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As if we need more proof that our American government is becoming even more socialistic, main stream media is now offering proof of what readers here have already noted about the H1N1 Swine Flu.

“The worst-case scenarios percolate on the edges of thought: to help with law enforcement..” http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFluNews/story?id=8437630  The source is ABC not FOX so it must be true, even the original report was released almost a month ago!  The latest press release issues the same unknowns and warnings from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) releases report assessing H1N1 preparations.  

In the REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT ON U.S. PREPARATIONS FOR 2009-H1N1 INFLUENZA  August 7, 2009 http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/PCAST_H1N1_Report.pdf 

The case-fatality ratio (i.e., proportion of infected individuals who die as a result of the infection) appears to be similar to seasonal influenza—possibly on the order of 0.1 to 0.3 percent of medically attended cases (i.e., those infections requiring hospitalization or primary care), and perhaps 0.05 to 0.2 percent of all symptomatic cases, whether or not medical care is sought….

Then the report makes an about face possible prediction that-

By the end of 2009, 60 to 120 million Americans would have experienced symptomatic infection with 2009-H1N1; nearly 1 to 2 million would have been hospitalized, with about 150,000-300,000 cared for in ICUs; and somewhere between 30,000 and 90,000 people would have died, the majority of them under 50 years of age.

We might not know what the flu has in store and tracking it is cumbersome so these esteemed folks think that, “This may be accomplished through web-based or telephone-based surveys. (p 25)  Has the government not learned a lesson in asking you to report web sites to the White House that disagree with President Obama’s health and insurance reform policies? Survey says, yes I have the flu…knock, knock we’re coming to take you away?

Pg 45 outlines “an improbable prediction that Federal, state, and local authorities may take unilateral action such as border closure, seizure of essential commodities, or curtailment of individual freedoms, out of fear or as a result of public pressure….  We also recommend that the National Security Council, led by the Homeland Security Advisor, undertake a systematic review of potential legal, social, and financial barriers to action, to determine which might reasonably be ameliorated [sic- love those big words!] during the time of the anticipated epidemic and to set plans in motion to reduce or remove such barriers in accord with the observed severity of the epidemic.” p 47. 

Curtailment of individual freedoms?  Seizure of essential commodities? Legal barriers, like The Constitution?

p 49 -We recommend that if the Secretary of DHHS declares a Public Health Emergency, the President consider issuing a Stafford Act declaration so that hospitals can more effectively triage and treat patients.  I am sorry but your credibility sucks as under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act0 the Emergency has already been declared in April 2009. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/04/20090426a.html

The Stafford Act gives FEMA the responsibility for coordinating government-wide relief efforts. The Federal Response Plan it implements includes the contributions of 28 federal agencies and non-governmental organizations. Alas,  the Stafford Act was renamed about 9 years ago into the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=106_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ390.106.pdf further expanding government power.

In July 09- The bi-partisan Disaster Response, Recovery, and Mitigation Enhancement Act of 2009 in the U.S. House of Representatives. http://disastersafety.typepad.com/disaster_safety_blog/2009/07/legislation-introduced-to-amend-stafford-act-.html H.R. 3377 legislation also would require the Citizen Corps program to educate and train citizens in emergency preparedness and mitigation techniques. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:h.r.03377: with the text here http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/C?c111:./temp/~c111GFQg2j.

Mitigation techniques from our civilian army? Seeing as of yet we do not have a citizen army” just as well trained and funded as our military, ” I’d be betting on the National Guard, The Marines and AK47’s showing up as in Katrina.

Sec 205 b addresses the ” Needs Assessment; Establishment of Criteria- Not later than 3 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall– 

    • (1) complete an assessment to determine the number of temporary housing units that FEMA needs to maintain in stock to respond appropriately to emergencies or major disasters occurring after the date of enactment of this Act.

Temporary housing in the event of an emergency?  Housing in Camps?  FEMA Camps- the ones with the wires facing in to keep you in?

The President’s highest priority is to keep the American people safe. He is committed to ensuring the United States is true to our values and ideals while also protecting the American people. The President is committed to securing the homeland against 21st century threats by preventing terrorist attacks and other threats against our homeland, preparing and planning for emergencies, and investing in strong response and recovery capabilities. We will help ensure that the Federal Government works with states and local governments, and the private sector as close partners in a national approach to prevention, mitigation, and response . http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/homeland_security/  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

U.S. Situation Update  http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htm

Total U.S. 2009 H1N1 Flu Hospitalizations and Deaths
(As of August 27, 2009, 4:00 PM ET)
Reporting States and Territories* Hospitalized Cases Deaths
52 8,843 556
*Includes the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Long and short, you might get the flu, you might be forced into taking a vaccine, you might be mitigated into FEMA housing, etc.  You might be just fine.  Since it looks like your chances of living are pretty good, you might consider voting for someone other than Obama the next time around. 

BTW Mr. President, the homeland you refer to is called The United States of America and may God bless her.

