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WARNING 60- and 40-Watt Incandescent Light Bulb Production Ends January 1

 

Incandescent light bulbs phase out Jan. 1: What it means for you

Remember also that the CFL's, compact Flourescent Lights, contain the heavy metal Mercury!  They're highly toxic. And in Canada there are people who have reported severe skin diseases due to these bulbs being in table lamps. Look on You Tube for the video, "Dirty Electricity".

LINK to Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x6LNTdMVaU

 

Also, if CFL's burn out you can't trash them like incandescent bulbs. You have to wait till DNREC collects household hazardous materials and then take them there after you've collected them in your home. And hope they don't break! Because if they do they disperse that highly toxic Mercury vapor everywhere!

Get your kids, yourself, and your pets, including birds, out of the house! DO NOT VACCUUM! EPA Mercury Releases and Spills

 


CFL BULB RECYCLING SITES

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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:44:07 GMT
Where is the Money?
Hi 5investigates.....I sent this story now to three news investigative new stations....here is the story no one is reporting on and everyone is avoiding for some unknown reason.
 
Attached to this e-mail is the Consent Judgement of the National Mortgage Settlement....It states on page 145 that the Arizona Attorney General was sent $97,784,204.00.
The judgement is dated April 4, 2012.
 
No one seems to want to locate or talk about where this money is or what they are doing with it.
 
The next time you hear about this I will be reporting that I informed you about this and you did nothing too.
 
Jerry Anthony
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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:42:44 GMT
Devotional for Oct. 13, 2013, featuring 2nd. anniversary of landmark surgery for our senior pastor at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

 FAITH FOR TODAY*

  SCRIPTURES AND THOUGHTS

Now reaching millions via the internet with the Word of God and ministry in music.  

* Radio program begun by the Rev. Dr. JC Stanley, (ordination name) Heggelund,  our Senior Pastor, on WNLC in New England while he served as a contact chaplain for the armed forces during the Vietnam War. This was a critical time for him as he was taken prisoner in the Soviet Union before the Iron Curtain fell, for giving out Bibles translated in Russian, after being a guest at the University of Moscow.

PRESENTED BY GOOD FAITH MINISTRIES

 

                                                                  (An arm of International Interfaith Ministries of which Dr. Heggelund is the founder.) 

                           International Interfaith Ministries; 2020 Pennsylvania Ave.. NW, # 777;   Washington, DC 20006-1846 ;  goodfaithchapel@aol.com 

                       

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which lies beneath the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Our senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Stanley (ordination name),  Heggelund personally visited the caverns, as he did the southwest U.S., in the course of his travels as a minister and professor. Carlsbad Caverns is where the original Journey To the Center of the Earth science fiction movie was filmed. would later tour the coal mines in Ashland, Pennsylvania,  where he personally rode the boxcars there, as well as in Shamokin, site of our mission to the coal mining community there,  just 13 miles to the west of Ashland.   

Scripture verses:  

“In His hand are the deep places of the earth….” (Psalm 95:4a, King James Version).

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”  (Psalm 107:8. 15, 21, 31, King James Version)

“Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.” (Psalm 107:43, King James Version


Thoughts:  The God Whose sovereign power reaches into life’s deepest places. 

Prayer:  

Father, we thank and praise You for the revelation in Your Word which describes Your greatness  and power in so many ways, revealing You as the sovereign God from the highest heavens to the deep places of the earth.. May we as individuals and as communities look to You in faith as the One Who is able to reach into the deep cavernous places of life – places of the soul as well as geographic sites – discover firsthand Your saving power, and become active instruments of Your Spirit to rescue others who are in the throes of spiritual or material human need.    This we pray in the Name of Jesus, Who  personally descended into the deep places of death’s domain, and rose again so that each of us could know Your saving power wherever we are.  Amen

 

                                  Marking the 2nd. anniversary of an amazing surgery.

This past weekend, Oct. 12, 2013, marked the second anniversary of the intricate, 7 ½ hour deep brain surgery of our senior pastor, Rev. Heggelund ( fondly known to many as “Brother Joseph” in his ministerial travels to nearly forty nations during the Vietnam War) performed on Oct. 12, 2011, to correct his essential tremor.  Preceded by months of careful preparation, careful research, and careful decision making on the part of Brother Joseph, and on the part of surgical staff all the way from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to the nationally renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Brother Joseph went forward with the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery on Oct. 12, 2011, joining the ranks of those who have undergone one of medical science's most difficult and delicate types of surgery: brain surgery. Among those brought to Brother Joseph's mind by his landmark surgical experience are Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who after her near fatal shooting Jan. 1, 2011 underwent a delicate brain surgery ( acknowledged by surgeons as involving potential brain damage risk) to insert a plastic replacement of the part of her skull that had been shattered in the Jan. 1, 2011 shooting.

In many ways, Brother Joseph found that surgical experience as far more challenging to cope with than the open heart surgery, during which he was kept under general anesthesia throughout and stitched up with stainless steel cords throughout his chest. A round-the-clock battle with excruciating pain, the effects of heavy medication, and days of relentless nausea and vomiting ensued following the completion of the surgery late afternoon on Oct. 12. The surgery was one that required the participation of his neurologist as well as his neurosurgeon, carefully mapping his brain to insure the exact implantation of the electrode device in the upper thalamus of his brain, and to carefully avoid the ever-present risk of hemorrhaging in his brain. Truly, the deep places of Brother Joseph’s surgical experiences were in the hand of the same God Who holds the deep caverns of the earth in His hand.  

This Oct. 12, 2013 also marks the celebration of another long awaited medical achievement, the installation of an elevator chair at our retreat house. The device will allow Brother Joseph, whose mobility has become limited with severe chronic pain and degenerative disk disease, to access the second floor and full bath at our retreat house. Our very special thanks for the sacrificial generosity of our mission worker, Brother James, and of Brother Bill and the 1st. Presbyterian Church of Des Plaines for providing the funds for our mission to turn this hope into a reality.   

Music offering: Goldberg Variation No 9 from J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, performed by Rev. Alex Thomas Nicotra

 

 

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editor@din.us1.dti Mon, 14 Oct 2013 04:23:03 GMT
Good Faith Ministries devotional - Oct. 6, 2013

          FAITH FOR TODAY*

                                                                                                           SCRIPTURES AND THOUGHTS

                                                             Now reaching millions via the internet with the Word of God and ministry in music.  

* Radio program begun by the Rev. Dr. JC Stanley, (ordination name) Heggelund,  our Senior Pastor, on WNLC in New England while he served as a contact chaplain for the armed forces during the Vietnam War. This was a critical time for him as he was taken prisoner in the Soviet Union before the Iron Curtain fell, for giving out Bibles translated in Russian, after being a guest at the University of Moscow.

PRESENTED BY GOOD FAITH MINISTRIES (An arm of International Interfaith Ministries of which Dr. Heggelund is the founder.) 

                         International Interfaith Ministries; 2020 Pennsylvania Ave.. NW, # 777;   Washington, DC 20006-1846 ;  goodfaithchapel@aol.com

                       

Mountains of Bergen, Norway.  Bergen is the homeplace of our senior pastor’s paternal grandfather, Martin Heggelund, who founded a church there and also in Worcester, MA, and was married to Margaret Heggelund.  Bergen is home to several distinct lineages of ancestors and their descendants with the name Heggelund,  many of whom emigrated to the United States in the nineteenth century and settled in various places in the U.S.  Other Heggelunds and their offspring have continued their lineage in Norway to this day.   Remarkably, reference has been made to  records of a Heggelund family which originated from Denmark around 1580 with the name  Sören Mortensen Heggelund referenced in that family’s records. In that lineage there is referenced a Mikkel Christensen Heggelund who was born in Ebeltoft, Denmark,  circa early 17th. century, and served as a priest in Trondheim, Norway. Closely parallel to the name Heggelund is the name Haglund, the last name of 2008 Miss America Kirsten Haglund. In a time when Norway and Sweden were one nation, there is the intriguing possibility of Kirsten being a distant relative of Rev. Joseph Heggelund.      The above photo, by Sveter, is shared and adapted here for this devotional pursuant to the permission granted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

  

 

Scripture verses:  “Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.” (Psalm 90:1,2 King James Version). 

Thoughts:                Before the mountains were brought forth.     

Prayer: Father, we thank and praise You for the revelation in Your Word of Your greatness and eternal nature, transcending even the immovable grandeur of earth’s mountains. We lift up holy hands of praise and worship to You as the One Who remains the immovable dwelling place of all believers throughout life’s changing times and places.  May each of us, no matter where our earthly paths may take us in the geographical sense,  find in You a secure dwelling place that does not erode with the winds and the waters of time, and a sure trail – illumined by the light of Your Holy Spirit - that leads us to Your goodness in the land of the living, for us and those around us, as well as in the life to come.    This we pray in the Name of Jesus, Who is the “great I Am” and the “Ancient of Days.”  Amen.

 

Instrumental music offering: Prelude in F Major from Book 2 of the Well Tempered Clavier, by J.S. Bach,

 performed by Rev. Alex Thomas Nicotra. url location: http://soundcloud.com/goodfaithchapel-aol-com/prelude-in-f-major-from-volume    

 

Notable people from Bergen, Norway.

Bergen has been the native city of the Heggelund family, including the grandfather of our founding pastor the Rev. Joseph C. Stanley (ordination name), Heggelund, and to a great number of prominent individuals – including artists and musicians, authors, scientists, political leaders,  athletes, and church leaders.  Here are a few of these notable people.

Edward Grieg, composer and pianist. (1843-1907)

 “Edward Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the Romantic period. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor, for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt (which includes Morning Mood and In the Hall of the Mountain King), and for his collection of piano miniatures Lyric Pieces.

