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GGI calls for volunteers, donations for Moore, OK tornado

APTOPIX Severe WeatherUpdated…

Gateway Grassroots has secured an open lot, two large trucks, and the blood, sweat, and tears of volunteers seeking to serve their brothers and sisters. GGI invites you in this initiative to gather and ship desperately needed items for the victims of Monday’s devastating EF5 tornado.

We will be staging the effort at Kirkwood Lowes, time and day TBA once structures are up in Moore to receive aid. Non-perishable items may be dropped off for donation. Non-perishables will not be accepted.

Items most requested:  Bottled water – Gatorade – Wipes – Diapers – Baby formula – Hand towels – Individually wrapped snacks – Work gloves

No clothing, please.

If you would like to make an immediate donation, per Dana Loesch:

Salvation Army: Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the recovery and relief efforts

Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 90999 for Redcross to give $10

ONLINE DONATIONS:

Mercury One is taking online donations and sending trucks

Moore Recovers

Items that you may purchase on location to donate: boxes – work gloves –  eye protection – face masks – hand trucks – hard hats – shop cloths (towels) – gift cards – bottled water – storage bins – food and water bowls for pets – shelving units – packing tape – markers for labeling

Also, if you care to join us and help collect and load items, and you happen to have a hand-truck or dolly, please bring it. It would be tremendously helpful.

Posted by Jen

ZOMG! 2%!

Wait, what?

Obama and the rest of the ding-bat Democrats are freaking out over 2% spending cuts in sequester? Really? That’s one percentage point over that *one percent* you just finished calling a drop in the bucket…you know, that 1% of wealthiest Americans.

Hypocrite much? Guess it just depends upon which way the money flows, eh?

Women in Combat and the Backfire of *Equality*

It’s not about equality or equivelency, it’s about preferential treatment. I found it slightly odd that Obama mentioned “Equal rights for Women” last week…figuring this was where it was going. Yep. Women in combat.

First of all, if I am going to be given something I want it to be because I earned it. There is no sense of pride anymore. There is no sense of competitiveness. There is the expectation of entitlement, here again.

This is not about “feminism” or female empowerment, but rather the attempt to masculine women. There is nothing *feminine* about *feminism*.
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Why do *women* need special treatment if they are obviously up to the standards required? They don’t. If they miss the mark, they miss the mark…and for good reason. Men and women are built very differently. There is no way around that. Men generally have larger frames, higher BMIs, and greater bone density. Add 100+ pounds of gear to the average soldiers’ body, rough terrain, far distances, inclimate weather…you get the picture.
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Sadly, this is going to backfire. Slews of women will die in situations they are not qualified to be in in the first place…then comes the spin…this will be the fault of the male GOP, and their pure hatred for women.

I have always had a seething distaste for bra-burners. Who are they to dictate my future? All I ever wanted to be was a mom, a housewife. Because of these lunatic bitches, I wound up in college and now with multiple useless degrees….and the debt to prove it. Why? Not because it was something I perused on my own, but because this was what culture dictated and my parents forced me to go to college.

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THEN

This is a sick culture of having others raise your children for you, so you can maintain a dual income in order to have MORE things you can not afford.

I was picking up milk on Monday and noticed that there were nine houses for sale alone on the street I was at. I asked my friend who lived there about it. She said that they had all lost both jobs in this economy. The few that hadn’t already gone to foreclosure were about to, and most of them had already had at least one vehicle repossessed.

This is what happens when you screw with biblical concepts…you lose it all. The worst thing about this is that the greatest victims of these are the children. And what will they learn from this? How will it mold them as adults? Only time will tell, but I don’t think it’s going to be pretty.

Introducing, the National Heathcare Registry

So, this is how it has all played out: We now have the planks in place for a National Healthcare Registry,enwrapped within President Obama’s announced 23 Executive Actions yesterday. A National Health Registry system via *gun control legislation*…who’da thunk it?

Is that so far-fetched? It isn’t.  In fact, I will argue, it has been the plan all along. Of course, his Obamacare plan was not to go into effect until his second term.  He held his cards…waiting. He waited for the beginning of his second term as POTUS to implement part two of his socialist plan to ensnare Americans into a much larger, much more intrusive, completely freedomless scenario.

