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Rock for South Sudan

In November 2007, I was able to go to southern Sudan. A local pastor, Charles, painted a very vivid picture of what it was like during the civil war prior to the 2005 peace treaty. Looking out at the field before us, he replayed just one instance of troops invading the village- lines of soldiers, shoulder to shoulder, coming in on each side. The people are defenseless in this village. Their tukuls provide little protection. While exploring one afternoon, I discovered some sort of explosive roped off in the grass that failed to explode. The people would cover their roofs with brush and branches to conceal them from the planes.

Charles

tukul

In March 2008, John Mark McMillan, Aaron Strumpel, and Travis Aicklen set out to make a difference in southern Sudan. They rocked for water. Scheduling eight shows in California, these bands used their giftings and musical abilities to promote a need, or better yet, a response. Every night, Travis would talk about what he experienced in southern Sudan (we went together). He would tell the crowd, “You spend your money on worthless things. People who were going to die are going to live because you gave.” And they did. They gave generously. Two weeks and eight shows later, $26,000 was raised. Since that time, one well has been dug with two more on the way (last I heard).

Rock for Water Crew

our well

Travis and I in Sudan

The NY Times just published this story: Violence Grips South Sudan as Vote Nears (PLEASE READ)

In the past, these rivalries occasionally became violent, with maybe a few warriors killed on each side. But the recent attacks seem more like infantry maneuvers. In one massacre this March, 17 villages were besieged and more than 700 people killed, according to United Nations officials….Diing Akol Diing, a county commissioner near Duk Padiet, keeps pictures of victims on his computer: Children with bullet holes in their chest. Old women curled up in pools of blood. Emaciated militia fighters in smart new camouflage.

“This is madness,” he says.

He clicks on a photograph of a dozen people wrapped in blankets, buried in a ditch.

“Mass graves?” he says. “We’ve never had mass graves.”

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There is just a year until the peace treaty expires. It sounds like the north is preparing. It sounds like the south is scared, hoping to hold out, hoping for independence. It sounds like we need to rock again- not for water, but for the people- for their hopes, for their freedom…for their very lives. The world learned of Darfur too late. Let’s not let this happen with the south. Let’s not wait until another 2 million men, women, and children are dead. Let us help to give them voice. Let us proclaim their story. Let’s Rock for South Sudan.

I’m not sure what to do. I just want to help and I want you to help, too. Are you in?

If so, watch this video from Journeyman Pictures. If not, watch this video from Journeyman Pictures. (August 2006)

This video is from June 1993 and will give you some context.

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December 15, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, Health Care, Politics, Religion | Leave a comment

$1.8 trillion is MORE than $61 billion

Republican plan for health-care reform: $61 billion

“For the 87% of Americans who have insurance and who overwhelmingly like the system, this is a much better prescription for real cost savings, and without the heavy government intervention that threatens the liberty and economic stability of Americans.  The only people disadvantaged by this plan are those pursuing ObamaCare out of ideological animus towards the private market.”

Democrat plan for health-care reform: $1.8 trillion

“The CBO reports that, in their true first 10 years, the House bill would cost $1.8 trillion, and the Senate bill would cost $1.7 trillion. Pelosi would raise Americans’ taxes by $1.1 trillion over that period, while Reid would hike them by $1 trillion.”

Anyone acting like health care in and of itself is a RIGHT to be paid and provided for by taxpayers has been intellectually swindled by big government nonsense. It is comparable to praying for world peace; biblically, it’s not reality. How about ALL OF US get behind reform that actually makes sense? Would that not be better for our country, for the ill, and for those who can honestly not afford private health insurance? (Which is not 47 million– I don’t care how much the left spins it).

Work smarter, America.

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | Leave a comment

The Ups and Downs (but in reverse)

MEDICAL COSTS UP….JOB CREATION DOWN

In case you’re confused, medical costs are suppose to decrease under the proposed legislation and job creation is supposed to increase.

“The nation’s medical costs will keep spiraling upward even faster than they are now under Democratic legislation pending in the House, a report from government economic experts concluded Wednesday.”

Does the White House have a reason for this? Of course they do, “The Obama administration immediately challenged the analysis, saying it is out of date because the House bill is being rewritten to bring costs under tighter control and will be merged eventually with other House legislation and a Senate bill.”