Grieg is renowned as a nationalist composer, drawing inspiration from Norwegian folk music. Early works include a symphony (which he later suppressed) and a piano sonata. He also wrote three sonatas for violin and piano and a cello sonata. His many short pieces for piano — often based on Norwegian folk tunes and dances — led some to call him the ‘Chopin of the North’.”

Ulrik Vilhelm Koren, Norwegian-American church leader ( 1826-1910).

 “Ulrik Vilhelm Koren was an American author, theologian and church leader. A pioneer Lutheran minister, he played a significant role in the development of the spiritual and intellectual development of Norwegians in America. Ulrik Vilhelm Koren has been called the ‘patriarch of Norwegian American Lutherans.’  During his ministry, Koren wrote numerous publications addressing various issues of concern to the Lutheran religious community. Koren was also instrumental in purchasing the land and locating Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In 1903, he was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary. He was made a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav by the King of Norway. Rev. Koren died on December 19, 1910 and was buried in the cemetery of Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa

 

Christian Michelsen, ship owner and prime minister ( 1857-1925)

“Peter Christian Hersleb Kjerschow Michelsen (15 March 1857 – 29 June 1925) was a Norwegian  shipping magnate and statesman. He was the first Prime Minister of an independent Norway from 1905 to 1907. Michelsen is most known for his central role in the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905, and was one of Norway's most influential politicians of his time.”  Michelsen was the most recent owner of the Gamlehaugen (above photo), a mansion that is the residence of the Norwegian Royal Family in Bergen.  

Leif Larsen, naval officer (1906-1990)

“ Leif Larsen DSO, DSC, CGM, DSM and Bar, popularly known as  Shetlands Larsen, was a Norwegian sailor and the most highly decorated allied naval officer of World War II. Arguably the most famous of the men who operated the Shetland bus escape route during the war. He participated as a volunteer on the Finnish side during the Winter War and was a soldier in the defense of Norway following the German invasion at Kongsvinger Fortress. He had excellent leadership skills; one of the British officers at the Shetland base, David Howarth, described him as ‘one of the most remarkable personalities of the entire Second World War’. Larsen preferred to downplay his own role and instead named his crew as the reason for his achievements.” Three of Rev. Heggelund’s siblings served in the U.S. military, particularly in the Navy, which Rev. Heggelund was a contact chaplain to during the Vietnam War, and to the U.S. Coast Guard, where he had the admiral’s quarters aboard the USCS Eagle.  Leif was also the first name of our senior pastor’s father, who with his wife Florence – both full blooded Norwegians – emigrated from Norway to the United States. Leif served in the U.S. Army in North Africa during World War II. At the end of the war, Florence travelled from their home on a farm below Mt. Diablo in Oakland, CA, to Brooklyn, NY in a Model T Ford with her six children at the time to be joined with Leif who had returned from the service.  The officials at Ellis Island, NY, mistook the family name Heggelund for the town in Norway Leif and Florence came from, and Leif’s baptismal name, Stanley, as the family name. For years, Stanley became their family name in the U.S. until Rev. Heggelund was awarded the restoration of the Norwegian family last name – Heggelund -  to his name  by court order of probate judge James Kinsella in Groton, Connecticut. To this day, he has been the sole member of his immediate family bearing the name Heggelund, with undying pride in his Norwegian heritage.

 

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editor@din.us1.dti Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:07:06 GMT
Disgraceful abandonment by local AZ town of a widow of one of the "hotshot" firefighters over insignificant technicality

Is this supposed to dug at your heart strings?  Well, it doesn't. Juliann needs to get over it. It's the way it is.

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editor@din.us1.dti Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:34:06 GMT
Disgraceful abandonment by local AZ town of a widow of one of the "hotshot" firefighters over insignificant technicality

Get over it already.  She's going to make out just fine.

 

And doesn't it make you wonder why she's the only one who is complaining?

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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:14:13 GMT
Disgraceful abandonment by local AZ town of a widow of one of the "hotshot" firefighters over insignificant technicality

We are appalled and disgusted to hear what Juliann Ashcraft, widow of fallen "hotshot" firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, is being subject to not only as a widow, but as mother, by way of having benefits rightfully due her and her children denied.  Denied over a technicality which is not only immaterial when human well being is concerned, but also groundless!  The technicality alleged is that Andrew Ashcraft was only a part time worker and therefore not entitled to benefits. Since when does a 40 hour work week constitute "part time" work? And he was promised the benefits! This is a scandal upon the town of Prescott, AZ!

Technicalities aside, it is un-American and un-Christian to be denying this young widow and mother of four children the benefits she should be receiving. It is also an affront to the honor and memory of the first responders who have given their lives while fighting to save other lives. 

I am a co-minister of International Interfaith Ministries, founded upon James 1:27, which has as one of its tenets the call to "...visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction..." The word visit means in the original text " to look upon in order to help or to benefit; to look after, have care for, provide for..." That being said, our founder Rev. Stanley, a Jaycees Citizen of the Year in New England who lost his wife and children to tragedy years ago through a trans-Atlantic divorce in which his four children were abducted into Germany with their names changed, says it is time to speak out on behalf of this young widow and others like her being similarly mistreated for nonsensical reasons.


I am sharing this in all the AZ forums.  I don't care if I get accused of "trolling". The welfare of a young woman and her four children is at stake!


Rev. Alex Thomas Nicotra

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editor@din.us1.dti Tue, 13 Aug 2013 03:39:15 GMT
Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed, We've been terribly misled!

I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.

Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have "no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse."

They didn't have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works. Take the case of Charlotte Figi, who I met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta's groundbreaking documentary "WEED" at 8 p.m. ET August 11 on CNN.

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editor@din.us1.dti Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:39:14 GMT
<![CDATA[Who is Buying ALL the Properties in Phoenix & Sun City?]]>

I believe that the Middle Eastern people are buying up properties with cash everywhere.  They are possing as people from places like Canada or South America.  Would it not surprise anyone that they are Hesbula or the Talaban making profits with money they stole from us in the first place and Phoenix is a perfect place for them to go unnoticed.  Maybe somebody reads this can check out the names they are putting on the titles.  Follow the money!  Is the Homeland Security people even watching this?  Lets hope someone figures it out before we have to buy the properties back at a real loss.

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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:34:07 GMT
Judge Deborah Nelson OUT OF ORDER in Zimmerman trial today. FLORIDA STATE DISCIPLINE CALLED FOR.

Riding rough shod over with a client's right to let his lawyer speak on his
behalf is at the least, discourteous :


"(4) A judge shall be
patient, dignified, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and
others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity, and shall require
similar conduct of lawyers, and of staff, court officials, and others subject to
the judge's direction and control.". Canon no. 3, paragraph b, subparagraph 4
from the Florida rules of judicial conduct.

Worse than discourteous, an
UNETHICAL ABUSE OF POWER.

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:30:01 GMT
Residences at the Borgata

I am extremely unhappy with the preliminary vote to create more residences at the Borgata.  There are enough empty condos and apartments already in this area. The Borgata has been a long standing part of our community that everyone adores. Having meetings when most in the area are away was unfortunate for us all.  Shame on you Scottsdale Planning Commission.

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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:23:09 GMT
74 year old minister denied service at arthritis treatment center over bill not brought to his attention before.

My 74 year old stepdad, disabled, recovering from open heart surgery, has been a patient at the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center since December. He is covered by health insurance. He suffers from multiple causes of severe pain. Dependent on using a walker, wearing an insulin pump, and getting around with painful difficulty every step of the way, his fragile condition is obvious to all that see him.

Yet last Wednesday, the front desk staff - out of the blue - presented him with an outstanding bill reportedly going back to January (not covered because of a deductible, he was told) for $117.46, and denied him service with his rheumatologist that day, though he had an appointment that day.

Having seen him numerous times since January, the staff had numerous opportunities to inform him of the outstanding bill, yet never bothered to do so. Also they never bothered to call or leave a voice message over the last half year about this bill they only the other day decided to ambush with him on last Wednesday.

Why they felt they couldn't give him a heads-up before that time to deal with the bill, or to make a local call that doesn't cost them anything, begs explanation. They found it more preferable to spring that on him as a surprise, and use that as their front door greeting to their ongoing patient - not even so much as a smile.

The doctor last Wednesday admitted to me that they have been having a problem with their billing office, and that they are "working on it" to straighten it out - yet let my stepdad leave without getting any kind of medical assistance that day, and refused to put him on the list for getting medical help. They let him walk out in pain without giving him a shot for his severe rheumatoid pain, which he was due for. They wouldn't even take his blood pressure. The fact that they had already received nearly a thousand dollars from his health insurance ( one visit alone bringing an average of 145 dollars) didn't seem to mean anything to them.

I might add that there wasn't one patient in their waiting room when we came - this in the middle of the business day. If the front desk attitude shown to my disabled stepdad Wednesday is typical of how they treat patients, I can see why there wouldn't be other patients around at that time of day.

This attitude was displayed to the one man who stuck by the side of a veterinarian beloved by many in the community - Sarah Dykstra - when she lay dying after the hit-and-run accident of August 13, 2006 that ended up taking her life; the one and only man who accompanied her husband to the hospital during his time of grief ( an errand of mercy that my stepdad took on in spite of his ill health that day).

This attitude was displayed to a man who is a respected 15 year long resident of the community, one who has not only worked with the leaders Teen Challenge locally, but who worked with David Wilkerson and the other founders of Teen Challenge over 40 years ago in New York City, and whose church of which he was pastor supported Teen Challenge during its inception.

