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NHS vs. Obamacare and Death Panels – Happening Sooner Instead Of Later

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I will get to how the current iteration of Death Targets at the NHS are joined at the hip to Obamacare Death Panels, but first let me set the stage.

Over at the British online version of The Telegraph is an article y Sarah Napton on a small uproar being caused by a United Nations mandate to prioritize ‘younger’ citizens for healthcare in the UK.  With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals program in place, those over 70 years of age will be openly discriminated against for medical services in a system already stretched thin by the socialized medicine model being used.

A professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia, Prof Peter Lloyd-Sherlock happens to be the lead author in a letter written and published in The Lancet.

In that letter prof. Lloyd-Sherlock states: “This premature mortality target is highly unethical, since it unjustifiably discriminates against older people.

The reasoning behind Lloyd-Sherlock’s letter is the insistence by the UN on a goal of targeting only younger citizens to reduce the mortality rate for certain diseases. Diseases such as stroke, dementia, cancer and diabetes. Even a cursory glance at the list of diseases would lead anyone, including a lay person to recognize those diseases are age related! In the article Lloyd-Sherlock is quoted as saying:

“The targets are not quite set in stone yet, so we have a final opportunity to impress upon the UN the need to alter this explicitly ageist health target.

That statement begs the question of when did the UK give up their right to sovereignty to the UN? Is a mandate by the UN to be laid down as law by the UK now, with no thoughts of just saying “No thank you, nice of you to offer, but still, no thanks”

Now, you may have already asked yourself why all of the fuss over at the NHS is of any relevance to those of us sitting in the US of A where we have had the finest medical system on the planet for decades. The answer is a simple one to answer, for those who have been paying attention to the ramifications of the socialized healthcare most popularly known as Obamacare.

The elimination of available options for privately held healthcare, in a move toward a single payer system (socialized medicine i.e. NHS) was the underlying goal of Obamacare, and those goals are being met. Currently, finding an affordable health plan which a private citizen can purchase from an insurer is a case study in frustration. Our choices are limited to very high premiums with low deductibles, or slightly lower premiums with bizarrely high deductibles.

 

Paul Gregory wrote an article in Forbes noting the dissatisfaction of the left with the disaster that Obamacare had become, and that was in 2013. In the article Paul Krugman, the Liberal Icon (or Moron depending on your point of view) of Reason is quoted as saying:

“Imagine, now, a much simpler system in which the government just pays your major medical expenses. In this hypothetical system you wouldn’t have to shop for insurance, nor would you have to provide lots of personal details. The government would be your insurer, and you’d be covered automatically by virtue of being an American. Of course, we don’t have to imagine such a system, because it already exists. It’s called Medicare, it covers all Americans 65 and older, and it’s enormously popular. So why didn’t we just extend that system to cover everyone?”

And then there are the other folks in the room. No they aren’t any more adults than the Liberal Democrats, they’re just the former and current crop of Corporate Welfare promoting Republicans… the GOP standard bearers who whined and moaned and piddled in their diapers when Hillary-Care was being touted by none other than the presumptive (at one time) Democratic Presidential Hopeful (hopeless) Hillary Rodham C.

Strangely enough, at the LA Times is an article lambasting those same GOP buffoons, and lamenting all of the problems with Obamacare, and ending the article with a plea to just finally do it – give us a Single Payer Health Care System based on Medicare and lets be done with the problem. Paul Whitefield writes the article and despite his lambasting of the Obamacare health care, he still toes the Liberal Party Line and that will keep him in the good graces of the Liberal Left, I’m certain.

Clearly, Barack Hussein al Obama, the student of Saul Alinsky politics, has his agenda planned, clearly he has funding from both internal and overt socialist money sources, and possibly from socialist sources external to the USA who use shell corporations, along with Super PACs, and assorted funding routes to further his agenda. One question surrounding all of the money flow into the sham of advocating for affordable health care is: How long will the American Public remain complacent and continue to put up with the lies, fraud and deceit? It pays to notice that none of the Uber-left Democrats will ever wake up, nor will they ever make any noise which might be construed as a negative statement regarding a Single Payer System for healthcare. That includes those who send their own parents, and grandparents to the death panels. A Good Socialist never fails to remain in lock-step with the Party Platform and Ten Year Plan.

