Saturday, December 19, 2009

Atlas finally shrugs. Nelson to vote yes.

Say it ain't so.

Try funding this monstrosity without the producers of our society. Atlas has indeed shrugged today if this is true.

ACTION ALERT!!! Health Care DEFORM! Please read!

This is it! Please, please, please, call and fax and email if you can! Please!! We need everyone on board! Today!!

All updates via Michelle Malkin. Click through to find the phone numbers you need.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Great Explanation

I love it when I find really eloquent and simple explanations for complicated ideas. The following is from a Heritage Foundation article about the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate. There are many great quotes to be found in the article, but this one stuck out for me.
The purpose of this compulsory contract, coupled with the arbitrary price ratios and controls, is to require many people to buy artificially high-priced policies to subsidize coverage for others as well as an industry saddled with other government costs and regulations.

Boom. That's it. So simple. The individual mandate forces you to buy a health insurance policy at a higher price than it would be normally so that people who are uninsured can have subsidized or free insurance. Feel better?

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In other news about responsible people being punished for the sake of the irresponsible, I just met a woman today who owns a house in Florida, but rents a small apartment here in Seattle. She and her husband have been trying to sell the Florida house for ages, but of course are having a tough time. They are able to make the payments right now, but it's really hard on their family. She told me that the only way the bank will renegotiate her loan is if she stops paying her mortgage. Yup. She and her husband are doing the right thing by paying the monthly mortgage, but the rewards go to the people who shirk their responsibilities.

Another plan of action!!!

The first one you can find here.

This one comes from Take Back Medicine.

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Our latest intelligence is that Reid plans to call for a vote at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Here's the schedule as reported by Politico:

"The majority leader (Reid) must begin the procedural steps necessary to finish the bill by Christmas Eve. The current timeline would have the Senate taking a series of votes: at 1 a.m. Monday, 7 a.m. Tuesday, 1 p.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Christmas Eve."

There are still some holdouts. Backroom deals, blandishments, and arm-twisting are in high gear.

Constituents can't get appointments, and voice mail is full.

Some Republicans are using every parliamentary rule still available, such as forcing the clerk to read the bill aloud.

The fix is supposed to be in. But faxes are possibly still getting through.

Here is the message we are faxing to Senators-and to Representatives-since if the Senate bill passes, Pelosi may bring it up for immediate vote in the House without having a conference committee.
http://www.takebackmedicine.com/news/aaps-sends-letter-to-senator-reid.html

Here is what you can do:

Fax the letter to your Senator and Representative, with a brief cover letter on your stationery.

  • To Republicans, ask them to hold firm and to thank Sen. Coburn and Sen. DeMint for forcing a reading of the bill.
  • To Democrats, ask them to vote NO for cloture and NO on the bill if it comes to a vote. And ask them to urge Sen. Reid to withdraw this very bad bill.
  • If desired, add a note on what you think is the worst provision.
  • Also fax or email the letter to talk show hosts, reporters, and editors, with a personal note.

We must not give up!

Some "holdouts" are being targeted for special attention, but there may be some wild cards we don't know about-who care about the future of our country, as well as their own.

For Senate and House FAX numbers, go to:
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ and click on your state.

A Brilliant Idea

A scheme to sink the health care deform bill, via a very smart friend of mine:

Obama's health care bill is at the crossroads. We need one Senator
to take a stand against the bill--not one or a few of its provisions,
but the bill in its entirety. But the wavering Democrats are probably
worried that they will be targeted for defeat, by the left-wing, if
they come out against the bill.

Robert Tracinski has come up with a novel approach to
strengthening their backbone: promising support to the *first*
Democratic Senator to come out unequivocably against the bill as a
whole.

"Those of us who oppose the bill have tried threatening Democratic
senators with a negative incentive: the withdrawal of our votes and
our active support for their opponents. How about enticing them
with a positive incentive? Let's pledge to give our support to the re-
election campaign of the first Democratic senator to come out
against the health-care bill. If enough of us make that pledge, it
would counteract the political threat from the far left.

