Archive for June, 2009

I miss my girl Parker. Please help.

Posted by on Jun 28 2009 | Health Care, PPC, Purely Personal

This fall it will be eight years since I lost my one-year-old daughter, Parker, to cancer.  She was our only child at the time.  I try not to talk about it as often as I’d like, for fear of it overtaking me.  Needless to say there is a hole in heart, in my soul, that has never healed and is as painful as the day she died.  She is as much of my life as ever.

Many great friends kept me alive during some dark, dark days.  And many great friends keep her memory alive.  One such friend is Tracy Smith, our graphic artist and web designer extraordinaire.

Tracy is riding the Courage Classic to raise money for the Children’s Hospital.  She does so in the memory of Parker.

Children’s Hospital was where I learned Parker was going to die.  For a long time, for me, it was the ugliest place on earth.  My Mother’s Day column may give you a taste.  Parker’s cancer was untreatable, but they treated her with all the love and respect in the world.

I would have lost another child if not for Children’s.  My son, Chance, suffers from Down Syndrome.  With a gaping hole in his heart he was saved with open-heart surgery at only one-month old.  Because of his condition we are “frequent fliers” at Children’s still.  I never much thought about it until reality forced me to,but all of us with kids are blessed to have Children’s Hospital.

I am asking you, on behalf of Parker, please support Tracy as she peddles over the Rockies to help kids like mine, and hopefully never yours.  Her goal is to raise $2000.  We can make that happen.

Thank you Tracy.  Donate here.

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Friday’s Health Care Funny

Posted by on Jun 26 2009 | Friday's Funny, Health Care, PPC

Our great cartoonist appropriately asks — if the public option is so good, “why would they include an exemption clause on page 114?”  Yeah, it’s really great for everyone… BUT them.  Funny how that works.


© 2008, Benjamin Hummel. To see more cartoons like this go to www.politixcartoons.com.

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Save My Minion’s Health Insurance, Obama Care

Posted by on Jun 25 2009 | Economics, Health Care, PPC

One of my many minions is the star of a new health care policy video we’ve just come out with aptly called, “Obama Care.” I don’t want to give away too much, but I ask you take 60 seconds and view what might be coming down the pike from Obama and his health czars.  And if you like it, feel free to pass it around like herpes.

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As Seen on Dave Kopel’s Front Yard

Posted by on Jun 24 2009 | Kopelization, Property Rights, Second Amendment

Great little yard sign showing exactly why everyone benefits from the freedom to own guns. Or as an economist would say, gun ownership provides positive externalities.

(H/T: Rossputin.com)

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Watch This and You’ll Want to Meet Him

Posted by on Jun 22 2009 | Events, PPC

At the time of this writing, about 2.4 million people have seen Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan of the UK Parliament rip Prime Minister Gordon Brown a new one. That’s right, I’m talking about this now infamous speech made during session, with Daniel ending the fire and brimstone by calling Gordon Brown a “devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government!”  Wow. Can you imagine Senator Michael Bennet saying something like that to Barack Obama?  I can’t wait to meet this guy and fortunately for us, Daniel Hannan is coming to Denver this Friday!  We are honored to have a special cocktail hour with him, where he will inevitably give another rousing speech.  The event kicks off at 6pm at the Grant-Humphries Mansion (770 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80203).  We have very limited space, so if you are planning on coming, please RSVP as soon as possible.

If this doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will:

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Thursday Health Care Extravaganza

Posted by on Jun 18 2009 | Health Care, PPC

    ***Michelle Malkin decided to have a contest for best Obamacare poster, where entries will highlight the ill effects of socialized medicine, while at the same time, displaying the entrants Photoshop skillz. Here are the links to round one, round two, and round three.
    ***No, it doesn’t say “free health care now,” it says Free Our Health Care Now! And I suggest you take a second and e-sign it. Before a bureaucrat is making your health care decisions for you.

