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JOYS OF MUSLIM WOMEN.

My friend Fr. Peter Forrest shared this letter that is similar to a post I made a few years ago. It seemed topical as both President Obama and Hillary Clinton seem obsessed to open the floodgates to immigrate as many Muslims, mostly males, into our society as possible as fast as they can. With the recent mass murders in Florida and the flippant attitude expressed by both the President and Mrs. Clinton some Demoncrats might wish to rethink their support for the race to increase their presence and without even casual examination of their possible radical past. I spent the longest three weeks of my life in the Middle East over 30 years ago. I was able to view the way women were treated worse than the family dog or camel first hand. What we hear from politicians is a barrel full of “hog-wash” sweetened with Progressive honey.

I have one burning question that should be on every Americans mind regardless of how you may feel at this time that every politician rushing to drown us in Muslims, radical or not, should be forced to answer. What is the hurry??????? CB

This article was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim.

Joys of Muslim Women

By Nonie Darwish

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.   

The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she cannot obtain a divorce. To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.

Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

The Sharia Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the Western World (Canada, Australia, United States and Britain) Muslim men are starting to demand Sharia Law so the wife cannot obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American, Canadian, Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Sharia law.

By passing this on, enlightened Canadian, Australians, American and British women may avoid becoming a slave under Sharia Law.  

Ripping the West in Two.

Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Sharia law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel. He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza.

When he died, he was considered a “Shahid,” a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.

But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.

In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law – what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslim’s should be subjugated or killed in this world.

Peace and prosperity for one’s children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.

While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Sharia teaches two systems of ethics – one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Sharia encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others.

While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Sharia advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism.

It’s hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.

While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.

(In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in Canada, Australia, the U.S. and Britain to elect the heads of Government by themselves! Rest assured they will do so… You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA. Dearborn Mich. Is one and there are others.) (Britain has several cities now totally controlled by Muslims)

I think everyone in Canada, Australia, U.S. and Great Britain should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful. Some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam. The peaceful support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion. While Canada, Australia, the U.S.A. and Britain are getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives  of children the Muslims are planning a great  jihad on North America, Australia and Britain.

This is your chance to make a difference…! Pass it on to every America you know who has any common sense.

Let me add that be sure before you pull the lever to vote in November for a Democrat from dog catcher to President that they have explained why are we in such a rabid hurry to immigrate so many young men only.

Any American that has any common sense, daughters and/or granddaughters who will be reduced to slavery and actually vote to continue this madness is a babbling idiot. C Brewer

JOB CREATION IDEAS

I received this from a friend and it seems like a great idea. I decided to post it as a public service. As our government has no idea how to help create industry jobs this may accidently be read by the CIA or NSA and a secret agent who can turn in a suggestion and be rewarded for these job creating ideas.

The government would then set up a new agency and hire 100,000 new people to read blogs for ideas on how to create jobs. Then they will tax the blogs to pay for the 100,000 new jobs they created and I would be paying to share my ideas free. What a cycle I have imagined. Anyone agree? I am leaving tomorrow for a week at the beach with 32 of my family and friends. I need to recharge my batteries and prepare for the political conventions. By then Mitt Romney will have 100 more people running for President to make sure Trump is beaten by Hillary. She must have promised him a seat on the Supreme Court to serve with Bill Clinton, Eric Holder, Bill Ayres and Al Sharpton. C Brewer

DIALING 1-800 FOR HELP

The gas company serving my area brought their call center back to Phoenix from India last year after numerous customer complaints. What a difference now when you call them…and it created 300 jobs. I know this works because they were so bad that when India answered I wouldn’t even deal with them. I’d simply ask to be transferred to a rep. in the U.S. and they would comply.

Now that I know it is the LAW – I will do it for sure.

Any time you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, Verizon, health and other insurance, computer help desk, etc.) and you find that you’re talking to a foreign customer service representative (perhaps in India, Philippines, etc.), please consider doing the following.

After you connect and you realize that the customer service representative is not from the USA (you can always ask if you are not sure about the accent), please, very politely, say, “I’d like to speak to a customer service representative in the United States”.

The individual might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again, politely say, “Thank you, but I’d like to speak to a customer service representative in the USA.”

YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED TO A REP IN THE USA. That’s the rule and the LAW.

It takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to the USA.

Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep, I asked again to make sure – and yes, she was from Fort Lauderdale.

Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to only US phone reps from this day forward? Imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of US jobs that would need to be created.

If I tell 100 people to consider doing this and you tell 100 people to consider doing this – see what I mean… it becomes an exercise in Viral Marketing 101!

Remember:

The goal here is to restore jobs back here at home – not to be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep. You may even get correct answers, good advice, and solutions to your problems.