"The deal is this: come out against the health-care bill, and we will
pledge to donate time or money to your next re-election campaign,
and those of us who live in your state will give you our votes. We
will do it because of your stand on this one bill, regardless of any
disagreement we may have with your other policies.

"But here's the catch: we'll only do it for the *first* Democratic
senator to declare clear and unequivocal opposition to the whole
bill."

You can pledge time and/or money. Mr. Tracinski has drafted an
email to send to the wavering four Senators. My shortened version
of it is below. (In my case, I chose to pledge $500; alternatively
you can pledge time.)

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His letter is below. If you think this is a good idea, PLEASE do it quickly. We have no time to waste. Feel free to use this letter as your template.

Dear Senator ,

You may be reluctant to be the first Senate Democrat to go on
record opposing the health care bill, worrying that Democrats on
the left will target you for defeat in the next election.

To counteract that, I pledge that I will contribute $500 in your next
election--IF you become the first Democratic senator to declare
unequivocal opposition to the whole health care bill (not just some
of its provisions).

So that you know this pledge of $500 support is serious, I give you
my contact information below and encourage you to remind me
when the time comes to make good on my pledge. Again, this is
conditional upon your being the first Democratic senator to declare
he will vote against the whole bill.

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Send it to these four senators:

Senator Ben Nelson (NE)
Chief of Staff: Tim Becker (timothy_becker@bennelson.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-6551 / (202) 228-0012 fax

Senator Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Chief of Staff: Elizabeth Burks
(elizabeth_burks@lincoln.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-4843 / (202) 228-1371 fax

Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
Chief of Staff: Jane Campbell (jane_campbell@landrieu.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-5824 / (202) 224-9735 fax

Senator Mark Warner (VA)
Chief of Staff: Luke Albee (luke_albee@warner.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-2023 / (202) 224-6295 fax

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Lastly, from the originator of this plan:

Senator Nelson seems to be the best single target, if you want to do
only one. My emails to the address above "bounced" back to me.
But I was able to copy and paste the same message at a facility on
his site:

http://bennelson.senate.gov/email-issues.cfm

We are days away from a historic decision on a law which directly
affects how long and healthily you will live. If this bill passes, it
will be next to impossible to repeal it. Any means of supporting a
Senator who will stand up for the rights of all of us--most especially
the rights of doctors--is worth a try.

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PASS IT ON!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ben Nelson rejects abortion amendment, and sign Jim DeMint's petition!

A lot of great stuff over at Hot Air today, including the breaking news that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson has rejected the abortion compromise and is still not ready to vote for the health care deform bill! Call or fax his offices and say thank you!! Make sure to tell him that we won't forget his courage under this particularly ferocious fire.

Omaha
Tel: (402) 391-3411
Fax: (402) 391-4725

Lincoln
Tel: (402) 441-4600
Fax: (402) 476-8753

Washington, D.C.
Tel: 1-202-224-6551
Fax: 1-202-228-0012

Scottsbluff
Tel: (308) 631-7614

Kearney
Tel: (308) 293-5818

South Sioux City
Tel: (402) 209-3595

Also, yesterday Allahpundit (at Hot Air - okay, I love those guys) had a really great idea: call the super lefty senators like Bernie Sanders and beg them to not vote for the bill unless there is a public option and funding for abortion...

A small suggestion for those who’ve been calling Blue Dogs like Nelson to urge them to oppose: Start calling liberals like Sanders and telling them that America deserves a strong, vibrant, robust public option. Stand strong, socialists!

Make the radicals dig their heels in while simultaneously encouraging the conservatives and moderates to do the same and wah-lah, gridlock. And yes I am suggesting gridlock to stop this bill, and there is nothing nasty or underhanded about it. Our founding fathers deliberately set up the system so that we would be able to stop radical agendas that are out of line with the nature of this country and its people. Gridlock by design. It is a beautiful, beautiful thing, and a strategy that the Democrats were proud to use in 2005 and 2006.

