A Republic, if you can keep it

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Census Day is April 1, 2010.

It's hard to believe that it's been almost ten years since the Census Bureau sent us the long form to find out just how many folks live in the United States. Since we couldn't see what rather we had indoor plumbing or not had to do with the number of people living in our home many of the questions on our form were left blank. Some got Does Not Apply (DNA) for an answer. The News-Press article that reminded me of the fact that it is almost that time again said, "The response rate proves telling. While the basic form most residents get (just 17 percent get the more detailed long form) includes only 10 questions this year, many find the inquisitor a problem." (Continue Reading) I wouldn't have such a problem if the questions were a little more relevant.
I have no problem telling the the number and gender of people living here. I can except them asking the race/nationality of each person. Anything other than that is a bit more than they need to get an accurate head count.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The St. Joseph News-Press

Friday, August 28, 2009

Alzheimer's Research Funding Legislation

Alzheimer's In The House was set up to be a place for us to tell others what we're doing to deal with the problem of living with Alzheimer’s. Now it seems that Alzheimer's has become a regular topic around here too. I didn't mean for that to happen but some things just seem to fit in here better than at Alzheimer's In The House. I've posted messages about H.R. 3286 (Read pdf version) and S.1492 (Read pdf version), Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2009 at both sites. I've contacted my elected officials to urge them to support both of these bills.

Today I was reading something that lead me to S. 1555 (Read pdf version), A bill to establish the Office of the National Alzheimer's Project. The piece I'd been reading had lead me to believe that S.1555 was all about getting more funding for Alzheimer's research. In my opinion S.1555 does more to expand the size of the federal government than it does to find a cure for Alzheimer's. I'm sorry folks but we don't need to find another Czar, we need to find a cure.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A New Name For Health-Care Reform 2009

One of the first things I heard on the radio Wednesday morning was the news of Edward Kennedy's death. I figured then that the Obama gang would try to use Kennedy's death to get their health-care reform bill passed. So I was not at all surprised to read, Robert C. Byrd (W.Va.), called for passage of health-care reform in Kennedy's honor. "As a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name-calling and have a civilized debate on health-care reform, which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name," he said." (Continue Reading) I guess Byrd figures that urging our elected officials to pass it as a tribute to Kennedy will make the Health-Care Control Act a little easier to swallow. I feel that Byrd may have stooped to a new all time low by trying to use a deceased persons name to get a piece of unwanted (By the folks back home) legislation passed. Get ready for the next round folks their coming to ram the Edward M. Kennedy Memorial Health-Care-Control Act Of 2009 down your throat.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The Washington Post

Monday, August 24, 2009

I Just Got Home From A Town Hall Meeting

I've just been home for a short while now. I went to our United States Representative Sam Graves (R-Mo) town hall meeting. During the question and answer part they took questions right up to the last person before me and announced that would be the last question. So I didn't get to ask Representative Graves where he stands on H.R. 3286. After the meeting one of his staffers gave me a little card to fill out that had a space for questions. I wrote a little bit about Alzheimer's being in Sues family history and ask him where he stood on H.R. 3286. Graves did bring his copy of the health care reform bill with him, all one thousand plus pages of it. He is opposed to it. He said they will try to pass it in September or October. They can't let it wait until next year because that is an election year and the health care reform bill is radioactive. No one will support it then for fear of losing their job. Graves also pointed out that some of what is in the current bill was also in the 93 Hillarycare. Folks didn't want it then and they don't want it now.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

An Example Of Why

This message is also posted at Alzheimer's In The House.

I just read a pretty good example of why I'd like to see our elected officials pass H.R. 3286 and S.1492, the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2009. "UCLA researchers determine toxicity levels of Alzheimer's clusters in brain". The researchers mentioned are working on finding the cause of Alzheimer's. Someone develops Alzheimer's every seventy seconds, finding the cause could reduce the number of folks that are at risk of developing Alzheimer's in the future. The funding that H.R. 3286 and S.1492 will provide will help keep this much needed research going. Expensive? Yes, but I feel it will be less expensive than providing care for the millions of folks that now have Alzheimer's and the countless number that will develop Alzheimer's in the future if this research comes to an end due to a lack of funding.