When numbers, paperwork, and regulations take a priority over human needs, priorites have been inverted in the wrong way.  The life of 10 year old Sarah Murnaghan, needing a lung transplant within weeks, was placed at risk recently because of our Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius refusing to pen the signatur that would put young Sarah on the priority list for lung transplants and possibly save her life. Thankfully the court orders came through that got her started on that life saving transplant operation on June 5.

                             

                                                                         

      

    

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:12:22 GMT
74 minister in Delaware denied service at local arthritis treatment center over bill not brought to his attention before.

My 74 year old stepdad, disabled, recovering from open heart surgery, has been a patient at the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center since December. He is covered by health insurance. He suffers from multiple causes of severe pain. Dependent on using a walker, wearing an insulin pump, and getting around with painful difficulty every step of the way, his fragile condition is obvious to all that see him.

Yet last Wednesday, the front desk staff - out of the blue - presented him with an outstanding bill reportedly going back to January (not covered because of a deductible, he was told) for $117.46, and denied him service with his rheumatologist that day, though he had an appointment that day.

Having seen him numerous times since January, the staff had numerous opportunities to inform him of the outstanding bill, yet never bothered to do so. Also they never bothered to call or leave a voice message over the last half year about this bill they only the other day decided to ambush with him on last Wednesday.

Why they felt they couldn't give him a heads-up before that time to deal with the bill, or to make a local call that doesn't cost them anything, begs explanation. They found it more preferable to spring that on him as a surprise, and use that as their front door greeting to their ongoing patient - not even so much as a smile.

The doctor last Wednesday admitted to me that they have been having a problem with their billing office, and that they are "working on it" to straighten it out - yet let my stepdad leave without getting any kind of medical assistance that day, and refused to put him on the list for getting medical help. They let him walk out in pain without giving him a shot for his severe rheumatoid pain, which he was due for. They wouldn't even take his blood pressure. The fact that they had already received nearly a thousand dollars from his health insurance ( one visit alone bringing an average of 145 dollars) didn't seem to mean anything to them.

I might add that there wasn't one patient in their waiting room when we came - this in the middle of the business day. If the front desk attitude shown to my disabled stepdad Wednesday is typical of how they treat patients, I can see why there wouldn't be other patients around at that time of day.

This attitude was displayed to the one man who stuck by the side of a veterinarian beloved by many in the community - Sarah Dykstra - when she lay dying after the hit-and-run accident of August 13, 2006 that ended up taking her life; the one and only man who accompanied her husband to the hospital during his time of grief ( an errand of mercy that my stepdad took on in spite of his ill health that day).

This attitude was displayed to a man who is a respected 15 year long resident of the community, one who has not only worked with the leaders Teen Challenge locally, but who worked with David Wilkerson and the other founders of Teen Challenge over 40 years ago in New York City, and whose church of which he was pastor supported Teen Challenge during its inception.

When numbers, paperwork, and regulations take a priority over human needs, priorites have been inverted in the wrong way.  The life of 10 year old Sarah Murnaghan, needing a lung transplant within weeks, was placed at risk recently because of our Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius refusing to pen the signatur that would put young Sarah on the priority list for lung transplants and possibly save her life. Thankfully the court orders came through that got her started on that life saving transplant operation on June 5.

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:10:46 GMT
Jodi Arias: When tornadoes of traumatizing life events come ripping through one's capacity for recall

The death penalty is too easy. She needs to rot in a cell for the rest of her life!

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editor@din.us1.dti Tue, 21 May 2013 21:19:18 GMT
Jodi Arias: When tornadoes of traumatizing life events come ripping through one's capacity for recall

 

At a time when  the young woman defendant Jodi Arias is about to speak in her own defense, abandoned by her attorneys and by witnesses who would have spoken in her defense but suddenly withdrew for threats of retaliation, and facing the possibility of being put to death, I feel compelled to offer my own personal experience on how traumatizing life events can obliterate one’s recollections.

Now 74 years old, with three earned degrees and seven degrees of misery, multiple surgeries,  strokes, and heart attacks behind me,  fighting daily to stay above medical circumstances that have taken the lives of many persons younger than myself,   I reflect on the tragic events  that remain as open wounds after more than four decades,  events at a time when I was a young minister who had known nothing but a life of dedication to the Lord and the service of the ministry.

It has been amnesia from shock out of the period of being raped and dislodged from a normal life when I was in the terrible throes of disability after losing my wife and family. I wound up in a hospital and an infirmary at a notable school,  and there I was, left at the mercy of a doctor who kept me there for 13 days for a migraine headache. During that time he aimed at seducing me and getting me into his office where he forced himself into me with his large phallus, compelling to lie prone on a gurney for what he claimed was an anal exam I needed for my prostate (strange because I have never prostate problems even to this day). It was while he had me in his office that he told me from his medical knowledge how I could take my own life without any detection possible of the means used to do it.  Also taking me to his home from time to time, feeding his wife breakfast, then coming downstairs to seduce me on the couch. Chasing me around from place to place, even to an island off the Atlantic Coast that his wife’s ancestors helped found, even getting into the wedding line of my marriage to my second wife.  I had no idea I was that attractive, though I was chosen as one of three in New York City to be a model and centerfold.  

Who is this person, and why has he been covering all this up?  What happened to his wife?  Suddenly I learned she had died, and he never even told me, and I was supposed to be his special friend.   I went out to eat with her and this doctor.  Not long before, and she seemed perfectly healthy to me. What happened to the young man who was at the infirmary who suddenly was dead?  What happened to other students who had fallings out with him because of inappropriate behavior at the infirmary? 

Somehow I felt used and abused because he wanted $35,000.00 to add on a medical room at the infirmary. He knew because of the professional closeness I had inherited over a million dollars.  I was a student, doing my work and trying to keep up a ministry, travelling back and forth. He even visited my home, and reached out to try to seduce me again and again both in hotels, and boarding places in at the school.  He abused me by telling me I did wrong by getting involved with a woman and bringing more children into the world.   Very difficult circumstances for me;  these traumatizing events led me to a period of amnesia about these happenings. It is only in the wake of my recent, and intensive 7 ½ hour long deep brain surgery that memories have started to return, causing me to reflect more deeply and lucidly about these events.  

When I was raped in the infirmary at the school, I screamed and hollered to where it was heard up and down the hallways of the infirmary. His secretary, a German woman, embarrassed me because he didn’t want it to be known what he was doing. As I have shared he had me face down on the gurney.  Covered it up with his professional and church connections. My life was being prevailed upon by this monstrous abuse I was subject to, and which I didn’t know what to do with.  

I can relate to what this Jodi Arias is going through.  Though what she did was horrible,  I do believe that the trauma of being abused can eradicate the memory of events  of all that transpires around you, and you go on as if none of it had happened.   I’ve tried to keep in touch with this doctor to play along, allowing him to believe I was interested in him, for the hope of eventually  dealing with and exposing him over what happened to me;   I never have had an explanation of what happened.  As to why it has taken so long to come to grips with these happenings:  the pain was such that I kept these things buried so I could carry on with my life without being inundated with them – at the same time they  have remained open wounds in need of healing and resolution.   As I write this doctor is travelling with his lover of 25 years to their summer home.  

I am  very distraught because I hate to see this young woman Jodi Arias put to death and nobody will speak on her behalf about her circumstances.   She certainly made a terrible mistake in her life,  but  could not remember any of it; something that goes on when religion, faith, and sexual  abuse are mixed through psychological and physical force.

I have had  memories return to me in the nights of the events surrounding what I was personally subject to.  I am hoping that something will dissolve this thing from my mind so I don’t have to be tortured any more.

I don’t want to see another person wrongfully taken to be put to death because she lost her mind and sense of direction.  Why there aren’t more people coming to her defense, not for the wrong she did, but because of her  telling what she went through, her making a mistake and not being able to remember what went on. This fellow was a Mormon; I don’t have much respect for the Mormon church. We have that fellow down in Texas who was  put away for taking on children.  Now we hear of a young boy who was being chased by this Travis Alexander, and his  running from woman to woman, causing rage and trauma in the life of a woman who was used to be living monogamously, then suddenly being forcibly subject to a different faith and sexual abuse.   

As to what I went through personally as a vulnerable young man and student, I can’t understand why I have had to be subject to it all, except there be a reason to speak out at this time on behalf of this vulnerable young woman, an ingénue whose heart and life had been all but derailed by the double trauma of being forced into a different religion and being forced upon sexually, even while I cope with my own unresolved  traumas and losses. 

Who is this doctor that sought to take advantage of me and forced himself upon me, a young minister reeling from the trauma of divorce and the forcible loss of my children?; who was this Travis Alexander that enticed a young, artistically gifted woman into a faith not her own, and forced her into the trauma of sexual abuse?  The questions remained unanswered, and the mysteries remain unresolved.

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editor@din.us1.dti Fri, 10 May 2013 20:41:04 GMT
Night in the 40’s - Big Band Dance at Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing, March 9, 2013

"A NIGHT IN THE 40's"

Take a Sentimental Journey at one of the largest
Big Band Hangar Dance and WWII Musical Shows in the country
at the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum,

March 9, 2013

The Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum (CAF), and presenting sponsors CareMore and Hensley and Company invite you to take a Sentimental Journey back to 1943 with “A Night in the 40s” Big Band Dance. This glamorous event is one of the largest Big Band Dances in the country. “A Night in the 40s” event features a WW II 1940’s Musical Show followed by a Big Band Orchestra playing sounds of the era to dancing men and women dressed in period styles - all in the shadow of the vintage B-17 WW II Flying Fortress bomber "Sentimental Journey"!

Besides being a nostalgic journey back in time, “A Night in the 40’s” benefits a worthwhile cause — a fund raiser for the non-profit CAF Aviation Museum, located at 2017 N. Greenfield Rd at Mesa’s Falcon Field, NE corner of McKellips and Greenfield; The CAF is an organization dedicated to keeping aviation history alive for current and future generations.

