Archive for August 14th, 2009

I Will Give You Rest

Friday, August 14th, 2009

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28 (New International Version)

Texas Grad Student/Obama Delegate Posing as Doctor at Jackson-Lee Town Hall

Friday, August 14th, 2009

OK, I concede there is no evidence that Jackson-Lee knew the woman wasn’t a doctor, but how embarrassing this must be for Jackson-Lee.
Of course, Jackson-Lee is no stranger to self inflicted embarrassment (here are a couple of examples; here and here), but she is such a staunch political elitist, she typically overlooks these situations and bulldozers her way through, usually to the embarrassment of others.

Anyone visiting here even semi-regularly knows that the establishment media consistently fails to determine the legitimacy of people who “say the right things.” Further, when someone else, often a blogger, digs and finds the truth, the reporters and publications involved may sometimes grudgingly acknowledge it, but even then usually incompletely; and more often than not, they won’t give credit where due.

This all-too-typical scenario has played out in the past two days in the case of a certain Roxana Mayer. In two posts (here and here), LA-area blogger Patterico, best known for his relentless skewering of the target-rich environment known as the Los Angeles Times, exposed Ms. Mayer, who claimed to be a doctor when she spoke at a town hall meeting held by Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (and who later hugged her, as seen at the top right), as a leftist fraud.

As Patterico noted in the title of his second post, Mayer’s mantra ought to be “I’m Not a Doctor But I Play One at Town Hall Meetings.” Patterico also showed that Mayer was also a Texas Obama delegate at last year’s Democratic Convention.

At first, the Houston Chronicle took Mayer’s word that she is a doctor, failed to investigate her bona fides, and reported the following:

Some attendees at the meeting spoke in favor of the plan, go (sic — going?) so far as to want a system where the government had complete control.

One supporter, Dr. Roxana Mayer, a physician who does not live in Jackson Lee’s district, praised the reform plan for overhauling a broken system.

“I don’t know what there is in the bill that creates such panic,” she said.

Suspicious, Patterico began digging, finding the following in short order:

  • “The AMA Doctor Finder doesn’t list any physician named Roxana Mayer.”
  • “Nor does the Texas Medical Association.”
  • “Linked In lists a Roxana Mayer — who, according to LinkedIn, is slated to graduate from the University of Houston with a Masters in Social Work in 2010.”
  • “However, the University of Houston lists a student by the name of Roxana Mercedes Mayer.”

So Patterico went to the source, e-mailing the LinkedIn Ms. Mayer. Hilarity ensued. By the time the exchange ended, “poor” Ms. Mayer was in full moonbat mode:

(Patterico)

1) Are you the person who attended Jackson Lee’s town hall meeting?
2) Are you a doctor?
3) If not, why did you claim to be one?
4) Were you a Texas delegate for Obama?
5) Why did you go to the town hall meeting?
6) Who encouraged you to go?
7) Did Sheila Jackson Lee’s husband have anything to do with your going?

(Mayer)

I suspect you don’t need me to answer the first four…but I’ll say for what it’s worth, I went to get a question answered for myself and two other people close to me who are doctors. Too bad she didn’t answer it. I also went to lend support to the reform effort. It’s easier to be against something especially since anger is such a great motivator.

Also, I have never met the Congresslady or her husband–it’s a big school. I do think this is all very funny because I just assume that if my going had been part of a conspiracy, it would have been more seemlessly executed.

While I’m sure I lack your creativity and passion, I have possessed some spontaneity from time to time.

(Patterico)

If I understand what’s going on here, you’re not a doctor, but you play one at town hall meetings. Is that about it?

(Mayer)

Do you mean play a doctor like you play a journalist? Then the answer is no. But who knows, that was only my first town hall meeting–even though I was a delegate. If I go to another one, which I seriously doubt because my husband is already extremely annoyed, then maybe I’ll play a plumber.

After Patterico did the dirty work, the Chronicle’s Cynthia Horswell added the following four paragraphs to the story this morning, while giving Patterico no credit:

In an e-mail to the Chronicle on Thursday morning, Mayer confirmed she is not a licensed physician.

“I have been advised to refrain from making any further statements,” she said.

In the initial story about the event, the Chronicle reported that she was a doctor based on her claim at the meeting.

Today, Jackson Lee denied knowing Mayer and said she was not planted as a friendly voice in the crowd.

Horswell’s story, time-stamped at of 10:46 a.m. CT as of the time of this post (saved here at my host for future reference) has the same URL to which Patterico linked, meaning that Horswell’s current renditon has effectively flushed all previous versions down the Chron’s memory hole.

