Friday, August 9, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

An ah ha moment... Storm'n Norm'n warning goes unheeded now hospitals punished with ObamaFines to the tune of $227 million!

Do you remember when I posted this picture back in June of 2011?  (see original here: Obamacare: The Truth Behind The WheelChair Ad Democrats Don't Want You To Know)  The point I was trying to make with the picture was the fact that Obamacare was going to get very expensive if you had to be re-admitted to a hospital in less than 30 days.  Well low and behold!  Aah ha!  Look what we've got here!  This headline is from KHN, a major nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.  
Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one for the second round of the government’s campaign to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records released Friday.
Medicare identified 2,225 hospitals that will have payments reduced for a year starting on Oct. 1. Eighteen hospitals will lose 2 percent, the maximum possible and double the current top penalty. Another 154 will lose 1 percent or more of every payment for a patient stay, the records show. Hospitals that treated large number of low income patients were more likely to be penalized than those treating the fewest impoverished people.
The penalty program, which began in October 2012, is among the toughest of Medicare's efforts to pay hospitals for the quality of their performances...   Read the rest here

A side note to this story is that back in 2011, I brought this to the attention of William R. Keating, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts (I had attended one of his town hall meetings) and Keating did not have a clue what I was talking about...because he never read the bill...especially Section 3025 of the so-called Affordable Care Act (Which we are now finding out no-one can afford.). ~ Norman E. Hooben

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Common Core ~ Our public schools have turned into propaganda machines!

In NY it was discovered that a test question on the Common Core Test, asked the student to write a short essay explaining the motivation for the "poor Afghanis" to fly the airplanes on 9/11. Rewriting history, the planes were hijacked by Saudis and one Egyptian, all from well to do families. History text books in TX were discovered to contain information that the Boston Tea Party was an 'act of terrorism.'
Its time for parents to take back control of their children's education.

Why I Oppose The Common Core State Standards
An article by John Eppolito @ Patriot Action Network

My notes are below.

Why I Oppose The Common Core State Standards

1) The Math standards are a downgrade
2) The English language arts standards are mediocre at best – less literature, no cursive
3) Incredible cost to implement
4) The flawed process used to create Common Core (CC), combined with the fact that five of the 29 people on the validation committee would not sign off on the standards
5) Most states signed onto Common Core before seeing the final standards. The reasons federal funds, and No Child Left Behind waivers
6) The standards were developed by Achieve Inc. a group with a political agenda
7) Education experts oppose CC
8) Political – left and right find common ground opposing CC
9) CC is probably illegal
10) CC has never been tested in even one school
11) Republican National Convention Spring 2013 – Adopt resolution Rejecting CC
12) Numerous states trying to withdraw from CC

Full article with supporting links:

Don says: I'm not sure of other states, but here in Indiana the Common Core Standards are lower than the state's current standards, across the board. So tell me why this is supposed to be better. The "common" part is that every student across the nation is supposed to meet the same standard. Regardless of individual capabilities, ethnic background, and regional differences. One size fits all.

To me this is another intrusion by the federal government into managing every aspect of our lives.

There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government the authority to manage our public schools. If I were in charge I'd do away with the Dept of Ed and all federal school programs. I know that many of you will ask what will happen to all the federal funding. I'm sure someone smarter than me can figure out the funding for the Dept of Ed and also figure out how to let the states keep the money. I trust my state more than the federal government to manage our state funds and manage the standards of our state's public schools.

Our public schools have turned into propaganda machines. In NY it was discovered that a test question on the Common Core Test, asked the student to write a short essay explaining the motivation for the "poor Afghanis" to fly the airplanes on 9/11. Rewriting history, the planes were hijacked by Saudis and one Egyptian, all from well to do families. History text books in TX were discovered to contain information that the Boston Tea Party was an 'act of terrorism.'

Its time for parents to take back control of their children's education. And. to turn control of publics schools over to the states.

Freedom Comes At A Profound Price

Banned From The USA but...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Did Obama Shoot Down Two American F-16C Fighting Falcons?