Open wide and read more posts on H1N1 at my Swine Flu Report at https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/swine-flu-report/

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In a parody of the song, The Candy Man Can from Sammy Davis Jr., funny man Tim Hawkins has brilliantly assembled political lyrics in his latest video, The Government Can. http://www.timhawkins.net/

If YouTube gives awards like the Oscar’s or Grammys, this is sure to be nominated by members of  all political parties who are disgruntled with the current spending trends and debts. 

The National Debt Clock is ticking higher to an average of $3.89 billion per day since September 28, 2007. http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/  and here it it broken down into categories http://www.usdebtclock.org/ including the per citizen debt of $38,000.

Congress will be forced to raise the legal limit on the nation’s debt later this year as the amount the government may borrow from the public, (that’d be us people who actually pay taxes unlike Timothy Geithner our Treasury Secretary) including foreign creditors, is limited by law to $12.1 trillion.  Today’s debt clock is $11 trillion give or take.

The Congressional Budget Office projects President Obama’s policies will require an additional $9 trillion in borrowing over the next decade.http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/102xx/doc10296/06-16-AnalysisPresBudget_forWeb.pdf  has the President’s Budget Proposals for FY 2010. ” 

Under the President’s policies, the deficit in 2009 would total $1.8 trillion and equal 13.0 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), CBO estimates. The deficit in 2009 would be $157 billion higher than what is expected to occur under current law—primarily because of  additional spending for the government’s actions to stabilize financial markets and for ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Oprah, a huge Obama supporter has a few ideas of her own to help reduce debt saying- “While the market plunges, free-floating anxiety is rising. If exercise and meditation aren’t your thing, here are a few other strategies you may not have considered.” http://www.oprah.com/subtopic/money/debt  Maybe someone from government should simply take a look at suggestion number 4- Stop Spending.

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I am skeptical of every politician, especially President Obama.  At Kennedy’s eulogy, The President had the perfect opportunity to rub health care reform in my conservative face.  He mentioned it it of course, but spoke with class in part saying:

We cannot know for certain how long we have here. We cannot foresee the trials or misfortunes that will test us along the way. We cannot know God’s plan for us.

What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world, so that someday, if we are blessed with the chance to look back on our time here, we can know that we spent it well; that we made a difference; that our fleeting presence had a lasting impact on the lives of other human beings.” 

Maybe he wrote it.  More likely a speechwriter.  

For the first time, I am giving President Barry Baraq Hussein Dunham  Sotero Obama, Jr. props.

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With more change you can believe in; President Obama and his administration has taken over banks, insurance companies, portions of the automobile industry and continues to set his eyes on controlling the private sector of the Internet. 

Back in April 09,”Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) today announced the introduction of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation to address our nation’s vulnerability to cyber crime, global cyber espionage, and cyber attacks that could potentially cripple the United States’ critical infrastructure.http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=bb7223ef-1d78-4de4-b1d5-4cf54fc38662

The first draft, pdf http://cdt.org/security/CYBERSEC4.pdf has apparently gone through some revisions, but continues to give the president powers to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any “critical” information network “in the interest of national security.”  The new working draft of the Rockefeller/Cybersecurity Act / S.773  can be found here http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:s.00773:

I wonder what the definition of a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency is?  Would Obama decide that too many blogs or news stories that are in disagreement with his policies requires a shut down?

The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition would be left to the president.

The bill also gives the Secretary of Commerce “access to all relevant data concerning [critical] networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.”  Translated, this the government can monitor or access any data on private or public networks without regard to privacy laws.  How special that our Constitutional Harvard Law Graduate of a President continues to erode our Constitution and freedom of speech.  What about Constitutional protection against searches without cause?

Granted, cybersecurity threats are real and we need to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure.  A little law from the 1980’s- The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)  requires law enforcement seek a warrant before tapping in to data transmissions between computers.  To whom does Obama answer? The Internet Security Czar?  ROLF. 

In conspiracy land, Obama could make use of Rep. Linda T. Sanchez bill http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1966 pending that says, “`Sec. 881. Cyberbullying. (a) Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned” ……. I am having emotional distress at the possibility of government restricting information!  Is the White House distressed because people disagree with the Health Insurance reform bill? 

With the coming of Internet 2, 3, 4, 5 etc we are already restricted. The federally funded Next Generation Internet (NGI) project (http://www.ngi.gov/) exists parallel to and complementary with Internet2 that is filled with bits of information that the common Internet user does not have access to even though our tax dollars fund it. I’m no expert, but wouldn’t it make sense to take critical networks to another level?

Melissa Hathaway, the White House’s last acting cybersecurity czar jumped ship after her recommendations were made. She, ” figured out that what the government can do to secure cyberspace is … nothing. Neither the computer networks nor human organizations cited in the official definition of cyberspace in Hathaway’s report were designed for top-down regulation. Federal oversight works for airports, but not for the Internet. In cyberspace, the best thing the government can do is what Hathaway just did: get out of the way.  http://venturebeat.com/2009/08/04/cybersecurity-czar-has-the-right-idea-give-up-on-centralized-security/

From the White House earlier this month,”we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov. sourced at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Facts-Are-Stubborn-Things/.  The Privacy Act of 1974 courtesy of  Nixon’s Watergate scandal prohibits any federal agency from maintaining records on individuals exercising their right to free speech but there is also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. More on this at https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/08/08/white-house-fishy-information-legal-in-cyberwar/

The conundrum boils down to one more thing the government seeks to control.  At least the premise of the Fairness Doctrine for the time being is on the shelf. 

