Wingnutter’s Antisocialism Pledge

I downloaded this from somewhere, and I can’t for the life of me remember where.  I laughed out loud when I read it; it was during the height of the health INSURANCE reform debate (not to be confused with actual health CARE reform) and hit on all of the worst, most ill thought out arguments against health reform generally.

I, ________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:
I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.
I will complain about the destruction of my 2nd Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights by legally but brazenly brandishing unconcealed firearms in public.
I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls. Also.
I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life. I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following:
· Social Security
· Medicare/Medicaid
· State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)
· Police, Fire, and Emergency Services
· US Postal Service
· Roads and Highways
· Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)
· The US Railway System
· Public Subways and Metro Systems
· Public Bus and Lightrail Systems
· Rest Areas on Highways
· Sidewalks
· All Government-Funded Local/State Projects (e.g., see Iowa 2009 federal senate appropriations)
· Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose!)
· Public and State Universities and Colleges
· Public Primary and Secondary Schools
· Sesame Street
· Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children
· Public Museums
· Libraries
· Public Parks and Beaches
· State and National Parks
· Public Zoos
· Unemployment Insurance
· Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services
· Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From Local, State or Federal Government (pretty much all of them)
· Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived From Any Government Grant or Research Funding (again, pretty much all of them)
· Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and Velcro (Nazi-NASA Inventions)
· Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD’s ARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking
· Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With, Raised With or That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With Government Subsidies
· Clothing Made from Crops (e.g. cotton) That Were Grown With or That Contain Inputs From Government Subsidies
If a veteran of the government-run socialist US military, I will forego my VA benefits and insist on paying for my own medical care
I will not tour socialist government buildings like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
I pledge to never take myself, my family, or my children on a tour of the following types of socialist locations, including but not limited to:
· Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of American History
· The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments
· The government-operated Statue of Liberty
· The Grand Canyon
· The socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials
· The government-run socialist-propaganda location known as Arlington National Cemetery
· All other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in my state or in Washington, DC
I will urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their government salary and government-provided healthcare.
I will oppose and condemn the government-funded and therefore socialist military of the United States of America.
I will boycott the products of socialist defense contractors such as GE, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Humana, FedEx, General Motors, Honeywell, and hundreds of others that are paid by our socialist government to produce goods for our socialist army.
I will protest socialist security departments such as the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice and their socialist employees.
Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist Social Security checks.
Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own private health insurance until I die.
Printed Name/Town and State


Simply wonderful.  So they’re going to kill us with shovels, axes, (and plungers).  Beautiful.  Such sentiment.

Of course, the other side doesn’t represent themselves very well, either…way to go, Reagan.  You really did a nice job of destroying this country by allowing your cronies to import and utilize massive quantities of illegals, AND you destroyed our public school system as well.

Link to the actual Law

Arizona Senate Bill 1070

I’ve read the entire bill.  I could have been a lawyer in a different life, and I sometimes think my best place would be reviewing documents or as a legal nurse.  I always read the fine print.  Having said that, I think this bill is solid, with the exception of the following subsection:


THAT section may give them trouble if they don’t define that more clearly; training on exactly what constitutes a violation of this subsection is going to be a must for officers.  If I were an officer I would just stay away from detaining anybody on that particular subsection because there are lots of other parts of this law that are clearer and more definitive and will stick in court.

I heard on the BBC World Service yesterday that Mexican activists are planning to come to Arizona “and walk around and try to get arrested” so that they can sue the state for being detained under this law. Well, good luck with that.  And I’m assuming you will use our public defender system to cost us money on both sides of the equation?

I also read a quote by a 13 year old Phoenix resident who thinks he won’t be able to walk to school or be on the street anymore because he’s convinced he’ll be detained by “pigs” out to get him because he’s Hispanic.  Now, this kid is an American citizen but based on his response I would bet that his parent(s) aren’t.  I would also bet that he gets AHCCCS, food stamps, and welfare provided to his parent(s) because of his legal status as a citizen.  Calling police ‘pigs’.  Nice, that.  Great quote for a paper to print.

And that right there gets to the heart of the matter regarding this law.  And this problem.  Waving a Mexican flag because you want to enjoy the benefits of American life without actually becoming an American — paying taxes, being respectful of the culture and laws, and learning the language — just shows the real agenda of many of the people up in arms about this law.  You see, they benefit tremendously in economic terms by the fact that laws already on the books are hamstrung in enforcement terms.  If I could work under the table, no matter if I took a 30% or more pay cut, I could still live VERY WELL. If I didn’t have to pay taxes, got welfare, food stamps, and health insurance/care provided to me at no charge, I could live VERY WELL.

