We march THIS SATURDAY FEB. 11.

MEET in front of the Progress Energy Center. See the link for information about the Progress Energy Center and directions.

TIME between 9:15 and 9:30. LOOK FOR a tall sign “People of Faith AGAINST Amendment  One”

We will go from there to the start and then get more instructions. Wear good shoes, and your  ’Vote Against’ t-shirt if you have one. We will march behind our new banner and (if the buttons come in Thursday) they will be available for $1.00 each.

Parking is an issue so car pool if possible.

Lie #1: President Obama wants to euthanize your grandma!!!
The truth: These accusations—of “death panels” and forced euthanasia—are, of course, flatly untrue. As an article from the Associated Press puts it: “No ‘death panel’ in health care bill.”4 What’s the real deal? Reform legislation includes a provision, supported by the AARP, to offer senior citizens access to a professional medical counselor who will provide them with information on preparing a living will and other issues facing older Americans.5

Lie #2: Democrats are going to outlaw private insurance and force you into a government plan!!!
The truth: With reform, choices will increase, not decrease. Obama’s reform plans will create a health insurance exchange, a one-stop shopping marketplace for affordable, high-quality insurance options.6 Included in the exchange is the public health insurance option—a nationwide plan with a broad network of providers—that will operate alongside private insurance companies, injecting competition into the market to drive quality up and costs down.7
If you’re happy with your coverage and doctors, you can keep them.8 But the new public plan will expand choices to millions of businesses or individuals who choose to opt into it, including many who simply can’t afford health care now.

Lie #3: President Obama wants to implement Soviet-style rationing!!!
The truth: Health care reform will expand access to high-quality health insurance, and give individuals, families, and businesses more choices for coverage. Right now, big corporations decide whether to give you coverage, what doctors you get to see, and whether a particular procedure or medicine is covered—that is rationed care. And a big part of reform is to stop that.

Health care reform will do away with some of the most nefarious aspects of this rationing: discrimination for pre-existing conditions, insurers that cancel coverage when you get sick, gender discrimination, and lifetime and yearly limits on coverage.9 And outside of that, as noted above, reform will increase insurance options, not force anyone into a rationed situation.

Lie #4: Obama is secretly plotting to cut senior citizens’ Medicare benefits!!!
The truth: Health care reform plans will not reduce Medicare benefits.10 Reform includes savings from Medicare that are unrelated to patient care—in fact, the savings comes from cutting billions of dollars in overpayments to insurance companies and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse.11
Lie #5: Obama’s health care plan will bankrupt America!!!
The truth: We need health care reform now in order to prevent bankruptcy—to control spiraling costs that affect individuals, families, small businesses, and the American economy.

Right now, we spend more than $2 trillion dollars a year on health care.12 The average family premium is projected to rise to over $22,000 in the next decade13—and each year, nearly a million people face bankruptcy because of medical expenses.14 Reform, with an affordable, high-quality public option that can spur competition, is necessary to bring down skyrocketing costs. Also, President Obama’s reform plans would be fully paid for over 10 years and not add a penny to the deficit.15
We’re closer to real health care reform than we’ve ever been—and the next few weeks will decide whether it happens. We need to make sure the truth about health care reform is spread far and wide to combat right wing lies.


Can you forward this email to your friends today? And remember, also post it on Facebook by clicking here: http://www.moveon.orgr?r=51746.

And on Twitter, by retweeting: @MoveOn Check out the Top 5 Health Care Lies—and How to Fight Back. http://bit.ly/Bncs5
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Kat, Ilya, Michael and the rest of the team
P.S. Want more? Check out this great new White House “Reality Check” website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/ or this excellent piece from Health Care for America Now on some of the most outrageous lies:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51729&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=1

Sources:
1. “More ‘Town Halls Gone Wild’: Angry Far Right Protesters Disrupt Events With ‘Incomprehensible’ Yelling,” Think Progress, August 4, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51733&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=2
2. “Fight the smears,” Health Care for America NOW, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51729&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=3
3. “Palin Paints Picture of ‘Obama Death Panel’ Giving Thumbs Down to Trig,” ABC News, August 7, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51728&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=4
4. “No ‘death panel’ in health care bill,” The Associated Press, August 10, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51747&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=5
5. “Stop Distorting the Truth about End of Life Care,” The Huffington Post, July 24, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51730&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=6
6. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 11, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#i1
7. “Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan,” The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51737&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=7
8. “Obama: ‘If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor,’” The Wall Street Journal, 15, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51736&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=8
9. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#r1
10. “Obama: No reduced Medicare benefits in health care reform,” CNN, July 28, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51748&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=9
11. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#s1
12. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#c1
13. “Premiums Run Amok,” Center for American Progress, July 24, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51667&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=10
14. “Medical bills prompt more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies,” CNN, June 5, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51735&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=11
15. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#c1

Sources for the Five Lies:
#1: “A euthanasia mandate,” The Washington Times, July 29, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51732&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=12
#2: “It’s Not An Option,” Investor’s Business Daily, July 15, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51743&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=13
#3: “Rationing Health Care,” The Washington Times, April 21, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51742&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=14
#4: “60 Plus Ad Is Chock Full Of Misinformation,” Media Matters for America, August 8, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51734&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=15
#5: “Obama’s ‘Public’ Health Plan Will Bankrupt the Nation,” The National Review, May 13, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51744&id=16778-1798074-fwhYRNx&t=16

This makes me feel old. Today, July 20, 2009 is the 40th, yes, the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first landing on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, while Michael Collins held down the fort in orbit around the moon.