Horswell still hasn’t told readers that Mayer was an Obama delegate. Patterico commenter “mike in houston” reports direct e-mail evidence from Horswell that the Chron reporter has known this from the very beginning of this sordid episode and has chosen not to disclose. Mayer’s status as a delegate, along with additional “coincidences” reported at LoneStarTimes.com, would tend to severely if not fatally dent the credibility of Jackson Lee’s claim not to know her — even beyond the hug picture with Mayer and Lee the Chron has already published.

The caption to that picture is currently on at least its third rendition, currently reading “Sheila Jackson Lee hugs Roxana Mayer at her town hall meeting at Peavy Neighborhood Center. Mayer identified herself as a physician who does not live in Jackson Lee’s district. However, her name does not appear in the database maintained by the Texas Medical Board, which licenses all doctors in Texas.”

Two previous renditions captured by Patterico read as follows:

  • “Sheila Jackson Lee hugs Dr. Roxana Mayer, a pediatric primary care physician, at her town hall meeting at Peavy Neighborhood Center.”
  • “Sheila Jackson Lee hugs Roxana Mayer at her town hall meeting at Peavy Neighborhood Center.”

Understatement of the week by Patterico: “Not the greatest vetting by the Chronicle.” Not the most honest either. And sadly, also not atypical.

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Roadblocks Devised to Push Back Against Health Care Town Hall Protesters

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The majority of town hall protesters are average, rank and file citizens who are concerned about the direction our country is going. House Speaker and Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, has characterized these people as “AstroTurf” a play on words to describe a “fake” grassroots effort.
This makes me angry. If anyone is guilty of AstroTurf, it’s the Democrats. We are seeing at town hall meeting across the nation.
A true case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Americans who want to express their opinions on health care reform at town halls across the country are encountering a host of roadblocks, ranging from fake schedules to a demand that they show their driver’s licenses or photo identification.

Supporters of President Obama’s plan say they are pushing back against opposition that is disruptive and designed to shut down debate. But opponents say the supporters’ tactics are underhanded and designed to undermine democracy in action.

In Texas, Rep. Gene Green’s office is requiring town hall attendees to present a photo ID that proves they live in his district.

On his Web site, Green says “due to a coordinated effort to disrupt our town hall meetings, we will be restricting further attendance to residents … and verifying residency by requiring photo identification.”

Green’s spokeswoman, Brenda Arredondo, told FOXNews.com that the Democratic congressman enacted the policy after she and other staffers overheard attendees saying they were going to keep disrupting the town halls. After the policy went into effect at the fourth town hall Green hosted this month, she said eight out of 10 attendees were found not to be constituents.

They were allowed to stay, she said, leading to the same outbursts seen at the other three. But they won’t be allowed to attend the fifth one, she said.

“Those people are welcome to call their members of Congress and voice their opinions,” she said, adding that Green is trying to listen to his constituents.

She said the policy is not intended to block opponents of health care reform. “If you want to come yell and scream and are constituents, we obviously more than welcome your voice,” she said. “It’s not to silence anyone’s voice from the district.”

Health Care for America Now, a coalition group organizing support for Obama’s proposal, e-mailed a four-page memo to activists across the country on how to provide “cover” to lawmakers at the town halls. The group, whose members include ACORN, the Service Employees International Union and the National Council of La Raza, urged activists to contact lawmakers before the town halls to plan ways to preempt opposition.

“Ask the member’s staff what would be most helpful and talk through a strategy for making sure the right messages don’t get drowned out by chaotic protesters,” field director Margarida Jorge wrote.

“Address the [member of Congress] directly with a positive message: Remember, these members need cover and they are getting beaten up by right wing zealots in these meetings.”

Jacki Schechner, a spokeswoman for HCAN, told FOXNews.com that the group sent the memo after many of its 120 field organizers in 44 states encountered screaming and shouting at the town halls.

“Not that the opposition caught anyone off guard,” she said. “The level of screaming and shouting and lack of intelligent discourse caught people off guard.”

Schechner noted that the memo does not emphasize any one tactic, but rather coordination with lawmakers to facilitate the town hall. She rejected the notion that the memo is designed to undermine democracy.

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Majority Say Town Hall Protesters Expressing Authentic Outrage

Friday, August 14th, 2009

This is very true and all politicians could be wise to listen…

After weeks of congressional debate and significant media coverage of the recent town hall meetings being held around the country, more Americans continue to oppose health care reform.