"This is a great opportunity to recapture one of the most important and nostalgic times in our history," said Dave Dunton, Arizona Wing volunteer member and Dance Chairman.  “Events like these pay special tribute to all who fought for freedom during WW II and allow us to look back on our past.

"The generous support from our sponsors demonstrates that they take an interest in the efforts of community events like the Night in the 40’s Dance and helping an all-volunteer nonprofit organization like the Arizona Wing preserve our history for future generations. The Arizona Wing greatly appreciates the help from our sponsors". Night in the 40’s sponsors include CareMore, Hensley and Company, Southwest Airlines, AM 1230 KOY, Arizona Lindy Hop Society, Alpha Creations Awards and The Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse.

 

“A Night in the 40’s” Big Band Dance will be held Saturday, March 9; doors open at 4:30pm. All participants are encouraged to come dressed in the style of the 40’s. Mark Jeffrey from AM 1230 KOY will be the Master of Ceremonies. A free swing dance lesson will be given by Steve Conrad of “Arizona Lindy Hop Society” at 4:45 to help you get ready to dance the night away! Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. with “Sing, Sing, Sing with a Swing”, a 1940’s Musical Show with singers and a professional set of piano, bass, saxophone and trumpet. At 7:30pm, swing time kicks in featuring the “Sonoran Swing Big Band Orchestra” playing favorite Big Band Music from the war years. There will also be a contest for the best-dressed 1940’s costume, a swing dance contest, and participants will have the opportunity to get their picture taken in front of the B-17 Sentimental Journey.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event including a barbeque  plate catered by The Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse.  Tickets for “A Night in the 40’s” are $35 per person purchased in advance and $40 per person the day of the dance. Night in the 40’s Tickets can be purchased online at www.BigBandDance.com, or at the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd.

The CAF Aviation Museum is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization supported only by membership dues, private donations and fund-raising events such as “A Night in the 40’s”. No government funding or support is provided. All admission fees and donations are fully tax deductible as the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum is approved under IRS code 501(c)(3).

For further information call (480) 924-1940 or visit the Night in the 40s website at www.BigBandDance.com. For additional information on the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum visit the website at www.azcaf.org.

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editor@din.us1.dti Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:29:26 GMT
Guns And Ammo Sold Out? The Gun Grabbers Have Released Their Worst Nightmare

Guns And Ammo Sold Out? The Gun Grabbers Have Released Their Worst Nightmare          

    Posted By: Watchman Date: Wednesday, 26-Dec-2012 12:09:27

A warning to gun grabbers and collectivist media: By calling for gun control, you are unleashing your own worst nightmare--

From Natural News – by Mike Adams http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/a-warning-to-gun-grabbers-and-collectivist-media-by-calling-for-gun-control-you-are-unleashing-your-own-worst-nightmare/29159/

By screaming about how they wish to destroy the Second Amendment and disarm the American people, collectivist media gun grabbers and “school shooting doomsday” fear mongers have managed to do exactly what they hoped NOT to do: They have pushed millions of AR-15s and hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition into the private hands of Americans.

Over the Christmas holiday, I spoke with a friend who owns the largest retail gun shop (and advanced tactical shooting range) in one of the largest U.S. cities. He told me, “Our store sales have been $100,000 a day since the Newtown shooting.” On a normal business day, his sales hover around the $10,000 mark, so what we’re witnessing here is a 1000% increase in gun sales. Continue reading:

                                      http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/a-warning-to-gun-grabbers-and-collectivist-media-by-calling-for-gun-control-you-are-unleashing-your-own-worst-nightmare/29159/

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editor@din.us1.dti Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:59:58 GMT
I Wrote This on Thursday, December 13, 2012

I wrote this on Thursday, December 13, 2012. I posted it that day. Please take a moment and read it. It is my hope this will cause enough people to pick up the phone or fax or write Speaker  John Baynor to prevent another power give away! If you would prefer to verify first, just search NewsZap State of Delaware Forum for the Title:

 

I predict the Republicans will give O'Bama whatever he wants.

Thank you, Lets_Save_America

  (MJMBME, Felton, DE)

 

I predict the Republicans will give O'Bama whatever he wants.

   I shall begin by stating the obvious. It is no secret that every day Americans of all polical spectrums are beginning to understand the network of plans laid by O'Bama and the shadows behind him. Many of these people remain loyal for a great variety of reasons that do not require reiteration here. Let's just say those reasons fall into two basic catagories, Free Stuff and so called Social Justice.

    At this point it is essential to understand that the Republicans offered the absolute wrong message in the past election. Stripping away all the flowery rhetoric and prose one can understand with only a modicom of thought the message was " WE WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR FREE STUFF and MAKE YOU WORK FOR IT, WE WILL HELP YOU GET DEPORTED IF YOU CAME HERE ILLEGALLY, and perhaps most importantly WE WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR FREE HEALTH CARE. Two obvious points are revealed when one considers this faulty message, republicans were not serious about gaining control of the White House and the democrats were able to double down on thier dual messages of free stuff and social justice thus securing the victory.

    The next point we must understand in order to reveal the machinations of the republican party is that they paired their brightest star with the loosing message giver, and this strategy was a repeat of the previous election. Yes, Paul Ryan would have a better chance at the presidency than Mitt Romney who has a history of loosing this race. He has tried in 2000 and 2008. This last election is not relevant to his history discussed here. John McCain has the same record having run in the same races and with the republicans hitching thier brightest star to another loosing message. Additionally both of these men also share another flaw, that being too narrow a base to draw from while thier running mates were aguably center target to the largest voting populations.

    Next we must consider the simple yet obvious fact that the republicans have not been able to seal a major deal since the esteemed Ronald Reagan left office. Time and time again this party capitulated to the other side on any and nearly every issue of substance. They continually gave away thier power under the guise of maintaining the high ground, or morality, or being justifed in some manner or another. Bob Dole had ushered in the era of gentelmanly compliance and it stands to this day. Oh, this party is skilled at making a good showing but they go to the corner and lie down when such a command is given.  

    I am often asked how we as a nation have arrived at this point of everything coming apart at the seams? The answer from my point of view is relatively simple. Those who would remake America began long ago obtaining positions of power and quietly awaiting thier moment to throw thier lever in thier collective machine. I am speaking of newspaper owners and editors, television station owners and production teams, education unions and other organizations, and various social organizations and prominent speakers, all schooled in the liberal think tanks now in place and forcing liberal policies upon us from thier postions of power. If you disbelieve this fantastic notion just open your eyes and look about you. You will hardly be able to count the new policies and laws that are or have been forced into place to replace the original ones that defined America. There is even a new constitution ready to be installed when the time is right, but that is another subject.

   So now we have a very basic understanding of how e have arrived at this point in history, and we have the tools to understand why. Thus I predict the republicans will capitulate yet again to the democrats in regard to the fiscal cliff and other issues soon to brought out of the shadows. If you have not yet understood my message I shall make it plain. The republicans have been infiltrated in the same way as our social media, our schools, our religions and our local governments. There is even a name for these democrat operatives - R.I.N.O. and they surface when called up and perform thier duties.

  And so the forces that dwell in the shadows of the republican party and indeed the entire govenment have succeeded in remaking the last bastions of our govenment as well. Lest you dismiss this message as a conspiracy theory just remember history is rife with real conspiracies and they do have real consequences. 

mjmbme

Felton, De

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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:56:46 GMT
Re:HOW TO SPEAK REPUBLICAN

Sehr besser! Wink

 

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editor@din.us1.dti Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:32:06 GMT
Re:HOW TO SPEAK REPUBLICAN

He won, not as convincingly as 08

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editor@din.us1.dti Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:13:53 GMT
Re:HOW TO SPEAK REPUBLICAN

Do you see how moot your point is GCR?  Pubbies lost and lost big!  They were gloating about how many more popular votes they were going to get than our President.  They didn't!  Case closed.

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editor@din.us1.dti Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:43:27 GMT
HOW TO SPEAK REPUBLICAN

And Obama had 10 million fewer than 2008

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 15 Nov 2012 04:03:53 GMT
HOW TO SPEAK REPUBLICAN


We went out with a wimper?  Romney  and Ryan lost their home states and Romney got 2M votes less than mcCain in 08.Laughing

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editor@din.us1.dti Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:39:08 GMT
We the people petition the Obama administration to: Recount the election!

So on this petition, how many people are registered voters?

 

This petition is a waste of time.

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editor@din.us1.dti Tue, 13 Nov 2012 02:58:19 GMT
We the people petition the Obama administration to: Recount the election!

We the people petition the Obama administration to:     Recount the election!         https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/recount-election/ZQmy0Mlv  

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editor@din.us1.dti Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:33:49 GMT
Gop rape comments

1. Todd Akin: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down” - mid 2012 Senate Campaign

2. Clayton Williams: “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it” - mid 1990 Gubernatorial race in Texas

3.  Chuck Winder: “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.” - March 2012

4.  Ken Buck: “A jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse … It appears to me … you invited him over… the appearance is of consent.” - October 2010

5. Rick Santorum: “I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you… rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.” - January, 2012

6.Richard Mourdock: “life is that gift from God,” and “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

You got to watch this video and if you are a women or a man that actually gives a shit about a womens right to choice this is doomsday for the Romney Ryan ticket! http://current.com/shows/the-young-turks/videos/keeping-it-real-tyt-exposes-romneyryan-extreme-rape-and-abortion-policies-in-a-new-ad

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editor@din.us1.dti Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:12:30 GMT
Mitt Romney, The Closet Liberal

 

Mitt Romney, the Liberal Swine Conservatives Love

Romney is making flip-floppers of the entire conservative movement.

