OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

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Packing Heat

Vinita, OK

#45181 Jul 26, 2013
Time To Abandon The Government Plantation
by: Terry Paulson

President Obama benefited from over ninety percent support from black Americans in the last two elections, but more and more blacks are questioning whether Democrats, with their divisive special interest politics, are really benefiting them. But it was the explanation of Louisiana State Senator Elbert L. Guillory on why he changed his registration from Democrat to Frederick Douglass Republican that took the prize for unsettling truth telling.

“In recent history, the Democrat Party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what’s best for black people. At the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans. But the left is only concerned with one thing, control. And they disguise this control as charity.

Programs such as welfare, food stamps, these programs aren’t designed to lift black Americans out of poverty, they were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the black community. The idea that blacks, or anyone for that matter, need the government to get ahead in
life is despicable.

And even more important, this idea is a failure. Our communities are just as poor as they’ve always been. Our schools continue to fail children. Our prisons are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers. Our self-initiative and our self-reliance have been sacrificed in exchange for allegiance to our overseers who control us by making us dependent on them.”

Senator Guillory continued,“The individual must be free to pursue his or her own happiness free from government dependence and free from government control. Because to be truly free is to be reliant on no one other than the author of our destiny. These are the ideas at the core of the Republican Party, and it is why I am a Republican.

Please join with me today in abandoning the government plantation and the Party of disappointment. So that we may all echo the words of one Republican leader who famously said,‘free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.’”

Special interest politics divide Americans and don’t truly benefit those whom progressives promise to help. As Reagan loved to say,“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Blacks, Hispanics, and women take note. Campaign
promises are used to get your vote, but government dependence won’t improve your future.

Dr Jones

United States

#45182 Jul 26, 2013
Walmart, its very name brings with it an image of a soulless corporation, a company which abuses its employees down so much that they will rip the company to shreds on their own internal website when asked. A company reliant on government assistance to keep its employees able to even eat. It is a recipe for disaster. And those who follow the teachings of Milton Friedman and other objectivist economists would try and explain that this is absolutely required for a successful company. But don’t tell that to Publix, which now sits as the most profitable grocer in the United States, holding a remarkable 52.8% of the grocery market in highly competitive Florida, against Walmart’s 14.5%.

How does Publix do it? Are they even more soul crushing, seeking to demoralize employees to the point that they are wage slaves, like McDonald’s does? The opposite, Publix is an employee owned corporation. You read that right, employee owned. The company does well, then the employees do well. This gives your average employee of Publix a stake in improving the companies bottom line, thanks to regular dividends. They do this by retaining customers, through excellent customer service. Even Forbes magazine has come to recognize that the Publix business model is a “Walmart Slayer.” And to add to the fears of the Beast of Bentonville, Publix is expanding into new markets, just as other companies are copying the Publix model.

Publix, through its focus on its staff and customer service, is able to beat Walmart’s shareholder returns, with a compound growth of 18% per year, as opposed to Walmart’s 10.5% by Walmart. Of course, Walmart is a publicly traded company, while Publix is owned by its employees, so if someone wishes to invest in Publix, they would first need to begin working for Publix, and their rate of ownership is based on their wages. This encourages the hardest workers, those who dedicate themselves to the company, giving them a real stake in the company as they labor.

Publix began 1930 by George Jenkins, and was mocked by other grocers when he opened for offering amenities like chairs to relax in and air conditioning for the customers, combined with award-winning customer service. His store prospered during the Great Depression due to this employee and customer centered model of doing business. Today, you still find this focus, with Publix offering service to their customers such as their Youtube channel full of helpful cooking tips and recipes, a specialized natural and organic line of Publix brand goods, even having a small sit down cafe which remains highly popular with its customers. The Publix baggers walk the customers groceries out to their cars, and refuse tips. It is all part of the Publix experience.

The tragedy for Walmart is that the very model which Publix is an excellent example of, was once touted by Sam Walton himself. He firmly believed that workers who were invested in the company became more motivated, and motivated employees brought in happy customers. Sam Walton would be spinning in his grave if he were to read what the employees of his company thought of it today.

