Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Obamacare and Jesus...

My own family was affected by Obamacare...

2014 started out with a bang as the new highly touted Affordable Health care Act kicked in
and everyone across the nation was wondering how it was going to affect their families.
Here's how it affected mine, or part of my family.
My son who at the time was still in College at CCU in Lakewood, Co. received a notice from the Obama govt. that his Kaiser health care plan was being taken away, that's right, taken away.

Now that might surprise those of you who never heard of folks plans just being ripped out from underneath them particularly after President Obama had stated emphatically on numerous speaking
events across the country that "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."

Mr. Obama lied...that's right, there's really no nice way of putting it, he flat out lied.
He lied to all of us, and personally I think he knew he was lying the whole time about the ACA.
He KNEW that a large number of people were going to have their plans taken away once Obamacare
took effect.

In my own families instance my then 21 year old son's Kaiser plan was ripped away (after being lied to about that) and the reason, the explanation that was given was that his plan DID NOT INCLUDE CONTRACEPTION. Did you get that? My son's healthcare plan was stolen away by the govt. and replaced because it did not include contraception for a 21 YEAR OLD MALE COLLEGE STUDENT.

It was at that moment I found that out that I realized the so called Affordable Care Act was a load of was a scam, the ACA was a ruse.
And I began hearing from others the same story, that their plans were also ripped away and replaced
with lesser and LESS AFFORDABLE health care plans.

There are entire Facebook groups dedicated to the victims of Obamacare's lies and malfeasance.
One I still belong to is aptly named "OBAMACARE HORROR STORIES" and it's been up for almost three years now because so many people like in my son's case had their health care plans stolen away and then replaced with lesser plans that in most cases COST A LOT MORE, or at least had HUGE DEDUCTIBLES.

You may wonder why I named this blog Obamacare and Jesus...

I've had discussions and even debates with well meaning Christians who are the left wing Democrat
persuasion of Christian that TO THIS DAY are still denying that Obamacare has hurt anybody at all and in fact tell me incredulously that "That isn't possible!, the ACA has not taken away anyone's healthcare plans, and in fact millions of people gained insurance, millions now have insurance that didn't have it before!."

My response is the same to all left wing garden variety social justice preaching church goers..."Yes
the law not only took my son's healthcare away and replaced it with a very inferior plan with massive deductibles, but it's happened to MILLIONS of people" to their shock and surprise.

"No!" they tell me, "it's not possible, the ACA has helped more people than it hurt!" they tell me.

"Is that so?" I say, then why did the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Times, the Denver Post and even a New York Times article detail the MILLIONS of people that lost their plans?

Why are there entire Facebook pages dedicated to the scores of people and families that LOST their healthcare plans? sometimes more than once! I've seen articles by people that lost their plans two or three times!

It's as if a lot of social justice warriors are on a different plane of existence, we're in an alternate
universe, or some kind of Star Trek episode where there's two Enterprises and two Captain Kirks and two completely opposite United States of Americas where Obamacare the compassionate and kind gave to millions of poor uninsured folks while the other Star Trek universe version of Obamacare not only took away millions of working people's insurance but replaced them with hugely inferior and more expensive plans whose premiums doubled or in some cases even tripled or QUADRUPLED.

My question for the Social Justice Warrior of the church going type is...
If you claim to be for the poor and disenfranchised and oppressed why do you still to this day insist
that the benevolent and great Affordable Care Act has not hurt anybody or in fact even destroyed LOTS of folks family budgets?

What would Jesus do indeed...

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Death of Newspapers (and other assorted Dinosaur media)

Fifteen years ago my mornings would usually start with
helping get my kids off to school and then wanting to either have a cup of java at the house or get to a cheap breakfast place so I could open up the newspaper and take in the days events and opinion pages.

Being a musician that plays evening gigs and part time band instructor as well as a church musician at that time I had  mornings off until the class I taught began.
The Rocky Mountain News was my favorite print of the day because they seemed slightly less leftist/progressive than the other daily rag the Denver Post who's editorials would make me angry enough to want to write a rebuttal, which I did on numerous occasions.

As I read the articles by NYT left wing columnists or the local Democrat opinionist who's name I can't remember I would get angry to the point that I would pen a short rebuttal and send them in to the paper who's liberal columnist had me worked up enough to sit down and write no avail.

I would send in either by email or snail mail a short answer to what I believed 
was a complete fabrication of facts or a one sided leftist diatribe not even being somewhat fair to the conservative viewpoint.

Not once did I see a rebuttal I penned get printed in either the Denver Post or the Rocky Mountain News, or previously (when I resided in California) the Los Angeles Times or Orange County Register.

I took this as either I was not a good enough writer or, the left wing Democrat bias of the editors of most large city Newspapers prevented anything from my pen worthy (in the editors minds) to grace the pages of their daily rags...