 From the folks at CBS NEWS http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/08/28/taking_liberties/entry5270834.shtml who talked to Jena Longo, deputy communications director for the Senate Commerce committee, on the phone. She sent me e-mail with this statement:

The President of the United States has always had the Constitutional authority, and duty, to protect the American people and direct the national response to any emergency that threatens the security and safety of the United States. The Rockefeller-Snowe Cybersecurity bill makes it clear that the President’s authority includes securing our national cyber infrastructure from attack. The section of the bill that addresses this issue, applies specifically to the national response to a severe attack or natural disaster. This particular legislative language is based on longstanding statutory authorities for wartime use of communications networks. To be very clear, the Rockefeller-Snowe bill will not empower a “government shut down or takeover of the internet” and any suggestion otherwise is misleading and false. The purpose of this language is to clarify how the President directs the public-private response (emphasis mine) to a crisis, secure our economy and safeguard our financial networks, protect the American people, their privacy and civil liberties, and coordinate the government’s response.

“Free speech goes right to the very heart of what it is I talk about all the time – blogging. I believe that bloggers form an army of citizen reporters. Not all bloggers get it right. Some of them are downright nuts. But, in a country with free speech, that is par for the course.” says http://www.davidrisley.com/2009/08/28/free-speech-infringement/ and I agree wholeheartedly.

I said it before,” What’s a good defense, if you don’t have a good offense like Big Brother collecting personal data?” Now having the potential to just shut it all down as the President deems, dooms us to another step up the socialism ladder.   Pulling the plug on grandpa and the Internet in the same presidency redefines liberty and tyranny.

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Does it really matter who killed the Kennedy’s?  Who is killing America? 

Wake up from the dead America.  Kopecny (sp?) ain’t  coming back to life and if we are not careful neither will capitalism. 

Caught Glen Beck saying he doesn’t g a fcuk anymore if anyone hates him -he is sticking to his principles.  My principal used to give me spankings and that is scary for America.

As a good Catholic may God rest his soul but-  “Here in Rome Ted Kennedy is nobody. He’s a legend with his own constituency,” says the Vatican official. “If he had influence in the past it was only with the Archdiocese of Boston and that eventually disappeared too.” Some say the final sunset on the Kennedy name within Catholic halls of power was the Vatican’s decision in 2007 to overturn the annulment of the first marriage of former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, the eldest son of Robert Kennedy. The successful appeal by Joe Kennedy’s ex-wife Sheila Rauch, an Episcopalian, was another blow for the Kennedy image in Catholic circles. http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090827/wl_time/08599191906400

Circle of life.  Only God judges.

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By all accounts hurricane Bill should have smacked Cape Cod right in the ass.

By all accounts, if you do not believe that the government just might have some degree of weather control— how is it that suddenly hurricane Bill is going to pass over where the Obama family just happens to be on vacation? 

The massive Exxon Mobile -98,200 barrel per day Hibernia platform, which has a huge drilling operation is also business as usual. 

Rather convenient.

STORM WARNING IN MASSACHUSETTS-A tropical storm warning was also in effect on Saturday for parts of the United States’ Massachusetts coast, including the island of Martha’s Vineyard, where President Barack Obama and his family are due to start a summer vacation on Sunday.http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE57K19320090822

Boats and swimmers are barred from beaches and the ocean from Hatteras to Main’s coast as the risk of rip tides and flooding are apparent.

 Got to start planning vacations around the Obama’s I guess. 

 http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-318241 to see what a day’s difference can make on the beach.

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Congress has left the building and I am going with them.   In my email inbox today a letter from Mitch Stewart, Director Organizing for America:

“All throughout August, our members of Congress are back in town. Insurance companies and partisan attack groups are stirring up fear with false rumors about the President’s plan, and it’s extremely important that folks like you speak up now….Earlier this week, the President wrote that “this is the moment our movement was built for” and asked us all to commit to join at least one event this month.” http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/obamaforamerica/gGMPmC

“Our movement?”  How about a movement toward socialism? 

Already a public relations nightmare, the Administration is asking you to report blog and web sites that disagree with Obama’s health care reform.  Taking names, logging IP’s, creating a data base of people’s opinions that are against the elected? https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/08/05/white-house-informant-report-fishy-things-on-health-care/

Throw in President Obama saying,  “I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be, potentially, some transition process: I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out, ” and the movement is getting clearer.

“In an egalitarian society, lawmakers do not exploit their office to vote themselves lavish perks but live much like the people they represent. Congress should get the same health coverage enjoyed — can that be the right verb? — by a typical American. writes http://ethicist.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/03/too-much-vacation-for-congress/

What’s clear to me is that if Congress gets 4 weeks vacation, I can have a few days with the computer turned off to enjoy summers waning days.

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