Thought for today

"What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving."
Dr. Adrian Rogers

Health premiums could rise 17 pct for young adults

"CHICAGO (AP) - Under the health care overhaul, young adults who buy their own insurance will carry a heavier burden of the medical costs of older Americans—a shift expected to raise insurance premiums for young people when the plan takes full effect."...


"Consider 24-year-old Nils Higdon. The self-employed percussionist and part-time teacher in Chicago pays $140 each month for health insurance. But he's healthy and so far hasn't needed it.
The law relies on Higdon and other young adults to shoulder more of the financial load in new health insurance risk pools. So under the new system, Higdon could expect to pay $300 to $500 a year more. Depending on his income, he might also qualify for tax credits."


Wanna bet that the "The self-employed percussionist and part-time teacher" voted for Obama??

Of course he did.   He thought that he was going to get free cheese paid for by someone else.

Likely some old rich Republican..

Silly Rabbit...   There IS NO FREE CHEESE..

As my nephew would say..  

Dude you've been pwnd!

All these young folks thought they were going to get "free stuff" paid for by evil rich Republicans are about to get an object lesson in reality. SInce 'self esteem' was more valuable than education in their schools, they were never taught enough economics to know that they were being lied to. 

That's our fault we should have taken action in the education system sooner.  I'm sorry.

On the other hand..  If you vote for someone based on charisma and "hoping for change" without the ability to use REASON then you end up in this situation with monotonous regularity. 

Not to worry, the adults will fix this for you in November.

Who cares about the doctors?

Who cares about the doctors?

"Amid the clamorous debate over health care, how much have you heard from the doctors? Very little. Nobody’s particularly interested in what they have to say. It’s taken for granted that they’ll always be there when you need them."

 My wife did a mid-life career change from power systems engineer to doctor.    It was a family decision.  It was hard.  As all worthwhile things are.

We put our own savings and investments on the line to bet on her ability to take our family to the next level of success in America.   We did this willingly, as free people intending to enjoy the fruits of our labors.  When I look back at the amount of time, sacrifice and work it took to from everyone.  Friends and family for sure, but most of all my wife.   It makes the actions of the Obama administration all the more breathtaking in it's sense of entitlement to her labor and it's arrogance in assuming that all doctors will go along.

Most doctors already willingly donate their time, money and labor to treat the poor.  

Are doctors well compensated?  Sure they are.   Have you every thought about why?

It's because doctors are morally entitled to regard themselves as profit-making professionals, not public servants.   They deserve every dime and your respect.  To the extent that they give of themselves, consider it just what it is, a gift, not a damn entitlement.

 When an EMT drags your half alive carcass into the ER do they check your ability to pay?   NO they do not.   They do EVERYTHING in their ability, using whatever resources the hospital has on hand to save you.   They took an oath to that effect.

How dare anyone require them to further sacrifice themselves?

When it is no longer their decision where to apply their labor, what to charge and what tests to run, then they are slaves and we have lost the country.

Wanna Bet?

Charlie Wilson /*spit*/ says..

"As a Blue Dog Democrat, it was very important to me that this reform not worsen our national debt. Not only does the bill not add a dime to our deficit, but I am pleased to report that it will actually reduce the deficit over the long term. This is not achieved by gimmicks or tricks, but by real savings that will stem the tide of skyrocketing health care costs and extend the solvency of Medicare by almost a decade. "

Sure.   Pee on my leg and tell me it's raining..

1. " the bill not add a dime to our deficit"  Bull crap..  

   It collects money for 10 years to pay for 6.  
   It HAD to include the takeover of college loans because, otherwise, they would already be in deficit by 70 BILLION dollars.  

Which brings me to ..

2.  "This is not achieved by gimmicks or tricks"   Bull Crap..
   This bill is loaded with nothing but tricks and gimmicks.

 According to the WSJ.  

"Starting next summer, taxpayers will have to put up roughly $100 billion per year to lend to students."

and according to the CBO.

CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf admits that government accounting is bogus. He writes that the statutory methodology "does not include the cost to the government stemming from the risk that the cash flows may be less than the amount projected (that is, that defaults could be higher than projected)." 

He says the real "savings" are only $47 billion, even though, in a deception that would be criminal fraud if it weren't mandated by Congress, the official estimate remains at $80 billion.

But even that number is dubious.

The government has been claiming lower default rates than private lenders, but most government loans have been to students at four-year colleges. The private lenders have serviced a higher percentage of students at community and two year colleges, where defaults are more common regardless of lender.

Saves money exactly how?

 (WSJ again.)  "It's not a popular idea on campus. Loans directly from the feds have been available for decades, but the government's poor customer service has resulted in most borrowers choosing private lenders."

"government's poor customer service"  


That's why I can't wait for them to take over more of my medical care.   
Three letters.   Expect service like the DMV only they will do it "harder"

That Charlie Wilson is lying is a given.  
That he is lying about being a Blue Dog is a given.
That he needs to be voted out ASAP is also a given.



