average family among the 68.4 million losers getting insurance through the small group market (including most small business employees), they are on average better off if their family income is <$20K, and worse off if their income is >$20K. If they get insurance through a large employer, the breakpoint is $30K.

For an average single parent among the 68.4 million losers, he or she will be better off if income is <$20K, and worse off if income is >$20K, whether he or she gets insurance in the small group or large group markets.

Basically, the middle class will be carrying this directly on their shoulders.  And it starts with incomes at the very bottom of that class.

Remember when someone said:  “No family making less than 250k per year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Words, just words.

And folks, this is just scratching the surface.  Here’s a comprehensive rundown on additional taxes and penalties (taxes) imposed in the Reid-Obama version of the health bill:

Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (Page 1979/Sec. 9001/$149.1 bil/Jan 2011): Starting in 2013, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($8500 single/$23,000 family). Higher threshold ($9850 single/$26,000 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions. CPI +1 percentage point indexed. Longshoremen have been exempted (page 362 of the manager’s amendment)

From 2013-2015, the 17 highest-cost states are 120% of this level.

Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2 (Page 1996/Sec. 9002/Min$/Jan 2011): Preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 1997/Sec. 9003/$5 bil/Jan 2011): No longer allowable to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin)

HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (Page 1998/Sec. 9004/$1.3 bil/Jan 2011): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.

Plenty more a the link.  Plus, Michelle Malkin has an excellent piece on the democratic bribe machine.

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Ben Nelson: You’re Just Gonna Put The Tip In, Right Harry?

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 19, 2009

Ben Nelson: Just the tip, ok Harry?
Harry Reid: Ok, Benny.  You tell me when it is too far.
Harry Reid: Sweetie?
Harry Reid: It’s all the way in, do you want me to stop?
Ben Nelson: ………

Ben Nelson succombed to his inner whore and has given Harry Reid the votes he needs for cloture on the senate heath bill.  Every man has his price.  And Harry Reid found Ben Nelson’s with some heavy petting, his love of the shaft and a few million dollars in federal funds.  This reminds me of the old joke often attributed to Winston Churchill:

Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million dollars?
Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course…
Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five dollars?
Socialite: Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!
Churchill: Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.

This is what American democracy has come to, bribing voters with tax money in order to get them to pay more in taxes and give up freedom.  And really, we can’t be too shocked by this.  He is a democrat after all.

Oh, and what about that abortion stance he was so magnanimous about?  Meh, abortion schmortion.

So with that, Ben Nelson has allowed Harry Reid to brutally ass rape this country with an economy–nay, soul–crushing healthcare bill.  Leaving us Americans huddled in a fetal position sticky, broke and confused.

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December 7, 1941

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 7, 2009

Indeed a “date which will live in infamy”:

Sunday, December 7 – Islands of Hawaii, near Oahu – The Japanese attack force under the command of Admiral Nagumo, consisting of six carriers with 423 planes, is about to attack. At 6 a.m., the first attack wave of 183 Japanese planes takes off from the carriers located 230 miles north of Oahu and heads for the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor – At 7:02 a.m., two Army operators at Oahu’s northern shore radar station detect the Japanese air attack approaching and contact a junior officer who disregards their reports, thinking they are American B-17 planes which are expected in from the U.S. west coast.

Near Oahu – At 7:15 a.m., a second attack wave of 167 planes takes off from the Japanese carriers and heads for Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor is not on a state on high alert. Senior commanders have concluded, based on available intelligence, there is no reason to believe an attack is imminent. Aircraft are therefore left parked wingtip to wingtip on airfields, anti-aircraft guns are unmanned with many ammunition boxes kept locked in accordance with peacetime regulations. There are also no torpedo nets protecting the fleet anchorage. And since it is Sunday morning, many officers and crewmen are leisurely ashore.

At 7:53 a.m., the first Japanese assault wave, with 51 ‘Val’ dive bombers, 40 ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers, 50 high level bombers and 43 ‘Zero’ fighters, commences the attack with flight commander, Mitsuo Fuchida, sounding the battle cry: “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!).

The Americans are taken completely by surprise. The first attack wave targets airfields and battleships. The second wave targets other ships and shipyard facilities. The air raid lasts until 9:45 a.m. Eight battleships are damaged, with five sunk. Three light cruisers, three destroyers and three smaller vessels are lost along with 188 aircraft. The Japanese lose 27 planes and five midget submarines which attempted to penetrate the inner harbor and launch torpedoes.

Escaping damage from the attack are the prime targets, the three U.S. Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, Lexington, Enterprise and Saratoga, which were not in the port. Also escaping damage are the base fuel tanks.

The casualty list includes 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, with 1,178 wounded. Included are 1,104 men aboard the Battleship USS Arizona killed after a 1,760-pound air bomb penetrated into the forward magazine causing catastrophic explosions.

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90 Year Old Veteran Of Three Wars Told To Pound Sand

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 6, 2009

That’s right.  Col. Van T. Barfoot, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in WWII, is being told that he needs to remove his flagpole from his yard or face fines and legal fees.  

Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor recipient, is under the gun from his Henrico County community’s homeowner association.

In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion.

In a priority mail letter, the Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond is ordering Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face “legal action being brought to enforce the Covenants and Restrictions against you.” The letter states that Barfoot will be subject to paying all legal fees and costs in any successful legal proceeding pursued by the homeowner association’s board.

You have got to be kidding me.  I hope every single member of this homeowner association board gets cancer of the ass and rots from within.  This is so completely absurd it defies logic.  This isn’t some purple fucking pacer on the front lawn of some white trash jagoff.  This isn’t some broken down station wagon with four flat tires sitting in some driveway.  This is a United States veteran of three fucking wars with a flagpole in his front yard.  Oh, and he is 90.  90!!  His whole existence in life right now is to raise the flag of his country every morning and lower it every evening.  What’s this guy have left, two, three, maybe five years left on this planet? 