Correction and/or Disclaimer: August 6, 2013 ~ The European Union Times Story (below) may be a figment of the imagination of the author, however that which I witnessed first hand is absolutely true.  If you wish to review the counter story please click on the following:
Blaze Debunk: Obama ‘Regime’ Rumored to Shoot Down F-16s Sent to White House in Retaliation for Emails Exposing Colin Powell’s Alleged Affair
________________________________________Storm'n Norm'n 
Unbeknownst to the American* people about the Obama regime, it has spent tens of millions of dollars in funding of al-Qaeda terrorists to create an Islamic Emirate in Syria and its over $8 billion in secret funding to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
*Most Americans are unbeknownst Americans...if the most knew, Obama would be sharing a jail cell with Eric Holder and Hilary Clinton...and half the U.S. Congress!
Source for the following United States Air Force
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) -- Two F-16C Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard were involved in a mid-air collision at approximately 11 p.m., Aug. 1, while on a routine training mission off the coast of Chincoteague, Va.

One pilot ejected safely from his aircraft, and was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The other pilot was able to return to base in his aircraft. Both pilots were transported to a medical facility here on base. One pilot was released and the other was released to an offsite medical facility for minor injuries.
The cause of the mishap is under investigation.
End of USAF article.
Hmmm, "while on a routine training mission".  How often had we heard that?  I once witnessed first hand an aircraft accident that was not a routine training mission...but it was reported to the press that it was.  Later I was informed that not only was it not a routine training mission but that it was also an unauthorized use of an aircraft that was under maintenance and should not have been flown.  But all that was back in the mid 60's while stationed overseas (by the way, the plane went into the ocean); its the above story out of Joint Base Andrews that concerns me.  When reading the following article keep in mind that we have an 'enemy-within' (see Cicero quote below) sitting in the CIC's chair.  Whether you deem the F16C Fighting Falcons collided during a routine training mission or were they shot down by the CIC's loyalists.  I'm leaning towards the latter.  What say you?  The narrative follows Cicero's quote:
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies in the heart of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear.  The traitor is the plague…” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, speech to the Roman Senate.
From The European Union Times
Switzerland Warning Against Obama Regime Stuns Russia

The Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) is reporting today that Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service (NDB) is proposing that the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) issue an immediate “Situation: Grave, Do Not Travel” warning for the United States upgrading that North American nation from its current status as “Stable” and on par with a similar warning issued for the war torn Middle Eastern country of Syria.

According to this report, millions of data files on counter-terrorism operations from both MI6 and the CIA were stolen this past December (2012) by a senior computer technician of Swiss citizenship who planned to release them to Wikileaks.

These highly classified documents stored on NDB servers, this report continues, were stolen by what was described as a “very talented” still unnamed NDB technician senior enough to have “administrator rights,” giving him unrestricted access to most or all of the NDB’s networks.

The December, 2012 theft of these top secret British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) files, GRU intelligence analysts in this report say, came on the heels of a similar theft barely two years prior when MI6 spy Daniel Houghton, also a highly trained computer technician with “administrator rights,” was arrested while attempting to, also, release to Wikileaks thousands of top-secret MI6, MI5 and CIA electronic files.

Raising the fears of the NDB, however, this report says, were US National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) documents obtained from Edward Snowden by the GRU which show a “conclusive and provable link” between the man now known as the United States most wanted person, the still unnamed NDB spy, MI6 spy Houghton and US Army Private Bradley Manning, all of whom constitute what Swiss intelligence analysts say are the “iceberg tip” behind the largest theft of Western top-secret documents in modern history.

To whom the power behind these Western computer spies with unlimited “administration rights” and top security clearances, who have been releasing and/or attempting to release to the world these most secretive of documents, this GRU report quotes from NDB documents, Swiss intelligence analysts point to what they describe as a “cabal” of US military officers “fully intent” upon destroying the Obama regime, even if it means war.

Important to note is that this past February (2013) the Federal Security Services (FSB) had warned of the US military plan to assassinate Obama in what Russian intelligence analysts say will be a takeover of the United States similar to the coup currently being undertaken in Egypt; and the GRU had further warned this past November (2012) that the Obama regimes war against its own generals was, also, likely to end in a military coup after the Washington D.C. gun battle toppled the top US military leader, former Four-Star Army General and CIA director David Petraeus, of this planed takeover.

The “main tactic” being used by the Obama regime against its top military leaders, according to the NDB, has been the leaking of their private emails by the NSA/CSS as revealed by Snowden whose leaked documents prove that US intelligence operatives loyal to the Obama regime have been tapping everything done online by all Americans.

Of the greatest concern to the NDB, however, this GRU report says, was the Obama regimes targeting this past week of the renowned American statesman, retired four-star general in the United States Army, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the 65th United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell, whom the NSA/CSS has threatened with the release of his private emails alleging an affair with a Romanian diplomat, which is the same tactic used to destroy the reputation and career of General Petraeus.

