Friday, February 27, 2015

February 26, 2015 – The End of Freedom in America

BY ALAN CARUBA

The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.

That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”

Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”

“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.

The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.

Crovitz warned that “This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.”

Earlier this week, as reported by Giuseppe Macri in The Daily Caller the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, asked Chairman Tom Wheeler “to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public. ‘We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.’”

There is some evil at work here because, as the Republican commissioners point out, “the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last May.”

Shades of ObamaCare! Even the Democrats who voted that monstrosity into law had not read it. Now neither Congress, nor the rest of America is being permitted to see regulations that will determine what can and cannot be posted to the Internet, the greatest instrument of free speech ever invented since the printing press.

Commissioner Pai says that the FCC is “adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority we don’t have.” He estimates that the regulations will add up to $11 billion in new taxes on Internet access.

In a commentary, “Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet”, Judi McLeod, the editor of CanadaFreePress.com, said “Forget NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and all warnings sent by Edward Snowden. They’ve got nothing on how Net Neutrality will silence you.”

“Someday in the near future when you type in the words “Islamic terrorists” in an Internet post, you will be knocked off the Net and find it all but impossible to climb back on again.”

Do I think the Congress will exercise its oversight responsibilities and stop this tyrannical power grab? No. Do I think our court system will do anything other than bow to precedent set by earlier FCC regulations? Yes.

As a nation founded on and devoted to freedom of speech, I think February 26, 2015 will go down in the history books as the day when that freedom came to an end in America [bold type, mine].

Thanks to a National Security Agency we no longer have any privacy regarding anything we say using telephones, the Internet or any other form of communication.

If the Democrat-controlled FCC has its way, the Internet will slow your access and could eliminate access [sic] countless sites that provide news and express opinions the federal government finds offensive. That’s what tyrannies do.

© Alan Caruba, 2015

Common Core Tweets

My Tweets from yesterday’s Tweet fest to stop Common Core & No Child Left Behind event sponsored by Heritage Action:

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570350896099430401

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570364387661209600

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570369162440151042

What Obama’s Internet Power Grab Means for Free Markets and Free Speech

This is IMPORTANT.  Net Neutrality will kill the internet and our Free Speech as we know it – How is Obamacare working out for YOU?

February 26 is Internet Doom’s Day.

Written by: Seton Motley

That is the day President Barack Obama’s campaign-coin-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will jam through President Obama’s Title-II-Reclassification-Net-Neutrality power grab.

(At this point, I wish Chairman Wheeler had instead been appointed an ambassador – like oh-so-many other Obama contributors.)

Meanwhile, President Obama wants to ramp up government-provided broadband. To fill the void his Internet regulatory body slam will create in the private sector.

And here is where a free market problem begets a free speech one.

As we know, government control leads to rationing – in this case bandwidth. As we know from the Internal Revenue Service scandal – it is Less Government advocates that will get the short end of the government stick.

Democrat donors will never have to wait in line for ObamaCare medical attention. Or Web downloads.

We will.

All of which and more is laid out in this Public Service Announcement (PSA).

Please contact your Senators and Congressmen – and demand they do everything they can to rein in this rogue Commission:

(202) 224-3121.

Transcript:

“Obama’s plan for the Internet – Net Neutrality, Title II Reclassification – is Socialism for the Internet. It guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing.

“What this is – is an assault on the industry to effect an ideological outcome.

“Where have we seen this before? ObamaCare.

“Likewise, with the Internet – with Title II Reclassification and Net Neutrality – this is an assault on the Internet industry to effect that same ideological outcome.

“This is why Barack Obama is trying to fund through federal money the local governments’ foolhardy notion of getting into the broadband business.

“He wants to ramp that up to fill the void he is creating with Net Neutrality and Title II Reclassification

“And when this government presence grows as the private presence shrinks – this very quickly becomes a free market problem that begets a free speech problem.

“When government is the sole Internet Service Provider (ISP), bandwidth rationing becomes a problem just like health care rationing becomes a problem.

“And then when they’re rationing and deciding who gets bandwidth and who doesn’t. As we’ve seen from the IRS, the Left-wing websites won’t have a problem getting bandwidth – it’s going to be the Right-wing websites who will have a problem getting bandwidth.

“The people who are going to be waiting in line – whether it’s for health care, whether it’s for bandwidth – are the people who are opposed to Big Government, the people who are opposed to government takeovers of private sectors.