I’m getting tired of being punished because I choose to be a productive citizen and work legally, to pay my taxes, and to be a responsible citizen.

Obama (blech) made a big speech to the Tea Partiers (blech) at tax time telling them they ought to thank him for tax cuts that benefitted them.  Well, I got news for him.  The nominal tax rate might have decreased, but the fact that many, many deductions were taken away for us meant that we owed money again this year anyway.  So my actual tax rate increased.  And we are living basically of one income, mine.  And believe me, I don’t make that much.  So what does that do for my motivation to work?  It decreases it, dramatically.  Why work overtime when it kills me in taxes?  Why take a second job to help make ends meet when I get financially punished for it?  Why work my butt off to provide tax revenue for people who don’t give a rat’s ass anyway and are simply here to game the system?

There are many people in this country asking the very same questions.  Revolution’s a comin’ folks.

Arizona’s new racist law is not racist.

Dear Ms. Brewer:

I applaud you for taking a stand on a very thorny issue in our state.  I applaud you for standing up for what 70% of our citizens support, based on the most recent polling data.  I think it is sad that misguided people, mainly living outside our borders, think it is racist; I do not and completely support the motivations for this law.

This law is a reaction, quite possibly the only reaction, to the federal government consistently and, one might even suspect, deliberately, underfunding our borders.  This leaves our state vulnerable to those who cross illegally, and whose intent in crossing is to access services, paid for with tax dollars both state and federal, that our citizens pay and which our citizens expect will go toward assisting the most vulnerable of our own.  This does not include those who cross our border in defiance of both state and federal law.

I heard that President Calderon of Mexico will be devoting massive resources to fighting this law because he thinks it is racist; he also thinks that illegal immigration is a social and economic issue rather than a legal issue.  I would say to him, and to you, that is rank hypocrisy.  If he were to devote his resources to fighting the causes of illegal migration across his border into our country (and our state) perhaps the reason for illegal immigration would be erased.  If he were to ensure his citizens were able to access emergency health care in their own communities without regard to ability to pay — as we do here in Arizona (and the United States) instead of being required to pay in advance, perhaps his citizens would not be so quick to depart his country.  If he were to ensure his citizens had access to welfare, and food subsidies as we do here, his citizens would not be so quick to leave. I know as a citizen of the United States, I am required to carry proper identification which also is proof of citizenship in my country of origin while in his country.  I also know that I must pay in advance for any health care services.  I also know that, if I violate any laws and don’t have large amounts of cash with which to pay my fees, I will end up in a jail that does NOT meet the standards of United States jails, including Joe Arpaio’s ‘tent city.’

Our state has lost an entire hospital, Phoenix Memorial Hospital, as well as a trauma center, Tucson Medical Center, due to the loss of money inherent in paying for the financial costs associated with illegal immigrants.  I know that the Copper Queen Hospital in Bisbee also had funding problems with illegals crossing the border that was covered for many years, until the closing of the mine, by the Phelps Dodge Corporation.  The hospital I work at serves a large Hispanic population and also faces massive short falls each month due to the costs of providing care for illegal immigrants.  As with University Medical Center in Las Vegas, our state hospitals face millions of dollars of shortfalls each month as the costs of providing care for those not here in our country legally outstrips both the ability to provide quality care and the ability of the state and federal agencies to provide funding for them.

Meanwhile, our own citizens are held hostage to a state initiative to raise state sales taxes by one cent, in order to cover nearly 500 thousand legal citizens presently unable to pay for the costs associated with their health and mental health care.  This includes nearly 50 thousand children who are surely the most vulnerable of an already vulnerable population.  These unfortunate individuals will be the casualties of the inability of the state’s budget to cover the costs associated with their state-funded health insurance, due t0 the I believe in part to the state’s legal requirement that they cover the costs associated with illegal immigrants.

I find nothing offensive about a law that gives law enforcement officials the ability to detain those that can’t produce proper state issued ID — which means that they have produced proof of citizenship, or proof of their ability to be in our country legally — provided this is enforced uniformly.  I personally know of a Canadian who was unable to get her green card renewed, and therefore was here illegally for about four months before her boyfriend (a native of Arizona and a US citizen) offered to marry her so she wouldn’t have to leave.  I also personally know immigrants who have come here from Russia who are here based on refugee status, immigrants from Palestine who came for the chance at a better life unencumbered by the daily threat of loss of life, immigrants from Sudan via England after going to medical school, and immigrants who have come from Mexico, legally, who are very against what the new generation of immigrants expects.  All of these people can expect to have their documents verified, as I would also expect, if I were involved in an incident where law enforcement was called.  All of these people can provide proof of either citizenship or legal residency.  They come from a variety of backgrounds, but all are grateful to be here; all work and pay taxes thankful for the ability to work in the trade or profession they choose; all are givers to the system and not takers.