Unlike General Petraeus, however, this report continues, the NDB in their report note that General Powell has secretly notified the Obama regime of his intention “not to go down without a fight” and which led to forces loyal to the Obama regime opening fire on and destroying two F-16 fighter jets nearing Washington D.C. airspace Thursday evening (23:00 hrs EDT 1 August) believed to be headed towards the White House.

As to if these F-16 fighter jets were indeed targeting Obama, this report says, it is not certain, but the reaction by the Obama regime to this event has been unprecedented in that within hours of them being shot down the US issued a world-wide travel alert to last until 31 August and ordered the closing of at least 17 of its overseas embassies.

The shock announcement yesterday that the US would be closing these embassies, this GRU report says the NDB has discovered, is due to the Obama regimes fears that more computer thefts of top-secret documents relating to the Obama regimes collusion with extreme Islamic terrorists groups are going to be released and will allow them time to purge all of their embassy servers of incriminating information, especially those files relating to the true events of the 2012 Benghazi Attack led by rogue CIA operatives whom US Congressman Trey Gowdy warned yesterday were being kept from testifying, being relocated and given new identities.

Unbeknownst to the American people about the Obama regime, this report says, has been its tens of millions of dollars in funding of al-Qaeda terrorists to create an Islamic Emirate in Syria and its over $8 billion in secret funding to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood radicals, both forces who are currently being defeated on the battlefield and in the streets.

Equally unknown to the American people is that Snowden, a “high-level member,” according to the NDB, of the US military cabal threatening the Obama regime, had offered to return to America to face the charges leveled against him knowing that if were able to survive the citizens of his country would learn the full horrors of the monsters ruling over them, an offer that was rejected by the US.

Snowden’s fears for his safety have, indeed proved valid since the Obama regimes assassinations of Michael Hastings, Aaron Swartz and Barnaby Jack and as we reported on in our 29 July report revealing how the Russian military is currently preparing for all-out war.

And in one of the most shameful acts against the American people by their own mainstream press, their refusal to publish, let alone mention, Edward Snowden’s fathers open letter to Obama will stand forever as an indictment against those elites seeking to enslave these once great people forever, and as we can all read in its entirety:

July 26, 2013
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Re: Civil Disobedience, Edward J. Snowden, and the Constitution

Dear Mr. President:

You are acutely aware that the history of liberty is a history of civil disobedience to unjust laws or practices. As Edmund Burke sermonized, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Civil disobedience is not the first, but the last option. Henry David Thoreau wrote with profound restraint in Civil Disobedience: “If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.”

Thoreau’s moral philosophy found expression during the Nuremburg trials in which “following orders” was rejected as a defense. Indeed, military law requires disobedience to clearly illegal orders.

A dark chapter in America’s World War II history would not have been written if the then United States Attorney General had resigned rather than participate in racist concentration camps imprisoning 120,000 Japanese American citizens and resident aliens.

Civil disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act and Jim Crow laws provoked the end of slavery and the modern civil rights revolution.

We submit that Edward J. Snowden’s disclosures of dragnet surveillance of Americans under § 215 of the Patriot Act, § 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments, or otherwise were sanctioned by Thoreau’s time-honored moral philosophy and justifications for civil disobedience. Since 2005, Mr. Snowden had been employed by the intelligence community. He found himself complicit in secret, indiscriminate spying on millions of innocent citizens contrary to the spirit if not the letter of the First and Fourth Amendments and the transparency indispensable to self-government. Members of Congress entrusted with oversight remained silent or Delphic. Mr. Snowden confronted a choice between civic duty and passivity. He may have recalled the injunction of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.” Mr. Snowden chose duty. Your administration vindictively responded with a criminal complaint alleging violations of the Espionage Act.

From the commencement of your administration, your secrecy of the National Security Agency’s Orwellian surveillance programs had frustrated a national conversation over their legality, necessity, or morality. That secrecy (combined with congressional nonfeasance) provoked Edward’s disclosures, which sparked a national conversation which you have belatedly and cynically embraced. Legislation has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate to curtail or terminate the NSA’s programs, and the American people are being educated to the public policy choices at hand. A commanding majority now voice concerns over the dragnet surveillance of Americans that Edward exposed and you concealed. It seems mystifying to us that you are prosecuting Edward for accomplishing what you have said urgently needed to be done!