You be the judge. However, estimated costs of government programs are ALWAYS lower than they turn out to be. “Washington has just run a $1.4 trillion budget deficit for fiscal 2009, even as we are told a new health-care entitlement will reduce red ink by $81 billion over 10 years. To believe that fantastic claim, you have to ignore everything we know about Washington and the history of government health-care programs.”

Secondly…

“While President Obama claimed the result of his stimulus bill would be the creation of 3.5 million jobs, the Nation has already lost a total of 2.7 million – a difference of 6.2 million jobs.  To see how stimulus has failed your state, see the table…”

Lastly, here’s a great (short) video on our increasing deficit (under Obama, not Bush).

October 23, 2009 Posted by | Economy, Health Care, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Can Obama even do what he’s doing?

Carson Holloway tackles the question beyond the policy questions of Obama’s health care reform plan in his article, Constitutional Questions About Health Care Reform. Here are some highlights:

– “Debates over health care reform have focused almost exclusively on policy. Few have considered whether Congress even has the constitutional authority to enact its proposed reforms.”

– “One might ask them: if the government cannot compel you to accept health care, how can it compel you to carry health insurance?…For if government cannot compel you to accept even medical care that will certainly prevent your death, why should it be permitted to compel you to purchase health insurance to provide for all manner of uncertain and lesser evils?”

– “It is one thing to accept a limitation on individual liberties when it arises from the exercise of the indisputable reserved right of state governments to regulate individual behavior with a view to the public health, but quite another when they emanate from a very extensive, and therefore very questionable, stretching of a federal power over interstate commerce.”

– “…it is difficult to see how universal health insurance is a reasonably implied responsibility under any of the limited objects with which the federal government has been entrusted.”

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The majority of this article hinges upon the fact that health insurance WILL BE MANDATORY. How will they enact this? By taxing every single person that does not have insurance.” -FactCheck.org

Claim: Page 167: Any individual who doesn’t have acceptable health care (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income

True. This is the mechanism in the bill to enforce the individual mandate requiring everyone to have insurance. A person who doesn’t have insurance that meets minimum benefit standards (or other acceptable coverage, such as a plan that was grandfathered in) would pay a penalty of 2.5 percent of modified adjusted gross income for the year. The total penalty can’t exceed a national average premium for individual coverage, or family coverage if applicable.”

(This is a complete campaign flip-flop. – PolitiFact)

So, can the federal government force this upon the American people? Does Washington still represent us? This guy certainly does not… “I don’t care what my constituents think.”

UPDATE

How do you enforce a health insurance mandate?

“The IRS will become the authority on “acceptable” insurance policies, which goes far beyond the agency’s expertise and mandate.  What makes a tax-collection agency an expert on health insurance?”

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | Leave a comment

Unseparate When Convenient

While UHCAN Ohio is attempting to join forces with the Church in promoting ObamaCare, you can be sure they won’t bring up this tidbit:

“Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally subsidized private plans.” – FactCheck.org

Liberals hate when the Church crosses State lines…until it proves convenient to meet their ends.

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

Debunking the Lies about the “Lies”

MoveOn.org just published the “Top 5 Healthcare Reform Lies”.  (It’s a sad day when fact checking happens by turning to the WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE!) I thought it best to expose the lies about their “lies” here.

Lie #1: Reform legislation includes a provision, supported by the AARP, to offer senior citizens access to a professional medical counselor who will provide them with information on preparing a living will and other issues facing older Americans.

Obama ought to read section 1233 of HR3200

“The biggest question mark comes from who wrote Section 1233 of the House health care overhaul bill. The original language was written by assisted suicide supporter Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) alongside a group that once was called the Hemlock Society – the nation’s biggest advocates of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Hemlock Society helped draft Oregon’s assisted suicide law – legislation that has led some afflicted people in Oregon getting letters “consulting” them that, while the state run plan would not pay for their cancer treatments, the state would be happy to pay for assisted suicide if they choose that option.”

Undue Influence by Charles Lance (WAPO)

“Though not mandatory, as some on the right have claimed, the consultations envisioned in Section 1233 aren’t quite “purely voluntary,” as Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.) asserts. To me, “purely voluntary” means “not unless the patient requests one.” Section 1233, however, lets doctors initiate the chat and gives them an incentive — money — to do so. Indeed, that’s an incentive to insist….Section 1233 goes beyond facilitating doctor input to preferring it.”