I do recognize the possibility for abuse and because of this I strongly suggest that officers go through a training program that stresses appropriate, across the board enforcement rather than targeting their efforts toward those they think might be here illegally.

I know this was a hard bill to support from a political position but I want to thank you for standing firm on a position that affects all of us.


The President of the Tin Foil Hat Society.

*Link to the Arizona Dept of Motor Vehicles where you can read the legal requirements for possessing a drivers license

*Although since, Tucson Medical Center closed their doors as a trauma center and the Copper Queen and Phoenix Memorial hospitals have closed their doors, there have been two laws passed in Arizona that limit access to social services to those who are here legally:  Arizona HB 2448/SB 2738 and Arizona SB 1137. The laws were too little, too late.

*Las Vegas Journal article on costs of providing care to illegals

*Costs of providing care to illegals put together by the Coalition of Border Counties This is from 2002, but add about 30% to the numbers and you’ll probably be in the ballpark.

*Costs of law enforcement and criminal justice services related to illegal immigrants Again old, but more relevant than ever.  Especially since Phoenix is the kidnapping capital of the world thanks to drug lords and gangs from Mexico.  Which, by the way, President Calderon does nothing of substance about.

*Isaac Reyes\’ testimony to the House Judiciary Committee June 4, 2008 regarding the medical costs of illegal immigration\

*Editorial on the new law by someone nowhere near Arizona.

Or maybe not.

I logged onto the college site to check if any final grades had been posted…and had an announcement for the homework due for a new class that I knew nothing about!!  Not sure what happened there but one of the other students in my online class posted that she hadn’t known she was signed up either.

It snowed today; I’m very glad I didn’t put my tomato plants out yet.

My weaving class is going well and I am anxious to get my sampler done so I can move onto my next project, which will be on my own loom!  We did the calculations today, and I used a warping board for the first time.  All I can say is that doing it makes it much easier to understand; I have read about 10 different books, looked at the pictures, and still couldn’t understand what the heck was going on.  Now I get it.  Sort of.  Enough to have warp tied to lease sticks on my loom, anyway.  Thank the Gods there are still people to teach this stuff!  If I had done it on my own I can guarantee I would have screwed it up.  I know this because I tried to measure out a warp myself at home, but chickened out when it came to cutting it. I wound it back on the cone, luckily, and still have the yarn to use later.

I’m going camping at the end of this month.  I need the down time, but with this new class I’m not sure how ‘down’ this trip will be.  Mr. Tin Foil and I are bottling our homebrew tonight; it’ll only be in the bottle 10 days but I plan to drink it anyway.  It’s been aging in the carboy for two months so all the maturing it’s going to do I think has already been done.  It just might not be quite as bubbly as it could be.

So this is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  How did I spend my Earth Day?  Well, I drove 50 miles to the far side of Prescott and back, bought yarn imported from Turkey for my next weaving project, and then drove to 65 miles to Phoenix and back to buy a book for my class.  Not very conservationist of me.  Ah well.  Sometimes it can’t be helped.  I want to learn to weave and that’s where the class is, and I don’t want to have to drop the college class so I had to go get the book.  I’m not driving to the actual class, anyway, they’re all online.

On the using stores front, I’m introducing Mr. Tin Foil to the joys of eggs and cheese as main dishes.  In the process we’re using up all kinds of frozen and dried goodies from last year.  I really like having the bottom of the freezer gradually show up as we use up all we stored.  It makes me look forward to filling it up again.

One day from being done

for this semester, at least.

I’m not liking being a ‘B’ student, but I guess I’ll have to get over it.  I’m not able to devote time to class like I did before I started working full time and doing all my other stuff too.

9 credit hours down, 27 to go before I have a bachelor’s degree in my hot little hands 🙂

I now understand why there’s summer vacation built into schools; I understood it before from the child’s perspective and having grown up in the agricultural heartland I did understand why…but now, with the amount of work I face doing summer chores like canning, drying, gardening, etc.  I understand like never before.  When I was little, I was a helper.  Now, I’m the driving force.  Big difference.

I plan to take summer classes if I can, anyway.  I don’t want a three month break, I want to get this done!

So, why is an English paper covering this but not any American outlets??

The Guardian has this happy article posted that has been linked to by many in the Peak Oil movement.  I haven’t seen a single American news outlet cover this yet though.  Why not?  It’s research done by our own military, for cripes sake, and it affects national security in a big way!