One may think that Walmart may operate a higher profit margin, but then they would be wrong. Forbes covers how Publix has a net profit margin of 5.6%, far higher than Walmart’s 3.8%. Other companies engage in an employee-first approach, such as Trader Joes and Costco, but Publix does this with an employee-owned focus, giving them a leg up over the competition.

Walmart may have met its match, and its name is Publix.

Edmond, OK

#45184 Jul 26, 2013
Jesse wrote:
Yesterday I received a rebate check from my insurance company. This rebate came about because of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that specifically forces health insurance companies to spend no more than 20% on expenses not attributable to healthcare. No longer are they allowed to take your premiums and convert it to profits for shareholders, salaries for executives, and the purchase of politicians.
The Republican Party has been successful in misinforming and lying about Obamacare. This is likely one of the most immoral actions giving that slowing implementation and in the case of many Republican governors not accepting full implementation, is tantamount to the murder of American citizens with the weapon of knowing neglect.
The Obama administration has done a poor job of promoting the Affordable Care Act. The media has failed to effectively call out the lies on the Republican side thus given these lies plausibility and mental metastases. There is a lot of good news in states where politicians have made the concerted effort to support its citizens.
As people get rebates from insurance overcharges, as exchanges open that afford individuals affordable rates, and as states that have the best interests of their citizens expand Medicaid, many will see the benefits of having a healthier, humane, and moral healthcare system. It is incumbent upon those on the right side of history to not allow those who would put corporate interest and greed over humanity to go unpunished for the sabotage they have effected on the wellbeing of the poor and the working middle class.
Expanding Medicaid is going to make this country a healthier country? Expanding Medicaid to make people more dependent on the government will make this country stronger?
So what level of plan in the Obamacare's Affordable Care Act do you want? Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze? Platinum is the best and cost more and Bronze the lowest and is the cheapest with not as good of coverage. I know maybe it's the Medicaid plan you are wanting!

United States

#45185 Jul 26, 2013
“People of all faiths, as well as non-believers, should feel welcome in their government buildings. The County Commission should focus on doing real work that represents the interests of all residents, not sowing the seeds of religious divisiveness in the community by challenging the fundamental founding principle that government must remain neutral when it comes to matters of faith.”

Indeed, the separation of church and state mandates that government is prohibited from respecting an establishment of religion. It’s plain as day in the Constitution, and for good reason. The Founding Fathers wanted America to be a land where people of all faiths or none at all could practice their beliefs, or lack of, freely without fear of being oppressed. As such, the government was to remain neutral on religious matters and execute civil law and protect those whose rights were being infringed upon. In short, the government is supposed to make law that represents the interests of America as a whole, and certainly not for a group of religious bigots. For almost 200 years, this system, while not perfect, worked. Then the 1950s happened.

United States

#45186 Jul 26, 2013
In 1954, right-wing Christian groups lobbied the Republican-controlled government to add “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. Two years later in 1956, these same groups successfully lobbied to place “In God We Trust” on our money as a replacement or alternative to the E pluribus unum motto the Founding Fathers chose in 1782 for the Great Seal of the United States. In contrast to “In God We Trust,” E pluribus unum is Latin for ‘Out of many, one.’ As such, the motto specifically chosen by the Founders is far more inclusive.“In God We Trust” on the other hand, specifically refers to the Christian deity. The Christian Right will deny this, of course, and will point to Court rulings that have disingenuously claimed that the alternative motto is not religious and that it does not specifically mean that government is respecting the establishment of the Christian religion. But they are wrong. If American currency were to suddenly say “In Allah We Trust,” you can bet that the Christian Right would throw a temper tantrum about it. And you can be damn sure that the current conservative-leaning Supreme Court would freak out over it too. That’s because to conservatives, America is a Christian state that should be ruled by Biblical law. We don’t refer to the Christian deity as “Allah.” We refer to the deity as “God.” So by inscribing “In God We Trust” on government buildings, money, and so on, the government is clearly respecting an establishment of religion, which is barred by the Constitution. If the Founding Fathers wanted to establish Christianity as the state religion, they would have done so and would have stated as much in the Constitution, but they didn’t.