"We will get it  because we were so careless about who we elected; so mesmerized by empty rhetoric and so zombified by the promises of hopenchange."  Charles Krauthammer

All that's left to do is to make as many as possible pay politically and to take defensive moves to insulate your family from the coming apocalypse.

IMHO we have 4 years, max, to get ready for a great depression.   Expect an upturn as the Obama admin does everything possible to avoid a rout in 2010 and then a slide as the reality of what happened comes home to roost.    This doesn't mean they will slink silently into the night.   What it means is that they will be willing to take more and more of the country under their control under the guise of "too big to fail" or some other crisis that fits their master plan.

Moody's, speaking of the US credit rating and the possibility of downgrading it to AA said this.

“Growth alone will not resolve an increasingly complicated debt equation,” Moody’s said. “Preserving debt affordability” — the ratio of interest payments to government revenue — “at levels consistent with Aaa ratings will invariably require fiscal adjustments of a magnitude that, in some cases, will test social cohesion.” 

Test Social Cohesion is diplomate speak for riots when the poor masses discover that there is no more free cheese.

Our goal should be to make sure that our own personal cheese is safely stashed away where no one.  Especially the government, can get to it.

That will be a difficult task as the government becomes more and more desperate to find someone else to blame for the collapse.

A cornered rat is a dangerous animal.

On that happy note, I leave you with a quote.

Alexander Tytler:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

Welcome to  "From apathy to dependence;"

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parasitic reproduction strategies

It's not uncommon for them to infiltrate a host and then consume them from within.

So I guess the root problem with the US is that we have become infected with parasites and are being hollowed out from within.

If you look at the progessives agenda as a parasitic reproduction strategy it all becomes clear.

I think we need some ivermectin

Structured Procrastination


This is so profound I'm thinking of applying it to my life.

Late summer 2012 maybe Fall. Before Christmas for sure. No later than New Years.

Does this sound familar?

"Structured procrastination means shaping the structure of the tasks one has to do in a way that exploits this fact. The list of tasks one has in mind will be ordered by importance. Tasks that seem most urgent and important are on top. But there are also worthwhile tasks to perform lower down on the list. Doing these tasks becomes a way of not doing the things higher up on the list. With this sort of appropriate task structure, the procrastinator becomes a useful citizen. Indeed, the procrastinator can even acquire, as I have, a reputation for getting a lot done."

Dust in my eyes.

Read the link first. Young people doing an amazing thing...

It's good to remember that that men and women the age of our kids are fighting right now and are honorable and amazing Americans.

It's also easy to forget that the self centered little twits we see on the news are "here" not "there" but in a few years their peers (and betters) will be back in country with a low tolerance for bullshit and the whiny little bastards will be back in the dust bin where they belong.

I can't wait.

Required Reading. Victor Davis Hanson

The present attempt to remake America is the effort of the liberal well-to-do — highly educated at mostly private universities, nursed on three decades of postmodern education, either with inherited wealth or earning top salaries, lifestyles of privilege indistinguishable from those they decry as selfish, and immune from the dictates they impose on others.

Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.

This is a bad thing exactly how?

Everyone Obama has campaigned for has lost.

Logically, all Democrats should vote no just to keep this albatross away.

Just say'in

Thought For Today

For those that think allowing concealed carry in colleges increases the risk of students being injured in a shoot-out.

I agree, but I have a simple question.

Would you rather be in a shoot-out or a massacre?

Those are your only realistic choices.

I didn't know it at the time, but there was a spree shooting on the OSU campus the same day

Typical story. Guy is unhappy with boss. Shows up with the intention to shoot as many as possible then himself.

The police CANNOT deal with this problem. An active "spree" shooter starts shooting when he arrives and shoots as many people as possible UNTIL the police get there.

Let's say they are really, really fast. Five minutes a fair response time?

Q: How many shots do you think someone can fire in five minutes?
A: A freaking boat load.

Let's say one every two seconds. That is the rate of slow, well aimed, fire. that is 150 possible rounds not counting reload time. so let's take it way down.

Anyone think that 60 rounds in 5 minutes is too fast? 30? Ok. Using a modern 9mm handgun. thirty rounds can be fired with ONE magazine change.

Again. Would you rather be in a shoot-out or a massacre? 30 dead is a massacre by anyone's count. You keep disarming the potential victims by denying simple logic and this sort of event will happen over and over.

As someone said.. "An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity"

Wake up follks. Conceled carry will not ADD to the problem.

Just say'in.

.22 LR conversion kit for the AR

So I got one of those new fangled .22 conversion kits for my M4 style Bushmaster around Christmas and just now got to take it out for a spin.

It replaces the bolt carrier group and drops in as fast as you can yank out the old bolt and swap it it.

This is WAY too much fun. I was talking with another guy on the range and heard my wife laughing. Looked over and there she was hammering away with the M4, laughing and saying, "oh this is fun.."

She was right.

Imagine grabbing hand fulls of .223 and running hundreds of rounds through your AR without any thought about the cost of ammo..

Yeah.. I thought not..

Now, imagine 500 rounds of .22 costing what.. $16 for the cheap stuff?