Side note: AARP may support Obamacare, but 60,000 members have left AARP as of July 1st.

Lie #2: With reform, choices will increase, not decrease. If you’re happy with your coverage and doctors, you can keep them.

It’s Not an Option (Investor’s Business Daily)

“The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:

“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.”

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.”

RX for Disaster- 83 million stand to lose their coverage – NY Post

“Its perverse incentives, plus the onerous regulations Congress plans to impose on employer-provided insurance, would cause more than half of those with employer-provided insurance to lose it — 83.4 million Americans, according to The Lewin Group, a prominent, politically neutral health-care analysis firm.”

ObamaCare: Kiss Your Access Goodbye (#5)

“The answer is an effect known as “crowd-out.” Recent experience shows that public insurance expansions mainly crowd out private insurance coverage, rather than provide coverage to those otherwise uninsured.”

How Health Care “Reforms” WIll Mess With Your Coverage (NY DAILY)

“But if you file a tax return and fail to attach proof of your qualifying health plan, theIRS, in coordination with the expanded federal office on electronic medical records and a new state bureaucracy called a Gateway, will find you, notify you of your default and fine you (sec. 59).”

Lie #3: Health care reform will expand access to high-quality health insurance, and give individuals, families, and businesses more choices for coverage.

ObamaCare: Kiss Your Access Goodbye (#1…through 6)

“Independent, peer-reviewed studies document that patients seeking care from physicians with specialty training-cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, and neurologists-must wait far longer for those services under government-run health systems.”

“The documented superiority of the U.S. health care system for cancer outcomes is most dramatic when comparing U.S. sur¬vival rates to the most centralized systems, like the government-run universal National Health System of Britain or Canada’s wholly government-controlled universal health system.”

“In stark contrast to the United States, countries with government-controlled systems show severe deficiencies in medical technologies, both in their availability and in what is a truly scandalous usage of antiquated versions often operating at substandard levels of function.”

“. . . when government dictates prices on services, those services become unavailable. And because of inappropriate government dictates on medical care coverage, it is the patient who suffers most. Directly or indirectly, choice becomes limited, and health care becomes rationed.”

Lie #4: Health care reform plans will not reduce Medicare benefits.

ObamaCare Does Cur Your Medicare Benefits

“Over one in five Medicare patients are enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plans that President Obama wants to completely cut. The benefits that over 10.5 million seniors would probably lose as a result of President Obama’s $200 billion in Medicare Advantage cuts include:

– prescription drug coverage

– preventive-care services

– coor dinated care for chronic conditions

– routine physical examinations

– additional hospitalization

– skilled nursing facility stays

– routine eye and hearing examinations

– glasses and hearing aids

Congress has been down this road before. After con gressional cuts in Medicare Plus Choice in 1997, millions of seniors lost access to private health coverage.”

Lie #5: We need health care reform now in order to prevent bankruptcy

AP: Analysis: Some health care numbers don’t tally

“Obama claims his health effort will not dig the nation deeper into debt and over time will help reduce deficits. He has vowed to not sign any health bill that raises deficits. But even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that none of the health plans pending on Capitol Hill would control long-term spending, and that ones with the elements Obama wants would add around $1 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years.”

Facts vs. Obama (Factcheck.org)

– Obama promised once again that a health care overhaul “will be paid for.” But congressional budget experts say the bills they’ve seen so far would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

– Obama claimed his budget “reduced federal spending over the next 10 years by $2.2 trillion” compared with where it was headed before. Not true. Even figures from his own budget experts don’t support that. The Congressional Budget Office projects a $2.7 trillion increase, not a $2.2 trillion cut.”

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | Leave a comment

Give it Up

“Obama’s promise is not just at odd’s with legislative proposals, it is also at odds with reality.”

This Washington Post article is referring to Obama’s promise that those who like their own health insurance can keep it. It does not take a genius to do just a LITTLE research and discover all the blatant inaccuracies. (I use “blatant” intentionally). Obama is not acting “stupidly”. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Like most of the nonsense he dilutes into brainwash, if he gives the people just enough doses, we’ll fall in line. That’s why I don’t watch his pre-planted town-hall meetings. His “facts” have been refuted time and time again and not only does not continue with the same jargon, but now he needs a new ad!