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Jim DeMint started a petition to Read Every Page of the health care bill and is asking for Americans to sign it, thereby showing that we support the Republican effort to read every page of every amendment and of the entire bill. This way the American people and the senators themselves may know what is in this bill. Pass this on and post it everywhere!

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Updated with Bernie Sanders' contact information. Let's call it Operation Gridlock, though not to their faces, of course.

Washington D.C.
Phone: (202) 224-5141
Fax: (202) 228-0776

Burlington
Phone: (802) 862-0697
Fax: (802) 860-6370
Phone: (800) 339-9834

Brattleboro
Phone: (802) 254-8732
Fax: (802) 254-9207

St. Johnsbury
Phone: (802) 748-0191
Phone: (802) 748-9269
Fax: (802) 748-0302

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Action Alert Update from Tea Party Patriots: Please Read

Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,

YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!! You received the alert below and took action. You have completely overwhelmed the Senate switchboard. I have received emails stating that calls to some of the Senators below were being re-directed to Sen. Reid's office and other Senators in the Democratic leadership. I have had reports that the voice mail boxes are full. Some of you have stated that you received messages stating the calls could not go through. Some have received a message asking you to put in the mailbox number or phone number. (If you receive this message, simply put in the phone number with area code that you just dialed) The phone numbers we sent out were taken directly from the Senators web sites.

Keep up the great work! You are making a difference in this battle! I have included the phone numbers of the Senators district offices below. Please call them as well... Let's go get 'em !!!



We are at a critical point in our fight against government run healthcare.

We need to have the same urgency and intensity level that we displayed at the Congressional Town Hall Meetings during the August recess. We must not diminish our fight to defeat the Senate healthcare bill. Many "Blue Dog" Democrats and some GOP Senators have stated that they don't see the same intensity level opposing the Senate Healthcare bill that we displayed opposing the House version. They are beginning to believe that we do not strongly oppose the Senate Healthcare bill. We need to let them know that is not true.

President Obama and the Senate Democratic leadership are pulling out all the stops to pass this Senate Healthcare bill. They are putting enormous pressure on the "Blue Dog" Democrat Senators to pass the bill.

We urgently need you to make phones today and tomorrow to the Senators listed below. Please call their District Office and their D.C. office. Also, please continue to contact your Senator. Forward this to your email lists and ask them to make phone calls.

The latest Rasmussen Poll showed that 60% oppose this healthcare bill.

We need you to make phones calls to the Senators listed below.

Targeted Senators
Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska
DC Office Number: 202-224-6551, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0012

Washington, D.C.
720 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: 1-202-224-6551
Fax: 1-202-228-0012

Omaha
7602 Pacific St.
Suite 205
Omaha, NE 68114
Tel: (402) 391-3411
Fax: (402) 391-4725

Lincoln
440 North 8th Street
Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508
Tel: (402) 441-4600
Fax: (402) 476-8753

Scottsbluff
Tel: (308) 631-7614

Kearney
Tel: (308) 293-5818

South Sioux City
Tel: (402) 209-3595


Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4024, DC Fax Number: 202-228-6363

Danville
308 Craghead Street
Suite 102A
Danville, VA 24541
Phone: 434-792-0976
Fax: 434-972-0978

Hampton Roads
222 Central Park Ave.
Suite 120
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: 757-518-1674
Fax: 757-518-1679

Northern Virginia
7309 Arlington Boulevard
Suite 316
Falls Church, VA 22042
Loehmann's Plaza
Phone:703-573-7090
Fax:703-573-7098

Norton
756 Park Avenue, N.W.
Norton, VA 24273
Mail to: 756 Park Avenue, N.W.
P.O. Box 1300
Norton, VA 24273
Phone: 276-679-4925
Fax: 276-679-4929

Richmond
507 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-771-2221
Fax: 804-771-8313

Roanoke
3140 Chaparral Drive
Building C, Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24018
Phone: 540-772-4236
Fax: 540-772-6870

Washington, D.C.
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-4024
Fax: 202-228-6363

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2023, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6295
459A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-2023
Fax: 202-224-6295

Abingdon
180 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone Number: 276-628-8158
Fax Number: 276-628-1036

Norfolk
101 W. Main Street
Suite 4900
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: 757-441-3079
Fax Number: 757-441-6250

Richmond
919 E. Main Street
Suite 630
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number: 804-775-2314
Fax Number: 804-775-2319

Vienna
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Suite 200
Vienna, Virginia 22182
Phone: 703-442-0670
Fax: 703-442-0408

Keep the heat on!! Don't give up!!