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Obama knew there was no way he could ever sell a National Healthcare Registry to the people at face value. He knew that there had to be a knee-jerk reaction to a highly emotionally charged scenario first. He knew that this needed to be carefully calculated into his pre-inaugural schedule. What better way to gloss what is going on.

My comments aside (which, by the way do not include any assumption to suggest that Sandy Hook was some sort of conspiracy), take a deep look at the abusive and invasive (non)wording of Obama’s 23 planks…then decide for yourself is this truly is not the implementation needed for a National Healthcare Registry System under the guise of *safety* or *the greater good*.

I kid you not, last month I went to the doctor for an annual wellness visit. This visit, by the Grace of God, was covered by my husband’s corporate insurance. Upon making the appointment, I was told that I was required to register my medical history online into Digichart. I refused. Upon showing up at my appointment, I was told the doctor would not see me unless I registered online via an in-office laptop. Digichart is a device in which to set up anEHR, or Electronic Health Record. Long and short, it is a medical information gathering system in digital format that is integrated across the medical spectrum to include a full and comprehensive record in one place…to be shared universally.  An absolute invasion of privacy, regardless of HIPAA laws, and without accountability or consequence.

Unintended consequences

Per empirical research can lead to both intended and unintended consequences.[

A 2008 Sentinel Event Alert from the U.S. Joint Commission, the organization that accredit American hospitals to provide healthcare services, states that “As health information technology (HIT) and ‘converging technologies’—the interrelationship between medical devices and HIT—are increasingly adopted by health care organizations, users must be mindful of the safety risks and preventable adverse events that these implementations can create or perpetuate. Technology-related adverse events can be associated with all components of a comprehensive technology system and may involve errors of either commission or omission. These unintended adverse events typically stem from human-machine interfaces or organization/system design.”  The Joint Commission cites as an example the United States Pharmacopeia MEDMARX database where of 176,409 medication error records for 2006, approximately 25 percent (43,372) involved some aspect of computer technology as at least one cause of the error.

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK reports specific examples of potential and actual EHR-caused unintended consequences in their 2009 document on the management of clinical risk relating to the deployment and use of health software.

In a Feb. 2010 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) memorandum, FDA notes EHR unintended consequences include EHR-related medical errors due to (1) errors of commission (EOC), (2) errors of omission or transmission (EOT), (3) errors in data analysis (EDA), and (4) incompatibility between multi-vendor software applications or systems (ISMA) and cites examples. In the memo FDA also notes the “absence of mandatory reporting enforcement of H-IT safety issues limits the numbers of medical device reports (MDRs) and impedes a more comprehensive understanding of the actual problems and implications.”

A 2010 Board Position Paper by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) contains recommendations on EHR-related patient safety, transparency, ethics education for purchasers and users, adoption of best practices, and re-examination of regulation of electronic health applications. Beyond concrete issues such as conflicts of interest and privacy concerns, questions have been raised about the ways in which the physician-patient relationship would be affected by an electronic intermediary.

Privacy and confidentiality

In the United States in 2011 there were 380 major data breaches involving 500 or more patients’ records listed on the website kept by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights. So far, from the first wall postings in September 2009 through the latest on December 8, 2012, there have been 18,059,831 “individuals affected,” and even that massive number is an undercount of the breach problem. The civil rights office has not released the records of tens of thousands of breaches it has received under a federal reporting mandate on breaches affecting fewer than 500 patients per incident.

Governance, privacy and legal issues

Privacy concerns

In the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, the concept of a national centralized server model of healthcare data has been poorly received. Issues of privacy and security in such a model have been of concern.

Privacy concerns in healthcare apply to both paper and electronic records. According to the Los Angeles Times, roughly 150 people (from doctors and nurses to technicians and billing clerks) have access to at least part of a patient’s records during a hospitalization, and 600,000 payers, providers and other entities that handle providers’ billing data have some access also. Recent revelations of “secure” data breaches at centralized data repositories, in banking and other financial institutions, in the retail industry, and from government databases, have caused concern about storing electronic medical records in a central location. Records that are exchanged over the Internet are subject to the same security concerns as any other type of data transaction over the Internet.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in the US in 1996 to establish rules for access, authentications, storage and auditing, and transmittal of electronic medical records. This standard made restrictions for electronic records more stringent than those for paper records. However, there are concerns as to the adequacy of these standards.