“So a free market assault begets a free speech problem.

“All of which is consolidated and compiled into the February 26 Internet power grab takeover that’s going to happen at the Federal Communications Commission.”

Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Red State.

“America’s Mayor” Stands His Ground With Megyn Kelly

Published on Feb 19, 2015 by News&Politics (Mediaite)

Rudy Giuliani continued to defend his comments about President Barack Obama not “loving” America during a combative appearance on Fox News with Megyn Kelly Thursday night. Asked if he wanted to apologize for his comment, the former NYC mayor said, “Not at all, I want to repeat it.” [Bold type, mine]

“To say that he doesn’t love [A]america, I mean, that he could view foreign policy as a Democrat might view it and through a different lens than you or a Republican might see it, you can understand the differences between you,” Kelly said to Giuliani. “But to condemn his patriotism? To question his love of America?”

Wetumpka Tea Party Leader Becky Gerritson Eyes Congressional Run, Rep. Roby Responds to Allegations

Becky Gerritson of the Wetumpka, Ala. Tea Party testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing with organizations that say they were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service while seeking tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

By Leada Gore

Wetumpka Tea Party President Becky Gerritson was first propelled into the national spotlight in 2013 when she became the face of a controversy surrounding alleged targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service.

Now, Gerritson said she is considering running for Congress from Alabama’s Second District, currently represented by Republican Martha Roby of Montgomery.

Gerritson isn’t pulling any punches on why she might run.

Continue reading at al.com.

Related article:  Wetumpka Tea Party leader says what IRS did was ‘un-American’

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/06/wetumpka_tea_party_leader_says.html

Rubio Abandons GOP Position, Caves to Obama Executive Amnesty

And what about all that talk of the Constitution and our Founding Fathers back in 2010 Sen. (then Mr.) Rubio?

By Matthew Boyle

UPDATE: Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant reached out to Breitbart News after the publication of this article to clarify the senator’s position.

“Senator Rubio does not support shutting down DHS,” Conant said in a statement. “But he does support stopping the new executive order on immigration and is willing to support any approach we could get passed to stop it. But the President had made clear he will veto any effort to stop his unconstitutional order. And Senate Democrats have made clear they will not even end their filibuster on the DHS funding bill. The result will be a DHS shutdown which would be harmful to our national security. The answer is not for Republicans to surrender and pass a clean funding bill. The answer is for the President and Senate Democrats to abandon the executive order and cooperate in passing a series of immigration bills beginning with real border security.”

Conant also provided the entire transcript of Rubio’s remarks, which includes the exact quote from above and means the meaning of this story and the context in which it was put are accurate.  Read the rest of this article at breitbart.com.

White House response to ISIS beheading of 21 Christians

Question:  When do Christians become “Citizens?”
Answer:  When the White House describes their beheading by Islamist Extremists.

 

 

Hat tip: bizpacreview.com

Obamacare Punishing Doctors that Protect Privacy and Reject Cookbook Medicine

From my friend, Dr. David McKalip:

Can you TRUST your doctor when they are paid less for not complying with the insurance company/government cookbook or for not putting your data in a hackable database?

By David McKalip, M.D.

Your Doctor is being punished by the Federal government for protecting your personal health information.  Your doctor is also being punished by the Federal Government if they fail to follow the government cookbook medicine protocol.  This week, I was among many doctors that received a notice that my payments would be cut by Medicare since I was not using an electronic medical record to report my patients’ private medical data to the Federal government. I was also not attempting to comply with cookbook protocols that, for instance, deny antibiotics to my patients who need it after certain surgeries. This so-called “incentive” program claims to improve quality of care but is really about punishing your doctor until they comply with the government’s goals.  The goals of Obamacare in this case is to force your doctors to ration your care and to lower the quality to a uniform level of “one-size-fits-all” medicine that ignores the needs of individual patients. This doctor won’t lower his standards to that of the government. Ever.

