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No Room At The Inn…for Gaddafi!

We are coming across as such an angry nation…populated with petulant, uncivil people.

We look at demonstrators in other places burning flags and chanting anti-American slogans, and we don’t even understand WHY. Perhaps we don’t need to, because NOW, we’re beginning to act just like them.

Democracy means you don’t need to agree with or like a person to ensure that that person’s rights are upheld. It’s hard. But that’s the strength of Democracy!

Two heads of state, who are here to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting, are being denied a place to stay or hold their events.

These two leaders are our guests. This is where the U.N. building is. If you don’t want them to come here, throw the U.N. Headquarters out of America – or arrange to change those leaders!

Until then, whenever they come to the U.N. where they have a right to be by agreement, they need to be treated as guests. They are heads of state…even though you may NOT like their head…or their state!

How would we/you feel if our leaders go overseas and can’t find a place to stay – or hold an event? Come on America, I expect better from you.

Should these countries change their leaders just because WE don’t like them?

Yes, you can protest when they come to town. That’s your right. But come on!

What did you achieve? You vented and you felt good – now what? You just dissed and angered millions of people who support and love their leaders, whether you think they’re vile or not!

Wouldn’t it have been better to treat them with civility and show the world that Americans are different, forgiving, respectful, nice…?

Did we not marvel at the Amish after than horrific shooting in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County (2006)? That community lost five kids, but they embraced the family of the shooter.

That was big news – to us – because we would NOT have been so forgiving. Being the good Christians we are, we’d have been out there agitating to get the family thrown out of their home and probably lynched, too! The Amish lesson did not last long!

We embrace anger and vengence. We must always be reading testimonials in court about our grief and anger over the murder of a loved one. We must call the murderer a thug, an animal, a monster who should rot in jail or hell…

And we are supposed to be so religious, such a Jesus-loving nation! But we don’t act religious, unless we’re ranting against abortion or gays! That’s where our religion comes in!

Leaders who come here to the U.N. can at least get a place to stay and somewhere to meet up with their friends. That is courtesy, America. It’s not love.

Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi thought he could stay at The Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue, but it had a change of heart when other guests paying large amounts for their rooms apparently didn’t want him there.

Iranian President President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad found a hotel to stay.

But two New York events halls rejected the Iranian U.N. delegation’s reservations for a hall to hold a banquet for Ahmadinejad on Friday (Sept. 25, 2009). The Helmsley Hotel and Gotham Hall also turned down the Iranians, saying the venue refused to be a platform for propaganda.

Could they not come up with a better reason, at least? Propaganda? If they’re anti-propaganda, there’s a whole host of companies they should not deal with, including some that run unauthorized tests on poor children overseas!

However, the Iranians did find a venue to hold their banquet at Essex House Hotel. But the hotel came under intense pressure to cancel the reservation…and they did!

Former Ambassador Mark Wallace (coached Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for interviews and debates) heads the organization United Against Nuclear Iran. He’s spearheading U.S. boycott efforts against Iran and wants Essex House to cancel the event.

Wallace wrote to the general manager of the Essex House, calling on them to: clarify and reconsider its decision to host the banquet and address and instead decline to provide such a venue for President Ahmadinejad

By doing business with the Iranian government the Essex House is accepting blood money from a regime that brutally suppresses its own people and that is a danger to global security”.

Really? Iran is a danger to global security. Unlike Say Russia or China, neither of which suppresses its people…or has an army…or nuclear weapons!? You really think Iran is more of a threat to the U.S. than Russia?

Will you be out there demanding that Putin or Russian President Dmitry Medvedev be thrown out of Camp David? Did you see him sitting next to President Obama…smiling…at us? We are such fools!

(By the way, who got together and decided that only some nations can have nuclear weapons, but others can’t?)

Shouldn’t we simply be making sure that our weapons work, so that if anybody was foolish enough to try something we’d annihilate them?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if most countries just minded their own business?

We’ve been in bed with many thugs in Haiti, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. We’ve traded, colluded and raises our glasses with leaders who were dictators and murderers…because it suited us!

In our backyard, Rafael Trujillo, Dominican Republic. His tyranny is considered one of the bloodiest of the 20th century. He attacked the Haitian border and killed (an estimated 20-30 thousand) fleeing Haitians. But he was anti-communist and anti-Castro, so we looked the other way.

Haiti, not to be outdone, came up with François “Papa Doc” Duvalier – the one who made himself President for Life. Duvalier had his own private militia known as Tonton Macoutes.

it’s estimated that he, too, killed some 30-thousand Haitians. They braved the Atlantic in rickety boats to escape Tyranny. But Duvalier, too, was anti-communist and anti-Castro, so we looked the other way.

You get the picture – I don’t need to talk about Saddam Hussein or the Congo’s Mobutu Sésé Seko…and the many others!

I guess there was no reason to protest because these dictators were killing their people…and other groups they did not like – they were NOT killing Americans.