Please contact your elected officials and urge them to support H.R. 3286 and S.1492.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
UCLA Newsroom

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

H.R. 3286 & S.1492, Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2009

I don't know if you had heard my Wife has Alzheimer's or not. I pray that you never have to tell anyone that your spouse, or any of your loved ones has this devastating disease, but I'm afraid you will in the future if you haven't had to do so already. Every 70 seconds,someone will develop Alzheimer's. That is why I'm urging you to read H.R. 3286 and S.1492, the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2009. If passed this legislation will provide much needed funding to help researchers find new ways to slow the diseases progress and one day find a cure for Alzheimer's. I hope you will contact your elected officials and urge them to support H.R. 3286 and S. 1492 for the millions of people that are now living with Alzheimer's and the millions of people that are at risk of developing it in the future.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The Alzheimer's Association

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hope's For 2010

The GOP is hoping the revolt over Obamacare will gain the party some votes in 2010, "But the conservative mobilization has also created an unusual dilemma for Republican leaders, who want to turn the enthusiasm into election victories next year but find themselves the target of ire from many of the same activists." (Continue reading) All one has to do to see that the folks back home are angry at both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party for good reason. Once again I have to say that could be good news for the Constitution Party, "The CP is the third largest political party in terms of voter registration. There are 367,000 registered Constitution Party voters. (This number does not take into account the many states which do not tally voter registrations by party. In addition, thousands of voters registered with other parties have chosen to vote for Constitution Party candidates at the national, state and local levels.)" (Continue reading) I hope the battles over Obamacare, Bailouts and Immigration reform will help the Constitution Party grow even more between now and the 2010 elections. I feel putting CP candidates in office would bring about the change that folks voted for and didn't get last year.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The Los Angles Times

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Folks Are Mad As Hell

I'm thinking Jon Christian Ryter is right. The folks back home are mad as hell for a number of reasons as they should be. "The protesters, in this instance, were not the minority voices of the voting public, they were the voting public. (And, the White House can't steal enough ACORN votes next year to overrule the will of the People who clearly intend to fire a bunch of Congressmen and Senators.)" (Continue reading). I hope and pray that anger will turn out to be good news for the Constitution Party when the 2010 election rolls around. It's time we elect so constitutionalists that will take their oath of office seriously and represent the folks back home instead of the lobbyists that are now paying for their extravagant life styles.

The Jon Christian Ryter column mentions some of the folks that will feel the bad effects of Obama care, "Boxer apparently believes that the American people won't mind if their health care is doled out in dribbles while their children wait weeks or months to visit to the pediatrician when they get sick; or that the elderly won't object to being denied healthcare because old age is eventually terminal anyway." Now that she has Alzheimer's I wonder where that puts my Wife Sue and approximately 5.3 million others that are living with Alzheimer's Disease? Will they get the care they need or will they be told to go home and wait to die?

If there is a chance for you to meet with your elected officials while they are home this month I hope you'll let them know Obamacare is not the fix our country needs.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:

News With Views

Alzheimer's Association

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Unemployment Figures

I always have a problem with articles that try to paint a rosy picture while telling about the unemployment rate. It seems to me that there are some folks that are forgotten about. The ones whose benefits have ran out. Mine will soon, I was laid off on August 31, 2008. After the benefits are gone and I'm no longer drawing unemployment they will be able to consider me employed because I'm no longer calling in to file my weekly claim.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The Washington Times

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Welcome Home Captain Michael Scott Speicher

It always hurts to hear that one of the brave souls that went to defend our country lost their life. Some times however the news has a bittersweet taste. For the past eighteen years friends and family of Captain Speicher could not be sure about what happened to him. Today they have closure. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Welcome Home Captain Speicher. Rest In Peace.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to :
The Florida Times-Union

Saturday, August 01, 2009

I'm Still Alive

It's been over two months since I posted a message. That doesn't mean I've lost interest in whats going on around us. My feelings about what is being done to our country are as strong as ever, maybe stronger. My absence from blogging wasn't the result of my finding full time employment that kept me away from the computer. I do have a part time job now though, so I'm no longer completely unemployed. I've been neglecting this site because I've been busy right here at home.

My Wife, Sue has had a number of health problems for several years. About four months ago we started to notice she was having memory problems. We were quite concerned because her Mother has Alzheimer’s disease. Her Grandmother passed away as a result of Alzheimer’s, and the family has reason to believe her Great Grandmother was also a victim of Alzheimer’s but in her case it went undiagnosed. When Sue went in for testing they first told her she had Dementia. Now they tell us she has and are treating her for the first stage of Alzheimer’s disease. So to help her (us) out I've taken on a few more of the household duties/chores.

What's next? I plan to start posting messages here regularly again. With Sues' help/partnership we're starting a new site. Alzheimer’s In The House will be a place for us to tell others what we're doing to deal with the problem of living with Alzheimer’s. We hope others will share their stories/solutions to problems with all of us. We'll also share news about new treatments or possible cures, Hope. If you know of anyone that is dealing with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease tell them to stop in and see us.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.