What does this mean for me?  Well, for one thing I think it means I’m screwed no matter what I do.  Get out of debt?  Not a chance.

And I’m still fighting with Mr. Tin Foil about getting a wood stove.  He’s worried that putting the pipe through the roof might make it leak.  I’m worried that I might not be able to cook!  Let alone heat; we have done without central heating for two years now, but we do still use space heaters in places like the bathroom, and a heated mattress pad on the bed.  We are signed up for the program with our utility company that gives us 100% of our electricity from wind and solar, but if they have problems we’ll have no electricity regardless.

Water.  Still our biggest concern.  I don’t have nearly the storage capacity I need, nor do I have the solar pump or hand powered pump I need to use it.

I drive 60 miles one way to work; getting a job closer isn’t really an option at this time.  DH drives 75 miles one way.  We have a Prius, but only one of us can use it, and it still uses gas.  Big problem no matter how you look at it.  No gas = no money.  And no house ultimately.

It seems I’m always a day late and a dollar short, no matter what I do.  Guess I’ll go finish knitting my sock.  At least that I can accomplish.

Using up our reserves

As a society, I mean.  We see more and more psych patients every month, it seems.  The only good news is that recently they’ve been moving out within 24 hours of coming in.  The bad news is that these are mainly newcomers to the system; they are simply people who are used to everything being handed to them, and they simply can’t deal with the reality that it is becoming more obvious as time goes on, that there’s no real safety net.  There’s no one who will carry them when they choose to sit down, or when they fall down.

I took care of a patient recently who was brought in by EMS because she attempted suicide by overdosing on prescription sleep and anxiety pills.  She didn’t succeed, and so she took more.  She still didn’t succeed, so she called 911.  When they brought her in they also brought a multipage suicide letter she had written to her parents and family with her.  Oy.

I just, try as I might, can’t have anything more than civility to people like that.  Poor me.  Life isn’t fair.  You didn’t love me enough.  I’m not getting enough sympathy.  She actually told me she wanted sympathy from me.  I was truly incredulous and responded “for what?” before the filter switched on.  Really, being sympathetic isn’t part of my job.  Compassion, yes, when warranted.  Civility and politeness, yes, always.  Sympathy, no.   This isn’t anything new for me, when I was working full time as a paramedic I was the same way.  Full grown adults who are essentially throwing temper tantrums in an attempt to get attention and their own way really piss me off.

My patient was crying (again, or still) because we wouldn’t let her go to the bathroom alone.  Well, we’re not supposed to, until you have been deemed stable enough to go alone.  She told me she ‘just had a bad couple of days’ and she wanted sympathy.  I felt like telling her:   And this makes you different from everyone else in this emergency room, including multiple staff members, HOW???

Another recent psych patient was a young adult male.  He also thought he was going to get sympathy and threw a temper tantrum (as did my patient, I won’t go into detail, but we ended up with multiple security guards at the bedside and leathers outside the door in reserve) on several occasions.  Why do adults think they’ll get their way if they throw a temper tantrum?  Didn’t their parents teach them it doesn’ t work?

I really attribute this to our failing society.  We have had an entitlement culture for nearly 50 years.  People simply assume the govt will bail them out if they get into trouble.  And unfortunately, we have done that for a generation or more.

Don’t get me wrong.  I AM for health care for all — at least for basic preventative care, including dental.  But come on — bucking for a disability check at 20 something years old, AND GETTING IT, because you don’t want to work — is just wrong.  Unless you’re truly one of the very small percentage of people who are, genuinely and permanently, mentally ill, you don’t belong on disability.

The doctor caring for my patient thinks we should send all these patients to Africa — where people have real problems and are too worried about feeding themselves to whine about how their parents were too hard on them and didn’t love them enough.  I tend to agree.  We have the highest living standard in the world yet we have more psych patients than anyone in the world as well.  We have the highest use of oxycontin and antidepressants.  We have the highest ratings of self scored unhappiness.  I could be wrong but I also think we have the highest amount of stupid reality TV shows as well.  Do people really watch those?  Is that why they’re so pissed off that they can’t have everything?

We’re spending dollars we can’t afford on patients like this, while we can’t afford to help people just get ahead or even break even.  We can’t afford preventative care that would keep people out of the hospital.  We can’t afford to give children an actual education that would give them the critical thinking skills they’ll need, nor the actual physical skills of caring for themselves by gardening, cooking, or whatever but we can pay for people who just want to have temper tantrums.

We’re reliving the last days of the Roman Empire.