I’m NOT blaming America, though. Countries do what countries need to do. I just want us to understand that this also applies to other nations too!

This world will never have peace…long as us humans live in it! Or at least, long as we continue with our hypocrisy – on race, on trade, on politics, on sex, on everything!

H.R. 3200.IH

Here is the link for: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (Introduced in House) [H.R.3200.IH] Health Care Reform Bill

Or: http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw06/sl060058.htm

Check it out, yourself, the Bill that’s causing some people in some quarters to get so enraged, one man came to the Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire with a gun!

Why are they angry? Little or nothing to do with Health Care! Obama could have said: I’m going to ensure that every bridge in America is safe, and they’d be out there screaming…

CBS quotes a woman who says: “We didn’t stand up when they took prayer out of school and replaced it with drugs, we didn’t stand up and we got legalized abortion and they’re killing babies, and if we don’t stand up now, God help us”

Another one says: “I don’t want this country to become Russia, to become socialist.”

Yep!

Here’s one of the sections that some groups are using to stir up their “believers of the same ilk”:

`SEC. 59B. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.
`(a) Tax Imposed- In the case of any individual who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 2.5 percent of the excess of–
`(1) the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income for the taxable year, over
`(2) the amount of gross income specified in section 6012(a)(1) with respect to the taxpayer.
`(b) Limitations-
`(1) TAX LIMITED TO AVERAGE PREMIUM-
`(A) IN GENERAL- The tax imposed under subsection (a) with respect to any taxpayer for any taxable year shall not exceed the applicable national average premium for such taxable year.
`(B) APPLICABLE NATIONAL AVERAGE PREMIUM-
`(i) IN GENERAL- For purposes of subparagraph (A), the `applicable national average premium’ means, with respect to any taxable year, the average premium (as determined by the Secretary, in coordination with the Health Choices Commissioner) for self-only coverage under a basic plan which is offered in a Health Insurance Exchange for the calendar year in which such taxable year begins.
`(ii) FAILURE TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR MORE THAN ONE INDIVIDUAL- In the case of any taxpayer who fails to meet the requirements of subsection (e) with respect to more than one individual during the taxable year, clause (i) shall be applied by substituting `family coverage’ for `self-only coverage’.
`(2) PRORATION FOR PART YEAR FAILURES- The tax imposed under subsection (a) with respect to any taxpayer for any taxable year shall not exceed the amount which bears the same ratio to the amount of tax so imposed (determined without regard to this paragraph and after application of paragraph (1)) as–
`(A) the aggregate periods during such taxable year for which such individual failed to meet the requirements of subsection (d), bears to
`(B) the entire taxable year.
`(c) Exceptions-
`(1) DEPENDENTS- Subsection (a) shall not apply to any individual for any taxable year if a deduction is allowable under section 151 with respect to such individual to another taxpayer for any taxable year beginning in the same calendar year as such taxable year.
`(2) NONRESIDENT ALIENS- Subsection (a) shall not apply to any individual who is a nonresident alien.
`(3) INDIVIDUALS RESIDING OUTSIDE UNITED STATES- Any qualified individual (as defined in section 911(d)) (and any qualifying child residing with such individual) shall be treated for purposes of this section as covered by acceptable coverage during the period described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of section 911(d)(1), whichever is applicable.
`(4) INDIVIDUALS RESIDING IN POSSESSIONS OF THE UNITED STATES- Any individual who is a bona fide resident of any possession of the United States (as determined under section 937(a)) for any taxable year (and any qualifying child residing with such individual) shall be treated for purposes of this section as covered by acceptable coverage during such taxable year.
`(5) RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION-
`(A) IN GENERAL- Subsection (a) shall not apply to any individual (and any qualifying child residing with such individual) for any period if such individual has in effect an exemption which certifies that such individual is a member of a recognized religious sect or division thereof described in section 1402(g)(1) and an adherent of established tenets or teachings of such sect or division as described in such section.
`(B) EXEMPTION- An application for the exemption described in subparagraph (A) shall be filed with the Secretary at such time and in such form and manner as the Secretary may prescribe. Any such exemption granted by the Secretary shall be effective for such period as the Secretary determines appropriate.

They are loudly proclaiming that Obama’s plan will penalize people who don’t sign up. I ask them: Where were you when Republican Governor Mitt Romney signed the MA plan? You were not screaming then, were you?

Here is the section oulining the Tax Penalties for MA residents who don’t sign up by a certain deadline:

CHAPTER 111M.
INDIVIDUAL HEALTH COVERAGE
.

