Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What is in Obama's "Healthcare Plan"?

This will be detrimental toward your family garden. I feel I need to post this. The HC plan in congress right now can be found as a downloadable pdf file from this link.

Here are just SOME of the highlights that ought to scare the daylights out of you...

Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS
that self insure

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED

Pg 42 of HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose YOUR HC Benefits for you. YOU have no choice

PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill - HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise

Pg 58HC Bill - Govt will have real-time access to individuals finances, a National ID Healthcard will be issued

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfer

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions and community organizations (ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Govt control

PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill - Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration your Healthcare

PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill - Govt mandates linguistic apropropriate services Example - Translation for illegal aliens

Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN, Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs of Benefit Levels for Plans. #AARP members - YOUR Health care WILL be rationed

PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill - Medicaid eligible Individuals will be automatically be enrolled in Medicaid. No choice

pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against this Govt Monopoly

pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill - Doctors/AMA - The Govt will tell YOU what you can make.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST automatically enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for HC for part-time employees AND their families.

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll $400k; above who does not provide public option will pay an additional 8% tax on all payroll

pg 150 Lines 9-13 Businesses with payroll between $251k; $400k who do not provide public option pays additional 2-6% tax on all payroll

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed an additional 2.5% of income

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)

Pg 195 HC Bill -officers employees of HC Administration (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans financial/personal records

PG 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that - OH that is a GEM

Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected

Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill - Doctors, doesn't matter what specialty you have, you'll all be paid the same

PG 253 Line 10-18 Govt sets value of Dr's time, professional judgement, etc. Literally value of humans.

PG 265 Sec 1131Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries

PG 268 Sec 1141 Fed Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs

PG 272 SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients - welcome to rationing!

Page 280 Sec 1151 The Govt will penalize hospitals for what Govt deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Drs, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission-Govt will penalize you.

Pg 317 L 13-20 PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Drs. what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand

pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have option to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!

Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 - Govt mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Govt plan

Pg 354 Sec 1177 - Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs patients

Pg 379 Sec 1191 Govt creates more bureaucracy - Telehealth Advisory Committee. Can you say HC by phone?

PG 425 Lines 4-12 Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations. Think Senior Citizens end of life

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Govt provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death

PG 427 Lines 15-24 Govt mandates program for orders for end of life. The Govt has a say in how your life ends

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An "advisory care planning consultation" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates

PG 429 Lines 10-12 "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 - The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life

Pg 469 - Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Svcs here!!?

Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment to a community-based organization Like ACORN?

PG 489 Sec 1308 The Govt will cover Marriage Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt into your marriage

Pg 494-498 Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.

Government control of your literal Healthcare, forced HC plans, rationing, bean counting, etc...


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jesse - Jehovah Exists!

"For this to happen, everything must go perfect Jennifer" said Dr. 'Z.  Dr. 'Z., was at least entertaining the idea of a VBAC after 5 sections. What a blessing!  Jen and I knew the odds to even find a doctor who would be willing to allow for a natural delivery after so many C-sections to be very rare indeed. We also new that to even get at a chance at this we would have to become very knowledgeable about the subject to show the doctors we where not jumping willy-nilly at a desire of ours. Dr. 'Z, who has been Jennifer's doctor since 1996 and has delivered 4 out of 5 of our children. We trusted him and he trusted us in making wise decisions. 

"For this to happen, everything must go perfect."

Wow! perfect, what are the odds at having a perfect birth?....  I mean even Jesus was born in a stable, where Joseph's and Mary's midwives and doula's were sheep and cows, hardly a perfect circumstance.  After some discussion and some definitions from 'Z, we new that perfect really meant "conditional".  So far we were inside the conditions set. We were both excited and nervous.  We prayed for this to happen, but also prayed that if this was God's will, he would keep open the doors or if not, he would shut them.

A day less than 3 weeks to go and we had a nervous moment. Jen went to Labor and Delivery for observation just to relieve the questions at hand.  Everything was great, however she had some stronger "contractions" so they kept her till noon.  It was a rough go, we had run into a bull of a female doctor who caused a lot of excitement to say the least until Dr. 'Z put a muzzle on her from his vacation no less! 
At our next appointment doors were starting to shut.  Jen and my desire to have a natural birth was beginning to dissolve in front of our eyes.  Jen's blood pressure was up but up to that point he had wanted to give us a 48 hour window to go into labor, and/or we could schedule a C-section date due to him leaving to go out of town after that.  He was the only doctor in the practice willing to allow us a trial of labor barring no complications.

"Dr. 'Z, it's just because I am nervous, after the events of the past few days". Dr. Z was pretty sure that was the case, but as we stood up to leave he said, "lets just take your blood pressure one more time". It was still up, Jen had to stay until 11PM for observation, then had to come back the next morning for more... That morning her blood pressure was still up and her PC levels had climbed, the trend was toward preeclampsia.  That was the last door shut and we knew it, part of us wanted to renegotiate our terms with God, be stubborn and ride it out. The other part said, it is better to listen to God, even if the answer goes against what we desired. Jen shed some tears, but after she and I had some discussion knew what God's answer to us was, and we must be content. The C-Section would prove that listening to God's answer was very wise and the blessing was not just that Jesse was here, but also assurance that God's hand was over us the whole time. Looking back, I think sometimes our desires are misplaced, when what our true desire was to trust God and to have Jen and Jesse with us safe and sound.