But then the world wide web happened and I began to search out websites and news sources of like minded people that matched my conservative values, beliefs, and thought processes.

"This is great!" I started thinking, because for years I would strive to get a short rebuttal or even a short article from my perspective published in the left wing controlled newspapers of my town and it NEVER happened. But now VOILA! the internet has changed the game my good and biased newspaper publishing friends, from now on our voices will be heard! Take That! I thought.

Fast forward to 2017 and I see articles about newspapers struggling to survive, many have closed up altogether. Pew research says that only two in ten people are now getting their daily news from a newspaper. Even the vaunted and very progressive newspaper of choice for Liberal Americans the New York Times has laid off a lot of people simply because those under forty years old have probably never even read a complete newspaper like I had done with my morning coffee for many years.

The Rocky Mountain News just up and disappeared one week and Denver was left with one major newspaper. So what did that one newspaper left remaining do? They swung even FURTHER to the left in their news coverage and editorials and even began publishing a complete section dedicated to the new Marijuana law in Colorado. Not exactly the kind of reporting a former Carter Democrat who repented and became a Reagan Republican wanted to read.

We're hearing a lot about Fake news today and (depending on your political leanings) the fake news can be either Fox or "Faux" News (as my left wing friends call it) or it can be the NYT, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN which I and many conservatives jokingly call Communist News Network or Clinton news network.

The New President who's been in office a whopping four weeks has called a lot of mainstream media
from the NYT to CNN to MSNBC fake news. While Democrats continue to say Fox news is fake news and Republican TV and Breitbart is an anti Semitic and racist alt right website. Odd... how a news website started by Andrew Breitbart a Jew can be anti Jew, but that's another blog.

Conservative news sites like Breitbart, Townhall, Gateway Pundit, Washington Times,World Net Daily, and Fox have given a huge swath of conservative readers who are highly engaged politically a voice that 20 years ago never existed. And we can rebut articles that rub us the wrong way even on certain very liberal News sites like Huffpo or Washington Post and the rebuttals show up IMMEDIATELY. Who needs a dirty smelly newspaper printed by people that don't like Republicans like myself, don't agree with my beliefs and ideas, and certainly will not publish anything I'm concerned about and they proved it.


Don't shoot me, I'm Just the Sax Player...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Biblical allusions in the film Metropolis

Futuristic film Metropolis was made in 1927 by German film maker Fritz Lang which makes it's dystopian vision even that much more astonishing. Some reviewers believe the film alludes more to the occult than to Biblical signage but this writer believes there are just too many scenes not only depicting bible passages but biblical scenes and pictures from the story of the Tower of Babel to the woman riding the seven headed beast in the book of Revelation to dismiss a biblical based story line.

Scenes from Metropolis have been copied for decades not only in film but in music videos in recent times by artists like Freddie Mercury of Queen, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga. Beyonce is seen in a video in a metallic robotic costume almost exactly like the "Machine man" of Metropolis. It's probably no coincidence that these highly influential pop stars adored by millions world wide would copy and emulate the machine man in the film which turns into an exact evil twin of the good and saintly character Maria, but instead of leading her adoring large crowd of followers to godliness,goodness and righteousness corrupts them and leads them to debauchery, fulfillment of selfish and lustful pleasures and creates class division and anarchy.

The main character Freder is definitely a Christ like figure and is even called the "Mediator" which is straight out of the bible, "There is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5. Freder is the mediator that Maria has been telling the oppressed underground workers of Metropolis who have no hope and spend their entire lives slaving at mundane tasks is coming and will save them. Maria whom Freder sees and seems to fall in love with at first sight is a "Minister" of sorts that preaches to the slave like workers from an underground pulpit backed by numerous crosses of many sizes and the depiction of the Christian church and Christianity cannot be dismissed.

Freder while underground searching for the saintly Maria watches an explosion that blows up the main "heart machine" and he has a strange vision of the gigantic machine being fed hundreds of slaves who turn out to be the workers.
Across the screen is flashed "MOLOCH" which is again alluding to the bible in Leviticus 20:3  "And I will set my face against that man, and cut him off from among his people, because he has given of his children unto Molech, to defile my Sanctuary, and profane my holy name.

This strange vision of Moloch being fed the workers has a profound effect on Freder, who then goes to his father Joh Fredersen the designer and creator of Metropolis, and owns everything including the workers to tell him what he saw.

One last Bible passage the film flashes on the screen is from Revelation and the Whore of Babylon as the "evil" Maria rises on a seven headed beast in a nightclub where she entertains and seduces all men into corruption and selfishly fulfilling every sensual pleasure which they do. Revelation 17:3-6

The extraordinary vision of Fritz Lang can be seen in Joh Fredersen's office where we see what looks like a television or Vision screen that also serves as a two way communication device not unlike Skype today from his office to the underground. Amazing forethought considering this was 1927.