If you agree, please tell 100 people you know, and ask them to tell 10o people they know….etc…Most of the time you can’t understand the foreign rep anyway!!

“The problems we face today are because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.

ANON

Unfortunately this will be federalized and another government agency will be created. They will provide “Customer Service” for that gas company at ten times the costs charged using people in India and Pakistan. Our government will then hire another 100,000 people from Syria and Iraq that we can’t understand, but they vote for Demoncrats.

Anyone agree I need a week with my grandkids? CB

A LIFE STORY!

My great friend and golfing buddy sent this to me and I suppose as he is 80 and I am 85 it may have had a bigger impact as my father was also born in 1902 and also a newspaper man but he was different as he drove too long and I had to confiscate his car keys when he was just 77 for everyone’s safety. This brought back some great memories of growing up in this same era. I hope at least, but doubt that even my family will read this and someday tell my grandkids about my unusual life. So much is lost because we don’t take time to record family history except with pictures. The stories are the value of comparing eras and whether your life was better than your ancestors.

Humor used to be a way of life until the government started regulating our lives and reducing our freedoms. The current move to a Socialists Democracy will likely happen and future Americans will not even believe what freedom was/ Watching this transition including Progressive-Liberals in my own family have been the saddest memory of my life. Thanks ED Johnson for making my day. I hope it makes others remember how lucky we were to have lived during the best days in the history of America.  C Brewer

This nice piece by Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers large and small and president of NBC News. In 1997 he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. It is well worth reading. A few good chuckles are guaranteed.

My father never drove a car. Well, that’s not quite right. I should say I never saw him drive a car. He quit driving in 1927, when he was 25 years old, and the last car he drove was a 1926 Whippet.

“In those days,” he told me when he was in his 90s, “to drive a car you had to do things with your hands, and do things with your feet, and look every which way, and I decided you could walk through life and enjoy it or drive through life and miss it.” At which point my mother, a sometimes salty Irishwoman, chimed in:”Oh, baloney, he hit a horse!!” “Well,” my father said, “there was that, too.”

So my brother and I grew up in a household without a car. The neighbors all had cars — the Kollingses next door had a green 1941 Dodge, the VanLaninghams across the street a gray 1936 Plymouth, the Hopsons two doors down a black 1941 Ford — but we had none.

My father, a newspaperman in Des Moines, would take the streetcar to work and, often as not, walk the 3 miles home. If he took the streetcar home, my mother and brother and I would walk the three blocks to the streetcar stop, meet him and walk home together.

My brother, David, was born in 1935, and I was born in 1938, and sometimes, at dinner, we’d ask how come all the neighbors had cars but we had none. “No one in the family drives,” my mother would explain, and that was that.
It was as if he wasn’t sure which one of us would turn 16 first. But, sure enough, my brother turned 16 before I did, so in 1951 my parents bought a used 1950 Chevrolet from a friend who ran the parts department at a ChevBut, sometimes, my father would say, “But as soon as one of you boys turns 16, we’ll get one.”y dealership downtown. It was a four-door, white model, stick shift, fender skirts, loaded with everything, and, since my parents didn’t drive, it more or less became my brother’s car. Having a car but not being able to drive didn’t bother my father, but it didn’t make sense to my mother.

So in 1952, when she was 43 years old, she asked a friend to teach her to drive. She learned in a nearby cemetery, the place where I learned to drive the following year and where, a generation later, I took my two sons to practice driving. The cemetery probably was my father’s idea. “Who can your mother hurt in the cemetery?” I remember him saying more than once.

For the next 45 years or so, until she was 90, my mother was the driver in the family. Neither she nor my father had any sense of direction, but he loaded up on maps — though they seldom left the city limits — and appointed himself navigator. It seemed to work. Still, they both continued to walk a lot. My mother was a devout Catholic, and my father an equally devout agnostic, an arrangement that didn’t seem to bother either of them through their 75 years 
of marriage. (Yes, 75 years, and they were deeply in love the entire time.)

He retired when he was 70, and nearly every morning for the next 20 years or so, he would walk with her the mile to St. Augustine’s Church. She would walk down and sit in the front pew, and he would wait in the back until he saw which of the parish’s two priests was on duty that morning. If it was the pastor, my father then would go out and take a 2-mile walk, meeting my mother at the end of the service and walking her home.

If it was the assistant pastor, he’d take just a 1-mile walk and then head back to the church. He called the priests “Father Fast” and “Father Slow.”

After he retired, my father almost always accompanied my mother whenever she drove anywhere, even if he had no reason to go along. If she were going to the beauty parlor, he’d sit in the car and read, or go take a stroll or, if it was summer, have her keep the engine running so he could listen to the Cubs game on the radio. 