A few months ago conservatives were bashing Mitt Romney with such vigor they made a Mongol invasion look genteel. To Deroy Murdock of National Review, “Willard Mitt Romney’s latest flip flop” reminded him of Andy Warhol’s quip: “That’s not fake. It’s real plastic.” Compared to Romney, Murdock wrote, “I have seen mannequins in less empty suits.” Mona Charen, another National Review regular, spoke on behalf of all right-thinking people when she said positions such as Romney’s “make our hearts sink.” Victor Davis Hanson, also of National Review, termed Romney the “castor oil candidate.”

At TownHall.com – a clearinghouse of conservative opinion – Ben Shapiro compared Romney to Harold Hill, the “big city con man” of musical fame: “Romney has somehow suckered much of the conservative world into believing that he is a solid fiscal, social and foreign policy conservative” when, in reality, Romney is an “all out liberal.” Romney is “about as strong a social conservative,” he went on, “as RuPaul” – the country’s most famous drag queen.

On the same site, you could read “The Conservative Case Against Mitt Romney,” which argued that the Mittster “is a deeply flawed candidate. . . . this IS NOT someone conservatives should want” as their nominee. “You can’t fall in love with a weathervane,” agreed John Hawkins of Right Wing News, who offered “7 Reasons Why Mitt Romney’s Electability Is a Myth.”  “Romney is not a conservative,” declared Rush Limbaugh. “He’s not, folks.”

What a difference a nomination makes.

Limbaugh recently confessed Romney is still not his idea of an ideal nominee. But that hasn’t stopped him from sticking up for the GOP’s standard-bearer. For example, he says Romney’s speech to the NAACP left the listeners unimpressed because it was “over these people’s heads.”

Other conservatives have fallen in line, too. As Romney was wrapping up the Republican nomination, The Washington Post helped solidify Republican support by running a hit piece about Romney’s youth. “New ‘Scandal’: Romney Pulled Pranks, Bullied Someone in High School,” scoffed Guy Benson on TownHall.com – along with just about every other card-carrying conservative in the country.

Some conservatives have gushed so effusively about the candidate they make North Korea’s news agency sound like a model of restraint. Romney's views on immigration are “wildly popular with Americans,” according to Ann Coulter.  “In his passionate affirmation of the American can-do spirit,” ran a piece last week on TownHall, “Governor Romney is a man who has found his moment.” The noble greatness of our heroic champion inspires tears of boundless joy in all the people.

Romney is “all about winning the future,” according to Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review. Just “take a look at his successful business decisions, his ‘turnaround’ of the scandal-crippled Olympics, or his time in Massachusetts.” His undying feats will live on in our hearts forever.

Some of this is to be expected. Politics is a team sport, and cheerleaders are supposed to root for their team regardless of the starting lineup. Still, politics also is supposed to have some meaning beyond merely racking up wins – and the sudden, marked shift in tone on the right has about it a certain whiff of “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia,” no?

True, not all conservatives are writing mash notes to Mitt. The rest of them are dashing off screeds denouncing the perfidy of Barack Obama or defending Romney from the “demonic” left (“Romney Fights Back” – Victor Davis Hanson, National Review; “Target: Ann Romney” – ibid).  Likewise, those liberals who aren’t busy glorifying the record of their own Dear Leader are obsessing about what’s hidden in Romney’s tax returns.

Visit any political website these days, and you’ll find a cornucopia of news and commentary aimed at exposing just how terrible Those People are. As Jonas Kaplan, a professor of political psychology, puts it: “In the political process, people come to decisions early on and then spend the rest of the time making themselves feel good about their decision.”

Conservatives aren’t going to vote for Obama. Therefore they have to vote for Romney. Ergo, they need to find a reason to. That isn’t easy. And it’s especially hard because it requires them to do the one thing they most revile Romney for: change positions for the sake of political expedience.

“Willard Mitt Romney” is making flip-floppers of them all.

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:56:14 GMT
Mitt Romney, The Closet Liberal

The most prominent candidate for the GOP nomination is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He’s a prolific fundraiser and enjoys widespread name recognition, and he’s the darling of the GOP establishment. George Will lists him as one of the few serious presidential candidates.

But should Romney be the GOP’s presidential nominee? The answer is “absolutely not.”

Although there is no “perfect conservative,” and although conservatives have serious issues with every candidate running, Mitt Romney is nothing more than a strident liberal masquerading as a moderate. As Selwyn Duke rightly wrote in 2007, Romney is the Barack Obama of the GOP. Every Republican has made his share of mistakes, but Romney is a committed liberal on the whole spectrum of issues.

Conservatives know that Romney was pro-abortion for a long time before he first ran for the presidency in 2007, at which time he “changed his position” because he was now asking for the votes of conservatives. Romney has also supported “gay rights,” and as Massachusetts governor, he implemented same-sex marriage by executive fiat.

In 2004, the MA Supreme Court ruled that the state’s marriage law was unconstitutional — but the Court did not rule, contrary to what is claimed, that gay marriage must be legalized and that the state constitution contains a “right” to marry. Yet, as soon as the ruling was issued, Romney commanded state agencies, by executive order, to start issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

Romney is stridently liberal on fiscal and economic issues. He did not initially support the Bush tax cuts; he has long opposed (and continues to oppose) the flat tax, calling it “a tax cut for fat cats”; he used fee hikes and “loophole-closing measures” to balance the Massachusetts state budget; and when he found items in it which he deemed wasteful or unneccessary, such as $30 million per year for hotel rooms for homeless people, he spent such sums on something else rather than use them to balance the budget.

Mitt believes that anthropogenic global warming is real and that humanity must act urgently to stop it. In 2005, he even claimed that a cap-and-tax scheme would be “good for business.” But as hundreds of scientists, including AT contributor Dr. S. Fred Singer, have stated, anthropogenic global warming is a myth; humanity exerts little, if any, influence over this planet’s climate, which changes naturally from time to time. Why would the GOP nominate a candidate who believes in the global warming scam?

Romney also supports lavish ethanol subsidies and nonethanol farm subsidies (CNN Youtube Debate, Part 5, 6:06), probably to pander to agricultural states like Iowa, even though ethanol has not decreased America’s degree of dependence on imported oil, gets poorer mileage than standard gasoline, and is more harmful for the environment. To obtain the biological material for ethanol, to produce the fuel, and to transport it (with big, polluting trucks), you have to expend as much oil as ethanol replaces. No wonder why John Stossel has listed the “Ethanol is great!” claim as #1 on his top-ten list of “myths, lies, and downright stupidities.”

Of course, no discussion of Romney’s big-government record can be complete without a mention of the Massachusetts socialized medicine scheme he championed and signed into law, with a grinning Ted Kennedy in the background.

Romney protests that this scheme was a valid exercise in federalism, while Obama’s federal scheme is an unacceptable federal intrusion. But conservatives should not allow Romney to lead them into the federalism trap.

In America, every state is free to choose its own policy on many issues. However, no state has the right to infringe the personal and economic liberties of individual Americans. No state has the right to require its citizens to buy insurance policies or to otherwise dictate how Americans may live. A state tyranny is just as bad as a federal tyranny, and the Tenth Amendment is no excuse for the former. Moreover, it is no excuse for any failed scheme — and Romney’s scheme has utterly failed in Massachusetts, with costs rising and threatening to bankrupt the state budget. Now Romney advisor Mike Leavitt is telling Republicans to suck it up.

The biggest problem with Obama’s socialized medicine scheme is not that it has been imposed at the federal level, but that it’s socialized. Likewise, the biggest problem with Romney’s scheme, which could cost him the nomination, is that it represents socialized medicine. And as Vladimir Lenin has said, “socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of a socialist state.”

We conservatives value individual liberties (personal and economic freedoms alike) above states’ rights and the federal government. We believe that every American should be free to do as he pleases, as long as he doesn’t threaten anyone else, but should also bear his personal responsibilities. Under what constitutional provision should taxpayers be forced to pay for bloated entitlement schemes like Romney’s and Obama’s plans, which benefit someone else?

This is a product of the socialist “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” ideology.

David Axelrod has admitted that Romney’s scheme served as “a template” for Obama’s. Even Rep. Paul Ryan, who likes Mitt Romney, admits that the two schemes are “not that dissimilar.” Obama has already warned that he will denounce any Republican who has implemented a socialized medicine scheme as governor (if Republicans nominate a governor) as a hypocrite. And Obama would be right to do so. How can Romney credibly condemn the president for a socialized medicine scheme, bloated government spending, and policies causing high energy prices when Romney himself is on record as supporting all of these policies? He can’t, and Obama will have unlimited money with which to make that point.

And, as Doug Brady points out, President Romney would not stop America’s march to socialism and shrink the federal government. In the best case, he would only halt it, and with it, America’s decline. But there’s no reason to doubt that he will flip-flop again and insist that Obama’s schemes are salvageable, if only he’s be there to do the right trimming around the edges.

It is nonsense to claim that Romney, as a “moderate,” can appeal to centrist/independent voters and thus win the election. Independents don’t vote for Republicans who are not significantly different from their Democratic rivals. Romney is, on the issues, so aligned with Obama that there’s no real difference between them. When faced with a choice between a liberal Democrat and a liberal Republican, Americans always choose the Democrat (vide 1976, 1992, 1996, and 2008). An overt RINO can never defeat a Democrat.

The reason why Romney is even considered for the nomination is because of his name recognition, establishment pedigree, the establishment’s praise for him, and liberal media propaganda. The MSM wants to make sure that Romney becomes the nominee because he would be the easiest candidate for Obama to beat. Team Obama is already praying that Romney crosses the finish line first.