Call! Call! Fax! Fax! Right now the senate is reading aloud a single payer amendment, thanks to Senator Coburn from Oklahoma. They are reading the whole 767 page bill so that the American people can actually hear what most of the Democrat leadership really want, even if they won't admit it.

PS: In case you didn't hear about it, thousands of patriots showed up, yet again, in Washington D.C. yesterday to tell those senators what we want. They staged "government waiting rooms" and stayed in their offices until they got thrown out. Sally, my co-organizer was there. As soon as she gets some video and pictures out, I'll post 'em.

From Tea Party Patriots:

Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,
We are at a critical point in our fight against government run healthcare.

We need to have the same urgency and intensity level that we displayed at the Congressional Town Hall Meetings during the August recess. We must not diminish our fight to defeat the Senate healthcare bill. Many "Blue Dog" Democrats and some GOP Senators have stated that they don't see the same intensity level opposing the Senate Healthcare bill that we displayed opposing the House version. They are beginning to believe that we do not strongly oppose the Senate Healthcare bill. We need to let them know that is not true.

President Obama and the Senate Democratic leadership are pulling out all the stops to pass this Senate Healthcare bill. They are putting enormous pressure on the "Blue Dog" Democrat Senators to pass the bill.

We urgently need you to make phones today and tomorrow to the Senators listed below. Please call their District Office and their D.C. office. Also, please continue to contact your Senator. Forward this to your email lists and ask them to make phone calls.

The latest Rasmussen Poll showed that 60% oppose this healthcare bill.

We need you to make phones calls to the Senators listed below.

Targeted Senators
Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska
DC Office Number: 202-224-6551, DC Fax Number: 202-228-0012

Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-4024, DC Fax Number: 202-228-6363

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia
DC Office Phone Number: 202-224-2023, DC Fax Number: 202-224-6295

Additionally, you may find some these resources helpful as well:

Tea Party Patriots Health Care Talking Points
Why Is Tea Party Patriots Focusing on Health Care

Questions to Ask Your Representative About Health Care

Cloture Process and Timeline
Approximately 6 days minimum, if all time used

· Day 1: Cloture filed on the managers' amendment, the Reid substitute amendment, and the bill (Note: there is a lot of mischief that can happen on Day 1 but that is not included in this memo)

· Day 2: Cloture motions ripen

· Day 3: Cloture vote on the managers' amendment occurs one hour after the Senate convenes
60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the managers' amendment

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later: The up/down vote on the managers' amendment occurs. A majority vote is required to agree to the managers' amendment.

Immediately after the up/down vote on the managers' amendment, the Senate proceeds to the cloture vote on the Reid substitute amendment (as amended by the managers' amendment)

60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the Reid substitute amendment

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later: The up/down vote on the Reid substitute amendment occurs. A majority vote is required to agree to the Reid substitute amendment

Immediately after the up/down vote on the Reid substitute amendment, the Senate proceeds to the cloture vote on the health care reform bill (as amended by the substitute amendment, which has been amended by the managers' amendment)

60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the health reform bill, as amended

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later: The up/down final passage vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, occurs. A majority vote is required to pass the bill, as amended.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Road Trip!

Whew! Made it home. Sorry for the lack of posting and communication in general. I have been driving across the country for the last week. My little sister, a 2nd LT in the Army National Guard just finished her officer training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and I flew out last week so that we could drive her truck back to Seattle together.