In the evening, then, when I’d stop by, he’d explain: “The Cubs lost again. The millionaire on second base made a bad throw to the millionaire on first base, so the multimillionaire on third base scored.”

If she were going to the grocery store, he would go along to carry the bags out — and to make sure she loaded up on ice cream. As I said, he was always the navigator, and once, when he was 95 and she was 88 and still driving, he said to me, “Do you want to know the secret of a long life?”

“I guess so,” I said, knowing it probably would be something bizarre.

“No left turns,” he said.

“What?” I asked.

“No left turns,” he repeated. “Several years ago, your mother and I read an article that said most accidents that old people are in happen when they turn left in front of oncoming traffic.

As you get older, your eyesight worsens, and you can lose your depth perception, it said. So your mother and I decided never again to make a left turn.”

“What?” I said again.

“No left turns,” he said. “Think about it.. Three rights are the same as a left, and that’s a lot safer. So we always make three rights..”


“You’re kidding!” I said, and I turned to my mother for support.

“No,” she said, “your father is right. We make three rights. It works.” But then she added: “Except when your father loses count.”

I was driving at the time, and I almost drove off the road as I started laughing.

“Loses count?” I asked.

“Yes,” my father admitted, “that sometimes happens. But it’s not a problem. You just make seven rights, and you’re okay again.”

I couldn’t resist. “Do you ever go for 11?” I asked.

“No,” he said ” If we miss it at seven, we just come home and call it a bad day. Besides, nothing in life is so important it can’t be put off another day or another week.”
My mother was never in an accident, but one evening she handed me her car keys and said she had decided to quit driving. That was in 1999, when she was 90.

She lived four more years, until 2003. My father died the next year, at 102. They both died in the bungalow they had moved into in 1937 and bought a few years later for $3,000. 

(Sixty years later, my brother and I paid $8,000 to have a shower put in the tiny bathroom — the house had never had one. My father would have died then and there if he knew the shower cost nearly three times what he paid for the house.)

He continued to walk daily — he had me get him a treadmill when he was 101 because he was afraid he’d fall on the icy sidewalks but wanted to keep exercising — and he was of sound mind and sound body until the moment he died.

One September afternoon in 2004, he and my son went with me when I had to give a talk in a neighboring town, and it was clear to all three of us that he was wearing out, though we had the usual wide-ranging conversation about politics and newspapers and things in the news.

A few weeks earlier, he had told my son, “You know, Mike, the first hundred years are a lot easier than the second hundred.” At one point in our drive that Saturday, he said, “You know, I’m probably not going to live much longer.” “You’re probably right,” I said.

“Why would you say that?” He countered, somewhat irritated. “Because you’re 102 years old,” I said. “Yes,” he said, “you’re right.” He stayed in bed all the next day.

That night, I suggested to my son and daughter that we sit up with him through the night. He appreciated it, he said, though at one point, apparently seeing us look gloomy, he said: “I would like to make an announcement. No one in this room is dead yet” An hour or so later, he spoke his last words:

“I want you to know,” he said, clearly and lucidly, “that I am in no pain. I am very comfortable. And I have had as happy a life as anyone on this earth could ever have.” A short time later, he died.

I miss him a lot, and I think about him a lot. I’ve wondered now and then how it was that my family and I were so lucky that he lived so long. I can’t figure out if it was because he walked through life, or because he quit taking left turns.” Life is too short to wake up with regrets. 

So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the one’s who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it & if it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.”

 

ENJOY LIFE NOW – IT HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE!

 

I can’t express my delight in reading this article as it made me remember some of the most unusual events of my life that I doubt my great grand children will ever know or really care. I am lucky to have lived longer than any male in both sides of my family buy I’ll never make 102 for sure. Please share this with as many Americans as possible. CB

GO FOR A RUN IN THE RAIN!

This has been a hectic week for the Brewers. After a week of company we had to make a three hour drive last Sunday to watch an old and dear friend, Mr. Prentice Holder celebrate his 100th birthday Monday in Baytown Texas. We enjoyed visiting our daughter, Lisa and granddaughter, Emma before another three hour drive home Tuesday.

Rain has been our constant companion this month and Wednesday morning I went fishing with John Sommers and it started a light rain and he asked me if I was ready to go in and I said no. Less than five minutes later the rain was so heavy you could not see 50 feet and we raced through the rain to my boat house and got soaked. During the trip back the rain was painful hitting our faces and when we got inside the boat house we both had a long laugh.

Fishing was terrible as the lake is above full and the water is muddy. So far this month we have had over 17.5 inches of rain, golf was near impossible, as I said fishing was no good and we had over 7 inches of rain just this week. When I got up this morning I was tired and a little despondent with the exception of a wonderful birthday party and a chance to see our siblings, this week was a bummer.

