The insanity of Obamacare in one sentence


Dr. Barbara Bellar Candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18 sums up Obamacare in one sentence.

“Let me get this straight. This is a long sentence.

We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase,
and fined if we don’t,
which puportedly covers at least 10 million more people,
without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16000 new IRS agents,
written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
passed by a congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it,
and signed by a president who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes,
for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect,
by a government which has already bankrupted social security and medicare,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that’s broke.

What the [Blank] could possibly go wrong!”

BLM proposal: Another waste of taxpayer money


The BLM has ramped up the removal of wild horses at a dizzying pace and it is hard trying to  keep up with them and comment on all of them (maybe that’s why the BLM waited to the last minute to send out all the press releases about roundups).  Below is an open letter to the BLM regarding the Challis Herd Management Area in Idaho.

Debbie Coffey  © Copyright 2012  All Rights Reserved


September 9, 2012

Mr. Steve Ellis, BLM Idaho State Director
Mr. Joe Kraayenbrink, BLM Idaho Falls District manager
Mr. Todd Kuck, Challis Field Office Manager
Mr. Kevin Lloyd, BLM Rangeland Management Specialist

RE:  DOI-BLM-ID-1030-2012-0006-EA

Dear Mr. Lloyd, Mr. Kuck, Mr. Kraayenbrink and Mr. Ellis:

I urge you to select Alternative 5, NO ACTION.  Also, the proposed Challis Wild Horse gather may be in violation of laws, and the above proposed Preliminary EA gives misleading information to the American public.

On 1.3 Purpose and Need for Action, this EA states this action is needed “to be consistent with the established AML” (Appropriate Management Level) and that this action would “restore a thriving natural ecological balance.”

Actually, your proposed action wouldn’t restore a thriving natural ecological balance.  It would do just the opposite, and violate the law.  The Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, even with amendments, stressed that wild horses are “to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”

1) I believe your proposed action will be creating a non-viable herd. 
It seems that in the last genetic analysis of the Challis herd, the samples were received by Dr. Gus Cothran September 10, 2002 (about ten years ago), and the report was issued about a year later on September 15, 2003.  At that time, on page 3 of Dr. Cothran’s report, 25% had a frequency of less that 0.05, and he stated “This low frequency puts these variants at a high risk of loss.”  Will your proposed removal create an even higher risk of loss of not only frequency (putting variants at risk), but also risking variability and viability? More

Judges, lawyers use guardianships to prey on elderly


Reprinted with Permission

Barbara Hollingsworth

Local Opinion Editor

The Washington Examiner

Think your well-tended nest egg will protect you from the depredations of old age? Don’t count on it.

Little has changed since the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled almost a decade ago that Probate Judge Kaye Christian abused her power by ordering retired economist Mollie Orshansky, creator of the federal poverty line, removed from her sister’s care in New York and placed in a District guardianship against her will.

Even multimillionaires cannot prevent a judge from appointing a total stranger to take complete control of their affairs — and banish family members who object.

That’s what happened to five-term D.C. Council member Hilda Mason and her husband, Charles, a Harvard graduate who traced his lineage back to the Plymouth landing. Despite Charles’ $22.5 million fortune, this power couple ended their lives in squalor.

Blind, wheelchair-bound and suffering from diabetes and skin cancer, Charles spent his last days in dirty clothing and worn-out shoes, with fingernails so long they curled around his fingers.

“He looked like a hobo,” one witness told The Washington Examiner. His frail wife suffered a broken collarbone when one of her “caregivers” ran her over with a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

At the time of Hilda Mason’s death in 2007, debris and broken furniture littered every room of the couple’s once-stately Shepherd Park home. The roof leaked and the house was infested with rodents and insects.

As attorneys helped themselves to the couple’s assets, Episcopal Senior Ministries reported that “there appears to be no individual or group that is currently responsible for the cleaning/condition of the house.”

According to a Jan. 9, 2001, court transcript, a clearly competent Charles Mason testified before the same Judge Christian that he no longer wanted the Virginia attorney he had previously hired to represent him.

Less than three months later, Charles was declared incompetent after an adverse reaction to a psychotropic cocktail landed him in Suburban Hospital’s psychiatric ward. More

Exploitation of the elderly: Predatory guardians at work

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