United States

#45187 Jul 26, 2013
When Christians invoke majority rule, they commit hypocrisy since they were the ones who whined the loudest when Democrats used majority rule to pass laws for the benefit of everyone in our society. Infrastructure, jobs, health, food safety, labor laws- all of these are in the interest of the people as a whole. But passing a clear respecting of the Christian religion in violation of the rights of non-Christians is only in the interest of a few religious extremists. Therefore, Anderson County was not exercising majority rule. They were exercising the tyranny of the majority.

United States

#45188 Jul 26, 2013
Can you imagine the outrage if our money said, "In Goddess we trust?" If ever prayer is allowed in schools, I'm going to INSIST that Monday be set aside for prayers to the Goddess, Tuesday the xtian god, Wednesday can go to Allah, Thursday might as well say hello to Thor, and Friday could be god of choice day.

The whole purpose of our First Amendment right to freedom of religion is to prevent any tyrannical group from forcing their beliefs on others. I do NOT advocate prayer in schools, but should the xtian loonies insist upon it, I will insist that their precious little xtian children pray to MY Goddess. You know they'll lay back and howl over it, too! What a bunch of hypocrites.

United States

#45189 Jul 26, 2013
Thursday can be Atheist Day. See how quickly heads explode on that one.

United States

#45190 Jul 26, 2013
Forced religion is not religion, it's tyranny. Christ did not say "Forcibly convert the world in the name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit." These right-wing fascists in states across the country that are trying to use state power to impose religious ideology are acting as tyrants when they try to force religious philosophy on the citizens in the form of really bad law. Government is a mechanism for justice, not faith. Faith plays a role in individual legislators' day to day lives, but, it should never be the primary source for public policy. Such legislation is very bad policy and violates one of the core and founding principles of the Bill of Rights, "Congress shall make no law establishing any religion, or restricting the free exercise thereof." I don't think he stuttered. To impose religious views on behavior, culture, and "norms" on society by force of law is fascism, oppressive, and autocratic. It has no place in American Politics.

United States

#45191 Jul 26, 2013
How are they any different to those trying to impose Sharia law, I have a feeling they would be offering the same sort of treatment for women as well.

Perkins, OK

#45192 Jul 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -President Barack Obama saluted Muslim Americans on Thursday for their contributions in helping build the nation as business entrepreneurs, technology innovators and pioneers in medicine.

Obama spoke at a White House dinner he hosted to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The meal, or iftar, breaks the day of fasting when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset.

Perkins, OK

#45193 Jul 26, 2013
The federal government has demanded that major internet companies turn over users' stored passwords, two sources told the respected tech website CNet.

So what exactly does this "escalation" -- as CNet calls it -- mean?

"If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user," the report says. "Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused."

But it doesn't end there. The government is not only requesting the passwords, but its also asking for algorithms and even security questions
-The Artist-

Norman, OK

#45194 Jul 26, 2013
So What wrote:
<quoted text>Being white doesn't make YOU privileged. It just makes YOU white trash.
Behold the black racist butthurt. Quite a sight.
-The Artist-

Norman, OK

#45195 Jul 26, 2013
So What wrote:
<quoted text>This is the fake TAMARA, Because this makes since.
Drop dead, Slappy. Any sane person knows Tamara always makes sense. Why do you hate white people? Is your blood that foul?
-The Artist-

Norman, OK

#45196 Jul 26, 2013
So What wrote:
<quoted text>Grandpa! Grandma has been in the Mic Ultra again!
The black woman racist from Choctaw goes for the senior citizens...typical animal.
-The Artist-

Norman, OK

#45197 Jul 26, 2013
So What wrote:
<quoted text>If you would have added, "There is no Fool like an Old Fool, You just can't beat experience", you would have had at least one statement correct. OLD FOOL.
That applies more to you than Tamara.
You must be the dumbest black fool in America.
-The Artist-

Norman, OK

#45198 Jul 26, 2013
WarForOil wrote:
<quoted text>
You're powerless to command anyone anywhere to shut up.
And your language betrays your class.
Your attitude indicates the anger of a lifetime loser.
Thankfully you'll remain a nobody forever.
Packing Heat has already took you to task!
Better go tweet with Weiner.