So I decided to take some time to read some 200 E messages that I received in the last two days and thankfully found the following message from my friends, Mike & Emma Cobb. Reading the story below made me realize how lucky I am to still just be alive.

It made me remember the events in my life with children and how fragile and inquisitive they can be. In addition to having 44 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, I have a 10 year old pen-pal in Pennsylvania, Miss Emily Perser.   

I have no idea who wrote this message or if it is actually true. It did impact me to share this with as many people as possible and it put a smile back on my old wrinkled face. I hope you will smile, remember your events with children and have a wonderful day. The sun just came out here for the first time in five days, what a happy event. C Brewer  

A MOM RESPONDS TO HER DAUGHTER.

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of Wal-Mart.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’ She said.

‘What?’ Mom asked.

‘Let’s run through the rain!’ She repeated.

‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.

This young child waited a minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain….’

‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.

‘No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.

‘This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?

”Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘ If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything!

The entire crowd stopped dead silent… I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain… We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD lets us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,’ Mom said.

Then off they ran.

We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories every day.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN THROUGH THE RAIN.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Send this to the people you’ll never forget and remember to also send it to the person who sent it to you. It’s a short message to let them know that you’ll never forget them.

If you don’t send it to anyone, it means you’re in a hurry.

Take the time to live!!!

Keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you’ll need each other and don’t forget to run in the rain!

Thanks Mike & Emma, you made my day!  CB

GROWING OLD

Inspirational things to think about . . .

Sitting here today with it raining, forecast to rain for three more days, I was wondering if spring would ever arrive. At 84, and arthritis getting worse my thoughts were focused on how much longer I would enjoy not having to depend on others to just live another day. When the weather allows I now can only play golf on a great small par three course close to my home. My right knee hurts every step I take but I know that exercise is necessary to live that other day. Thankfully my intellect usually overrides my laziness and having lived longer than any male in the history of my family I am in no hurry to depart.

Bored to the bone I decided to read my E mails to pass the time of day. Fortunately I read a message from Mike & Emma Cobb that quickly refocused my priorities. I decided you might also have bad days and may help you if you read the rest of this article.

I intend to save this on my desktop so I can read it every time I need to inspire myself in the future. I have no idea who compiled this information but I decided to share this on my blog. My thanks to the Cobb’s who are old dear friends.

C Brewer

Real life stories that teach you many things in life. Excellent reading these are based on true incidences both wonderful and inspirational. ANON

“Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”

“Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s – what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”

“Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said”, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

“Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.”

“Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.  At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.  A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.”

“Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.” This one hit me hard. CB

“Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy. Ouch! CB

“Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.”  I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”  Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.”

“Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.”

“Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”

“Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today.  If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”  It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.”

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating”. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it”.

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”  ANON

Today I decided to make sure I did not annoy my wife, Norma, who usually suffers when I can’t play golf. I just cooked her favorite meal of scrambled eggs, sausage, hot biscuits with home grown dark honey from Clem Manuel, another dear friend. As it is supposed to rain all night and again tomorrow I will have this to cheer me up again.

C Brewer

OBAMACARE – WHY DID WE NEED IT?

IS ANY AMERICAN WHO WORKS BETTER OFF?

ARE SENIORS BETTER OFF?

IS ANYONE BETTER OFF?

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MEDICAID?

ASK YOUR DEMOCRATIC SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE THESE QUESTIONS.

A very good friend of mine shared a message he appeared reluctant to send to his son. I am lucky that six of my seven children have enough sense to recognize that America is being trashed. Unfortunately, I also have some extremely well educated granddaughters and spouses who will wake up someday and realize how they were so wrong. When their kids can’t look forward to a life equal to them they will then feel sorry for who has to pay for this “government gone wild” spending binge and destruction of the finest healthcare system in the world.

I would send each of them a copy of this message to but I am certain it would not be read as my friend’s son will likely ignore it also. I will not change a word he wrote as I think it is one of the most heartfelt letters I ever read. I will not disclose any names, even to my family.  C Brewer 

THE LETTER!

“We’ve kept our e-mail exchanges out of the political arena lately.  Unfortunately, it’s not easy to ignore the 1000 pound gorilla in the room, as well as every newspaper, TV newscast and talk show, even the CMA show last night, touched this subject and what a response it got.  So, against my wife’s advice, I’m going to open this can of worms and ask your opinion. I have written down my thoughts and conclusions.  I don’t think I will change any one’s mind; however, they are food for thought.

I understand you position as it relates to our President; it is shared by many millions of loyal and upstanding US citizens (and illegal aliens).  

What I don’t understand is the way the press and those same millions of supporters let him get away with claiming he either didn’t know about any of the recent issues of confidence, the Administration has faced in the past four years.  He claims he didn’t know about: Fast and Furious, the security warnings in Libya (Benghazi), or the extent of NSA eavesdropping on US citizens, welfare and voter fraud, the spying on foreign leaders or the IRS targeting of political action groups. 