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Nanny State Policy Round Table

Posted by on Jun 17 2009 | Government Largess, Idiot Box (TV Show), Property Rights

What does nannyism cost in terms of money and lack of individual freedom?  On Independent Thinking, a round table of anti-nannyists convene to discuss this very question. Joining me will be Radley Balko of Reason Magazine, David Martosko from the Center for Consumer Freedom, Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi and local anti-nannyist activist Andrew Boucher.  Tune in this Friday night at 8:30 p.m. to KBDI Channel 12; repeated the following Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.

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The Human Cost of FasTracks: Revisited

Posted by on Jun 16 2009 | Idiot Box (TV Show), PPC, Property Rights, Transportation

Pro-Tint Window (14th and Wadsworth) owners and couple of 25 years Galen Foster and Kim Snyder check in with me again on last weeks episode of Independent Thinking. We wanted them to come on and discuss the latest developments in their struggle to keep their home and business. In case you haven’t been following this tragic case – what I like to call Colorado’s Kelo case – you can check out the first interview we did with them over a year ago when this process was just beginning. Subsequently, they have been entangled in a legal battle with RTD over their home for two years now. This was one of the most emotional, tear-jerking, unforgettable shows I have ever done.  Forget the economic cost of fighting eminent domain, listen to the heart-wrenching human cost of fighting for a house that’s always been yours. As Kim says at the end, “we have Boardwalk, and they want it.”

Below is a condensed, 8 minute version of the show we did.  Please help me get the word out on this amazing couple and their struggle to keep their piece of the American dream.

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Betsy Markey and Health Care – Tea Party Target

Posted by on Jun 12 2009 | Events, Government Largess, Health Care, PPC

Re-post from the People’s Press Collective:

***Saturday June 13th at Washington Park behind Ft. Collins City Hall***
***Rally to encourage Betsy Markey to vote against socialized single-payer health care this summer***

Does this picture terrify you? Well, if it does, consider yourself invited to the Ft. Collins Tea Party’s rally this weekend to encourage Congresswoman Betsy Markey to vote against the promised Obama Health Care Plan. It will begin at Noon on Saturday June 13th at Washington Park behind the Fort Collins City Hall building.

Citizens in Colorado’s 4th Congressional district don’t approve of President Obama’s announced proposal for a socialist government-owned health care system, local organizers say.

Fort Collins Tea Party co-organizer Ray Harvey said if Markey supports Obama’s proposal to increase the federal government’s control of medical care, “it will result ultimately in rationing health care for our senior citizens, and also in long delays in receiving treatment that will threaten our own lives and the lives of our family members.”

“Doctors and patients,” Harvey continued, “who practice and live in socialized health care systems throughout the world, such as Canada, can always flee to the United States, and they do. If Betsy Markey votes to let the Obama Administration take control of our system and do away with our freedom of choice here, where do we flee? Answer: nowhere.”

The Obama Administration has announced its plan to push its disastrous policy through by the end of this summer. According to CNS NEWS, “Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod said on CBS’s Face the Nation (Sunday) that President Obama intends to promote a health-care reform plan that will include creating a government-owned health-care company and predicted that Congress will enact such a plan by the end of the summer.”

Harvey explained that Tea Party activists will respond this summer by pressuring Rep. Betsy Markey to vote against government-controlled health care “over the phone, by mail, at her district offices, or on her front doorstep, if necessary, starting this Saturday.”

There you have it Northern Colorado. If you think your health care choices should involve just you and your doctor – without any government bureaucrat interference – then grab your signs (like Michigan and North Carolina) and head out to Washington Park to let YOUR representative, Betsy Markey know that to represent YOU she has to vote against President Obama’s socialist government-owned health care system.

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Friday’s Funny

Posted by on Jun 12 2009 | Friday's Funny, PPC


© 2008, Benjamin Hummel. To see more cartoons like this go to www.politixcartoons.com.

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