22 August 2009

Double Tap

Fun little match at the Double Tap Ranch today. 6 stages, done by about 12:30 and for August in Wichita Falls, it was dang cool and comfortable. Haven't been able to shoot as much as I'd like this year thanks to primer issues, press issues, and just flat out TIME issues... but it sure is fun to pull the trigger.

20 August 2009

Pretty brazen, really

Hey, the vast, right-wing conspiracy is BACK! The messiah said so himself!

To a group of supporters today, the chosen one stated:

Is Obamacare a government takeover? Will immigrants get free health checkups? Will the government be funding abortions? Will there be death panels -- as the president said -- "pulling the plug on Grandma?"

"Now," Mr. Obama said, pausing for several seconds for effect: "C'mon." The packed room cheered.

"Look, we know where these lies are coming from. If you just flick channels and then just stop on -- certain ones -- then you'll see, you know, you'll see who's propagating this stuff," the president said, drawing laughter with a clear allusion to Fox News.
Let's look at these charges, and see who's lyin' to who, shall we?

- "Is Obamacare a government takeover?"
Page 16 of the House bill states:

CONDITIONS.—Subject to paragraph (3) and except as required by law, the issuer does not change any of its terms or conditions, including benefits and cost-sharing, from those in effect as of the day before the first day of Y1.
So. If the insurance company doesn't change its terms or conditions from those that were in effect before the bill becomes law, then you can keep your private insurance. Someone please tell me when a year went by that something didn't change in your insurance policy. If and when something changes, dear readers, then guess what? You get to go to the government policy. Yes, Obamacare is a government takeover. Also see page 72, 84, 145.

- Will immigrants get free health checkups? Page 50 of the House bill states:

(a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly permitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services(including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.
You know, personal characteristics like if you are in the country legally or not. Sure, it doesn't come out and say "illegal immigrants get free health care". But seriously, how long do you think it will be before some slip and fall lawyer sues because his illegal immigrant client's "personal characteristics" were trod upon? Yep, immigrants to this country, regardless of their status,will get the public option. Also see page 91, 170.

- Will the government be funding abortions?
Page 768 states:

(1) Improving maternal or child health and pregnancy outcomes or increasing birth intervals between pregnancies.
The topic that this paragraph refers to deals with home visits by nurses to help make pregnant mothers make proper choices. For the life of me, I can't come up with just how they are going to tell a pregnant woman how she's going to increase the interval between pregnancies unless they are going to abort the child she's currently pregnant with. So, yeah, it does look like the government will be funding abortions.

- Will there be death panels?
Page 430 states:

(B) The level of treatment indicated under subparagraph (A)(ii) may range from an indication for full treatment to an indication to limit some or all or specified interventions. Such indicated levels of treatment may include indications respecting, among other items—
(i) the intensity of medical intervention if the patient is pulse less, apneic, or has serious cardiac or pulmonary problems;
(ii) the individual’s desire regarding transfer to a hospital or remaining at the current care setting;
(iii) the use of antibiotics; and
(iv) the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration.’’
That's right, dear readers. The government has already decided within the context of this bill, what treatments you will have available to you at the end of life. Yes, folks, read that again. The decision as to what (if any) treatment you get is going to be left up to someone that may or may not include your physician. So, yes, there are death panels in place to decide what treatment you get - or don't get. If you consider who's advising the White House on end of life treatment - Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel (brother of the White House Chief of Staff bully boy Rahm) - who's argued that only the folks in the 15-40 age group should get the complete benefit of the health care system as the people on either end of that demographic have lost or not yet achieved their productivity; then surely you could understand why people believe that Obamacare is going to limit care to the elderly and "non-productive" and make decisions based on value to society rather than personal need.

So, Mr. President. C'mon.

If only...

I were king for a day. This turd would not live to enjoy one single breath of fresh air. This is one of those "red phone ringing at 2 in the morning" moments, and once again, the messiah has dropped the ball.

He apparently spoke quite forcefully against the release of this scumbag but frankly, Mr. President, there's a time for nice words and a time to pull the trigger.

This, dear reader, was one of those times to pull the trigger. Obama is learning that all of his niceties, all of his compassion for the rest of the world, all of his eloquence (when the teleprompter is working), and all of his 'diplomacy' don't account for a pile of beans in the real world.

Obama is making it quite clear that he is not willing to act to protect American lives around the world, and the American people are likely to pay a very dear price for it.

Radio free Texas, signing off.

It must be Awesome Mugshot Day today!

"He was kicking his arms and flailing around a lot. The police officers warned him that they'd Taser him if he didn't calm down. Of course he didn't. When they hit him [with the Taser] he just went 'poof,'" recalled Ellis. That "poof" was a fire that ignited on 31-year-old Daniel Wood's chest.

At least he didn't get his bacon licked

Baby Stabbed in Biscuit Brawl

18 August 2009

The sky! It must be falling!

MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Bill, the first of the 2009 Atlantic season, strengthened into a Category 3 storm on Tuesday with top winds near 125 miles per hour (205 km per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Oh my goodness! Run! Global warming! Catastrophe! End of the world!

Not so fast, compadre:
Bill was moving through the Atlantic on a curving path that would take it west of Bermuda by the weekend. It looked likely to miss the U.S. East Coast and posed no threat to oil-producing areas in the Gulf of Mexico.
The eco-freaks are so hungry for a major storm that they are now reporting on "major storms" which are no threat to the US. Remember what we were told after Katrina? Let me refresh your memories.

From the mouth of Al Gore himself:
Now, the scientific community is warning us that the average hurricane will continue to get stronger because of global warming. A scientist at MIT has published a study well before this tragedy showing that since the 1970s, hurricanes in both the Atlantic and the Pacific have increased in duration, and in intensity, by about 50 %. The newscasters told us after Hurricane Katrina went over the southern tip of Florida that there was a particular danger for the Gulf Coast of the hurricanes becoming much stronger because it was passing over unusually warm waters in the gulf. The waters in the gulf have been unusually warm. The oceans generally have been getting warmer. And the pattern is exactly consistent with what scientists have predicted for twenty years. Two thousand scientists, in a hundred countries, engaged in the most elaborate, well organized scientific collaboration in the history of humankind, have produced long-since a consensus that we will face a string of terrible catastrophes unless we act to prepare ourselves and deal with the underlying causes of global warming. [applause] It is important to learn the lessons of what happens when scientific evidence and clear authoritative warnings are ignored in order to induce our leaders not to do it again and not to ignore the scientists again and not to leave us unprotected in the face of those threats that are facing us right now.
That's right, dear readers. Al Gore was quite emphatic in this speech that would be the case. Several years later, we still haven't seen the doom and gloom promised by the grand druid of the eco nazis. As this year has been pretty mild so far as summer's go and with record low temps across the country, I really wouldn't expect a massive outbreak of major hurricanes either.

So, keep that in mind, friends, when the media stirs you up with "major" storms that most likely won't even hit the United States.

Radio free Texas, signing off.

16 August 2009

Tax dodgers scramble to come clean amid crackdown

I wonder how many in the Obama administration will have to "come clean" with this "crackdown"?

Oh, wait, I forgot, the rules don't apply to *them*.