It's hard to run 500 rounds though the AR in a morning (unless I buy a lot more mags.. hint, hint..)

I used one of these .22 conversion kits. and a couple of blackdog 25 round poly mags. (I normally use magpul so these feel right)

Total cost?

$160 for the conversion. $50 for two blackdog mags.

How long would it take to spend $210 in .223 ammo? Say $300 per 1000 from ammo man for the cheap wolf steel case stuff?

Ok.. so $35 ish for 1000 rounds of .22 $40 for the good stuff..

You get the same trigger pull and out to say 40 yards, the point of impact is not all that different.

I'm going to get a lot more trigger time.

Down side.. sort of..

It did have a failure to feed now and then and my wife ran into a genuine type 3 double feed.

Blame it on cheap ammo or whatever.

I call it a training opportunity.

Tap Rack is instinctive no? Me either.

I need to practice my reaction to malfunctions a lot more and to do that I need to feed the M4 a lot of cheap ammo so that they happen often enough to practice, but still be a "random" event.

The end of the road for Barack Obama?

It's interesting how they love to bash Fox news instead of dealing with their own failures. It's 'always' someone else's fault.

It's Bush's fault.

It's the tea-party 'racist' rabble rouser's fault.

After god knows how many speeches on health care, it's "America's" fault for just not understanding.

It's the Republican's fault for not allowing the Democrats to "rule" even though they control both houses with veto proof majorities (until recently)

Scott Brown's election to the bluest of states is obviously NOT Obama's fault even though Scott Brown ran on the point that he would be the 60th vote against.. Odd that..

Iran and Russia laughing in America's face is not because Obama looks weak.. It MUST be someone else's fault.

We just didn't bow low enough.

I guess. Those mean ol' Russians just don't feel his awesomeness..

The old joke goes, that the one common thing in all of your failed relationships is "you".

Perhaps the Obama administration's real problem is that we just don't want to go where they are trying to lead.


No Wait..

That would be OUR fault right?

It has possibilities..

I bet MSNBC would write the story

President Launches Last Push on Health-Care Overhaul

I love this quote..

'With polls showing that the legislation is unpopular and congressional Democrats bracing for big losses in this fall's elections, the president urged them to ignore the politics. "I do not know how this plays politically, but I know it's right," he said. "Let's get it done.'

Let me tell you "how this plays".

Dear Democrats;

You are about to get your respective asses handed to you high and fast. You want to go for the 'nuke' option. Go for it, but understand that the people we elect will reverse ALL of this BS just as fast with the same 'simple majority' vote.

Dear Republicans;

RINO's are about to become an even further endangered species. IF and I do me IF we decide to allow you to stay in office, we expect somethings to change.

1) Grow a pair of BBs and act like you are not a Democrat Lite.
2) Respond in kind, to everything the Dem's do. Fuck comity. They uncork the nuke option, you uncork the H-Bomb option. ALL they understand is force. We will do our part to vote them out of office. You do your part and roll back this nonsense.

Keep in mind that for all the left's disparaging remarks about the 9/12 folks, the tea party folks, Sons of Liberty etc.. They are not a bunch of red neck hilljacks. What you have here is a bunch of folks that have never bothered to get involved in politics on a personal level, rolling up their sleeves and deciding that NEITHER of the parties can be trusted with the country at the moment. The more the left underestimates the real anger the better. YOU underestimate it at your own political peril.

We are taking the central committees away from the party regulars because we know they can't be trusted any longer.

Get used to it.

You are either going to be on the bus or under the tires.

Final thought.

IF the Dems use the nuke option, I expect ALL business to be brought to a stop. I expect every request for anything on the floor to be objected too. I expect you to force them to use the nuke option to buy stamps.

That is all.

worth 1000 words(and then some)

File Under "how I intend to pass health care"

A nice giveaway package on the survivalist boards

I don't usually post other peoples stuff about giveaways and what not, but a lot of my friends are into preparedness and this seems like an unusually generous prize pool for one month (March)

Read and good luck

18Echo out.

Some of the details..

A total of 363 prize winners ...

1. Free Lifetime Safecastle Royal Buyers Club Memberships--10 awarded each day thru the month of March (value $29 each)

2. One book awarded each day thru the month – (cycling thru from among):

Tom Brown's Field Guide--"City and Suburban Survival" ($17);
"How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It," by James Wesley, Rawles ($19);
"Survival Handbook, Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure,” hardcover ($33).

3. Two Smith & Wesson assisted opening knives--$45 value each

4. Four $50 Safecastle Royal Gift Certificates

5. Two Katadyn Vario water filters--$90 value each

6. Two Bury 'Em Tubes -- choice of 6M, 6S, or 6L-- value $175-200 each

7. One Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack—value $207

8. One 9-Tray Excalibur Dehydrator, 3900 Model, black--value $275

9. Four Cases of Storage food--winner's choice (one case for each of four winners)--each case, value of up to $325

10. One Quik-Pak Foldable Bike Trailer—value $350

11. Two QUEST Mission Rigs--value $400 each

12. One Country Living Grain Mill--$456 value