The right to be left alone from government snooping–the most cherished right among civilized people—is the cornerstone of liberty. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson served as Chief Prosecutor at Nuremburg. He came to learn of the dynamics of the Third Reich that crushed a free society, and which have lessons for the United States today.

Writing in Brinegar v. United States, Justice Jackson elaborated:

The Fourth Amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

These, I protest, are not mere second-class rights but belong in the catalog of indispensable freedoms. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart. Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. And one need only briefly to have dwelt and worked among a people possessed of many admirable qualities but deprived of these rights to know that the human personality deteriorates and dignity and self-reliance disappear where homes, persons and possessions are subject at any hour to unheralded search and seizure by the police.

We thus find your administration’s zeal to punish Mr. Snowden’s discharge of civic duty to protect democratic processes and to safeguard liberty to be unconscionable and indefensible.

We are also appalled at your administration’s scorn for due process, the rule of law, fairness, and the presumption of innocence as regards Edward.

On June 27, 2013, Mr. Fein wrote a letter to the Attorney General stating that Edward’s father was substantially convinced that he would return to the United States to confront the charges that have been lodged against him if three cornerstones of due process were guaranteed. The letter was not an ultimatum, but an invitation to discuss fair trial imperatives. The Attorney General has sneered at the overture with studied silence.

We thus suspect your administration wishes to avoid a trial because of constitutional doubts about application of the Espionage Act in these circumstances, and obligations to disclose to the public potentially embarrassing classified information under the Classified Information Procedures Act.

Your decision to force down a civilian airliner carrying Bolivian President Eva Morales in hopes of kidnapping Edward also does not inspire confidence that you are committed to providing him a fair trial. Neither does your refusal to remind the American people and prominent Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate like House Speaker John Boehner, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann,and Senator Dianne Feinstein that Edward enjoys a presumption of innocence. He should not be convicted before trial. Yet Speaker Boehner has denounced Edward as a “traitor.”

Ms. Pelosi has pontificated that Edward “did violate the law in terms of releasing those documents.” Ms. Bachmann has pronounced that, “This was not the act of a patriot; this was an act of a traitor.” And Ms. Feinstein has decreed that Edward was guilty of “treason,” which is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war” against the United States, “or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

You have let those quadruple affronts to due process pass unrebuked, while you have disparaged Edward as a “hacker” to cast aspersion on his motivations and talents. Have you forgotten the Supreme Court’s gospel in Berger v. United States that the interests of the government “in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done?”

We also find reprehensible your administration’s Espionage Act prosecution of Edward for disclosures indistinguishable from those which routinely find their way into the public domain via your high level appointees for partisan political advantage. Classified details of your predator drone protocols, for instance, were shared with the New York Times with impunity to bolster your national security credentials. Justice Jackson observed in Railway Express Agency, Inc. v. New York: “The framers of the Constitution knew, and we should not forget today, that there is no more effective practical guaranty against arbitrary and unreasonable government than to require that the principles of law which officials would impose upon a minority must be imposed generally.”

In light of the circumstances amplified above, we urge you to order the Attorney General to move to dismiss the outstanding criminal complaint against Edward, and to support legislation to remedy the NSA surveillance abuses he revealed. Such presidential directives would mark your finest constitutional and moral hour.

Bruce Fein
Counsel for Lon Snowden
Lon Snowden

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Roby wants to usurp the Constitution with the REINS Act (H.R. 367)

Roby co-sponsors the REINS Act; an Act authorizing more government waste.

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL 2nd District) points out in her letter datedAugust 2, 2013 that any future regulation that would cost more than $100 million or more would require Congressional approval.  What!  Did I read that right? 

What this bill (H.R. 367) actually does is it allows the president and the congress to spend your taxpayer dollars on just about anything they want as long as it does not exceed $100 million.  It is also an apparent forgiveness bill for all past sins of overspending lunatics in the White House and Congress (both houses). 

H.R. 367 is a complete waste of time and money…just more bureaucratic gobble de gook.  The last time I checked we still have a United States Constitution that clearly states, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives (Article 1, Section 7, Clause 1)”  It clearly does not state, All Bills for raising Revenue over $100 million shall originate in the House of Representatives.  By the way, any spending bill is a revenue bill; you can’t spend what you don’t have (Oh, but they do this all the time!) 

OK Roby, not one penny more without Congressional approval…check your copy of the Constitution.  ~ Norman E. Hooben

What do you do with a paper tiger? American paper tiger!