Monthly Archives: June 2012

I received this in my email yesterday evening. This says it as succinctly as it can be put.

Dear Friends,

As you know, this morning the Supreme Court of the United States voted to uphold President Obama’s healthcare plan. Ironically, the Court upheld the law based on it being a massive tax hike on Americans, which of course is the exact opposite of what the President argued when he pushed the plan through on a party-line vote in the Senate in 2009. Whatever the reasoning, our nation now stands on the verge of witnessing a bureaucratic takeover of our entire health care system.

Today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama’s disastrous healthcare law is detrimental to the Virginia economy, our nation’s prospects for economic recovery and the free-market system. And now, there is ONLY ONE WAY to fix what happened: Elect Mitt Romney the next President of the United States.

Governor Romney has committed to taking immediate action to repeal and replace Obamacare on day one of his administration, and that is why this election is so critical. It’s going to be a clear choice between President Obama’s big government takeover, accompanied by skyrocketing costs and tax increases, and Governor Romney’s faith in free markets and consumer choice. With Governor Romney’s leadership, we can replace Obamacare with healthcare solutions that put patients and doctors, not bureaucrats, in charge of healthcare in America and without sacrificing American jobs in the process.

But before that can happen, Mitt Romney has to win this November. And that means he has to win Virginia. That’s going to take all of us working together from today through November. So if you haven’t already, please visit to find out how you can get involved. Today’s decision should remind all of us that elections matter. And this November’s election matters more than any election in our modern history.

On day one, Governor Romney will  taking immediate action to repeal and replace Obamacare, but he needs your help to make that happen! There is ONLY ONE WAY to stop this law: Elect Mitt Romney. Please visit and let’s win this election and get our economy back on track, and Americans back to work!

When the Republican presidential primary started, Mitt Romney was my third choice, for a number of reasons. Now, none of that matters. He’s the only guy that has a chance to undo what’s been done – and not just on health care.

I contributed to Romney’s campaign today. I will go to the voting booth in November.



Outside ( gosh it was hot today):

50 chinup

100 pushups on blocks

80 squats

80 cinder block twist

80 upright bucket rows

Walk 3.4 miles

Elapsed time 1:25:00

Here’s a great addition to your Zombie Apocalypse Kit – or, for your bug-out bag in the event society collapses in the next couple of years (depends on who wins the election, right?). It’s the Henry Survival AR-7.

Like the original Henry US Survival Rifle, our latest take on this innovative, semi-automatic rifle is lightweight (just 3.5 lbs) and highly portable. At just 16 ½” long (when all the components are stowed), it fits easily into the cargo area of a plane or boat or in a backpack. And because it’s chambered in .22LR you can carry a large quantity of ammunition, without adding much weight to your gear.

Henry U.S. Survival AT-7 x-ray

When disassembled, the pieces fit inside the impact-resistant, waterproof stock, which will float should it take a trip overboard. Assembly is as easy as attaching the receiver to the stock, inserting the barrel and screwing on the barrel nut. In just a few seconds, without the need for any tools, the Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 is ready for action.

The Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 comes standard with a sturdy steel barrel covered in tough ABS plastic and then coated with Teflon for complete protection against corrosion. Plus, it’s engineered for perfect balance and the ability to maintain its tack-driving accuracy, even after thousands of rounds.

Like the Henry website says: “Don’t leave civilization without one.”

Her addition to point #3 is the thing that should upset folks the most.

That’s the story, right? That’s the spin for Romney. What’s the spin for Obama?

UPDATE: Drudge points to Obama’s assertion, back in September 2009 that the mandate is not a tax.

STEPHANOPOULOS: [I]t’s still a tax increase.

OBAMA: No. That’s not true, George. The — for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it’s saying is, is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I’m not covering all the costs.

I have said repeatedly that Obama would be worse off if Obamacare were upheld, but what I’m really seeing is how bad it is for him with the mandate declared a tax.

Remember the Democrats got the statute passed by insisting it was not a tax. Now, we learn it is only constitutional because it is a tax. That’s got to hurt politically.

ADDED: Romney has at least 3 big arguments:

1. Obama imposed a huge new tax on working people.

2. Obama deceived the American people by saying it was not a tax, when it was.

3. The law made it look like money would go to insurance companies — in the form of new premiums — that would keep premiums low as the companies were required to take on people with pre-existing conditions, but now we find out that the money is really going to go to the federal government. [ADDED: So get ready for your premiums to spiral up and/or for insurance companies to be ruined.]

via Althouse: Obama imposes huge tax on the American middle class..

Causes of death, 1900 v. 2010

The New England Journal of Medicine published a chart that details the differences in how Americans died in 1900 versus today. It’s interesting to see how the number of deaths from infectious diseases has dropped dramatically. Though the mortality rate has dropped overall, the number of deaths from cancer and heart disease are much larger.

The first thing to notice, of course, is the overall drop in the mortality rate in the past 110 years, but that’s something we kind of already knew and can verify from the increased life expectancy numbers. Where life expetancy for the average American in 1900 was under 50 years for someone born in 1900, for someone born in 2010 it’s approaching 80, a tremendous increase due in no small part to the advances in medical science.

The other thing to notice is that most of the most prevalent causes of death in 1900 were disease related, with pneumonia and tuberculosis topping the list. Today, those diseases barely appear on the chart. Pneumonia went from 202 deaths per 100,000 to just 16.2 per 100,000 and tuberculosis doesn’t even appear on the chart. The same goes for Gastrointestinal Diseases and Diptheria.

Finally, looking at the chart for 2010 we see that the top two causes of death, accounting for 757.6 per 100,000 deaths, are diseases that are related either to behavior or old age. Indeed, one would expect that in the future the number of deaths attributed to things like Alzheimer’s Disease are likely to increase. These are among the hardest causes of death to eradicate because, in the end, our bodies will break down.

Read the rest: How we Die 1900 v. 2010