A FOX News poll released Thursday shows that by a 15 percentage-point margin the public opposes the plans under consideration (34 percent favor and 49 percent oppose). In late July the difference in views was a bit narrower, although even at that time more were opposed by an 11-point spread.

For the most part, the public doesn’t see the upside of reform. Views are mixed on how the plans will affect the country, with a slightly higher number saying “most Americans” will be worse off (36 percent) under the plans as think they will be better off (34 percent). Some 20 percent say the reforms would not make a difference.

And when asked about how the plans would affect their own family, by a much wider 15-point margin more Americans think they will be worse off than better off, while just over a third (37 percent) say the reforms would not make a difference to their family.

Moreover, nearly half of Americans feel “frightened” (31 percent) or “angry” (17 percent) about the government being more involved in their health care, while about one in four feels “indifferent” (27 percent). Less than one in five Americans feels “reassured” (19 percent).

Americans say the noisy protesters at town hall meetings are expressing authentic outrage. Some 52 percent think it is real outrage by concerned citizens — significantly more than the 29 percent who think the protesters are fake mobs planned by lobbyists and other opposition groups. More than a third of Democrats (34 percent), most Republicans (74 percent) and nearly half of independents (49 percent) think the meetings are an expression of real anger.

And what about the Obama administration’s request for people to send emails with information they see about health reform that seems fishy? A 57-percent majority disapproves of the White House asking people to do this.

Fifty-three percent think the horror stories they hear about what happens in government-run health care systems in other countries could happen here under the proposed plans, and if they were seriously ill an overwhelming 88-percent majority says they would rather receive medical care in the United States than in Canada. That includes large majorities of Democrats (86 percent), Republicans (92 percent) and independents (88 percent).

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Tax Payers to Washington – Give Back the Unused ‘Stimulus’ Money

Friday, August 14th, 2009

There’s almost no chance this will happen. Once the politicians get their hands on our money, getting them to let go of it, especially in this administration, is virtually impossible.

Like most economists, many Americans think the worst of the nation’s economic troubles are in the past. The latest FOX News poll finds that 44 percent say the worst is over — up significantly from 27 percent who thought so in April.

Still, nearly half of the public (49 percent) says the worst is yet to come, down significantly from 66 percent from five months ago.

With improvements in the economy and only a fraction of the stimulus money having been spent so far, most Americans — 72 percent — say returning the unused portion of the $787 billion dollar stimulus to taxpayers would do more to boost the economy than having the government spend it. Majorities of Democrats (59 percent), Republicans (87 percent) and independents (70 percent) think the money should be returned to taxpayers.

Despite Obama’s campaign pledge that 95 percent of Americans would “not see their taxes increase by a single dime,” some administration officials have recently refused to rule out tax increases. More Americans — by a 43-point margin — think Obama is not going to be able to keep this campaign promise on taxes (69 percent to 26 percent).

In fact, the consensus is taxes will go up. Most Americans — 75 percent — think their taxes will increase under the Obama administration. That’s up from 60 percent who thought so at the beginning of the year (13-14 January 2009).

A 57 percent majority of Democrats thinks their taxes will increase, up from 42 percent who thought so at the beginning of the year. Large majorities of Republicans (95 percent) and independents (75 percent) also think their taxes will go up during Obama’s presidency.

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Obama Town Halls – It’s All About Me!!

Friday, August 14th, 2009

In typical form, our Emperor Want-to-Be, the self-proclaimed “messiah” of America, Obama the First, has to make sure everything is about him. Instead of allowing the town hall events to be about American voters (the people he is supposed to representing) airing their questions and concerns, Obama, true to form, gives everyone a lecture and allows no discussion.

Much has been made of the chance for true, interactive democracy offered by the freewheeling town hall format that lawmakers are using in health care forums across the country.

But what the White House is calling a “town hall meeting” does not quite follow in the tradition of the public-driven forums that sprouted centuries ago in New England.

It’s more like a press conference for the public.

In an orderly fashion, selected members of the audience pose brief questions, and the president elaborates.

And elaborates. And elaborates.

A look at President Obama’s health care “town hall” Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H., shows the president out-spoke his audience by a ratio of nearly 9-to-1.

Here’s the scorecard.

Obama: 8,619 words.

Audience: 1,186 words.

That’s hardly the kind of even-handed exchange of ideas that marked the town meetings of colonial America.

You can read between the lines and know this what Obama means:
“Shut up, surfs! I am your lord and master. You will obey me and worship me, or else!! I don’t require anything from you except your money, your obedience and your silence. Your forget yourselves!! How dare you question me!!”

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