What an amazing day that was. I was fascinated by the space program then and I still am today. I watched almost constantly during each flight leading up to the big one and I remember the excitement everyone felt as the Apollo 11 flight progressed towards the climax of the landing. It was all that many of us could talk about.

On the evening of the landing I was so excited that I woke my then 2 week old son, Christopher, and held him up in front of the TV with its grainy, black and white images from the surface of the moon and told him that one day he could tell people he saw men walk on the moon for the first time. I know he does not remember but that is not his fault.

I remember Walter Cronkite, who died this last Friday, just three days short of this anniversary, and his child-like wonder at this amazing feat; his speechlessness when the landing occurred. We loved Uncle Walter and trusted him. Rest in Peace.

Those were heady days for the U.S. space program and for many around the world. It was an exhilarating and promising time with new accomplishments and discoveries almost every day.

Most of the electronic devices we use today are based upon technologies developed, adapted or perfected for the space program. The impact of the space technology on our lives on earth is incalculable. Despite the cold war and the rising conflict in Vietnam it was the peacetime program that drove our technology and the economy forward as much or more than any wartime program but without the terrible human and economic disasters of war itself.

I hope that we earth people truly have the desire, the drive and the spirit to move back into space beyond the near-earth environment in which the International Space Station resides and go to the planets and back to the moon. “We came in peace for all mankind.”

Last week, Sunday, May 25 the Raleigh News and Observer carried an article about how one Coastal North Carolina county, Beaufort County, is looking for ways to deny social, medical and other services to Mexican “illegal” immigrants in the county. In some cases, it appears they would rather do away with services entirely if they cannot legally discriminate against one class of people.

Read the original article here.

Alice and I, along with many other wrote letters to the editor. The N&O did some major surgery to our letter.

Read our letter as published in the N&O.

And here is the full text of the letter that we sent to the N&O:

Regarding “County cold to migrant influx,” on the front page of your Sunday May 25 issue, we are appalled at the xenophobic racism and outright bigotry of the Beaufort County commissioners. It is unimaginable that anyone should think they can deny basic services based upon surname or looks.

Terminating prenatal care to all poor women because the county cannot legally discriminate against one group based upon race, skin color or ethnic heritage, whatever euphemisms, excuses or rationalizations may be applied, seems the epitome of ignorance served with a huge helping of hubris. Perhaps the next step is to force Hispanics to wear an armband with the flag of their home country on it like the Nazi’s forced the Jews to wear the Star of David.

The Beaufort County commissioners should not forget that the Spanish came to the new world before the English. So perhaps the Hispanics should run out those of English descent. Or maybe the Native Americans who came first should get rid of everyone else who came later.

We both have immigrants in our background. My maternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in the  early 1900’s. I would hate to get hit by a car or bitten by a shark while in Beaufort and have no ID except for my skin color.  In fact the story makes me fear that I might be refused emergency services even if I do have valid ID on me. Getting run out of town in the dark of night is not high on our list of vacation priorities, either. This is not about illegal immigration or saving money. It is about racism pure and simple.

We go to the beach each year, and usually spend a good deal of money around Beaufort. However, we are unwilling to support either directly or indirectly, this kind of repugnant racial exclusion tolerated in Beaufort County. This year, and for the foreseeable future, we will be spending our money in other, more welcoming parts of the coast.

David and Alice Both

I guess we just don’t see any compassion in those conservatives.

I have changed the look of this site. One of the neat things about WordPress is that it is very easy to configure so changing the look, or theme, of the site is very easy.

I will probably make more changes to the look of this site as I decide what I do and don’t like. So don’t be surprised. The content is the same whether you like it or not.

It appears that my DataBook(TM) for OS/2 apparently is down for the last time. It died sometime before yesterday afternoon. I have no idea exactly when as I had not looked at it for several days.

The DataBook for OS/2 is (or perhaps was) a compendium of Warp information. It contains technical data ranging from the architecture of Warp and how it works, to error code listings with detailed explanations of their causes and how to correct them. The DataBook for OS/2 Warp includes information about all versions of Warp including Warp 3, Warp 4, and Warp Server. The DataBook for OS/2 Warp covers installation and use of all Warp versions as well as troubleshooting, problem solving techniques, power users tips, recovery techniques, and recommendations for OS/2 tools and software based upon my many years of experience with OS/2.

It had been running on a 700MHz Pentium III computer whose parts ranged in age from eight to twelve years old. It used Lotus Notes 4.6 and Domino as the web server. Unfortunately, although nothing in the book has changed in years, all of my backups date back to hardware and software that is long dead itself and no longer available. The only medium I had left that was supported by OS/2 was diskettes and due to the size of the database required for the DataBook for OS/2 that was pretty impractical.

I had been looking for a way to crawl through all the pages and capture them onto one of my Linux boxes and had actually figured out pretty much how to do that last week. Too bad I did not get around to trying it before yesterday.

I will try to resurrect it one last time and attempt to move the data to another box.