One salient hope we of the Conservative Right still have though is one person who is on the radio five days a week attempting to enlighten the masses. Rush Limbaugh is still showing up for work and doing his best to bring sanity and a joke or two to the fight against this Liberal Left Coup. For the Rush 24/7 folks out there, doing a search of the archives shows Rush engaging the enemy all the way back to the beginning.

If the teachers unions were as interested in teaching students the art of critical thinking instead of simply trying to indoctrinate them into 21st Century Saul Alinsky Neophytes, maybe they would push the current administration to provide a Single Payer Rush 24/7 access at every school in the country. Don’t hold your breath though, that might be hazardous to your health and you could wind up in the mess which our health care system is devolving in to.

Written by Gar Swaffar

June 1, 2015 at 2:03 am

Santa Lights

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Words aren’t always needed.

santa light

Written by Gar Swaffar

December 20, 2013 at 4:19 am

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Craig’s List Jeep Ad – Manly Stuff

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Every once in a while, something good  comes along, and it gives me hope for the planet and my nation…not very often these days, but once in a while it happens.

A (not quite a)”Gentleman” was selling his Jeep Sahara on Craig’s List and wrote a piece of Americana Poetry as an ad for it.

The ad appears to my jaded eye to cover everything there is to being a stereotypical Red-Neck American Male…and I like it. I’m not absolutely positive about this, but I think I grew more chest hair just reading the ad.

Here in all its glory – The Ad:Craigslist-Jeep

I should start by saying that if you are looking for a “Pajama party Barbie Jeep” you my friend, should keep looking. If you are looking for a short description of to the beast before you, I can offer you two words “MEAT & POTATOES”. This is the All American chariot of the free world.

You are not dealing with any ordinary, cookie cutter Jeep son. This thing was forged from a single block of all American Tungsten Steel. Real sturdy! From that day forward my life has never been the same. Winch yourself off that couch and see if you can handle this Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

So if you are looking for a rice burning hatch back, a solar powered liberal mobile, or even a Hyundai crossover keep on looking my friend this thing is a piece of red white and blue Americana Machinery.

This baby’s pulse is pumping 4.0 liters of uncensored raw fuel through her straight six nuclear power plant. And rest assured this is no metro feminine automatic. . .you command her to obey, with your calloused hand planted firmly on the shifter. And she will obey, the first time, every time. If you can’t handle your stick shifter, or reach the clutch pedal, you better not ferry skip over here wanting to test drive her. If you stall her out, you can count on getting hit in the face with a piece of re-bar and sent back where you came from.

It has A/C but are you kidding me….Really! If you want to blow the sweat off your brow, you do it the old fashioned way: doors off, top down. “What if it rains?”. . .You whiney bitch! I told you to stop reading. . . Any man who drives this beast doesn’t give a damn about rain. Not even skin melting acid rain, Cause he’s already dripping wet in blood, sweat, dip spit, and fish guts.

If you are looking for the kind of jeep that has to be pansy parked in the garage, so the “carpet doesn’t get wet and soggy” Then you should plant your Obama sticker on some Japanese piece of shit. Cause this thing has drain holes in the floor and rhino lined to let the blood drain out from the buffalo you just killed, with your bare hands. Because you are William Wallace from Braveheart and when you get home you can leave your “sissy sponge glove car wash kit” in the pink bucket it came in. Go ahead and spark up your 6000 psi heated pressure washer on the dually trailer in your man cave, cause you are Tim Gillespie and you can pressure wash your truck on the inside. She’s got rhino lined floors with a full roll cage in case that buffalo comes back to life while you’re doing 80 over some mountain pass or flooded river.

If you’re thinking about Mexican chrome bumpers for her, think again. The bumper bashers come hand forged in a blacksmith shop in Franklin County over a wood burnin fire, out of 4 inch well casing, and railroad tracks and then I welded em to the damn chassis. That way if you get deployed you can piggy back this war wagon on a deuce and a half and chain her down tight from the four corners, so you don’t lose her when your convoy gets hit by a taliband roadside suicide bomber.