Grapevine, TX

#45199 Jul 26, 2013
-The Artist- wrote:
<quoted text>
Packing Heat has already took you to task!
Better go tweet with Weiner.
Only in the eyes of a modern artist could
it seem so. All those colors must be drug
Packing Heat

Vinita, OK

#45200 Jul 26, 2013
The Chip on Trayvon’s Shoulder
by Paul R. Hollrah

George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, moved into the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a 260-unit, fullyintegrated, townhome community at Sanford, Florida in the summer of 2009. In the weeks that followed their arrival, the Zimmermans and others were terrorized on a number of occasions by a vicious free-roaming pit bull.

After filing complaints with the dog’s owner and with Seminole County Animal Services, all to no avail, the Zimmermans obtained a canister of pepper spray. However, a Seminole County animal control officer advised them otherwise. According to a Zimmerman friend, the animal control officer said,“Don’t use pepper spray. It’ll take two or three seconds for the pepper spray to take effect, but only a quarter of a second for the dog to jump you. Get a gun.”

With that advice in mind, the Zimmermans purchased a 9mm Kel-Tec PF-9 handgun, attended firearms training classes at a local firing range, and received concealed-carry handgun permits. Like most urban communities, Sanford was not without its problems. According to a 2012 U.S. Justice Department report, Sanford had become a hub for the distribution of much-abused pain- killer drugs such as oxycodone or hydrocodone.

According to the report, during calendar year 2011, Sanford pharmacies ordered enough painkillers to supply a city eight times its size. With a population of 53,000, Sanford pharmacists ordered enough oxycodone or hydrocodone to support a population of 400,000. And there were other types of crime, as well.

Police records indicate that, between January 1, 2011 and February 26, 2012, police were called to The Retreat 402 times. In that one-year period, Sanford police responded to eight burglaries, nine thefts, one shooting, and dozens of attempted break-ins at The Retreat. In July 2011, a black teenager stole a bicycle from the Zimmermans’ front porch. Police were called, but the bicycle was never recovered.

On August 3, 2011, a resident of The Retreat, Olivia Bertalan, was home alone with her infant son when two black men repeatedly rang her doorbell. She did not answer the door, and when they forced their way in through a sliding glass door at the back of the house she ran upstairs, locked herself inside the baby’s nursery, and called police. According to a report in Reuters, she asked the police dispatcher,“What am I supposed to do? I hear them coming up the stairs!”
Packing Heat

Vinita, OK

#45201 Jul 26, 2013
With a crying baby in her arms, she armed herself with a pair of rusty scissors and waited for the intruders to burst into the nursery. When police arrived the burglars fled out a back door. Later, a concerned neighbor, George Zimmerman, arrived. He gave her a card containing his phone number and invited her to call or visit his wife if ever again she felt unsafe.

He returned later and gave her a stronger lock for the sliding glass door that had been forced open. A month later, in September 2011, Sanford police volunteer coordinator Wendy Dorival conducted an organizational meeting at The Retreat during which residents voted to create a neighborhood watch program. George Zimmerman was present at that meeting and was selected by neighbors as their neighborhood watch coordinator.

In late February 2012, a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin, was staying temporarily with his father’s fiancé in a rented home at The Retreat after having been expelled from his Miami-area high school for his third disciplinary suspension of the school year. At approximately 7:09 PM on February 26, 2012, a dark rainy night in Sanford, Zimmerman was driving down a street near his home when he noticed an unfamiliar person dressed in a “hoodie.”

The young man he saw was Trayvon Martin, who was returning to his father’s fiancé’s residence after purchasing some candy and iced tea at a local convenience store. Zimmerman telephoned Sanford police to report the unknown individual, saying,“We’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy, just walking around looking about.”

He continued,“This guy looks like he is up to no good or he’s on drugs or something, these assholes, they always get away.” About two minutes into the call, Zimmerman reported,“He’s running!” To which the dispatcher responded,“He’s running? Which way is he running?” Zimmerman then left his vehicle in an attempt to learn the direction in which Martin had fled, but immediately lost sight of him.

And when the dispatcher asked Zimmerman if he was following him, and Zimmerman responded,“Yeah,” the dispatcher said,“We don’t need you to do that.” Zimmerman replied,“Okay,” and asked that police call him when they arrived so that he could provide them with his location. However, not knowing the exact street address of his location, Zimmerman proceeded to search for a street name and number.

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