(Plausible deniability?) 

As our President, yours and mine, does he still have credibility and your support?

He is claiming he didn’t say things like…..”If you like your health care plan, you can keep it, Period!”  OR, “If you like you doctors or hospital you can keep them.”

It turns out Obama knew that upward of 93 million Americans would have their health insurance canceled, the whole time he was claiming that wouldn’t happen. And, worst of all, it was a political decision, on the advice of White House political advisors, to perpetuate the scam. That is factual!

Even without the 2010 Health and Human Services (HHS) report admitting those 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance, anyone with half a brain (which is a pre-existing condition) knew that millions of Americans would be thrown off their insurance plans under Obamacare. It was also detailed and printed in the 2010, Congressional Record.  That’s how the opposition got wind of some of the potential problems.

Under the law, our federal overseers, led by HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, know what’s best for us. The Secretary is to determine what every health insurance plan must cover; and any plans that don’t are illegal.  And, she had the sole discretion to determine the October 1st, Roll Out date.  Why did she choose to go “live”, without having the programs adequately tested? One theory is the Administration wanted to blame any problems on the Republicans, as the Administration was blaming them for shutting down the government; so, that is what she claimed.  

What is often lost in the fog of war is that Senator’s Cruz and Lee were trying to work up bi-partisan support to delay the implementation, so that the system could be tested and delay any penalties for not enrolling in a program (that wasn’t accepting the vast majority of enrollee’s), for a year.  That ironically is just what at least 14 Democrat Senators (who are up for re-election in 2014) are now proposing.   

You’ll remember that the Act passed both the House and the Senate, without a single Republican vote.

Some of the supposedly unintended consequences of the law are: gay guys are now going to be forced to buy plans that cover maternity care. Mormons will have to buy plans that cover gambling addiction therapy. Elderly couples can buy only insurance that includes pediatric dental care. Catholic hospitals will be required to provide birth control and abortions.  Why?  Because the program needs the young taxpayers to pay the premiums that will support the medical costs of an aging society.  Again, ironically, unemployment is high among 20 and 30 year olds and many young people can’t afford the new plans.  Many of them, along with the poor and elderly are resorting to Medicaid, as their first option, because they don’t have to pay anything up front. 

Health insurance premiums are going through the roof with all these federal mandates. The Cato Institute reports that health insurance premiums will be higher than before Obamacare in at least 45 states — an astronomical 256 percent higher in some cases. The Los Angeles Times says middle-income families in California will pay 30 percent more for health insurance, even with the subsidies, not the $2400 reduction in premiums for most families, as was claimed, during the 2008 election campaign and thereafter. 

Policies are being canceled because any old plan — the one you probably shopped for and liked — is now illegal.  The President is blaming the insurance companies for discontinuing policies that the Act made illegal.

According to the Administration, it is our duty, as a caring human being, to buy an expensive health care plan we don’t really want?

While campaigning for national health care in 2008, candidate Obama repeatedly claimed that a doctor would rather amputate your foot or leg and make $50,000 than treat you for diabetes because “if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that’s $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 — immediately the surgeon is reimbursed.” (Leaving aside Obama’s slander of doctors, Medicare reimburses a surgeon $740 to $1,140 for a leg amputation.)

Under Obamacare, you’ll get a nice, nurse practitioner to attend to your needs — provided your needs are limited to birth control and psychotherapy. Many existing doctors are saying they will retire because they can’t make enough to pay their staff or pay the rent on their suite of offices. We will see a dramatic shortage of qualified doctors and specialists in the next ten years if something isn’t done to correct the situation.

It’s the homework requirement that is the most annoying aspect of Obamacare. Millions of Americans will lose their health insurance and be forced to buy plans they don’t want. And many, many millions will no longer be able to go to the doctor of their choosing — or any doctor at all!

What if Americans don’t want to spend weeks, online, figuring out their new insurance options? What if we don’t want to provide the government with reams of personal information, simply to be able to buy health insurance? What if we just want to pay our doctor directly for a yearly checkup? Why do we have to examine HHS regulations to find out how much that’s going to cost us in fines and taxes? 

Eighty-five percent of Americans were happy with their health care before Obamacare, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, higher than almost any other product or service polled, with even Amazon.com, coming in at 88 percent satisfaction. Even uninsured Americans were as satisfied with their health care as Canadians were with their national health care.

What about those of us who don’t want to be in a constant state of agitation just to get the health care of our choice? Not everyone is better off in a world where the pushy win and the quiet and unassuming die because their rare diseases didn’t attract a band of noisy lobbyists.