And forget about putting one of those “It’s a Jeep Thing. . .You wouldn’t understand” stickers on this machine cause when you’re spotted in this American Classic there will be no questions, no further explanation required, people will understand and get out of your way. . …real quick.

If you think you’re ready to park this panty hauler on your tract of land. If you buy this jeep you better go get your old lady ready for some damn changes around your lair, cause this shit will be happening. What will be Happening? Glad you asked….

1. More chest hair.
2. You’re growing a beard.
3. Meat Only Diet.
4. T-Rex for a pet.
5. You’re taking a job at the lumber mill.
6. Your car carries five kegs.
7. Penis enlargement.
8. Catch more fish.
9. Wire bristled toothbrush.
10. Sex in the yard.
11. Sex in the garage.
12. All male offspring.
13. Chiseled jaw line.
14. Not giving a damn.
15. Flesh turning to steel.
16. Higher salary
17. Promotions.
18. Better looking wives.
19. Better looking mistresses.
20. More golfing
21. More killing stuff.
22. More dead animals in the KITCHEN freezer.
23. More tools in your garage.
24. Bigger TV
25. Wife takes out the trash
26. Four Wheel Drive
27. Wife brings trash can in from road.
28. Wife stops bitching about clothes on floor.
29. Wife stocks fridge with beer.
30. Chuck Norris.
31. John McCain
32. Steaks for dinner.
33. Winning the Lottery.
34. Women on the side.
35. Wrestling with bea
36. Building shit out of stone.
37. Riding Lawn Mower.
38. Bon Fires in cul-de-sac.
39. Bar Fights.
40. Wife picks you up from Thee Gentlemen’s Club.
41. Craftsman Tools.
42. Jay Bisset.
43. Welding stuff.
44. Digging holes.
45. Huge Piece of meat.

Put your GPS back in your purse.

Sounds good doesn’t it?

This jeep has carried me through 155,000 miles of battlefield twice as gruesome as the second half of the movie “300″. . ..And just like a trusty steed this juggernaut has never left me stranded. If you think you’ve worn her out you drag this beast back to me in any condition. And Ill handle the rest.

But if you think you’re going to get to whip this mule you better pony up Sixty Five Hundred Dollars. . .American Cash. I’m not selling you this car unless you are clearly a pure blooded American Species, so don’t even think about it.

Written by Gar Swaffar

November 11, 2013 at 4:30 am

Posted in Re-Thinking

Sharing the Gospel of Christ with A Friend

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Sharing the Gospel of Christ with A Friend
Are You Willing to take the risk? It might be worth it.

Most of us have friends, or even a best friend who doesn’t have a personal relationship with Christ, even if that friend does attend church. Too often the focus of teaching salvation often seems to become a race to find, fund and travel to a “New Missions Trip”.

Whether that mission is simply traveling to the closest city and preaching to the homeless, or perhaps to an unreached population in another country is sometimes deemed to be irrelevant as long as we’re reaching out and moving in a ministry of salvation.

Those ministries aren’t wrong at all, they are absolutely necessary in the larger scheme of reaching all the nations, and all the people who are so hungry for the answers only Christ is capable of providing. It is possible however, to miss those who are closest to us, simply because they are so close. Another instance of where the trees are making it impossible to see the forest.

Do those who are closest to us get passed over in our desire to fulfill the Great Commission because the risk of losing a friend, or at the least, alienating a friend is outside our comfort zone?

The Great Commission:

16-17 Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.

18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

 –The Message Matthew 28: 16-20

Or for those who are traditionalists:

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  KJV Matthew 28: 16-20

In that simple statement, Christ gave each of us throughout our lives, a task to complete to the best of our ability. Save the unsaved. And then another piece of the task is offered by Christ through the Apostle Luke.