It’s time to stand up to the GOP establishment and say “no to Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee!”

By Zbigniew Mazurak

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:43:14 GMT
The Big CON

The BIG Con!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

                       

By Jerry Anthony/ Contributor

By definition “conned” 1. Involving abuse of confidence: deceitfully manipulative.  2. To swindle: trick. 3. To persuade by deception. 4 a confidence game or swindle. 5. A lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk.  Now match this with what Mitt Romney has actually been doing now for over a year!  The flip flopping and pandering to whomever he happens to be with is all part of the BIG CON that he and Paul Ryan are running on both parties and everyone else in this country.  The proof is in all those video bites MSNBC has been running for some time.  The fuzzy math and tax cut for the rich and we are not going to cut Medicare is the CON.  These two Republicans are trying to CON their way into the White House with no plans.  They really believe people will vote for “trust me I will tell you later”. 

The Republican Party is openly trying to control the outcome of this election like there is no democracy or Constitution of the United States!   

So I have to ask this question:  How could anyone except the billionaires that are buying this country vote for these Republicans?

Romney wants a two trillion military budget?  No Social Security?  No Medicare or Medicaid?

No restrictions on Wall Street? No Government regulations to protect our food, air and water supply?  War with Iran? 

Just who do you think these crazy men think is going to pay for all this social and economic destruction?

Well you better start thinking because this maybe your last chance. 

The BIG CON is on and you better wake up!

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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 10 Oct 2012 02:27:33 GMT
Romney Health Care Plan Nearly Doubles Family Insurance Costs: Study

2 excellent points you call attention to 2cents:

1)  There are uninsureds in MA, just as it is projected there will be 30 million uninsureds in the US even after full implementation of Obamacare.  So your point is?

2)  In spite of Obama's pledge to lower family healthcare costs by $2,500 by the end of his first term we now learn that family annual premiums are up by $3,000.  Oops, a $5,500 miscalculation?

Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut

During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term.

But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama's vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey.

Premiums for employer-provided family coverage rose $3,065 — 24% — from 2008 to 2012, the Kaiser survey found. Even if you start counting in 2009, premiums have climbed $2,370.

What's more, premiums climbed faster in Obama's four years than they did in the previous four under President Bush, the survey data show.

There's no question about what Obama was promising the country, since he repeated it constantly during his 2008 campaign.

In a debate with Sen. John McCain, for example, Obama said "the only thing we're going to try to do is lower costs so that those cost savings are passed onto you. And we estimate we can cut the average family's premium by about $2,500 per year."

At a campaign stop in Columbus, Ohio, in February 2008, Obama promised that "We are going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2,500. We will not wait 20 years from now to do it, or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president."

 

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editor@din.us1.dti Sat, 29 Sep 2012 07:07:12 GMT
Romney Health Care Plan Nearly Doubles Family Insurance Costs: Study

http://washingtonexaminer.com/60-of-firms-to-kill-health-insurance-or-charge-more-under-obamacare/article/2508994#.UGXU5q7N1UV

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editor@din.us1.dti Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:56:24 GMT
Romney Health Care Plan Nearly Doubles Family Insurance Costs: Study

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/28/romney-health-care-plan-double-costs_n_1922555.html

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editor@din.us1.dti Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:36:41 GMT
LOVE THE HEADLINES!

 

American Airlines sends thousands of layoff notices

Mary Altaffer / AP

American Airlines has told over 11,000 workers they could lose their jobs as part of its reorganization.

American Airlines has told over 11,000 workers they could lose their jobs as part of its reorganization in bankruptcy.

However, the U.S. airline, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, said it expects that fewer than 40 percent of those it sent notices to, or 4,400 people, will actually be laid off in November and December.

The job cut notifications come as a result of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires workers to be told about major layoffs or plant closures 60 days in advance.

Jamie Horwitz, a spokesman for the Transport Workers Union, a representative for workers that received WARN Act notices said the layoff notices “will look worse than the actual layoffs.”

Horwitz said about 800 employees had agreed to leave American voluntarily, a move that will further reduce the number of expected layoffs. American said in February it planned to cut up to 14,000 jobs as part of a plan to slim down its operations in bankruptcy.

American also said it is cutting flights by one to two percent for the rest of September and October. 
The cuts are partly due to an increase in pilot sick days and greater maintenance reports by flight crews led to flight cancellations and delays, Hicks said. American operates about 1,700 flights a day.

According to flight tracking service FlightAware.com, over the past two weeks American Airlines has canceled more flights than any other major U.S. airline.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:38:16 GMT
LOVE THE HEADLINES!

HELL WEEK

 

DEBACLE... GOP Senate Candidates Break With Mitt... Republican Consultant: 'There's A Feeling That This Thing's In Free Fall'...
Ex-Bush Aide: 'I Honestly Don't Know What Romney Can Do'...
NOONAN: 'Romney Campaign Incompetent... Time For Intervention'

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editor@din.us1.dti Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:43:25 GMT
HOW TO SPEAK REPUBLICAN

Lame re-posting of a lame commentary by a lame "journalist" by a lame newszap poster.  If you wish to know why Obama will lose in November look no further than this posting.  This is all Obama and his dwindling number of supporters can offer.  "Hope and change" going out with a pathetic wimper.

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editor@din.us1.dti Sat, 01 Sep 2012 05:42:39 GMT
HOW TO SPEAK REPUBLICAN

How to Speak Republican

By Pete Kotz Thursday, Aug 23 2012

Next week, the Republican Party will convene in Tampa to plot world domination. And

Yes, you badly want in on the ground floor of the next culture war or invasion of a small, preferably Muslim, country. Yet the GOP speaks in an elusive language only its followers understand. With just a few coded words, it's able to mobilize the loyalists — while simultaneously dismissing everyone else as un-American and quite possibly queer.

Rosetta Stone offers no help, for this is a dialect only deciphered with written authorization from Jesus or Goldman Sachs. You worry the march to godliness will go forth without you. You'll be left behind with Rosie O'Donnell and those eco-fairies who bicycle to work.

Yet a recently leaked glossary lays bare the mystery of the Republican tongue. Now you too can speak with the superiority of talk radio hosts and pissed-off old guys who live in mobile-home parks. Enjoy your seat at the right hand of God!

Abortion: Reproductive issue best decided by preachers from rural Georgia who believe babies are conceived by using public restrooms.

American: True patriot who hates all the right things, including but not exclusive to: taxes, un-breaded chicken, California, female sportscasters, the Toyota Prius, people who speak Mexican, BET, free-range vegetables, public radio, Al Sharpton, whales . . .

Apologizing: The treasonous admission that America is not always perfect. Usually committed by people who can't even tastefully match their cowboy boots with their firearms.

Bain Capital: Massachusetts investment firm celebrated for providing investors with huge returns by laying off thousands of workers, cutting healthcare benefits, and shipping jobs to those places where foreigners live. Will serve as the model for U.S. economic recovery once the infidel is smitten.

Barack Hussein Obama: Muslim foreigner illegally elected president to pursue the socialist agenda of Karl Marx, regarded as the least funny brother of the famed comedic troupe.

Bible: Historical novel starring omnipotent being who sentences others to eternal damnation unless they do what he says. Think of Pat Robertson, only with a hillbilly beard and the ability to part seas.

Chick-fil-A: Baptist version of eating kosher. Only sells chickens that have provided a documented history of heterosexuality to a commission of small-town Chamber of Commerce officials.

Christian: GOP delegate who's devoted his life to Jesus, handguns and repealing the Clean Water Act. Will be doing missionary work at Tampa gentlemen's clubs next week. At least that's what he'll tell his wife when the MasterCard bill arrives, LOL!

Christian Persecution: When school board bars teacher from conducting faith-healing sessions in his seventh-grade biology class.

Class Warfare: Indefensible act of pitting America against the wealthy, but perfectly reasonable when mocking moms on welfare so they'll finally learn not to wear spandex with a butt that size.

College: American version of Maoist re-education camp, where liberal professors encourage impressionable youth to enjoy critical thinking, Jäger shots and recreational intercourse.

Constitutional Conservatism: Belief that our founding document should be strictly interpreted — even though it was written by guys who wore wigs and capri pants but were definitely not trannies, since that hadn't even been invented yet.

Corporation: Most evolved species of mammal. Designated by Supreme Court as the legal equivalent to people, only better because it can afford to buy congressmen and box seats at big sporting events.

Entitlement Society: Large corporations who demand public subsidies every time they build a facility, move their headquarters, or threaten to relocate to Botswana or Mississippi. Wait. No. Scratch that.

Environment: Convenient place to dump car batteries and kitchen appliances. While lame-stream media insists on its preservation, studies by the business faculty at Liberty University business faculty prove that beavers actually like swimming in hydrochloric acid because it improves their skin tone.

Evolution: Fraudulent theory that man evolved from ape. Have you ever seen an ape with jugs like Jessica Simpson's?

Feminazis: Ingrate women who use the word "Ewwww!" when Rush Limbaugh tries to buy them a Sex on the Beach at hotel bars in Boca Raton.

Food Stamp President: Did we mention that Obama's a negro? And that he's probably a Muslim?

Founding Fathers: Early visionaries who built a start-up country to escape the tyranny of England. Based on the theory that we could more cost-effectively do our own tyranny.

Free Market: Utopian world where corporations are allowed to conduct business without interference from price fixing, consumer protection, or child labor laws.

Global Warming: Theory shared by 99 percent of the world's scientists that man-made pollution is warming the Earth's atmosphere. Easily discredited by pointing to that one day in February when it was pretty cold.

Gotcha Journalism: Shameful media practice using duplicitous interview tactics — often called "questions" — to get vice presidential candidates to admit they can't read.