Dickbags.

Apparently, there isn’t even a provision in the community’s rules banning flagpoles, yet these people still want to kick sand in this hero’s face.  And when I say hero, let’s see exactly what this guy did to earn his Medal of Honor:

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot (then Tech. Sgt.) moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot’s extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of pointblank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers.

This guy fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  Sometimes you make an exception because it is the right thing to do.

You can help this hero stand his ground here.

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Healthcare Debate Between Two Unlikely People

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 4, 2009

Quite possibly one of the more surreal videos you will ever see.  The way they are sitting in those “S” shaped chairs is just freaking weird.

Shatner: “How……do you……know???
Rush: Dammit Jim, I’m the number one rated political talk show host, not a doctor!!!

Heh.

But seriously.  How do we know, Bill?  Are you kidding?

Obamacare is a clear example of how there are winners and losers here.  If you’ve got insurance, you’re a loser.  Congratulations, you will now basically have a complete stranger’s health care added to your premiums as if he’s a member of your family, because you can afford it.

If you don’t have insurance, you may be a winner… sort of.   On the one hand you come out ahead — free money!  Woo hoo! — but on the other, the health care overall is driven to a lower quality.  So Mr. and Mrs. I-Ain’t-American get the same shitty care as I do because it waters down the product.

This is and always will be about one thing.  A direct transfer of wealth, and the services that wealth buys, from the middle class to the lower class.   And that is plenty of reason for the uninsured and poor to support this plan.

Like I said before Bill, with the millions you have made over the years, why don’t you buy some of the uninsured a quality plan that pays their medical bills for a year?  Maybe even convincing a few of your friends to do the same:

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Breaking: Kansas Football Coach Mark “Fat” Mangino Resigns

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 3, 2009

Breaking news tonight out of Lawrence, KS where Mark Margeringino resigns as head football coach

In just two short years after going 12-1, a scandalous birth in the Orange Bowl and a national coach of the year award, the fat man has resigned.  Allegations of verbal and physical abuse in conjunction with an incredibly disappointing season apparently did him in.

Baby Huey went 50-48 during his eight years at KU.  50-48.  Good thing he had that 12-1 season tucked in there to make that record respectable. 

In truth, tons-o-fun was a mediocre coach at best. Prior to the 2007 season, rumors were flying he was going to be fired, instead he was given a stay.  2007 hit and he took advantage of the most cupcake schedule in the history of football in both the non-con and not playing Texas or Oklahoma.  2007 was the one time he played for his division and got waxed by his border rival Missouri in the biggest game in school history. 

Once, in eight years.  He never won his division and never played for his conference.  If I was a KU fan, I would be looking forward to who the new coach will be.

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Obama: I Slept At A Holiday Inn Last Night, So Like, I Totally Know What I Am Doing In This “War Of Necessity”

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 1, 2009

Awww, Obama wants to play army.

My buddy zulubuff has a rather funny anecdote regarding Hitler and his Generals during the middle to latter stages of World War II. It segues nicely into what is a rather puzzling decision by president narcissus and the “war of necessity”. Where did he get his number for 30,000 troops?

General McChrystal requested 60,000 troops to get the job done with 40,000 as a middle of the road low risk option. 20,000 was the bottom of the barrel, just scraping by, hair of our chinny chin-chin, very high risk option.  So keeping with the Three Little Pigs analogy, instead of the brick house Obama goes with the straw hut but adds a touch of glue to help hold it together.

You know, someone, and I can’t seem to remember who it was, called Afghanistan the “central front” in the fight against terrorism.  Oh yeah, it was Obama.

Now he says “Let me be clear: there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of war.”

Wait, what?  Huh?

If you use the Iraq surge timeline, it took a little over five months to get our guys in place. However, with Afghanistan, the infrastructure is far more primitive. The lack of runways, logistics hubs, forward-operating bases, accessible ports, communication connections, etc, etc, etc, it could take upwards of nine months to get these Afghanistan surge troops into place.

So yeah, president Patton, there will be a delay. McCrystal said we had a year to win this thing and that was three months ago. Because Mr. I Can’t Make A Decision’s pussy footin’ around, means that we won’t have the troops in place before McCrystal’s war’s-over date. He conveniently ignores the very commander he handpicked to give him this assessment.

Apparently Obama’s second new Afghanistan policy in less than nine months is to send an inadequate amount of troops to the “central front” in a “war of necessity”, who arrive in late 2010, then yank them out a few months later just in time for the Campaigner in Chief’s reelection kick off.

Priorities.

I guess with a 30,000 troop increase and a drop dead 18 month time table, president present demonstrated his commitment to something. It just doesn’t appear to be victory over the taliban or al-qaeda.

Oh: Per president trillion dollar deficit:

Over the past several years, we have lost that balance, and failed to appreciate the connection between our national security and our economy. In the wake of an economic crisis, too many of our friends and neighbors are out of work and struggle to pay the bills, and too many Americans are worried about the future facing our children. Meanwhile, competition within the global economy has grown more fierce. So we simply cannot afford to ignore the price of these wars.

Remember when people complained that Bush tried to fight Iraq on the cheap? No?

Neither do the democrats:

…the White House estimates the annual interest to exceed $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. An additional $500 billion a year in interest expense would total more than the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So in perspective, Afghanistan strategy sessions are not the meetings the OMB Director should be spending his time in.

Apparently the $30 billion or so a year to staff Afghanistan with new troops is now suddenly outrageously outrageous.

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