Threats to health care information can be categorized under three headings:

  • Human threats, such as employees or hackers

  • Natural and environmental threats, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and fires.

  • Technology failures, such as a system crashing

 

Wait! What? What about governmental intrusion? Most States already do background checks…so what in the world would be so far-reaching as to open familial documents to search for hereditary traits? This is so encouraging…let’s continue:

Within the private sector, many companies are moving forward in the development, establishment and implementation of medical record banks and health information exchange. By law, companies are required to follow all HIPAA standards and adopt the same information-handling practices that have been in effect for the federal government for years. This includes two ideas, standardized formatting of data electronically exchanged and federalization of security and privacy practices among the private sector.

Did you catch that? right at the end there. . .FEDERALIZATION. Yep, sure took a long time to get there. Of course, the whole point is to bury that part by exhaustively dry mumbo-jumbo.

Private companies have promised to have “stringent privacy policies and procedures.” If protection and security are not part of the systems developed, people will not trust the technology nor will they participate in it. So, the private sector know the importance of privacy and the security of the systems and continue to advance well ahead of the federal government with electronic health records.

Pinky-swear? Really? Our privacy is contingent upon the spit-handshake between a private corporation and the federal government…who could, incidentally that could be bought out at any time…including by the government.

Now, if you are still unsure yourself on this, with the above information in mind, read through Obama’s 23 Executive “Actions”, and decide for yourself:

The following is a list, provided by the  White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun  violence.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make  relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health  Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from  making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background  check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals  prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping  through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full  background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing  guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership  campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product  Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to  trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and  make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with  proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun  crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease  Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and  most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private  sector to develop innovative technologies.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking  their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal  law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement  authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource  officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship  and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of  mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity  requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on  mental health.
It’s okay. It’s a lot to chew on…take your time…
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For the record, I refused to submit my private information in digital form. I informed the secretary that I was concerned that there was no guarantee that the company collecting the information would not be sold out, therefore, selling my personal, private health information.  SHe looked at me as though I had three heads, then responded with “The Doctor will see you now”.

Reclaiming the Second Amendment Narrative

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Military refer to firearms as weapons…because they were trained to use weapons under command. Common folk don’t. So think about this, the majority of the country can not rationalize *guns* as either a protective device, or an assault device…because it is an inanimate object.
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Enter the mainstream media. They have an agenda to push. What better way to subliminally drive fear into the common majority who do not understand guns to begin with.
When I went through my initial NRA training, I was immediately taught 4 things:
-It is a firearm, not a weapon. It’s purpose is to neutralize a threat…not create a threat.
-Always point your firearm in a safe direction.
-Do not draw your firearm unless you are prepared to use it.
-A firearm is a trinity concept: 1. ammunition, 2. a firearm, 3. a person. If you take any one of those three elements away, there is no possible way for a firearm to discharge.

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This last point, is perhaps.the most important point to be made. It is what the MSM conveniently fails to mention. Perhaps if we remove the unstable persons from the equation, we can cease to see these shootings happen.
Now, back to the media:
If I had a drink every time Hannity said “weapon” last night, I’d have been under the table 30 minutes in. *Weapons* is the narrative of the left. People fear *weapons*. It’s a subconscious thing. Weapons are used against people in an attack.
We need to be careful NOT to use “weapons”, but “firearms”. People don’t know how to rationalize fear into *firearms*. We need to steer the media outlets,
And it starts with conservative hosts, contributors and pundits. We need to stop pandering to the leftist agenda, the media bias. We need to fight for the Second Amendment with true and accurate terminology.
If we loose our Second Amendment rights, we lose everything.

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Gun Owners: The Press, The Witchhunt, and My Full Disclosure

The recent publication of names and addresses of registered gun owners in the greater West Plains, New York area, has received more backlash than accolades. The Journal (which I will not credit with a hyperlink, if you want to find it, Google it yourself…they don’t deserve the traffic) released the map, authored by Dwight Workstation. But in a high-five response to the publication, the name, address and image of the author’s information has also been published over the internet.

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Paybacks are a bitch...