Homosexual agenda: Conspiracy co-chaired by Satan and Neil Patrick Harris to convince America's youth to quit football and pursue careers as botanists and defense lawyers.

Illegals: American slang for "Mexican." Also: Anyone skilled in the operation of a leaf blower.

Jesus: Celebrated ancient deity who preached that "the poor should get a damned job already" and that all human suffering could be averted by simply lowering the capital gains tax.

Jews: The guys who killed Christ. Occasionally have the audacity to apply for membership in your country club, despite genetic deficiencies and an inadequate short game.

Job Creators: People who pay half the tax rate you do because God likes them way better. Deserving of further deductions because the gardener is asking for $4.25 an hour

Lamestream Media: All media with the exception of Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the non-gay parts of PornHub.com. Note: Gay parts can be mildly educational if your wife's at Bible study and the door is locked.

Liberal Agenda: Set of effete East Coast values written by Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks to destroy the American family by getting our children to suck at math and listen to John Mayer.

Liberal Elite: Immoral foe nearly crushed to extinction by the superiority of the conservative agenda. Membership believed to consist of three elderly men recently expelled from the Newport Yacht club for publicly expressing fond memories of Roosevelt.

Muslims: Swarthy apostates who hate freedom. Believe that blowing up grandmas and blond children will be rewarded with 72 virgins in a jacuzzi suite at the Heaven Best Western. Covert cells mostly operating in Iran and the U.S. State Department.

Obamacare: Theory that all Americans deserve health coverage, when they could just as easily rub some dirt on it.

Radical Feminists: Secret cabal of WNBA season ticketholders seeking to usurp the natural role of men as the boss of everything. Need to shut up and vacuum the living room.

Science: Discredited field of study practiced by sissies at northern liberal arts schools that suck at football.

Second Amendment: The God-given right to carry an assault rifle to Sunday brunch at Applebee's just in case there's a kid wearing a hoodie.

Tea Party: People who hate socialism and government entitlements but live off Social Security and Medicare because stuff like that doesn't really count.

Traditional Marriage: A union between a man and woman who argue over a period of three to seven years, then separate and file unflattering paperwork about each other. Repeat cycle as necessary.

Values Voters: People willing to be economically sodomized as long as we keep bagging on the homos and the wetbacks.

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:49:11 GMT
GO GOP III !

The GOP’s Will to Fantasy

Jonathan Schell

August 15, 2012  

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate is the latest episode in a story of conflict within the Republican Party that has many chapters. It has been said a thousand times that, in the long competition between the party’s radical base and its slightly less radical leadership (there are no moderates anywhere in sight in the GOP these days), the choice of the extreme budget-cutter Ryan represents a shift toward the extreme base, and that is certainly true. But it is also a development in another, related story.

The record of the last decade or so suggests that the party these days is animated by two main goals. First, it seeks unchallengeable, absolute power. Its modus operandi for achieving that goal has been to use institutional power—the power of corporations, courts and legislatures—to acquire more institutional power. A recent case is the drive in Republican-dominated states around the country to disenfranchise Democratic-leaning constituencies, such as the poor and minorities, by legislating onerous requirements for voting.

The other goal has been a less familiar one. More and more, Republicans have exhibited a strong desire to take up residence in an imaginary world, an alternate reality—one in which global warming is found to be a fraud perpetrated by the world’s top scientists, Obama turns out to have been born in Kenya and is a Muslim (and a socialist), budgets can be slashed without social pain, firing government employees reduces unemployment, tax cuts for the wealthy replenish government coffers, and so forth. Perhaps it seems odd to identify such an objective as a political goal, but past ideological movements of the left as well as the right offer many examples of the power of such a longing.

Conscientious fact-checkers in the media have rebutted individual items that make up the GOP’s factitious universe. Such efforts are always worthwhile but are likely to backfire with the believers. When ideology takes over from reality, fantasy is not a disadvantage for the believers; it is the source of appeal. The deceptions are then popular not in spite of their untruthfulness but precisely because of it. When the target of the insurrection is not only some hated rival or establishment but the factual universe, with all its unwelcome restrictions and psychological burdens, then the more flagrant the violation of truth, the keener the thrill.

Often, the will to power and the will to fantasy go together. As the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century discovered, the two can reinforce one another. Such seemed to be the explicit ambition of President George W. Bush’s adviser Karl Rove when, at one giddy moment at the height of the Iraq War, he famously said that the Bush administration had delivered a coup de grâce to nothing less than “the reality-based community,” for “we’re an empire now, and when we act, we create reality.” It was a classic statement of the totalitarian logic of the propaganda artist in power. What better way to win support for propaganda than to abolish the reality that contradicts it? Rove’s boast was premature, but his logic was clear: If we don’t like the real world, we can do away with it.

Those dreams of omnipotence expired in the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, but the conflict between the will to power and the will to fantasy lived on in new forms. The career of Sarah Palin offers an illustration. She and reality were strangers, as the world saw in her first interviews and subsequently. Her mind was almost a blank slate in that respect, and she showed neither inclination nor aptitude to remedy the lack. To draw her into that world was a kind of cruel mistake. She soon withdrew from it, deciding, after protracted dithering, to stay out of this year’s presidential race and retreat into a world in which her talents and temperament were in fact stellar, the world of myth-making and spin on Fox News. (It is entirely in keeping with this choice that her husband, Todd Palin, has now turned up in NBC’s militarized “reality” show—that is, unreality show—Stars Earn Stripes.)

There was a lesson in Sarah Palin’s withdrawal. For all the triumphs of cash-fueled political manipulation, the sphere of policy and governmental decisions has its dangers for the addicts of unreality. Fantasies can be a path to power, but they can also become a costly self-indulgence.

Palin’s balk at reality’s edge was only one of many twists and turns in the winding path the GOP has followed between power and fantasy. Sometimes it has tipped one way, sometimes the other. Twice—in the presidential primaries of 2008 and those of this year—the party harked for a time to the siren call of the unreal world of the base (Mike Huckabee in 2008; Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich this year) but twice it veered away, entering, with conspicuous distaste, into the arranged marriage with the more sober choice (John McCain in 2008, Romney this year).

But now comes the choice of Ryan. It is a decided, possibly a decisive, tip in the direction of fantasy. To be sure, Ryan is no Sarah Palin. He is a veritable policy wonk.But he is an ideologue. Ideologues can know a lot, and Ryan does, but their knowledge is so tendentiously selected that information, instead of conducting them to what is real, actually armors them against it. Such is the case with Ryan. The media spotlight has been on the renowned Ryan budget, passed twice by the Republican majority in the House, but even more telling is his stand on global warming. He is a major-league denier. All the most prestigious academies of science around the world, including the American National Academy of Sciences, agree that warming is real, man-made and well advanced. Ryan demurs. He has accused climate scientists of a “perversion of the scientific method, where data were manipulated to support a predetermined conclusion,” in order to “intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.” He has voted against any and all measures to remedy the problem. He has suggested that the existence of snow in winter in Wisconsin is evidence against warming, which he has called “a tough sell in our communities, where much of the state is buried under snow.”

As for that budget, it promises to achieve balance while providing no such thing, instead calling for broad tax cuts without specifying spending cuts anywhere near the level that would be needed as offsets to bring the budget into balance. It depends entirely on one of the hoariest of false promises in politics, the free lunch, thereby contributing to what Paul Krugman rightly calls an economic “culture of fraud.”

The GOP base is fired up. But the cost could be high. Even today’s electoral politics may have one foot still remaining in the reality-based community. Ordinary voters may not be a tribe of Diogenes, carrying lamps through the world in search of truth, but they are much less likely to be passionately attached to a long list of fantasies than the GOP fanatics. That this could be so may be a saving grace of American politics in our otherwise spin-stupefied era

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editor@din.us1.dti Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:09:58 GMT
GO GOP II !

A Campaign Out of Balance

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate underscores the central question posed by this campaign: Should cold selfishness become the template for our society, or do we still believe in community?

Romney wanted the election to be seen as a referendum on the success or failure of President Obama’s economic policies. Instead, he has revealed that the campaign is really a choice between two starkly different philosophies. One could be summed up as: “We’re all in this together.” The other: “I’ve got mine.”

This is not about free enterprise and it’s not about personal liberty; those fundamental principles are unquestioned. But for at least the past 100 years, we have understood capitalism and freedom to exist within a larger context — a complicated, real-world, human context. Some people begin life at a disadvantage, and it’s in the national interest to open doors of opportunity for them. Some people make mistakes, and it’s in the national interest to create second chances. Some people are too young, too old or too infirm to care for themselves, and it’s in the national interest to secure their welfare.

This sense of the balance between individualism and community fueled the American Century. Romney and Ryan apparently don’t believe in it.

It is well known that Ryan, at least for most of his career, has been enamored of the ideas of Ayn Rand, the novelist — “Atlas Shrugged,” “The Fountainhead” — whose interminable books touted self-interest as the highest, noblest human calling and equated capitalist success with moral virtue. Ryan now disavows Rand’s worldview, primarily because she was an atheist, but he lavishly praised her ideas as recently as 2009.

What about Romney? While he has never pledged allegiance to the Cult of Rand, his view of society seems basically the same.

At least three times in recent days, as part of his response to President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” peroration, Romney has told campaign audiences variations on the following: “When a young person makes the honor roll, I know he took a school bus to get to the school, but I don’t give the bus driver credit for the honor roll.”

When he delivered that line in Manassas, Va., on Saturday with Ryan in tow, Romney drew wild applause. He went on to say that a person who gets a promotion and raise at work, and who commutes to the office by car, doesn’t owe anything to the clerk at the motor vehicles department who processes driver’s licenses.