No group of government bureaucrats can substitute for hundreds of millions of Americans making individual choices about their own lives and their own health. It would be as if the government took it upon itself to tell us whom to marry.

Only someone who went to Harvard would think central planners should do that. 

The smart people in the Soviet Union tried to centrally plan the nation’s agriculture and the result was 50 years of “bad weather.” And, they were dealing with inert objects — land, seeds and crops.

Our central planners think they can direct something infinitely more complex than farmland: human beings and their individual health needs.

Under Obamacare, as written, the pushy and the connected win, everyone else loses.

Anyway, that’s what I think. It is long and detailed but it is my opinion and opinions are like a** holes, everyone has one!!”

Later,

Dad

WHEN I WAS A BOY?

A little house with two bedrooms, one bathroom and one car on the street. A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.

In the kitchen on the wall we only had one dial phone, and no need for recording things, someone was always home.

We only had a living room where we would congregate, unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate.

We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine.

When meeting as a family those two rooms would work out fine.

We never heard of a TV set and had one radio to gather around to listen to.

For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip.

And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton’s onion dip.

Store-bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook and nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker’s book.

Weekends had few family trips so we stayed home to play.

We all did things together — even go to church to pray.

Sometimes we would separate to do things on our own, but we knew where the others were and there were no cell phones.

Then there were the movies with your favorite movie star, and nothing can compare to watching movies in your car.

Then there were the picnics at the peak of summer season, pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason.

Get a baseball game together with all the friends you know,  have real action playing ball – there was no video.

Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend, and didn’t need insurance or a lawyer to defend?

The way that he took care of you or what he had to do,  because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you.

Remember going to the store and shopping casually, and when you went to pay for it you used your own money?

Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount, and remember when the cashier person had to really count?

The milkman used to go from door to door, And it was just a few cents more than going to the store.

There was a time when mailed letters came right to your door, without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every store.

The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it was sent; there were not loads of mail addressed to “present occupant.”

There was a time when just one glance was all that it would take, and you would know the kind of car, the model and the make.

They didn’t look like turtles trying to squeeze out every mile; they were streamlined, white walls, fins and really had some style.

One time the music that you played whenever you would jive, was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a forty-five.

The record player had a post to keep them all in line and then the records would drop down and play one at a time.

Oh sure, we had our problems then, just like we do today and always we were striving, trying for a better way.

Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun, how can you explain a game, just kick the can and run?

And why would boys put baseball cards between bicycle spokes and for a nickel, red machines had little bottled Cokes?

This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways.

I love the new technology but I sure do miss those days.

So time moves on and so do we and nothing stays the same, but I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane.

With all today’s technology we grant that it’s a plus!

But it’s fun to look way back and say, hey look, guys, THAT WAS US!

ANON……………………Thanks Joe, this brought back some great times when you and I were boys.  C Brewer 

“OBAMA SCARE”, Affordable Care Act or ACA?

 “OBAMA SCARE”, Affordable Care Act or ACA? 

 

I have ordered the book noted at the end of this message and I hope everyone who votes will read the entire book.

C Brewer

Here is how complete implementation will affect the average American taxpayer, those who have not been exempted from it already by the President.  Answer’s are complex and depend on who you are – a college student, senior on Medicare, uninsured, self-employed, has a pre-existing health condition or get insurance through your employer.

One thing is certain: Obama Care will restructure the way healthcare is delivered in significant ways we will all feel. Regardless of your political views – whether you like what the law sets out to do or believe it is the wrong way to go – change is coming your way.

In fact, it’s already begun with many provisions already in place, or soon to roll out, in the following five key ways that will alter healthcare for Americans. Facts are facts

1. Medicare Changes

The presidential campaign has turned Medicare into a political football, with Democrats and Republicans. Each side is accusing the other side of seeking to cut or gut the federal government’s health insurance program for Americans age 65 and older and the disabled.

Under Obamacare, Medicare reductions would add up to $716 billion in 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. (Interestingly, that figure is identical to Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget proposal. Healthcare experts believe those reductions will largely leave Medicare unchanged for Americans 55 and older. But the real changes come in 2022. Predictably perhaps, Republicans and Democrats have different ideas about how to preserve Medicare down the road.)

Those reductions in reimbursement to hospitals, insurers and the Medicare Advantage program (by about $68 less per month, according to the Congressional Budget Office) could lead to cuts in benefits and services for some seniors, even though Obama Care does not specify what they might be.

Medicare changes also close the so-called “donut hole” in drug coverage, giving seniors a break on their out-of-pocket costs for medications. But other changes could occur to Medicare as a result of the new healthcare law that could affect their care and costs.

For instance, higher-income earners — individuals earning $85,000 or higher, couples exceeding $170,000 — will receive reduced subsidies to pay for drugs. Obama Care also raises Medicaid payment rates to primary care doctors to Medicare levels in 2014, which some argue could dilute or compromise the level of care given seniors.