In an attempt to *make a statement* by re-publishing a matter of public record, Dwight Worley instead made every citizen in the area a defenseless target for violent crime. In fact, it’s even more brilliant than this:
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The intimidation tactic suggested that anyone embarrassed by the publication of their information should give up their guns.
Of course, the mainstream media would not go so far as to publish a map of registered sex offenders, drug dealers, illegal gun owners, or DWI offenders…no, they go after law-abiding citizens.
It gets even stupider: the map only displays registered owners of handguns. It is not required to register shotguns and rifles in the state of New York…probably because shotguns do less damage than a .22 caliber pistol (snark).
The MSM will never get past these tactics. They are incapable of using logic because they are to blinded by their delusions of notoriety and their bent on sensationalism. In fact, there is no longer a line between the MSM and papparazzi publicity.
So my question now: Will the Post-Dispatch follow suit? Maybe. They certainly have no problem publishing their fair share of smut. If they do, I’m afraid they will be disappointed, as we Constitution-loving, law-abiding citizens are beating them to the punch.
My full disclosure:
As a resident of the state of Missouri, I have submitted myself to the appropriate background-check process required to own a firearm, and was approved. I have been professionally trained in tactical defense with a firearm, as well as in-home and out-of-home tactical defense.
I consciously make the responsible decision to practice the controlled handing of firearms at a shooting range to ensure that, if threatened to the point where the only option left in defense was that of discharging a firearm, I can accurately discharge a firearm with mind to safety of anything outside of that threat.
I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America as a binding contract. I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe that I have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…as well as the right to defend it.
With this in mind. I may own guns, I may not. I would strongly recommend that you do not attempt to find out by breaking I.to my house with a weapon. Just sayin!
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A Very GGI Christmas

T’was the Night Before Christmas
Courtesy ThoughtsFromTheHighway:

We start with little Jen all nestled in bed with visions of Dierks Bentley dancing in her head. With the wind a blowing and the night so cold out. She has the Christmas spirit and will not bite a throat out. With dreams of no typos for which we do pardon. Big wishes she has for something for her garden.

Stacy can’t sleep as she listens so closely. Santa is coming she wants to see him mostly. She listens for sounds at the chimney or a turn of a knob in hopes it’s St Nick with anything Sponge Bob. Rest your head Stacy because tonight is the night all is well when you sleep on the right.

Little Scotty Boston doesn’t wish for a train, a race car, or even a magic bottle. He longs for Santa to bring him the works of the great Aristotle. If Santa should bring this it would be the best Christmas by a lot and surely while he sleeps Santa says “Ho Ho Look at the big brain on Scott!!”

Tiny Van rests after another night memorizing the great thinkers of our past. With hope morning will come soon and night will not last. He wishes for a new light saber and new droid of course this would be fun. As Santa leaves his gifts he says ” Ho Ho the force is strong with this one!”

Gateway Jim finally logs off a late night of blogging because he knows Santa knows who’s sleep and who’s awake. Tomorrow he hopes to find a bobble head Reagan under the tree what a Christmas that would make! Maybe a real blogger’s spy kit with a camera ring and a plan of attack.All is well Jimbo! Santa is where hope made a come back!

As little Doug lie asleep without a care in the world and all is well. He dreams of a new “kitteh” that would be swell. He makes sure to leave Santa something this he would not botch for who wouldn’t like two cookies and two shots of scotch? Knowing Santa has arrived with his wishful plea. He only hopes the kitty doesn’t knock down the tree!

Jim and Ginny tired after a long holiday of baking. A great Christmas for their kids is surely in the making. They’ll wake to find their kids at the tree yes that’s where they’re at. Imagine a baker’s family and all slim and none fat. They left Santa their specialty and that he did take. A little note he left read ” God bless the Kruta’s and this gooey butter cake!”

Little Radio Dana tired from a heartfelt fight for the good Todd Akin. Lies fast asleep with her AR-15, Nutella and a plate full of bacon. The stockings she knitted Santa will fill with treats and cheer. Hers will be filled with Scotch and American Patriot Beer. The Loesch family Christmas will be chocked full of fun and as Santa said as he left “See ya on the Dana cam on 97.1!”

So as the GGI team sleeps on Christmas Eve in peace and with a smile, Merry Christmas to all of you and see you in awhile! A New Year approaches and there’s work to do, but today Christ is born and God sent him for you.

Merry Christmas from the gatewaygrassroots.com team!

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