Monday, July 20, 2009

In the realm of too outrageous to even believe, except it's true: The Hill reports: The chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee quashed an effort by the Treasury Department to hire a cartoonist. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) contacted the Treasury Department to complain after Matt Drudge’s website linked to a want ad for contractors with the “ability to create cartoons on the spot about [Bureau of the Public Debt] jobs.”
And while we are talking about ourtageous statements, here's another good one!
Vice President Joe Biden ( – Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.

“And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” Biden said at the event on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. “It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially.”

“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,” Biden said.

“Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, that's what I’m telling you.” [To which I say that it's almost unbelievable that the same government whose President is suggesting that if one is OLD, one must just deal with it so as not to overburden the system with demands for care can with a straight face promote their elderly-unfriendly agenda to the elderly themselves!]

FRom It Takes Work To Feel This Good Blog:
The {healthcare} bill also provides for the creation of a new federal bureaucracy called the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. This agency will monitor your medical treatments to ensure that your physician is only providing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The underlying intent is to cut health care costs by “guiding” your doctor’s decisions around treatment.

According to Tom Daschle, reform of the health care system will “not be pain free”. He alludes to the fact that senior citizens should accept the onset of age related conditions instead of seeking treatment for them. Currently, Medicare pays for treatment deemed effective and safe. The stimulus bill provision will change that and implement a cost-effectiveness factor into the treatment options to be offered. In other words, Medicare will no longer cover many of the treatments currently being prescribed to our parents and grandparents. And who determines these cost-effectiveness standards? Another new federal agency called the Federal Council.


From Frugal Cafe Blog Zone: The Bureau of Public Debt, part of the US Treasury Department, decided to hire its own CARTOONIST to create amusing cartoons to “lighten up” work place meetings and make Americans forget that they are losing their jobs, losing their homes, facing skyrocketing taxes and rising Federal debt, paying for a non-stimulus package that has been wasted and given to political cronies, and can barely put food on the table. [ This is a perfect illustration of the fact that empty suits fill many jobs in our government!]

Not in my words, but important to know: Protesters gathered outside a Chicago area hotel Sunday as an Islamic extremist group reportedly linked to Al Qaeda held its first official conference on U.S. soil in an attempt to step up Western recruitment efforts.

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir — a global Sunni network with reported ties to confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Al Qaeda in Iraq's onetime leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — met Sunday inside a Hilton hotel to host a conference, "The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam."

Hizb ut-Tahrir insists that it does not engage in terrorism, and it is not recognized by the State Department as a known terror group.

But some terrorism experts say it may be even more dangerous than many groups that are on the terror list.

"Hizb ut-Tahrir is one of the oldest, largest indoctrinating organizations for the ideology known as jihadism," Walid Phares, director of the Future of Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told

Phares said that Hizb ut-Tahrir, rather than training members to carry out terrorist acts like Al Qaeda, focuses instead on indoctrinating youths between ages of 9 and 18 to absorb the ideology that calls for the formation of an empire — or "khilafah" — that will rule according to Islamic law and condones any means to achieve it, including militant jihad. Hizb ut-Tahrir often says that it's indoctrination "prepares the infantry that groups like Al Qaeda take into battle.

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