Doctors are being told that they will be paid 1.5% less unless they report how often they provided certain types of medical care to the Medicare program and various insurance programs.  That penalty will increase to 5% by 2019. The program, called the “Physician Quality Reporting System” (PQRS) began as a “bonus program” in about 2008 and transformed to a penalty program under Obamacare. In addition, doctors that don’t enter your data in an electronic medical record and send prescriptions to your pharmacy electronically over the internet will face up to a 5% penalty after 2018 as well. By 2019, all the penalties for not following bureaucratic interference in the practice of medicine will go up to a 13% cut in Medicare payments to doctors. Doctors in solo and small practices have been the most unlikely to report the data for several reasons. First, it is very expensive to buy, implement and maintain the computer systems to report the data. Secondly, the data will be used against them to add other penalties on top of the 13% hit in 2019 if doctors don’t reach the government thresholds defined by bureaucrats. Finally, many – especially those still in small private practices – are merely conscientiously objecting to telling anyone outside the patient-physician relationship about their patients or tolerating interference in the practice of medicine by regulators, insurance companies and politicians. You can count this neurosurgeon among that group of doctors.  Read more at sunbeamtimes.com.

Thanks Michelle

1,000 Al Qaeda Terrorists

This sign was prominently displayed in front of a Business in Florida and you are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory sign.  However, we are a society which holds freedom of speech as perhaps one of our greatest liberties.  And after all, it is only a sign, right?  You may ask:  “What kind of business would dare post such a sign?”

Answer: A Funeral Home!

You gotta love it!!!

https://www.facebook.com/VirtuousKnight?fref=photo

In This Day Where Lying Is As Natural As Breathing – Liz Trotta

Liz Trotta is the former New York bureau chief of The Washington Times and is a contributor for FOX News Channel.

The author of “Fighting for Air: In the Trenches with Television News,” Trotta was the first woman to cover a war for broadcast news.

She began her career in journalism in 1965 working for the NBC affiliate in New York and won network recognition by taking on tough assignments including covering the Vietnam War and 1984 presidential candidate, George McGovern.

Trotta has worked for Hillman Periodicals; Inter-Catholic Press Agency; Long Island Press; Chicago Tribune; Newsday; NBC and CBS. In 1960-1961, she taught a once-per-week journalism class at Stern College of Yeshiva University.

The winner of three Emmy awards and two Overseas Press Club awards, Trotta is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. foxnews.com.

 

Benghazi Committee’s Democrats and Republicans Want to Question Hillary Clinton

By: @SharylAttkisson / February 06, 2015

The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced that both Democrats and Republicans want to schedule the appearance of Hillary Clinton “as soon as possible.”

But first, says Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the State Department must provide documents originally subpoenaed in 2013 so the materials can be reviewed in order to “constructively ask questions of Secretary Clinton.”

Among the materials sought: documents related to the State Department’s Accountability Review Board investigation and other relevant emails and documents in the possession of the State Department.

For the first time, the committee has also disclosed a partial list of executive branch, military, intelligence and State Department witnesses it intends to interview beginning as early as April 1. It includes Clinton’s top aides Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.

Click HERE to see list and read about the people that Chairman Trey Gowdy and the Select Committee want to call to testify.  Click HERE.

Via thedailysignal.com.

 

“Snipers Save Lives” Billboard

EXCLUSIVE: Conservative Grassroots Group Plans Massive Snipers Save Lives Billboard Outside Dolby Theatre During 87th Academy Awards


Pushing back against radical, anti-America statements made against our military by the likes of Michael Moore and Seth Rogen following the success of “American Sniper,” national grassroots group Grassfire.com is planning a Hollywood campaign that is certain to turn heads. The campaign involves a large billboard positioned directly in view from the Dolby Theatre where the 87th Academy Awards ceremony will take place. The billboard will run for three weeks with the third week hitting during the actual ceremony.  Read more at libertynews.com.

Hat tip: Eric Odom

OBAMA, Christians Are Just Like Islamic Radicals Who Burn People Alive

Barack Obama lashed out at Christians today at the Annual Prayer Breakfast.

The President used his warped version of the Crusades to bash Christians.
He also blamed slavery and Jim Crow laws on Christians?
Seriously?

The president:

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place. Remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. And our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Read more at gatewaypundit.com.

The White House Won’t Reveal Who Attended Obama’s Secret Meeting With Muslim Leaders

The most transparent administration in history at work:

President Barack Obama reportedly talked to Muslim Americans about stopping the Islamic State and stopping anti-Muslim discrimination during a meeting at the White House Wednesday. He even apparently talked to them about Obamacare.

Citing privacy issues, the White House refused to identify the Muslim leaders who met with Obama in private. The meeting was closed to the press and did not include a list of participants.

“The President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam,” according to the White House. Continue reading at theblaze.com.

 

 

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