On Grand Junction's 8-15-09 Obamathon for socialized medicine

Yesterday (8/15/09) President Barack Obama came to Grand Junction, Colorado to try to sell the crowd on socialized medicine (which everyone knows is his agenda even though he vigorously denies it). I probably should have gone to take pictures, but I was feeling "politicked1 out", so I opted to work on a pressing irrigation project instead. As a result, I will have to link to the local MSM for some version of the events which took place.

Another reason I decided not to attend is because, thanks to Bresnan going offline, I figured the circus would be carefully staged, with specially selected ticket holders in attendance asking carefully scripted questions. Following is one blogger's view of the Bresnan breakdown.

Single Point of Failure: The Bresnan Experience, by Matthew Kettlewell - Kettlewell.net - "With President Obama visiting our town this weekend, I’m almost bound to throw a conspiracy theory out there that someone cut the hard line in the name of national security." See also the stories Gmail knocked offline for `majority' of users, Google: Gmail Outage Was Our Bad, Why Gmail Failed Today, by Erick Schonfeld - TechCrunch.com, and More on today's Gmail issue, by Ben Treynor, VP Engineering and Site Reliability Czar - The Official GMail Blog.

Looks like Kettlewell may be closer to the truth than he thought. Check out the following story: "Bill would give president emergency control of Internet". This sounds like a trial balloon, but if they actually do this, IT IS TIME for the revolution!

Here's the bottom line: if an American city were to get nuked by "terrorists", people need to understand that it was most likely the U.S. "gubmint" that did it, because I truly believe the evil fascistic2 neo-feudalistic scumbags3 who own and control the FED would cheerfully do whatever is necessary to maintain control, that is, maintain possession of their create-debt-money-out-of-thin-air power, up to and including nuking an American city or two, should that become necessary to keep the illiterate "sheeple" looking for "terrorists" under their beds.

That being said, it is a small step to believe that it is well within the possibility for "gubmint" to shut Bresnan down for two days in an attempt to 1) impede communication between Obamacare critics in "bitter clinger" areas like Montana and Western Colorado, and 2) see what the citizenry's reaction is, generally. With all the countless redundancies built into Bresnan's system, it is difficult to believe that world-class techies couldn't have had the system up and running in less than 48 hours. It might as well have been Google that was out for 48 hours. IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN, ya know what I mean, Maybelline?! And then there is the fact that, information-wise, Bresnan did precious little besides whiz on their customers' backs and tell them it was raining. That's both impolitic and unacceptable. Whether my "conspiracy" hypothesis is true or not, I will be making a change as soon as there is a viable high-speed alternative.

Be all that as it may, the following links are what I was able to dig up that local Grand Junction media had posted online:

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (GJDS) ran a number of stories online:

'Hope and Fear' GJ challenges Obama on health care reform, by Gary Harmon - GJDS

President compliments local system, by Gary Harmon - GJDS

Local leaders greet Obama at airport, by Richie Ann Ashcraft - GJDS

Obama says he takes offense to 'pull the plug on grandma' idea, by Emily Anderson - GJDS

Supporters, opponents gather outside Central High School, by Mike Wiggins - GJDS

Some with town hall tickets turned away, by Emily Anderson - GJDS

200 officers assist with president's visit to GJ, by "Sentinel Staff" - GJDS

Town hall meeting focuses on public option, by Gary Harmon - GJDS

President convinces some on reform policy, by Emily Anderson - GJDS

Crowd grills Obama with questions, by Gary Harmon - GJDS

Couple with no insurance impressed by answers, by Mike Wiggins - GJDS

Town Meeting . . . What a Joke (53 posts) - GJDS Community Forum

Slide show of 61 photos by GJDS photographer, Dean Humphrey

Slide show of 568 photos - Yahoo News

Obama speaks on health care reform - Daily Sentinel's video of Grand Junction's 8-15-09 town hall meeting with President Obama - by Carrie Marifitano, edited by Gretel Daugherty - BrightCove video platform

