Secretary of Health And Human Services Kathleen Sebelius Appears In Front Of Congress. A Sad Sort of Hilarity Ensues.

On April 26, 2012, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius appeared before Congress to talk about the Obama administration’s proposed health mandate which forces religious institutions to purchase methods of contraception even if it is against the religious beliefs of a group. During the hearing, she Sebelius was questioned by Congressman Trey Gowdy, who represents the 4th District of South Carolina.

It now occurs to us that it may be good to have health care for people like Sebelius because a veritable bloodbath ensued during the questioning.

We took note in February of this year that President Obama, Secretary Sebelius and White House Spokesman Jay Carney all said the mandate was a correct “balance” between religious freedom and health care. During his questioning, Representative Gowdy asks Sebelius what tests or information she relied upon to determine what was a correct “balance.”

The Catholic News Agency highlights some of the exchange:

Guess Who Is Advising the Post Office On How To Be Profitable? Irony Alert Ahead.

Imagine wanting to start your own business. You sit down, write out a business plan. You get all the facts and figures together. With a gleam in your eye, you go to someone that has knowledge of business looking for advice.

We would bet that person would not be one who has failed at business. We would bet the person you went to would not be one that was not making a profit and losing their shirt.

But assume that you managed to get the business off the ground. After some years of prosperity, your sales and market share start to decline. You are looking at staggering losses, so you try to find someone to help you with some advice on making the business profitable again.

We would bet the person or group from which you seek advice would not be a person whose business is hemorrhaging money and is in such disarray, they cannot even show you a budget on their business operations.

Which brings us to the United States Postal Service and the United States Congress.

We’ve looked at the state of the USPS a few times and realize that the organization must change in order to survive. With declining volume, the USPS is looking at closing post offices, sorting centers laying off employees, and canceling delivery on Saturday. (New Zealand is considering dropping the number of postal delivery days from six to three.)

To “help” the US Postal Service, a bill has been introduced into the Senate that would give the USPS $11 billion dollars to cover its losses, keep employees and keep sorting centers and post offices open. Interestingly, the amount of money will last the USPS through the fall.

Let’s see, what happens in the fall?

Truther Roaches.

On Saturday, we went to the Melbourne Arts Festival to do the Steve Bussey Radio Experience as we said we would. For the most part, it was a fun time and we got to meet a lot of nice people. If you are ever in the area on the last weekend in April when the Art Festival is happening, please take our advice and go.

When we got to the show and found our booth, Steve Bussey came up to Producer Jerry and myself and said “hey, there is a 9-11 truther walking around here. I told him he could talk to you guys.”

There is a reason for this. Jerry and I are the engineering and computer geeks on the show.

We looked at Steve and said “9-11 truthers are like most conspiracy theorists – you’ll debunk one thing and they will bring up another. You debunk that and they;ll bring up another. Eventually they will come back and start to repeat things you have debunked already. They are like cockroaches – they will keep scurrying around no matter what you do.”

We were hoping the guy wouldn’t come back around.

But he did.

In the first hour of the show he came back while we were getting ready to talk about funding of the arts. (An appropriate topic for the day since we were at an arts festival.)

We never heard a word of the discussion. Not a single word that was said between Jerry and Steve. You see, while they were talking about the funding of the arts, We had the fun time of engaging with the “truther.”

It was not a pleasant sight.

In the end, we had drawn a crowd. The people in booths to either side of us were happy with that. Steve and Jerry actually walked away to do the show.

It started innocently enough. He asked us “what about the collapse of the World Trade Centers?”

Our answer would be a consistent one throughout the conversation: “What about it?”

Yosemite Range of Light.

This is another video highlighting the beauty and majesty of the world in which we live.

Turn down the lights, crank up the volume, and view this in full screen mode.

Yosemite National Park, the High Sierra, and the Eastern Sierra are some of the most beautiful places on earth. Ever since I serendipitously won a trip to Yosemite when I was 18, the beautiful Range of Light has captured my heart and become my home. Nothing brings me more joy than to share this life changing beauty with others.

Ever since I became fascinated with timelapse photography almost 2 years ago, after seeing the work of Tom Lowe, I’ve wanted to do a piece on Yosemite and the Sierra. Now after almost 2 years of shooting, I’m thrilled to share. I hope you enjoy my vision of my home, the majestic Yosemite & Sierra.

Courtesy Shawn Reeder.


Art and Radio!

This weekend we are taking the radio show on the road again to the 28th annual Melbourne Art Festival in Melbourne Florida. We’ll be located in front of the Continental Flambe Restaurant which is just west of the railroad tracks. (Yeah, we are the people from the “other side of the tracks.”)

The Melbourne Art Festival is a really good art show. It is not a “craft fair” although there are exhibitors who work in what is traditionally “craft” mediums. You’ll see everything from leaded glass to paintings to woodworking and everything in between. It is a great way to spend a sunny day on the Space Coast.