I have more posts on ObamaCare than any other topic. Just go through and read everything. There is enough on just this blog to dissuade any open-minded person from jumping on the ObamaCare bandwagon.

Ask yourself: Why would I be in favor of a health care plan advocated for by a man that is not a medical professional and who continues to offer inaccurate information, even after it has been refuted by independent parties?

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | , , , | 1 Comment

Strike a Pose

Top Poser: President Barack Obama

From FactCheck.org, Obama’s July 22nd press conference on health care was at the very least- misleading. Here’s a couple points:

– Obama promised once again that a health care overhaul “will be paid for.” But congressional budget experts say the bills they’ve seen so far would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

– Obama claimed his budget “reduced federal spending over the next 10 years by $2.2 trillion” compared with where it was headed before. Not true. Even figures from his own budget experts don’t support that. The Congressional Budget Office projects a $2.7 trillion increase, not a $2.2 trillion cut.

From the town-hall forum last night, Obama said, “We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors.” FALSE.

That’s not even the worst of it. The worst aspect of this health care debate so far, for me, is that last night’s town hall meeting was COMPLETELY RIGGED. That’s right! Those in attendance were admitted because they had INVITATIONS. This crucial bit of information is apparently lost on the AP stating that Obama “Braced for a fight he never got…” (the article has been updated since last night). HE NEVER GOT A FIGHT BECAUSE THE 1,000 PEOPLE OPPOSING HIS PLAN WERE LOCKED OUTSIDE! The AP said Obama was merely “taking on the role of fact-checker-in-chief for his top domestic priority.” But while the “fact-checker-in-chief” was “giving the facts”, USA Today was fact-checking his facts.

“But weren’t there poeple in the meeting that opposed his plan?” No. While Obama acted like he was giving a fair shot to the opposition and to GENUINE questions, Michelle Malkin has already exposed the plants: “But, you know, um, like Obama said: “I don’t want people saying I just have a bunch of plants in here.” Oh, goodness. Of course not.” Obama is quite the actor, no?

Robert Samuelson’s article is one of my favorites thus far: “One of the bewildering ironies of the health care debate is that President Obama claims to be attacking the status quo when he’s actually embracing it. Ever since Congress created Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, health politics has followed a simple logic: Expand benefits and talk about controlling costs. That’s the status quo, and Obama faithfully adheres to it. While denouncing skyrocketing health spending, he would increase it by extending government health insurance to millions more Americans.”

From a previous post, let’s not forget what Obama’s “savings” actually look like. It’s no wonder his approval rating is below 50.

And for fun, let’s put a face to Obama’s near 50 million people that desperately need insurance:

August 12, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | 1 Comment

Hypocrisy as Usual

Business as usual? I should say so!

Call my office, Doc! I think Rep. Scott is just following Obama’s lead in “bringing people together?”

..as is MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell as he “listens”  to Peter Schiff (running for Senate seat in Connecticut).

And this just takes the cake: Playbook for Thwarting Town Hall Protesters – “maybe so-called journalists should point out this obvious hypocrisy to their readers, listeners, and viewers.” (Be sure to read my last post as well).

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | Leave a comment

The Stink is Right Under Your Nose

After a series of heated town-hall meetings with upset and irate citizens (and rightfully so), the White House and “Democrats have likened the scenes to “mob rule” and accused the protesters and critics of being backed or put up to the behavior by large conservative organizations.”

It seems because the public is not swallowing the stank of Obama’s health care proposal, Obama is now asking his supporters to inform him of anything “fishy”.  What’s fishy about the Health Care debate is Obama’s plan. END-O-STORY. It stinks that it hasn’t been read by those in favor of it. It stinks that Congress is allowing themselves an out from having to use it. It stinks that Obama considers anyone who opposes it a “naysayer.” It stinks, it smells, it’s rotten. How many stories have been released exposing the lies within Obama’s claims? Tons!

In response to the claims of Repulican moles and town hall meetings becoming overwhelmed by an uninformed angry mob, Michelle Malkin is keeping it real.

Apparently, democracy is what he says it is. Everyone else is just uninformed and/or unable to see the light.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Politics | Leave a comment