What really happened at the Grand Junction Obamathon - YouTube video uploaded by JohnArthurKane - Thanks buddy! Great job! - JRW


KJCT News 8 (ABC) posted the following stories on their website:

Nearly 4000 rally against President's plan - KJCT News 8 ABC

Obama brings health care stump to GJ - KJCT News 8 ABC

Thousands expected to protest Obama visit - KJCT News 8 ABC

White House: All ticket holders notified - KJCT News 8 ABC

Local health program gaining national attention - KJCT News 8 ABC - "Health care in the Grand Valley may serve as model for national health care reform, this according to the LA Times." - The LA Times article is titled, "Grand Junction a microcosm of efficient healthcare"

Obama talks about grandmother's death in Grand Junction - KJCT News 8 ABC

Obama visit draws polite protest crowd - KJCT News 8 ABC

KREX News Channel 5 (CBS) posted the following stories and photos on their website:

The [Grand] Junction Daily Blog (Ralph D'Andrea) posted the following stories on his website:

The Obama Event - Junction Daily Blog

Obama Event--Epilogue - Junction Daily Blog

The Grand Junction Free Press posted the following stories on their website:

Obama on passing health care reform: 'I need your help', by Tracy Dvorak - Grand Junction Free Press

Protestors gather outside of Central for Obama event - Grand Junction Free Press

Road closures for presidential event - Grand Junction Free Press

A Police Presence - Grand Junction Free Press

Showing Support - Grand Junction Free Press

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"Year       % of civilian labor force unemployed
1929             3.2
1930             8.9
1931            16.3
1932            24.1
1933            25.2
1934            22.0
1935            20.3
1936            17.0
1937            14.3
1938            19.1
1939            17.2"
1940            14.6*
1941             9.9*
1942             4.7*
*1940-1942 figures are from a different source than 1929-1939 figures.

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Taleb: You Fools Don't Understand That We're Doomed - The Business Insider - CNBC video [Squawk Box]


Elizabeth Warren: "We Have A Real Problem Coming...", by Henry Blodget - The Business Insider - MSNBC video [Morning Joe]


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Hello Deflation, by Henry Blodget - The Money Game

Why Lawyers Hate E-Discovery - Law.com Legal Blog Watch

U.S. Supreme Court Orders New Hearing in Troy Davis Case
- WSAV3 TV - "Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the opinion for the majority, with Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg concurring. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. It is unclear how Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Justice Samuel Alito voted or if any of them abstained."

Scalia: Executing innocent people is not unconstitutional - Atlanta Journal Constitution blog - "This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged ‘actual innocence’ is constitutionally cognizable.” - And Scalia is one of the brightest judges - no arrogance there! - JRW

Obama Joker artist unmasked: A fellow Chicagoan - LATimes - "Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software. ¶ Alkhateeb had been tinkering with the program to improve the looks of photos he had taken on his clunky Kodak camera. The Joker project was his grandest undertaking yet. Using a tutorial he'd found online about how to 'Jokerize' portraits, he downloaded the October 23 Time Magazine cover of Obama and began digitally painting over it. Four or five hours later, he happily had his product."

AARP loses 60,000+ members over health care stance - USA Today - "'We take stands on issues that are contentious, it's part of what we do,' [spokesman Drew] Nannis said. 'And because we have so many members we'll always have a small percentage that disagree with us so strongly they feel they need to cancel membership.'" - No arrogance there! - JRW

Man protests President Obama's Phoenix speech with rifle - ABC15.com - "One protester who didn't want to give his name was walking around with a rifle in full view. ¶ 'I'm exercising my right as an American in Arizona,' he said. 'I'm actually totally against healthcare in this way, in this manner, stealing it from people. I don't think that's appropriate.' ¶ The man also carried a hand gun on his hip and a round of ammunition in his back pocket, all completely legal. ¶ He said he's fighting both health care and his right to carry a firearm in public. ¶ 'I come from another state where open carry is legal, but no one does it, so police don't really know about it, and they harass people and arrest people falsely,' he said. 'In America, people have the ability to fight back and resist.'" - Check out the comments section! - JRW