We’ll be doing our show from 2 – 4 PM as we always do, so stop by and say hello and listen to us on WMEL AM 1300, the internet, or on your cell phones. Don’t forget to call in at 321-631-1300 and join the conversation.

Hope to see you there!

In The Name Of Tolerance, People Call For The Firing Of Football Coach With Whom They Disagree.

Ron Brown is a football coach who has served on the University of Nebraska’s staff for a total of 22 years. As the running running backs coach for the Huskers, he helped lead Nebraska to the 15th ranked rushing offense in the country and was nominated for the Broyles Award which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Brown, who is African American and graduated from Brown University, is a Christian and the head of a ministry called Freed Men.

Like many assistant coaches, Brown was known more for his coaching within the coaching community rather than outside of it. That was until the Penn State Sex Scandal. The scandal involved a former assistant coach on the football team and young boy and led to the firing of Penn State’s president and long time football coach, Joe Paterno. The first game after the scandal broke and the firings, it was the University of Nebraska that headed up to State College, Pennsylvania to play Penn State.

Knowing the school, the students and the players were hurting, Brown gathered the players for a pre-game prayer. This was not unusual for Brown as he always led the pre-game prayer. Yet this day was unique, and Brown’s prayer was captured on video:

We take note of Brown’s history to show the type of man he is. It is undeniable that Brown is a man of passion, commitment and faith. If you are a parent, it would be hard to think of a person you would want your son to emulate more than Brown.

The notion that Brown is successful, well thought of, respected, intelligent and passionate makes one wonder why there are calls for Brown to be fired.

Cops Behaving Badly. Bonus! Stupid Criminal.

Editor’s Note: The following post is not meant to demean all police, but rather highlight some of the failings of people who are in the law enforcement profession. It’s the people – not the profession.

Once in awhile you just have to wonder what people are thinking.

Take for example Officer Bret Witte of the Fargo, South Dakota police department. Officer Witte is in a bit of hot water for leaving his car unlocked and having several pairs of handcuffs, a bulletproof vest, a handheld radio, a Taser, two loaded ammunition clips for a handgun and a knife stolen.

This is not the first time Witte has been in the spotlight for the wrong reason. Witte had been previously disciplined for trying to taze a driver who he claimed was leaving the scene of an accident. The police found Witte’s use of a tazer to be outside of the “use of force” guidelines the police department had established.

Witte was also reprimanded in 2002 for having sex in his patrol car with an 18 year old who was his girlfriend. Two years later, she was arrested for prostitution.

What makes the story of the theft of his equipment so funny is that a man came to the police station locked in the handcuffs looking to have them removed. It seems the thief is a friend and put them on the guy and without a key, could not get them off.

There is a certain poetic justice to that.

In Des Moines, Iowa, Officer Brandon Singleton demonstrated the wrong way to handle being in a traffic accident:

Police Sgt. Chris Scott said Singleton apparently crashed his vehicle around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 3800 block of East Ovid Avenue. A neighbor told police he heard a noise and saw a police car at the scene.

Over five hours later, at 6:34 a.m., Singleton told dispatchers he needed help changing a tire in the 2600 block of Dean Avenue — over three miles away. A police supervisor noticed damage on the patrol car that didn’t add up with Singleton’s description of what had happened: The car had two flat tires and some body damage, Scott said.

An officer allegedly spotted marijuana in the car. That prompted a search that turned up meth and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Let’s see….. hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident and drugs in the car.

Angela, George and Trayvon.

You’ve probably read the accused murderer of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, was released on bond and had gone back into hiding.

While some have said Zimmerman should have been kept in jail, that is a belief more on emotion rather than law. Allowing a person to bond out in the state of Florida is based upon three things:
1) Bail is issued to insure the person will return for a trial. As Zimmerman turned himself in immediately once he was charged, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to expect he would not appear for a trial.
2) The chance that a person will commit the same crime again while out on bail. In this case, this seems highly unlikely.
3) The evidence is so overwhelming the person committed the crime, bail may be denied. The police initially let Zimmerman go, so it is difficult to say the evidence is overwhelming.

Looking at the above criteria, it is hard to see Zimmerman being denied bail and he wasn’t. Judge Kenneth Lester assigned a bail of $150,000 last Friday after a hearing on the matter.

That is what most people know.

What they don’t know is what happened during the hearing. (Transcripts of the hearing can be found here, here, and here.)

When special prosecutor Angela Corey was assigned the case, many in the state and country thought “this is a good sign.” Corey is well known and respected as a no-nonsense prosecutor who seemed to be above the politics of a case.

After the bail hearing, we are no longer so sure.

In a nutshell, the hearing was a disaster for the prosecution case and gives some insight as to why the prosecution appears to have gone over to the dark side of political prosecutions.

During the hearing, Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara called to the witness stand one of the investigators in the case, Dale Gilbreath. This apparently shocks the prosecutors who admit they are unprepared.

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