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As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, the United States government continues to battle abortion as part of the health care reform battle.

The way abortions are covered under health care reform is a major obstacle to finalizing the legislation, even though the House and Senate both agree that no federal money should be used.  The stumbling block is whether insurance plans that get federal money are completely barred from covering abortions, or whether they can cover it as long as they require customers to write separate checks for the procedure using their own money. …Abortions in the first trimester typically cost between $350 and $900, according to Planned Parenthood. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091223/D9CP9T4O0.html.

Arguing over the sanctity of life at Christmas is asinine.  Go home already, and start over in the New Year. 

At 7:16 a.m., the Senate passed on a 60-39 party line vote a sweeping health care bill that will tighten insurance regulations, provide insurance for 31 million more Americans and cost $871 billion over the next decade. “This is for my friend Ted Kennedy, aye,” said Sen. Robert Byrd as he cast his vote.  Clearly exhausted, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mistakenly voted no before changing his vote to yes, which got a laugh in the chamber, especially from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. via http://www.politico.com/livepulse/1209/BREAKING__Senate_passes_health_bill_.html

The Catholic bishops fired off another letter to the U.S. Senate last night urging opposition to the Democratic healthcare bill poised to pass tomorrow. Despite abortion funding restrictions that have provoked the ire of the leading abortion-rights groups, the bishops say the Senate bill still allows federal funding of abortion coverage and make clear they’ll accept nothing less than the House healthcare bill’s sweeping ban on federal abortion funding. via http://www.usnews.com/blogs/god-and-country/2009/12/23/catholic-bishops-still-opposed-to-senate-health-reform-bill.html

Only God knows what these buffoons will come up with behind closed doors with claims of transparency.  In a pork filled bill, shame on everyone of them who basically were bribed with federal money for their state as a means of convincing them to vote for this bill.  There is a investigation for everything else, let someone please investigate exactly who and which states will directly benefit.  Lumps of coal for them all from Santa. 

Even the military has a problem with pregnancy. “Facing criticism over his order banning pregnancies for those in his command in Iraq, a U.S. general has backed off, slightly. While there are still reprimands issued for those violating the order, it does not appear there will be any courts-martial involved. http://www.huliq.com/3257/89902/us-general-defends-iraq-no-pregnancy-order .  Trillions in debt, 4200 dead soldiers 31000 wounded in Iraq, throw in Afghanistan and it just makes you sick.

Rob Yllescas was seriously injured while serving in Afghanistan.  Sadly, on December 1st, 2008 Rob passed away leaving his wife Dena, daughters Julia and Eva, and many other loving family members and friends. You can read about the family, make a donation and be reminded that the cost of freedom is high at http://yllescasfamily.blogspot.com/2009/11/merry-christmas-from-heaven.html.  From the site…

Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go. But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone. But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates of why he wasn’t there today. But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home… But the little girl went to school eager to tell them all. About a dad she never sees a dad who never calls. There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats One by one the teacher called a student from the class. To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed. At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare. Each of them was searching, a man who wasn’t there. ‘Where’s her daddy at?’ She heard a boy call out. ‘She probably doesn’t have one,’ another student dared to shout. And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say, ‘Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day.’ The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom. And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on. And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak. And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique. ‘My Daddy couldn’t be here, because he lives so far away. But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day. And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know. All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so. He loved to tell me stories he taught me to ride my bike. He surprised me with pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite. We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone. And though you cannot see him. I’m not standing here alone. ‘Cause my daddy’s always with me, even though we are apart I know because he told me, he’ll forever be in my heart.’ With that, her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest. Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress. And from somewhere there in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears. Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years. For she stood up for the love of a man not in her life. Doing what was best for her, doing what was right. And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd. She finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud. ‘I love my daddy very much, he’s my shining star. And if he could, he’d be here, but heaven’s just too far. You see he is a Marine and died just this past year When a roadside bomb hit his convoy and taught Americans to fear. But sometimes when I close my eyes, it’s like he never went away’ And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that day. And to her mother’s amazement, she witnessed with surprise. A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes. Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside. Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side. ‘I know you’re with me Daddy,’ to the silence she called out. And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt. Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed. But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose. And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of her shining star. And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far. —Author unknown