Obama Care also creates a panel of experts, known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board, empowered to force Medicare cuts if costs rise beyond certain levels and Congress fails to act. Although the law explicitly prohibits the board from rationing care, shifting costs to retirees, restricting benefits or increasing the Medicare eligibility age, critics believe the IPAB could recommend changes that could lead to rationing.

The board has yet to be named, and its members would ultimately have to be confirmed by the Senate.

2. Price Controls

Will Obama Care limit soaring health costs for healthcare for most Americans? It’s too early to say for sure. But it seems unlikely, at least in the short run.

Obama Care aims to cover uninsured Americans by expanding Medicaid and the “individual mandate” requiring everyone to have insurance or pay a tax. Those moves could hold down healthcare costs over time because many of the 37 million uninsured Americans seek care through hospital Emergency Rooms for dire problems that are more costly to treat, than prevent or manage (such as heart attacks, infections and complications from chronic conditions).

Costs are now borne by taxpayers and people with insurance.

Obama Care proponents have argued people who have insurance are more likely to work with their doctors to manage chronic conditions – such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer – in ways that are less expensive, up front, than hospital care and may help head off serious problems down the road.

But since the law’s signing in 2010, costs and premiums have been increasing. According to the non-partisan Health Care Cost Institute, U.S. healthcare spending grew at a faster pace last year than in the previous two years, when increases in costs actually slowed.

Health insurers have also projected premiums will continue to rise – at least 2-3 percent per year– and nothing in the law bars insurance companies from passing along those increases to policy holders.

But the true acid test may be found in Massachusetts. Under the Romney Care plan, the template for Obama Care, signed into law in 2006, the number of uninsured residents dropped to the lowest level in the country (3 percent), but insurance premiums have risen to the highest cost of any state in the nation for a family of four, according to the Commonwealth Fund. Ooops! 

3. Doctor Practices

One unanswered question about Obama Care that could affect consumers: Will the law drive changes in doctor practices that could worsen physician shortages?

Polls of doctors suggest the answer may be yes. A survey of 2,400 physicians conducted in 2010 for the Physicians Foundation found 40 percent would “retire, seek a non-clinical job in health care or seek a job unrelated to health care” during the next three years. Investor’s Business Daily predicted as many as 360,000 physicians could leave the profession, based on a 2009 forecast survey of 1,300 doctors.

ACA supporters have argued the survey is not a true measurement of physician sentiment, since it came at the height of national debate over Obama Care.

But the truth is no one can predict how the medical profession may respond to the coming changes. One thing is clear, however: the nation is already experiencing a doctor shortage; with the Associate of American Medical Colleges estimating by 2015 the nation will need 60,000 more doctors than the U.S. is expected to have. Adding another 37 million uninsured Americans to insurance rolls and Medicaid, as Obama Care aims to do, is likely to add to the problems caused by existing doctor shortages.

4. Unwritten Provisions

Some impacts of the new law are unpredictable simply because many provisions have yet to be written and Congress must still authorize funding for some of them.

For instance, federal health officials (Health & Human Services – HHS) have yet to identify “essential health benefits” that insurers will be required to provide. Although experts expect those benefits will be comparable to what is now offered through typical employer-based health plans (that now cover about 150 million Americans), the details have not been determined. It’s also unclear how effectively the states – or federal government – will be in expanding Medicaid and creating new “healthcare exchanges” designed to allow millions to purchase affordable, high-quality individual plans.

As we saw with the controversy over just one early provision of Obama Care — the question of insurance coverage for contraception, which the Catholic Church and others vehemently opposed — many similarly contentious measures may be similarly difficult to resolve and implement.

5. Independent Payment Advisory Board

One controversial aspect of Obama Care involves the creation of a presidential commission called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This board of 15 experts – chosen by the president and approved by the Senate – will be empowered to cut Medicare spending and make other healthcare decisions independently, unless counteracted by a three-fifths “super-majority” vote in Congress.

The driving idea behind the IPAB’s creation is that the board would be able to make tough budgetary decisions that might be politically difficult for Congress or the president to implement (such as additional Medicare reductions).But because the IPAB won’t be elected, critics argue the board could wield enormous powers and increase government control over of the nation’s health care system.

As is true with many aspects of Obama Care, the devil will be in the details of the law’s implementation. And, like the IPAB itself, Obama Care is very much a work in progress.

The true test of the law’s viability will likely come in 2014, when Obama Care’s most significant and costly provisions are implemented – including the individual mandate that all Americans have insurance, the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of the new state “healthcare exchanges” designed to give individuals without insurance through their employers or government programs the ability to choose affordable insurance plans with guaranteed “essential health benefits.”