Section 2. (b) Every person who files an individual return as a resident of the commonwealth, either separately or jointly with a spouse, shall indicate on the return, in a manner prescribed by the commissioner of revenue, whether such person, as of the last day of the taxable year for which the return is filed, (i) had creditable coverage in force as required under paragraph (a) whether covered as an individual or as a named beneficiary of a policy covering multiple individuals, (ii) claims an exemption under section 3, or (iii) had a certificate issued under section 3 of chapter 176Q. If the person does not so indicate, or indicates that he did not have such coverage in force, then the tax shall be computed on the return without benefit of the personal exemption set forth in paragraph (b) of Part B of section 3 of chapter 62, or, in the case of a person who files jointly with a spouse, without benefit of one-half of the personal exemption set forth in such paragraph. If the person indicates that he had such coverage in force but the commissioner determines, based on the information available to him, that such requirement of paragraph (a) was not met, then the commissioner shall compute the tax for the taxable year without benefit of the personal exemption set forth in paragraph (b) of Part B of section 3 of chapter 62, or, in the case of a person who files jointly with a spouse, without benefit of one-half of the personal exemption set forth in such paragraph, first giving notice to such person of his intent to do so and an opportunity for a hearing, under rules prescribed by the commissioner. The commonwealth shall have all enforcement and collection procedures available under chapter 62C to collect any penalties assessed under this section

I live in Massachusetts and I had to sign up – or else! I’m not screaming at Romney! None of us are!

It is OK to protest. It is wonderful to acquaint yourself with the facts, then take a stand.

I guess these days: Anybody who makes up their mind before hearing the facts is very normal and well adjusted!

And anybody who insists on believing nonsense, even after the facts prove otherwise, is a highly intelligent person! !

Go on, join Mensa! They’ll be thrilled to have YOU!

Health Care: New Angry Republican Rallying Point

How many of you remember those Headlines from about a year ago?

Anger Is Crowd’s Overarching Emotion at McCain Rally, Washingtonpost

• Panic attacks: Voters unload at GOP rallies, politico

• Republican anger bubbles up at McCain rally, Reuters, Minnesota

• The Political Carnival: David Gergen talks about anger at McCain Rally

• McCain-Palin’s hot rhetoric risks GOP backlash

• Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail – CNN.com

Or this video: McCain Rally/Angry Supporter

If link doesn’t work, try:

Isn’t it disturbing to see all these same screaming people popping up again? They’re acting even more irrationally now, over Health Care Reform.

Do we need to behave like vultures over a Health Care carcass? What kind of Opposition Party whips its supporters into a frenzy to deliberately sabotage an issue so vital to the country, BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO LET IT SUCEED?

Early on, Republicans asked their supporters to stop Obama from succeeding, and they will do whatever it takes to make this happen, even if it means destabilizing and undermining his programs!

Both parties cannot rule at the same time – THERE WILL ALWAYS BE AN OPPOSITION (at least, we hope so) and the role of the opposition is to provide a constructive, balanced, civil, respectful discourse and show voters where the government is going wrong. THE ROLE OF THE OPPOSITIION IS NOT TO UNDERMINE THE GOVERNMENT!

I watch hysterical, out of control “protestors” with veins popping, shouting down speakers, swearing at them, making wild, unfounded allegations and refusing to see or hear any reason at all. Why?

Check out this video at a meeting in Pennsylvania led by Democratic Senator Arlen Specter:

(Network videos start with an ad, may have more than one story)

Lebanon, PA

(http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=8301646)

(PS: I thought Specter would be standing before God, but if that man says God will stand before Specter, then it must be so!!)

Anyway, this isn’t about Health Care; this is still about a set of people who WILL NEVER accept the fact that a BLACK man is in the White House, that he’s not hypocritically quoting from the Bible in coded terms and doesn’t share their misguided views on race and other issues.

Remember during the campaign how republicans misquoted facts, deliberately twisted them, spread rumors that Obama is a Muslim, and used their talk-show surrogates to spread gossip, rumor and innuendo— while denying any involvement?

Remember those McCain Town Hall meetings. Isn’t that eerily similar to the acrimony, absurd reasoning, denunciation, deliberate misrepresentation of facts and screaming that we saw then? Republicans used rumor, innuendo and calculated attacks to brand Obama as a terrorist, who palled around with other terrorists, that he was a Muslim…and an Arab! They also rallied supporters at gatherings by referring to Obama as “Barak Hussein Obama”?

Now, we are back to those tactics.

McCain’s ex-running mate, Sarah Palin, has invented a death panel that she says is part of the Obama health Care Plan. According to Palin, under Obama’s plan, she’d have to stand in front of a “death panel” to argue for the life of her son with Down Syndrome.

(The Obama Plan should include a proviso to prevent people from using their special needs kids to score political mileage.)

PALIN’S Face Book page says: in the America she knows, people won’t have to “stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.” She calls the system: “downright evil.”

Only Palin knows where she got that fact…according to ABC News, there is NO such provision in Obama’s Health Care Plan.

ABCFactCheck

(http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=8297797)

Even health care experts who don’t support the Obama bill call the accusations: shocking, inflammatory and incorrect. But a little thing like truth won’t stop those hell-bent on finding weapons of mass destruction.

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