What I hear Romney saying, and I suspect many others will also hear, is that the little people don’t contribute and don’t count.

I don’t know if Romney’s sons ever rode the bus to school. I do know that for most parents, it matters greatly who picks up their children in the morning and drops them off in the afternoon.

It may not be the driver’s job to help with algebra homework, but he or she bears enormous responsibility for safely handling the most precious cargo imaginable. A good bus driver gets to know the children, maintains order and discipline, deals with harassment and bullying. Romney may not realize it, but a good driver plays an important role in ensuring a child’s physical and emotional well-being — and may, in fact, be the first adult to whom the child proudly displays a report card with all A’s.

School bus drivers don’t make a lot of money. Nor, for that matter, do the clerks who help keep unqualified drivers and unsafe vehicles off the streets. But these workers are not mere cogs in a machine designed to service those who make more money. They are part of a community.

The same is true of teachers, police officers, firefighters and others whom Romney and Ryan dismiss as minions of “big government” rather than public servants.

And what do the Republicans offer their supposed heroes, the entrepreneurs who start small businesses? The few who succeed wildly would be rewarded with tax cuts so huge that they, like Romney, might one day have a dressage horse competing in the Olympics. The majority who just manage to scrape by — or whose businesses fail — could look forward to only as much health care in their senior years as they are able to afford, and not one bit more.

This is a campaign Democrats should relish. The United States became the world’s dominant economic, political and military power by recognizing that we are all in this together. School bus drivers, too.

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editor@din.us1.dti Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:18:59 GMT
GO GOP!

Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM PDT

Congressional Democrats' Friday-night happy dance

by kos

U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks after being introduced by Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his vice-presidential running mate during a campaign event at the retired battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia &nbsp;August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Godsend.
Conservatives are thrilled at the RYAN-(romney) ticket because they went and showed Mitt Romney who was boss.

The Romney campaign is thrilled at the Paul Ryan pick because now they'll win the conservative vote.

Liberals are thrilled at their ticket because now we'll win the November vote.

But none of the above are as happy as the people in charge of getting Democrats elected to the House and Senate. Mitt Romney's Friday-night news dump had them dancing in the aisles.

Dem operative: "We've spent 18 months trying to make House races about their plan for Medicare and Mitt Romney just did it for us overnight"
@mpoindc via Twitter for Android
 
Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, described Romney selection of a Ryan as a dream come true for House Democrats. Israel says the move allows Democrats to pound the GOP proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid – issues where his party has traditionally had an advantage over Republicans – rather than the state of the U.S. economy.

“I was shocked,” Israel said of the Ryan announcement. “I was secretly hoping they would pick Ryan. With all the polling on his budget, I didn’t think they would make my hopes come true."

No shit. And all of this from a GOP that claimed that jobs, jobs, jobs was the only thing that mattered. Think about it—Democrats have spent the last year trying to turn Paul Ryan into a household name so they could wrap his budget around the neck of every Republican who voted for it. But outside of political circles, Ryan remained largely unknown.

Yet here comes the bumbling Romney campaign, panicked by poll numbers and a conservative base agitating for Palin II, and what does it do? It single-handedly delivered to congressional Democrats what they would've had to spend more millions than they have to do—nationalize Paul Ryan.

Democrats have already won a pair of House special elections in tough turf by focusing on the Ryan efforts to destroy Medicare.

Even before Mitt Romney made Ryan his running mate, the Medicare attack had had successful try-outs, resulting in the upset win of Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul in a special election in Western New York in 2011 and this year in the special race in Arizona to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
This election will now be fought on the same turf as Hochul's race, which delivered to Democrats a seat in a region that had gone Democratic only three times in the last century, the last time over 40 years ago. In fact, there were nearly 100 GOP-held seats (pre-redistricting) more Democratic than Hochul's.
The reality is that Ryan is now every Republicans’ running mate whether they like it or not, forcing GOP candidates who would just as soon run from the debate over senior citizen entitlements to embrace the third rail of American politics like never before.

One GOP insider lamented that party leaders “have spent the last year” trying to take Medicare off the political front burner, but the Ryan pick “puts it all back out there now.”

By moving right with Ryan, Romney didn't just seal his own fate this November, he didn't just boost Democratic chances of holding the Senate, but he's officially put the House in play.
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editor@din.us1.dti Tue, 14 Aug 2012 03:29:14 GMT
Republicans Sabotaging America!

Republican Sabotage!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

                      

By Jerry Anthony/ Contributor

Mitch McConnell made the statement that they only have one agenda and that is to stop Obama in the next election.  So far the Republicans have proven they are sabotaging the American economy in an ignorant attempt to sway voters to the Republican Party.  Sabotaging the United States economy so they can further destroy it with the Ryan Bill and deregulation of Banks and Wall Street!  Common sense voting should destroy the Republican Party!  Opps!  Maybe not if the 1% can fool their totally controllable Republican base.  All the 1% has to do is put fear on the table again.  Why not “fear” it worked before in 2004.  So what is the 1% doing this time?  Based on actions and not words the Republican “leaders” are herding the base together with abortion issues and gun control.  So far it has worked.  Most Republicans are soaking in so much miss-information about “what Obama is going to do” with no evidence of course but, remember Republicans don’t need evidence.  They just order someone like Scott Brown to say it in front of a microphone.  Then of course it becomes fact.   You know like the aluminum tubes George Bush said were going to be filled with 500 pounds of enriched uranium from Africa.  That story cost about a trillion dollars and counting.

Then there is the middle class Republican voters.  Tens of millions of people thinking that the 1% is going to help them somehow do what?  This is the biggest smoke and mirrors game of the century since the last two Wars Bush and Cheney started. What an insult to your intelligence.  Vote Republican and win what?  This illusion that you are part of the elite 1% is the biggest mistake of your adult life.  Check your bank account to make sure you do not have 100 million dollars in there.  Why would you help anyone that wants to destroy the social services that made this country great?  It was Republican leadership that built the roads and bridges we have falling apart today.  If you vote for a Republican you are going to be part of a rigged game that you will lose like everyone else.  Be advised joke is on you and it will be too late once you leave the ballot box.  

Romney is not going to tell you what he is really doing because you would not vote for him if you did.  He is the 1% poster boy that wants to buy (America) low and sell (America) high.  You are not going to get a check in the mail.  Your kids and family will suffer like everyone else.

The Republicans have painted this picture already.  So far they tried to shut down the Government three times to keep their tax breaks and corporate loop holes in place.

Does that sound like a responsible thing to do for people that do not need this help!  This is a very dangerous Right Wing group that wants control of the Whitehouse. Let’s hope you do a little research before you vote this country into another recession and let the 1% start another War!  Romney will do just that.

Research: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WbQe-wVK9E

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:14:20 GMT
Stay Focused on the Truth!

Stay Focused on the Truth!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

By Jerry Anthony/ Contributor

This is a heads up and look at what is coming article for American citizens seeking responsible representatives for our State and National Governments.

What is about to begin is the largest miss-information campaign ever launched by a political party to gain control of the U.S. Government. Billions of private money is being funneled into private and public organizations to buy advertising that is aimed at confusing American voters.

This just happened in Wisconsin.

The campaign will be aimed at President Obama. They have to destroy his image to convince voters to vote for the Republican Party candidate. What we will witness on every media outlet is the largest smear agenda ever perpetrated in America.

What many Americans do not understand is how can Republicans vote for Republicans? One (1)% of the Republicans are controlling the other 99% which are mostly middle to upper class. Why would anyone vote against their own financial interests? Ask Carl Rove. He helped destroy this Country with George W. Bush using fear and miss information to get the worst person ever to be elected to the White House. Now he is trying to buy the White House using the U.S. Supreme Court to weaken our Democracy. Romney is just another George W. Bush. There is no evidence to prove otherwise. If you’re a Republican thinking Romney is the answer you have made yet another mistake. You are not in the same boat as the 1%. You will go down with the rest of us. The Koch Brothers or anyone else is not going to send you a check! You are being used. They are using social issues like abortion to gather you all together like sheep. Once they get your vote they are done with you like everyone else.

Use critical thinking and critical reading to help you through this attack! Who are you watching & listening to? Why are they saying these things? What documentation are they are using.

How factual does any information have to be to put it on Television?  If you watch Fox News and Friends you are watching a comedy propaganda program.  It is not even rated as a News source program by anyone!

The Ryan Bill has exposed the Republican Parties true agenda. It is now in black and white for you to read. It actually passed in the House of Representatives. It is documentation of an agenda. They will destroy all social services. Is that what you what for the future of Americans?

Stay Focused on the Truth!

 

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 14 Jun 2012 06:11:25 GMT
Full listing of AZ candidates and how to find your new district.

Hey, thanks SC and wow, is this screwed up!  Surprised

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editor@din.us1.dti Sat, 09 Jun 2012 23:53:01 GMT
Full listing of AZ candidates and how to find your new district.

Just in case you dont know where you are in the new world after redistricting, here is a little help.

 

https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/getdistrict.aspx

 

http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Primary/FullListing.htm

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editor@din.us1.dti Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:49:39 GMT
Abortion

Okay, help me with this. Healthcare. Is abortion considered women's healthcare. Health. Care. A woman's right to choose.  Health. Care. When are you alive and when are you considered to be worth saving?  Are you considered too old to have Health Care given to you? At what age are you too old?  Are you too young?  How much are you worth to society?  Health and Care.

 

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editor@din.us1.dti Thu, 31 May 2012 21:09:55 GMT
North valley people

LOL

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editor@din.us1.dti Fri, 25 May 2012 10:34:15 GMT
North valley people

You all should move to the East Valley where the cool people are.

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editor@din.us1.dti Fri, 11 May 2012 20:46:19 GMT