Monday, April 21, 2014

It’s easy to get discouraged if you believe in small government and individual liberty.

It seems that the burden of the public sector is always expanding and that politicians and bureaucrats are always figuring out new ways to restrict our freedoms.

But let’s not lose hope.

We still have a lot of economic liberty, particularly if you count non-fiscal policy factors.

And we still have the Second Amendment.

Heck, we don’t just have the right to keep and bear arms, we exercise that right in massive numbers.

Take a look at this impressive graphic. We’re #1 in some bad ways, but it seems we’re also #1 in a very good way.

Make sure to share this graphic with your statist friends and colleagues. It’s guaranteed to put them in a glum mood for the rest of the day!

And when you share this with your misguided acquaintances, ask them why guns don’t cause murder in nations such as Switzerland and Finland. Maybe you’ll have a breakthrough and they’ll confess that gun control isn’t the solution.

Incidentally, in addition to having lots of guns in America, we also are quite ready to defy the government if politicians try to take them away.

What’s happening in Connecticut is merely one example of this wonderful form of civil disobedience.

Since we’re on the topic of gun ownership vs. gun control, here’s another image that will cause heartburn for your leftist friends.

Schindler gunsSame theme as the 4th image in this post.

And let’s not forget the best-ever poster on gun control.

Last but not least, here’s a poster sent to me by the PotL.

It’s the same message found at the top of this post and at the bottom of this post.
If you want more info – both serious and humorous – on gun control, click here.
Surprise! Doctors Forced to Rush Patients Through Appointments Thanks to Obamacare Katie Pavlich / Townhall Columnist
Since before Obamacare was signed in 2010, conservatives have warned the law would turn doctors' offices into DMV style clinics with physicians rapidly rushing through patients in order to survive under the legislation. Further, grave warnings were given about doctors retiring early due to Obamacare making the industry too expensive to practice in. Four years later, 6 out of 10 doctors say they'll be retiring early and now, patients are being rushed through appointments, including at the offices of specialists.
Joan Eisenstodt didn't have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes.

"He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection.

When she started protesting the doctor's choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I've never been in and out from a visit faster."

These days, stories like Eisenstodt's are increasingly common. Patients — and physicians — say they feel the time crunch as never before as doctors rush through appointments as if on roller skates to see more patients and perform more procedures to make up for flat or declining reimbursements.

It's not unusual for primary care doctors' appointments to be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. Some physicians who work for hospitals say they've been asked to see patients every 11 minutes.

And the problem may worsen as millions of consumers who gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act begin to seek care — some of whom may have seen doctors rarely, if at all, and have a slew of untreated problems.
Because liberals don't seem to understand the concept of supply vs. demand, they failed to recognize early on that an influx of new patients without new doctors would cause a shortage and lessen the quality of care. Well, here we are.

Obamacare was sold on the idea that the government shouldn't come between a patient and their doctor. Further, people were told the law would get them more treatment and expanded care, not less. Primary care and specialty care offices are already seeing the devastating effects of government meddling in the healthcare system. We're seeing exactly the opposite of what was promised on every single level.
Obama Praises Muslims in Easter Message
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

Does Obama ever mention Christians or Jews or Hindus when he makes his long-winded Ramadan messages? No. But he’s used his holiday message to Jews to equate the liberation of Jews from 400 years of slavery to the Islamic supremacist revolutions in Egypt, Libya etc. He’s even strongarmed Rabbis to politicize the bema on high holy days.

It’s Easter, Obama. Address the mass persecution, oppression and slaughter of Christians across the Muslim world.

No, instead he proselytize for Islam. On Easter. It’s sick.
“Obama Praises Muslims in Easter Message,” Frontpage, April 20, 2014
It just wouldn’t be Easter… without Muslims.
POSObamaImage8Obama said this time of year is a good time to remember the “common thread of humanity that connects us all – not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs – is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”
Nope. Sorry.
Here’s what the Koran has to say about loving your neighbor.
Qur’an (5:51) – “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”
So yes, Muslims believe in loving their neighbors, as long as the neighbors are Muslims. And the right kind of Muslims.
Don’t go expecting Sunni Muslims to love Shiite Muslims or vice versa. Also don’t expect Salafis to love Sunnis who are insufficiently lacking in dedication to terrorism.
So much for that “common thread of humanity.”
Lest we forget the interview Obama conducted with the NY Times.  Nicholas wrote:
NY Times “I was a little Jakarta street kid,” he said in a wide-ranging interview in his office [...]. He once got in trouble for making faces during Koran study classes in his elementary school...
Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
Let’s review. Michael Snyder ran these Obama quotes on Islam and Christianity:

20 Quotes By Barack Obama About Islam

#1 “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”
#2 “The prettiest sound on Earth” is the Muslim call to prayer at sunset.
#3 “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”
#4 “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.”
#5 “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”
#6 “Islam has always been part of America”
#7 “we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities”
#8 “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”
#9 “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
#10 “I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.”
#11 “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.”
#12 “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed”
#13 “In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.”
#14 “throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”
#15 “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality”
#16 “The Holy Koran tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.’”
#17 “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.”
#18 “We’ve seen those results in generations of Muslim immigrants – farmers and factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities, the Muslim innovators who helped build some of our highest skyscrapers and who helped unlock the secrets of our universe.”
#19 “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
#20 “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”