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/ lists the names of those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Debates go on, the debt gets higher, soldiers are dying, people are starving, there are few jobs to be held, and many in America have no insurance.  Time to change the channel from C-Span and tune in to God.  In a Vatican first, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Christmas midnight mass two hours early, at 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday. The Vatican is blaming it on his advanced age of 82, so he can get to bed a little earlier before the  Urbi et Orbi blessing, Christmas Day Mass.  You can watch it on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/vatican

Related post at https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/winter-solstice-2009-health-care/

Merry Christmas.

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2009 Pontiac Solstice Concept Car

It is almost official that Winter is here.  The ground has been frozen for sometime and the flurries have been flying.  At 12:47 today Winter Solstice 2009 begins officially.  It is also the shortest day of the year.  The word solstice derives from Latin, Winter Solstice meaning Sun set still in winter and usually associated with a time of rebirth with celebrations like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, festivals of light, etc.  We even got invited to a Solstice Party, since it is no longer correct to say or celebrate Christmas.  Gag me, we sent our regrets.

We’ve been going to bed when it is dark and waking up when it is dark so the idea that the days will now begin to get longer, gives us hope that spring will eventually return. Too bad we will probably never see this Solstice concept car on the roads free of snow, gravel and salt.  The Pontiac division of GM has been shuttered along with any future plans to make this vehicle. 

Today’s Solstice chart shows a tight conjunction of the Sun to Pluto, planet of death and rebirth, suggesting that something will end during this period and something born anew.  Because Pluto is still widely challenging Saturn in a square formation this change and transformation will likely not come easily.  Something that is already established (Saturn) will have to be surrendered (Pluto) in order for evolution to occur. http://blog.beliefnet.com/astrologicalmusings/2009/12/the-astrology-chart-of-the-200.html

Unfortunately, that which is being surrendered is your personal choice in health care as the Senate has enough votes to pass sweeping, pork laden legislation.  The evolution of government run health programs is laughable considering social security, medicaid, medicare, etc., are already nearly broke. The government also owns 61% of General Motors- the future is still out on that investment.  Our debt is in the trillions and the government accounting office is setting off alarm bells at the cost of free health care.  Equally as alarming, “The Congressional Budget Office, however, determined that the 90 percent requirement that Franken and Rockefeller had pushed for amounted to nationalization of the industry.’ via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/19/franken-dems-unified-behi_n_398183.html

Throw in the fact that President Obama’s cap n crap bill, the land management bill that will give the government control of not just navigable waters- but puddles in your yard, and a future climate change treaty, it is enough to ruin any one’s Solstice Party.  Can anyone think of anything at all that the government does not have a hand in? 

While there are still people who believe global warming and climate change is man made, much of the world is digging out from massive snow storms.  Valdez, Alaska got almost 6 feet of snow, the last couple of days buried most of the northeast and “The heaviest snowfall and extremely cold weather for years has brought much of the U.K. and Europe to a standstill in the last couple of day’s, five trains where stranded in the Channel tunnel and thousands of weather related accidents have been reported and thousands of travellers are stranded waiting for cancelled flights! via http://gazbom.blogspot.com/2009/12/severe-winter-arrives-in-northern.html?spref=tw.  We got an email from Target letting us know due to the weather it was extending is hours to 7 am – midnight to accommodate last minute capitalists.

Living Through The Looking Glass, who writes at http://creativehealinggoddess.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/goal-setting-during-the-winter-solstace/   says, “The period is  from the 21st to the 23rd (this is a three-day portal) so during this time the use of  tapping into your creativity  to plan and find out what is really needed right now and what needs to be done to bring harmony into your  life.  This is also a time to seed  your dreams, pay attention to your dreams, and keep your body free from foods that are going to shut down your Intuition.  Use the energy of the number 3 to bring yourself into alignment with Spirit, and the energy of the number to build and give structure which is needed at this time.”