Man carries assault rifle to Obama protest -- and it's legal - CNNPolitics.com - Check out the comments section! - JRW

No bail for Web show host who said judges deserve to die, by Lynne Marek - National Law Journal - "In a June 2 posting on his Web site, called Turner Radio Network, Turner said 7th Circuit Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer "deserve to be killed" for their ruling in the handgun case that day. In a June 3 follow-up post, Turner provided the names, work addresses, phone numbers and photos of the judges. ¶ At Turner's arraignment hearing on July 28, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Hogan argued that Turner should remain in custody based, in part, on the fact that he continued to threaten authorities even after his arrest. Hogan said that while Turner was in custody in New Jersey, he called in additional postings naming three FBI agents who interviewed him. He called in those postings despite court restrictions on his Internet use. ¶ Turner's attorney, Michael Orozco of Newark, N.J.-based Bailey & Orozco, has filed a motion to dismiss the charges, saying they violate his client's First Amendment right to express his opinions on his Web site and that nothing on the site was "a true threat." Orozco is also seeking to have the case moved to New Jersey if it proceeds." - From the facts as reported by the MSM, it is obvious that Turner is being unconstitutionally persecuted by scum. It is obvious that what Turner said is protected by the 1st Amendment. Read Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969) (unanimous court) and Meyer v Grant, 486 US 414 (1988) (unanimous court), and see if you don't agree. The 1st Amendment allows you to call for the violent overthrow of the U. S. government.

White House appears ready to drop 'public option', by Philip Elliott - Associated Press - "Bowing to Republican pressure and an uneasy public, President Barack Obama's administration signaled Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new health care system."

Sebelius Says Government Insurance Plan Not Essential, by Alison Fitzgerald and Timothy J. Burger - Bloomberg.com - "Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said providing citizens with the option of government-run insurance isn’t essential to the Obama administration’s proposed overhaul of U.S. health care. ¶ 'What’s important is choice and competition,' Sebelius said today on CNN’s 'State of the Union.' The public option itself 'is not the essential.'"

TX Dem: Bill without public option 'would be very, very difficult', by CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart - CNNPolitics.com

Doctors, nurse on health care (all three are members of Congress) - CNN Video

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Obama foes turn to ’60s radical for tactical tips, by Edward Luce and Alexandra Ulmer - Financial Times - "Mr Armey, 69, predicted that the 'grassroots' backlash against what he called Mr Obama’s 'hostile government takeover of a sixth of the US economy' would cause the reform to fail spectacularly. But he predicted that supporters of reform would attempt to win over the 'bed-wetters caucus' – a group of wavering lawmakers who spanned both parties, he said – with a fear campaign in the autumn. ¶ 'In September or October there will be a hyped up outbreak of the swine flu which they’ll say is as bad as the bubonic plague to scare the bed-wetters to vote for healthcare reform,' said Mr Armey. 'That is the only way they can push something on to the American people that the American people don’t want.'"

The Purple People Beaters, by Ernest Istook - The Heritage Foundation

Fascism 101, by Clifford D. May - Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

UPDATE: Bresnan service back up in Colorado - KJCT News 8 ABC - "Updated: Aug 14, 2009 06:22 PM Service has been restored to thousands of Bresnan customers in Colorado after nearly a two day disruption"

Bresnan Phone and Internet Service Down - KREX News Channel 5 CBS

My Bresnan Still Down - Junction Daily Blog

Latest ticket info for town hall event - KJCT News 8 ABC

Michael Savage: Winston Churchill on Islam, FoxNews - YouTube Video


The New Clinton Chronicles - Google Video - "An investigation into the alleged criminal activities of Bill Clinton and his circle of power."

MSNBC's Matthews Whines: 'Right-Wing Crap' On Best Seller List - NewsBusters.org video - IMHO, Chris Matthews is an arrogant sophist POS (get the acronym?)


