Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One More Down

The so-called Lion of Liberalism has left the building at last. Thank the gods. The man that never met a gun control bill he didn't like, who worked so hard to help push "No Child Left Behind" and even had more of a hand in the current "health care" debacle about to be rammed down our throats. "Former" Klansman Robert Byrd would even like it to be renamed for Kennedy. Sickening. Kennedy, through 47 years of legislation, stole more freedom and did more damage to liberty, (as well as millions of individuals) and was, by any definition a world class tyranny enabler. He helped grow the government by leaps and bounds.

I got to meet Mr. Kennedy many years ago, along with his clan when they visited the PRC, while I lived there. He was affable enough and spent a considerable amount of time drinking and schmoozing. He got along quite well with the Chinese, as one would expect. One would never think that, beneath his boozy exterior lurked the soul of an enemy of the Bill of Rights. They'd be wrong. His legislative record speaks for itself. He may have occasionally come down on the right side of an issue, but it was a rare occurrence. Now we'll have to worry about that no more. Mr. Kennedy is off to his just reward.

The country is a safer place today without him. One down.

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For Teddy

A little rock and roll to speed you on your way.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ratchetting Up The Fear Factor

Well, the powers that be have decided that they need a distraction from the looming deficit, the spectre of hyperinflation and an the impending takeover of the American health care system. So, what have they done? They've trotted out their old buddy H1N1, the Swine Flu, again.
Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu may hospitalize 1.8 million patients in the U.S. this year, filling intensive care units to capacity and causing “severe disruptions” during a fall resurgence, scientific advisers to the White House warned.

Swine flu, also known as H1N1, may infect as much as half of the population and kill 30,000 to 90,000 people, double the deaths caused by the typical seasonal flu, according to the planning scenario issued yesterday by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. Intensive care units in hospitals, some of which use 80 percent of their space in normal operation, may need every bed for flu cases, the report said.
Swine Flu is the new terrorism for the current regime. "Advisers" making predictions such as this are doing nothing more than pimping fear in the populace. Oh, No! There's not enough vaccine. Someone save us! There won't be enough health care people to care for the ill. Oh. My. God! What about the children?

Fortunately, the same article has a ray of sunshine and a voice of reason. Too bad he wasn't an adviser.
‘Overblown’ Estimates

The estimates seem “overblown,” Gross said, given that swine-flu outbreaks in 1968 and 1957 failed to cause as many deaths, even with medical technology and disease surveillance less advanced than today.

“Influenza, you can make all the predictions you want, but it’s more difficult than predicting the weather,” Gross said yesterday in a telephone interview, after the advisory report was made public. “If influenza was a stock, I wouldn’t touch it.”
Rumour and fear around this subject are everywhere. They ignore the facts of this influenza. Extremely few people have died from it. The majority of people have had no serious symptoms. The government speaks and people panic. Can't say that I blame them, given governments past efforts in virtually every arena. Talk of mandatory vaccination of children and others runs through some quarters. The use of troops to quell unrest, in the event of a plague has been put forth. More and more scare tactics, every day to keep people reeling. It's time to take a step back. Take a breath and learn something from our comrade in arms, BW. Refuse to be afraid. (Download his ebook while you're at it!). Ignore the government. Refuse to play their game. There's time enough to resist when we actually know what they intend, if anything. We can always refuse them, that's what liberty and freedom are all about. And, now a few words from Frank Herbert.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

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An Interlude

Those who know me know that I have a thing for Rush. How could I not? They speak to me and many others on a multitude of levels. "Mission" is one of those songs. Take a break, kick back and enjoy.

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