What is really needed is to vote out our elected officials and start with a clean bill of health.  For the record, not one Republican voted for this health care bill. 

The elections are far off.  In the meantime you might as well celebrate Solstice and have a Merry Christmas while your at it.

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CNN is not reporting that President Obama’s poll numbers are dropping into negative territory, but Rasmussen is.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll
 
The love affair with “That One,” seems to be ending.  The vision of Hope and Change he campaigned on, did not allude to emptying the change out of every citizen’s pocketbook.  President Obama’s negative numbers are like so many Americans personal finances- heading into negative territory and debt.
 
Rasmussen went on to say:
 
Most voters think health care reform is something the federal government should be addressing, but they don’t like the plan that’s working its way through Congress. In fact, only 41% support it now, marking the lowest extended period of support for the plan yet.   But President Obama and the Democrats who control Congress are pushing ahead on the unpopular health care legislation anyway. 
 
The price of freedom isn’t free.  It is not an alienable right in America that a citizen gets necessities for free, and certainly not forever.  America was not founded upon being a welfare state, but that is exactly what we are becoming.  One thing you can’t call Obama, is a liar.  In conversation with Joe The Plumber, he told us exactly what his intentions were- to share the wealth, take us down a path to socialism and into a new world order.
 
CNN and the networks remain faithful in the love affair with the President.  He did just receive the Nobel Peace Prize, negotiate (without congressional authority I might add) a deal at the U.N. Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen, a speech on the economy pre-empting Charlie Brown, and reiterated our commitment to Afghanistan by offering another 30,000 U.S. troops. 
 
With so much accomplished in one week, wouldn’t you think the trending numbers would be skyrocketing in his approval rating?  What is bad for the President is apparently good for Fox News.  Fox is seeing huge increase in ratings because many Americans do not like how, and where the President is leading the nation.   Are so many Americans coming to think like Rush Limbaugh in that they want him to fail so he will not be re-elected?  How will  this bode for the Republicans and conservatives next year?  
   
Lookup fellowship wrote:
 
Their is gross incompetence at the highest levels of government and our elected officials on both sides of the aisle aren’t doing the job we hired them to do. I also need to point out that I’m not promoting some type of carefree attitude either where you just throw your hands up in the sky and never get involved in politics. I’m simply suggesting that we need to take a step back and see government, politics, and the political debate for what it truly is an extension of the spiritual realm disguised as an entirely earthly body.http://www.lookupfellowship.com/2009/11/now-playing-order-out-of-chaos.html  
Voters were misled that Obama, “That One,” was the One to lead us towards solving not only America but the world’s problem.  He is no Messiah, and heaven forbid if the current health care reform bill passes.  Likely, there are more words in it than in the Bible.  The Bible being the best selling book on earth is also the one book that most people have never read and like the bill, most won’t read every word of it either.
 
Thinking about the Bible, it would appear God’s polling numbers are up.  For most Americans, the December holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year.  According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, 52% consider the holidays joyous, a five-point jump in joy since last year at this time.
 
The vast majority (86%) of Americans say they will be celebrating Christmas this year. Four percent (4%) will observe Hanukkah, three percent (3%) will celebrate Winter Solstice or Yule, and one percent (1%) will take part in some other religious observance. 
 
 In the meantime, The White House will be mailing Holiday Cards, rather than Christmas Cards. 

I wonder if anyone at the White House will remember these images for use in the holiday cards from the leader of the free world, and current resident at the White House?   