FOOTNOTES:

1. Always remember, "politics" = person or group A trying to persuade person or group B to obey the will of A, most frequently for the personal financial benefit of A and to the personal financial detriment (higher taxes) of B. That is why deception = the so-called "art" of politics. That is also why "politician" = professional deceiver, and why "political" = deception-based, or having to do with deception. Everybody is competing for political power to steal labor and money out of the "other guy's" pocket and put it in their own. Politicians get votes by promising to be all things to all people. Because that is a physical impossibility, most of their promises of necessity get broken. Because they know this in advance, they are ALL liars to one degree or another. The king is always the most corrupt person in the kingdom. After all, the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, were murderers. In my opinion, any person who sincerely wants to be the king is criminally insane and an implacable deadly enemy to individual freedom.

2. Fascism = private economic enterprise under centralized governmental control. — Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, Second College Edition. I would expand that definition: fascism = private economic enterprise under centralized governmental control, in which “government” is used as a “business” tool by private interests. Another way of articulating the same idea is: fascism = private ownership of government.

John Flynn defined the word thusly: “Fascism is a system of social organization in which the political state is a dictatorship supported by a political elite and in which the economic society is an autarchial capitalism, enclosed and planned, in which the government assumes responsibility for creating adequate purchasing power through the instrumentality of national debt and in which militarism is adopted as a great economic project for creating work as well as a great romantic project in the service of the imperialist state.” [As We Go Marching, p. 161, 2nd ed.] — John T. Flynn (1882-1964) American Journalist and Author

"Fascist" = scumbag2 "businessman" who uses the police powers of government (via bribes, special-interest legislation, holding office himself, etc) to corruptly increase profits and eliminate or reduce competition for his (or her) business/es beyond what they would be in a genuinely fair and free marketplace comprised of willing sellers and willing buyers.

MANY Democrats and Republicans are fascists, especially the ones in Congress. To paraphrase Jesse Ventura in a conversation with Willie Nelson and Alex Jones, the DEMS and GOP are like professional wrestling: they pretend to be adversaries in public. But behind closed doors, they're good buddies, hanging out with each other, making business deals and having dinner together at fancy restaurants and at each other homes and mansions.

3. As I said in the "Welcome" section of this website, (it bears constant repetition): Regarding the words "scum" and "scumbag" as an epithet used in self-defensive demonization against select individuals. Hey, what can I say? It is a long-proven statistical fact that negative political ads work. And since the so-called "left" uses lies, half-truths, demonization and the politics of personal destruction as standard political strategies, failure to engage in a little "turn about is fair play" merely makes it easier for the various assortments of disordered illiterate fascist control freaks to destroy individual freedom. As I said on my blog homepage, "Some folks just think they're smarter than everybody else, a higher form of life than everybody else. So, instead of engaging in good faith discussions about specific ideas, they simply resort to deception, sophistry, unspecificity, undefined terms, manipulation, demonization and the politics of personal destruction AS A MATTER OF PREFERRED STRATEGY to get their little spoiled-brat control-freak way. Such behavior is anathema to intellectual honesty, an open mind, a kind heart, free inquiry, the freedoms of thought and speech, and the free flow of information. It MUST be eternally warred against if humankind is to entertain a realistic hope of ever reaching its full spiritual and intellectual potential." To avoid the violence which is directly related to repression of free speech and the crushing of polite and civil discourse, I believe it is essential to engage in strategic tit-for-tat with wannabe-clever manipulative demonizers by openly calling them what they are: the anti-freedom, anti-Golden-Rule scum of the earth (aka "scumbags"). Accordingly, it doesn't bother me in the least to do so. No less brilliant a person than Jesus of Nazareth himself referred to the scumbags of his day as "hypocrites", "blind guides", "vipers" and "whitewashed sepulchres". To paraphrase Ann Coulter, Jesus was not some moron driving around in a Volvo with a "be nice to people" bumper sticker on it. So, having read The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits by David Horowitz, I don't have any problem with calling reprobate "scum" what it is.

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