20 Quotes By Barack Obama About Christianity

#1 “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”
#2 “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”
#3 “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?  Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination?  Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”
#4 “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”
#5 “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.”
#6 From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.”
#7 Obama’s response when asked what his definition of sin is: “Being out of alignment with my values.”
#8 “If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn’t have to keep coming to church, would they.”
#9 “This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and prostelytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.”
#10 “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell.  I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity.  That’s just not part of my religious makeup.”
#11 “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.”
#12 “I’ve said this before, and I know this raises questions in the minds of some evangelicals. I do not believe that my mother, who never formally embraced Christianity as far as I know … I do not believe she went to hell.”
#13 “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.”
#14 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”
#15 “You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
#16 “In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology”
#17 “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.”
#18 “we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own”
#19 “All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra — (applause) — as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer.  (Applause.)”
#20 “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”

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"Drill Baby Drill"...or should I say "Build Baby Build"
By: Diane Sori   
"You stand on the brink of making a choice that will define your legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced -- climate change..." - Former President Jimmy Carter

Well leave it to the second worst president in U.S. history to suck up to the worst president in U.S. history as last week Jimmy Carter, together with a group of nine Nobel Peace Laureates... including South Africa’s Desmond Tutu...sent a single letter through the Nobel Women's Initiative to both Obama and John 'Swiftboat' Kerry urging them to reject the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline... TransCanada’s long-delayed $5.5-billion project...on the grounds that it would add to climate change concerns and other environmental issues.

But the truth is that the pipeline would NOT negatively affect anything...for it would NOT contribute to greenhouse gasses nor would it contribute to global warning simply because there is NO such thing. (So-called global warming and global cooling are naturally occurring weather cycles that have occurred since the Earth began and will continue until the Earth is NO more.)

With the exporting of crude oil from tar sands in Canada to refineries here in America, Sarah Palin's much ballyhooed slogan "Drill Baby Drill" should be the rallying cry for building the Keystone Pipeline. The U.S. span of 1,179 miles alone would create tens of thousands of jobs and that does NOT include all the jobs created by the much needed adjunct industries. And the benefits to having access to oil from Canada... our friendly neighbor to the north...would help cut down our dependency on foreign oil...on Arab oil.

But that is obviously NOT what Obama wants for he is in the pocket of and bows down to the wishes of his muslim brethren...and their wish is for American dollars and having a choke-hold on America's energy needs.

Stonewalling a decision on the pipeline for years now, Obama is also placating and playing to the powerful leftist environmentalist groups that have turned the pipeline into a test of Obama's credibility on (non-existent) climate change. After Obama's saying that he would deal with the “threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” during his January State of the Union Address, these groups have positioned themselves and their wallets to make sure Obama does NOT renege on his make sure the scientific truth about the LIE of climate change is kept hidden from the public.

But the truth is that the building or NOT building of the pipeline has already been decided by politics and politics alone. Obama claims that he and the State Department (which has to be involved because the pipeline crosses an international border thus needing a presidential permit and a State Department review) are delaying the pipeline permits because of a Nebraska state court case that could affect the route of the pipeline...a case that may NOT be decided until next year...a case citing that the pipeline would cut through the ecologically sensitive Sandhills and the Ogallala aquifer, the main drinking water source for the Great Plains. But the truth is Obama has again LIED to the American people, because in February he said the court's decision either way would NOT influence his final decision but come March he did his usual about face and is holding up the pipeline because of that very case...and of course about fear of losing the environmental lobbyists monies.

So it boils down to the fact that Obama himself is trying to delay the decision until after the November mid-terms to get himself and Democratic candidates off a politically dangerous precipice what with at least a half-dozen Democrat senators most likely to lose their Senate it's best to keep this hot-button issue off the table. And while Democratic incumbents from oil-rich states have quietly urged Obama to approve the pipeline, they realize that in Obama's approving the pipeline before the election it could stop the flow of money from liberal donors and fund-raisers who oppose the pipeline.

And so Obama has virtually stopped a project so wanted by 'We the People'...a project that would create tens of thousands of jobs and take thousands off the government welfare rolls. But wait...if the pipeline is built and Americans are put back to work, they would come off Obama's welfare rolls causing him to most likely lose their votes. This is the real reason why Obama does NOT want this pipeline was and is all about votes...votes and control.

And what of the environmentalists who pull Obama's strings and pad his wallet... well they love to say that the oil harvested from this Hardisty, Alberta originating line is 'dirty' oil NOT understanding that all oil is 'dirty' before it's refined. And as for the environment itself, the pipeline would actually help wildlife survive the harsh northern winters because the animals would be able to gather around the heat given off by the pipe. The more that could survive the winter because of this, the more that would survive to be able to breed in the spring and thus increase the endangered populations.

And while the environmentalists also claim they fear massive leaks and breaches in the line, this too is without merit for there is NO need to fear environment damaging leaks because the pipeline will be built in sections, and if something happens to a specific section, that section would then be shut down, thus having minimal affect on the surrounding environment.

And something most do NOT realize is the fact that even if Obama does NOT sign off on the pipeline the oil sands crude will still be extracted and brought to market by other means, like by rail, and then processed and burned. And what a waste that would be for the hoped for jobs that would put Americans back to work would NEVER come, and the monies made by the Canadian side of the pipeline would NEVER have a chance of reaching American hands...would NEVER help the still stalled American economy recover

Delaying the pipeline means "the United States will continue to rely on suspect and aggressive foreign leaders for the eight to nine million barrels of oil that is imported every day," said TransCanada Corporate chief executive Russ Girling when he heard of Obama's again stalling a decision on the pipeline.

But when you have a vehemently anti-American president at the helm who's being egged on by a babbling senile has-been like Jimmy Carter what else would you expect.