Jesse, who's Hebrew name means "Jehovah Exists" was born at 3:07, Wednesday, June 3rd 2009. He was 9lbs. 5oz and 21" long. He and mommy are at home and doing great.

Our Newest Key Sprout: Jesse Douglas Key

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Its Japanese Beetle Time!!

About 2 years ago my oldest Son, Joshua, got up early and entered into my wife's and my domain and interrupted our peaceful slumber. I don't even think I was snoring....

"Dad, Dad... Dad, you awake"

6AM, I was horrified! 
What creature with foul breath waketh me up from my slumber I wondered?

"Dad, Dad, let me tell you something, today the Japanese Beetles are coming!" Joshua said with excitement in his voice. He would get to kill some that day.  "Horah, now go back to bed, Joshua... pleeeeeeaase"

Sure enough, they had come. Joshua has predicted "Japanese Beetle Day" ever since, and has done it well, but he is doing it better, he waits till I wake on my own now.  So this past Monday, Joshua gave me the warning that they where coming, sure enough by the end of the day they where here... 

So, what do you do?

Here are some tips to help your battle against these pesky little pests. 

  • Plant, other plants that repel them: Catnip, Rue (be careful with these, read closely), Larkspur (never heard of that one, but its pretty), cloves (you won't be able to grow that in Alabama), garlic, tansy, or geranium.
  • Netting
  • For you who have chickens, Japanese beetles are at least a free food high in protein. 
  • Pick them off and drown them. That could be a perfect past time for the boys, similar to the fun of killing fire ants with a magnifying glass.
  • Insecticidal soaps.. on the cheap, make your own. 2 tablespoons liquid soap to 1 quart of water.
  • All purpose pesticide soap.. on the cheap, homemade. Use strong smelling roots and spices like garlic, onions, horseradish, ginger, rhubarb leaves, cayenne or other hot peppers. Put ingredients into a mason jar, boil water and poor over just enough to cover. Screw on the cover or lid and let it stand overnight. Strain and add the insecticidal soap spray. Freeze unused portion.
  • Commercial traps, however I don't really recommend them very highly as the trap actually attracts more to the area than there are naturally.  IF you do use a trap, make sure it is not very close to your own garden. Put it close to your next door neighbors yard or even better, closer to their garden... mwhahahahahahaha. ::evil grin::
  • Cheap trap: Take a plastic bottle, cut the top off, fill it with water, sugar, rotten fruit, and yeast mixture, hang it near your neighbors yard ::snicker:: I really mean on the edges of your own yard. It works just as good as a commercial trap.
  • Leave some dead Japanese beetles around, they really stink bad, not just to you, but also to other Japanese beetles.
  • Call a professional and ask for biological control like fungi, parasites, or nematodes or purchase and apply yourself. I recommend these for Japanese Beetle grubs, but they work on other things such as ants, termites, cut worms, fleas, ticks, other grubs and more. Warning, they are not cheap, but once they are established they should be good to go for years.
  1. Milky Spore - Bacillus popillae
  2. Nematodes - Heterorhabditis bacteriophora
  3. Nematodes - Steinernema feltiae
Why 2 different nematodes? Well, used together they have a wider range of pests they kill. They work differently, and overlap each others way of transmission. For Japanese beetle grubs, use the bacteria (Milky Spore) with the Nematode - H. bacteriophora.  Note: this is a preventative, killing off the grub not the beetle.
  • I personally spray with Neem Oil spray. It will kill on contact, however it works on sucking or chewing insects by "stopping" them from eating. One of its properties actually makes insects "forget" to eat and the starve to death.
For beneficial insects and organisms check out this website.


UGG! It has rained for 10 days off and on....  I had to put two 4'x4' boxes for my Ground Cherries, Celery, and Cayenne Peppers that are finally coming up, a raised bed for my black berries (Apache Thornless), put in my Sea Buckthorn, put trellising  up for my melons, AND attempted to redo my strawberry beds.. all with the help of my boys of course. Then at about 3:00, it started raining again. We worked in the strawberry bed for a while until it started thundering and lightning.... 


The sun will shine again... they say maybe even this weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Fun of cool stuff

This year I have planted some really cool "stuff".  I know I have been asked about and or told about this melon. Its called the Tigger, its a musk melon with brilliant colors, they are about 1lb and very fragrant...
It is supposed to be vigorous plants yield heavily, even in dry conditions.  I have 2 of these plants that I will trellis as per instructions from my square foot gardening book.  I will keep you posted on this gem (mb). I hope it tastes as good as its noted fragrance. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Welcome to my garden!

Test, test, test.... and yes I love to garden! More to follow.