These facts are presented by Nick Tate who is the author of the Obama Care Survival Guide: The Affordable Care Act and What it Means for You and Your Healthcare,” published by Humanix Books.

Thanks Ron, I hope this awakens enough people to stop this train wreck.    C Brewer

LEARN TO SMELL THE ROSES

 

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

One day I had lunch with some friends. Jim, a short, balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them—all in all, a pleasant bunch.

When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, “Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate. I wasn’t sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. “Along with heated apple pie,” Jim added, completely unabashed.

We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time… But when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy mine.

I couldn’t take my eyes off Jim as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn’t believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned.The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Jim. I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait, I smiled. He asked if he amused me and I answered, “Yes, you do, but also you confuse me.

How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? He laughed and said “I taste all that is Possible.

I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life’s so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.

This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven’t been this old before. “So, before I die, I’ve got to try those things that for years I had ignored.

I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There are more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.

There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.

I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.

I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.

I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.

So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired.”

With that, I called the waitress over. “I’ve changed my mind, “I said.”I want what he is having; only add some more whipped cream!”

SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS including me if I’m lucky enough to be counted among them.

Be mindful that happiness isn’t based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like and respect. Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SINGS!

 

ANON

 

My dear friend Vickey sent me this message and it certainly made my day. I know my children, grand children and close friends wonder why I play so much golf, plan to do something every single day and write this blog. Like the man in this story I have never been 81 before and I am not through enjoying what life I have left.

 

I have had a blessed life, seen more of this world and America than most people will ever enjoy. Now when I see something new, learn something new, share my knowledge or make someone else happy every day, I am a richer man.  C Brewer

GOVERNMENT-HERE TO HELP YOU “OUT”

WHY DID WE WORK SO HARD?

Before you read this let me state that I am not looking for any sympathy from anyone. I am just an old man who worked more hours than most to achieve the American Dream. After 17 years of retirement I am convinced that my government is close to destroying my savings for as punishment for being successful. Obama’s obsession to share the wealth is destroying those of us that saved to take care of ourselves

Obama and his progressive army have finished destroying the American Dream of home ownership. Carter started the eventual demise a long time ago. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd protected the scam with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac until the bubble burst. Barney still stands before the cameras to defend these government mismanaged organizations today.

Our government could not manage a bankrupt whorehouse in Nevada. How on God’s green earth did anyone with a third grade education, ever expect them to run Amtrak, the Postal Service, TVA, General Motors or Chrysler and break even, much less make a profit? Now the flood of new government regulations is destroying all businesses with idiotic and wasteful constraints.

In the last few days my IRA has suffered a near suicide. Does Obama or Congress care? No, they are on vacation and with their pensions, could care less that they have wiped out the savings of millions of senior citizens. For twenty seven years of service with a large defense contractor, I receive a pension of $221.47 per month. This will not even pay for the Medicare supplement for my wife and me.

I spent the last eleven years of my work life with one tall hill to climb. I knew before I started my first business what my pension would be. As I have a Masters in Business it was obvious that my future retirement would require personal savings to insure that we would survive old age.

In those eleven years I average 225 nights a year in hotels in over 27 countries and 49 states. I missed birthdays, anniversaries, my children’s school events and death in my family. Several of these trips exceeded 5 weeks and I amassed over 2 million miles on airplanes. Obviously my family also suffered.

Finally at age 64 I had saved enough to retire and with my savings in my IRA I felt secure. I had no fear that my children would not be burdened with caring for us when the time arose. I was blessed with a mind, driven to succeed and actually achieved every goal I had made for myself. Few honest people ever reach this pinnacle of success.

We are constantly asked if we are better off now than in the past by the self-ordained blood sucking saviors in Washington. Until Bush Two and Obama came along I could honestly say I have had a better life than most. I was better off each year as compound interest and long term investments were successful in maintaining my savings.

If Obama’s changes continue to improve as he keeps preaching, my savings will completely disappear before he completes his first term. If he wins another 4 years my children will not only have to take care of us, my grand children will never have a chance to even retire.

My question, especially to senior citizens, is your life these past four years better or worse than you expected?

I expect some feedback that I should have buried my savings in a fruit jar and it would all still be there. Well my 1994 dollars would be worth about $.38 cents today. If Washington keeps helping us with spending more than we have, will it be worth anything next year?

One more question. How many people, who are not working for the government, on welfare or drawing unemployment, feel they will be better off next year? I will be happy to share your names with everyone I can and I will try to sell you my “Golden Goose”. I got my goose from Washington with a promise that our government is always there to help me “out”. They just never explained what “out” was. “Out” seems to really be, “out” of luck, “out” of money, “out” of hope, hurry up and croak and get “out” of the way.

Clyde Brewer

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