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According to the Congressional Budget Office, the House Health Care bill would cost $894 billion over 10 years and extend insurance coverage to 36 million, covering 96 percent of Americans. It is expected to cut the deficit by $30 billion in the first 10 years according to Organizing for America http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/CloeAxelson/gGMy2r

This morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will unveil(ed)  the re-tooled Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962). (Read the bill HERE.) with props to http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/10/29/details-house/ who notes that the legislation on the floor next week, with a final vote before “Veterans Day,” November 11th. At the moment, “House Democrats do not have firm commitment from enough lawmakers to guarantee passage of their bill.” One whip count has shown 23 centrist Democrats intend to vote against any health bill. Assuming that all Republicans vote against it, the bill can lose at least 38 Democrats and still pass the chamber.

From The Republican address on health care, delivered by Dr. Charles Boustany (R-LA) following President Obama’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress-

I read the bill Democrats passed through committee in July. It creates 53 new government bureaucracies, adds hundreds of billions to our national debt, and raises taxes on job-creators by $600 billion. And, it cuts Medicare by $500 billion, while doing virtually nothing to make the program better for our seniors.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkbZByZCvKU

Pretty lame that you have to dig through the site for the last health care republican response while Harry Reid, a democrat is right on the ball and front and center at in a new Web video posted Thursday, making the case for a public health insurance option and appeals to voters across the country to contact Washington to “push hard” for its inclusion in the final bill.   Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/29/reid-calls-on-americans-c_n_339054.html.  If nothing else, Democrats have mastered the use of the Internet and every social bookmarking site in existence while with the exception of a few individuals GOP Republicans most certainly are lazy and inept.

The GOP Solutions for Healthcare’s  homepage at http://www.gop.gov/solutions/healthcare hasn’t been updated since Summer- barring a few links at the bottom and following Twitter Accounts from John Boehner at http://twitter.com/GOPLeader  where he offers:

10 Facts Every American Should Know About Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-Page Gov’t Takeover of Health Care http://gopleader.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=152063

“I’m asking you to believe,  Not just in my ability, to bring about real change in Washington…I am asking you to believe in yours,”  President Barack Obama.  We are coming to believe President Obama’s changes are critical to future of America and her sovereignty and we are not alone-

The narrative of a President who is too pliable has been growing in volume since the summer, much to the chagrin of the White House. Nor is it coming only from the right. There are those on the left who feel let down by Obama and are infuriated by his “political pragmatism”. They object, for instance, when he refuses to push aggressively for the so-called “public option” to compete with private insurers in a new health care system, or when he declines to meet with the Dalai Lama in Washington because his agenda with China is more important to him. They even don’t like it when he brushes off a member of Congress openly calling him a liar as being unimportant.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-twelve-months-on-the-star-falls-back-to-earth-1811148.html

 absolute bullshit

In true transparency of government Politico points out the contents of the bill with text like – 

“(a) Outpatient Hospitals – (1) In General – Section 1833(t)(3)(C)(iv) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395(t)(3)(C)(iv)) is amended – (A) in the first sentence – (i) by inserting “(which is subject to the productivity adjustment described in subclause (II) of such section)” after “1886(b)(3)(B)(iii); and (ii) by inserting “(but not below 0)” after “reduced”; and (B) in the second sentence, by inserting “and which is subject, beginning with 2010 to the productivity adjustment described in section 1886(b)(3)(B)(iii)(II)”.

Republican Rep. Joe Barton, who is Texan, said the bill is “about four reams of paper” that add up to the American public “getting reamed.” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28904.html

Adding more wasted taxpayer dollars- the U.S. has spent $1.5 billion for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and schools. In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1’s progress and educate the public about prevention. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/big-business-swine-flu/Story?id=8820642&page=1  Hopefully with good intention, the program has resulted in the fact most 1 out of 5 children have already had H1N1 Swine and the vast majority of vaccines will not be available until after the Swine Flu Season has peaked- https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/swine-flu-vaccines-unused-government-healthcare-wakeup-call/

Where are Joe Wilson and James Traficant when you need them? https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/joe-wilson-apology-fingers-crossed/  “You Lie ” and “Beam me up,” come to mind as this reform bill comes from the depths of  hell for small business, taxpayers and patients.

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