45-49 He went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way. He said, “You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations—starting from here, from Jerusalem! You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses. What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.”  – The Message Luke 24:46-49

 

46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48 And ye are witnesses of these things. KJV Luke 24:46-48


Notice in this passage, the need to begin in Jerusalem, not in Asia, or Samaria, but in Jerusalem. It’s as if when He came back to show those who had followed Him, and who were still having trouble trying to believe in His resurrection, they should continue what Christ began. Christ didn’t leave his home town and go to Asia, and didn’t even start His ministry in another town apparently, he got His brothers on board by providing a witness.A daily witness, one which none of the Sadducee’s, or Pharisee’s were able to match or even come close to.

That witness seems to have won over those who are the most difficult to win, our family, and our friends. The people who would have seen us when we might be out of sorts, or had the flu and were puking our guts out.

Christ wants all of us saved, it is His desire that none should perish, but all should have everlasting life, and it begins where we are. Should we place our comfort level above the desire of The Father and His Son? Never.

Yes, it is hard to proselytize our friends, it can be uncomfortable, it can even place us at risk of losing a friend! Better however, that we lose a friend than our friend would lose eternity. And it need not even be that large a risk, if we take on the task as one which isn’t based on beating our friends over the head with a Bible, but is instead one of providing a daily witness of what it is to walk in the love, and forgiveness of Christ.

In our daily witness there will come the day when our closest friend is puzzled about why we have the joy they are so hungry for and can’t quite achieve. It’s at that time, when our witness prompts the question, that we have the chance to offer the real solution to the emptiness of chasing an empty world.

Is it worth the risk of losing a friend, when the chance of gaining a Brother or Sister in Christ is so real?

Written by Gar Swaffar

August 5, 2013 at 2:16 am

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Emmet Fox quote; this is on target

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Out pastor today quoted Emmet Fox, not a man or quote I’d heard before. It did however hit a note of reality for me. How often do we fail, simply because we fail at the Greatest Commandment?

 

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble; how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.

Emmet Fox

Written by Gar Swaffar

August 5, 2013 at 1:43 am

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Chelsea Clinton wishes her mother was never born

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Chelsea told a conference group (the Women Deliver Conference) that she was totally bummed out that her maternal grandmother: “did not have access to services that are so crucial that Planned Parenthood helps provide.”

Yo Chelsea! I’m with you on that one. Your grandmother being the result of teenage unwed parents was a major bummer. Just look at the result, your mother was a product of having allowed that bastard child to actually live, reproduce and create what became the person responsible for BenghaziGate, the Rose Law firm criminal activity, and everything in between!

Just think what a boon Planned (non) Parenthood would have been, although that would of course mean that you, Chelsea wouldn’t be in existence either…

I suppose that would be an existential rabbit trail not really needed right now though. The real point of this is to simply remark at what a dolt you happen to be. To posit the abortion of your grandmother, thereby leaving yourself as an unobtainable possibility takes a special kind of stupid. Even if you’re simply trying to score some sort of political points on your way to whatever inane goal you have in mind, it beggars the mind you would come up with something that ignorant to blurt out.

Chelsea, you did notice that your mother was also speaking in-absentia to the crowd of brain dead buffoons also didn’t you? Are you perhaps suggesting that the world would have been a better place if your mother had never been? OK you’ve got me on that one, I have to agree with that line of reasoning, it’s just that I didn’t expect it from a Liberal Twit such as yourself.

At any rate, you got to stand up and make an idiot of yourself, pursuing the existential pathway to presumed oblivion, and that has to count for something. perhaps someday you’ll irritate someone important enough to give you a job as Secretary of something or other. Or perhaps you’ll be able to get a job as a White House intern and be allowed to treat the Big Guy or Big Gal really nice.

Wouldn’t that be ironic? Having the process come full circle that way?

 

 

 

Written by Gar Swaffar

June 21, 2013 at 4:33 am

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On his knees, Ronald Reagan

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If only this were still a part of the government, if only it were part of our national leadership, if only this were part of our current culture.

No, we still wouldn’t be a perfect nation filled with perfect people. It is possible however, that we might be a nation more nearly filled with people who are forgiven.

It is possible that we might be a nation whose land is healed.

It is possible we might be a nation with something left to pass on to our children, grandchildren and their children. Something other than despair, something more than a debt they will never be able to fully pay.

If this were still part of our nation…..

Written by Gar Swaffar

April 30, 2013 at 2:44 am

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