Driving across this country is a fantastic reminder of why we fight. This is the most beautiful, expansive, wonderful place in the world. We met a lot of really sweet people who helped us out or just engaged in a quick conversation. When I say helped us, I mean helped us. At some point a rodent crawled into the engine and chewed up some wires so we were delayed in Arizona for a couple of days. But we were so, so, so lucky to have been only 20 miles outside of a decently-sized city when the trouble began to manifest itself. We were then directed to a little auto repair shop where the service proved to be impeccable. It also concluded with the owner/manager giving us his business card, asking us to call him when we got back to Seattle so he would know we made it safely home. Very cool.

Something else that struck me as we drove across the country was the absolute right to bear arms. I am speaking of the right to defend yourself. My sister and I were alone - two young(ish) females, traveling by ourselves, through thousands of miles of deserts, through inclement weather - and I cannot tell you how much better we both felt knowing that we were armed. One night we had to stay in a slightly sketchier place than we would have preferred, and while we both know that being armed did not guarantee our safety, it sure did give us that little bit of extra reassurance that we would at least have something with which to defend our lives. It really brought home the meaning of the 2nd Amendment. No one - get that? - NO ONE has the right to tell you that you cannot defend your life or your body from harm by any means necessary. My little sis and I talked about that and I said to her, "Now I know what he meant when he said 'From my cold, dead hands.'"

My flight from Kansas City to Fort Leonard Wood was interesting. I just so happened to go out there during that storm that passed through the entire country, lucky me. My flight took place on a tiny little planelet, and I was the only passenger on board. Creepy. I felt a little like a celebrity and a little doomed. I hate flying (love airports and traveling, hate flying) so you can imagine how much I loved being totally alone on the airplane. The flight was delayed for five hours, which was fine by me as it was freezing and dark outside, and the plane was supposed to leave at 6:50 a.m.

After the delay, they finally ushered me on board, which meant me walking across a giant snow covered lot by myself, in the wind, only to find the co-pilot/flight attendant standing in front of the propellers as a courtesy to me, the only passenger. We then proceeded to sit in the plane with the engines off, in 11 degree weather, while they continued to de-ice the plane as there was some stubborn ice on the roof of the plane. You can imagine my concern. I sat in the back of the freezing plane for an hour. Yes. One whole hour in what amounted to a really expensive refrigerator. The co-pilot ended up giving me his coat because there were no blankets or anything warm on the plane.

We finally take off, me, the pilot (whom I overheard swearing at someone about the ice on the plane...), and the co-pilot, and the flight is only about 45 minutes long. As we neared Fort Leonard Wood, we started to descend. Oh, wait, did I say descend? I meant we started to head nose-first at the ground at an alarming rate. It was almost like one of those fair rides, the pirate ship one, where the boat swings back and forth becoming perpendicular with the ground at each end... yes. I thought I was going to die. I had tears in my eyes and I started saying my prayers, asking God to watch over everyone I love as I started to hyperventilate and clutched at the arms of my seat. As I was trying to make my peace with the fact that my life was about to end, we emerged from the icy clouds and the plane leveled out, and then we landed.

Of course I made sure my sister knew about the awful plane ride. What are sisters for?

As I sat at her graduation, and looked around at all of the other officers graduating with her, and at the plain room surrounding the ceremony, I realized, again, the depth of these individuals. About half of her class will be a part of the "surge" in Afghanistan, and statistics being what they are, not all of them will come home. It is really sobering. I thought about how minimal their ceremony was compared to the pomp and circumstance surrounding a university graduation, and I got pretty disgusted. People graduating with degrees that don't mean anything, such as Feminist Ecology and Social Justice, are celebrated like heroes while the real heroes quietly come and go from little places in the middle of nowhere, like Fort Leonard Wood.

Say a prayer for all these kids who are now being ordered around by a man like Barack Obama; a man who hates being Commander in Chief and has no clue about the military, the soldiers, or how to lead them with inspiration and hope for victory.

Despite him, however, these guys and gals will do their best and you can be sure they are making us all proud.