(March 10, 2010) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute point out that at 1:32 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 20 the Sun, in its annual path around the sky will cross the celestial equator on its way north for the spring. Of course, we realize it is not really the Sun that is moving but rather the Earth as it orbits the Sun each year. But from our vantage point on the Earth it appears to us that the Sun is moving along a path through the zodiac constellations. This path, called the ecliptic, crosses the celestial equator at two points on opposite sides of the sky. The point at which the Sun crosses heading north for the spring is called the spring or vernal equinox.
While this rule works in most years, things are not always so simple. The western Christian churches don’t actually use the precise astronomical dates of the vernal equinox and full moon. Rather they use what is called the ecclesiastical moon, determined from tables, and fix the vernal equinox at March 21. Under these rules Easter can occur as early as March 22 or as late as April 25. (In 2011 Easter Sunday occurs on April 24.) Not only that, the eastern churches have a variety of rules some going back to the ancient Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar developed in 1582 under the direction of Pope Gregory XIII. Thus, it is possible that Easter could occasionally occur on other than the date determined by the astronomical vernal equinox and full moon. For more information on this topic and future dates of Easter visit the Astronomical Applications Department of the US Naval Observatory at http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/easter.html. About PARI PARI is a not-for-profit foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah Forest southwest of Asheville, NC, PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research. The institute is affiliated with the 16-campus University of North Carolina system through PARSEC, a UNC Center hosted at PARI, and is a member of the NC Grassroots Museum Collaborative. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit www.pari.edu.
The presidential Messiah has been an unsuccessful god: he can’t raise the dead or heal the sick he could care less about, except when it comes to vote-grabbing from poor minorities and the elderly he and House Democrats love to scare to death. His Holy Spirit-helper is a Teleprompter whose rhetoric is worse than a satanic desert temptation, and this Messiah has an obsession with force-fed pork.
Christians need not fear, Obama is not the anti-Christ. The devil is too intelligent to use a Teleprompter to speak his evil plans, and he would not use government-run healthcare and a face-lifted Congressional actress to take over the world.
If Obama’s moronic Messianic moves aren’t bad enough, he wants Obamacare, which, according to House Blue Dogs and Republicans contains tax-funded abortion, passed into law by Easter Sunday 2010.
Obama is attempting to use a tactic known as “Reconciliation” to force his bill through the House. “Reconciliation” is the method politicians use to ram legislation into law with 51 votes versus the usual 60 vote rule. This form of law is nothing more than phony appeasement. The reason for using the “Reconciliation” ploy is one side cannot force the other to give into something dangerous to the American people, therefore, force the bill on the people by ramming it through to law.
Now Easter Sunday is being used to “Reconcile” laws Americans overwhelmingly say they do not want: a bill sneaking abortion into America’s taxes. Obama does not care, nor is he interested in listening to the people he refuses to serve. He prefers leading Americans to a crucifixion that won’t raise their quality of life. It will, however, raise America’s taxes and drive people into bankruptcy.
According to Barry O, “Every idea has been put on the table; every argument has been made, so now is the time to make a decision about how to finally reform health care so that it works, not just for the insurance companies, but for America’s families and businesses.”
Republican ideas have not been allowed to make it to the table, since Republicans are barred from the Roosevelt Room’s closed door sessions.
Senator Mitch said “They’re [Obama and the Democrats] making a vigorous effort to try to jam this down the throats of the American people, who don’t want it. We think that’s a policy mistake, and we think resorting to these kinds of tactics, to thumb your nose at the American people, is something that ought to be resisted.”
John Goodman states in his column for the Library of Economics and Liberty “The most serious defects of Obamacare were never discussed at the Health Care Summit or in the President’s speech [on healthcare]…I blame the Republicans…as a result, things have gotten worse for the GOP. the issues the Republicans did bring up and call the whole effort a ‘bipartisan compromise.’”
Obama, however, is not compromising, insisting American insurance companies cannot cover Americans, and Americans need the government to take care of them.
Is healthcare so damaged that it actually needs to be resurrected into a new life form? According to Mark V. Pauly, Bendheim member of the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Health Care Policy and Professor for the Department of Health Care Systems at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, “While there surely are some serious deficiencies in today’s individual insurance market, the current criticisms are overly harsh, often based on anecdote and speculation, and ignore some important advantages in this market that should be preserved.”
Pauly’s latest book, titled Health Reform Without Side Effects: Making Markets Work For Individual Health Insurance, states that the government plans for insurance attempt to make private insurance providers appear harmful. This, Pauly says, is the serious “side effect” of healthcare reform, because, although insurance companies do need improvement, they can be repaired, and the government should not try to prevent enhancing private insurers. It’s best to fix them, upgrade them, and the system itself can turn around without government interference.
Economist and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute Thomas Sowell states in his latest column “Getting Out Of Medicine,” that today’s doctors are not excited about practicing and healing. Patients no longer visit doctors because they trust individual doctors, rather, because they are given a list of doctors by insurance companies from which to choose from. Patients no longer decide which doctor they want treating them and doctors no longer are allowed to decide upon treatment; insurance companies make the decisions about healthcare.
The L.A. Times reporter Peter Nicolas reported in his column “Obama Adds Fire To Healthcare Debate:” “Obama said that Washington pundits obsessed with analyzing the political repercussions of a yes or no vote on healthcare are distracting lawmakers from what’s fundamentally at stake: If Congress fails to act, the president said, premiums will rise, insurers will deny coverage based on preexisting conditions and more people will be without insurance.”
Goodman says “In 2016, Obamacare will require almost everyone to have insurance that costs an estimated $15,000 for a family…Obamacare would create marginal tax rates in excess of 60% for workers earning as little as $25,000!”
Americans making $25,000 per year are low-income. This sounds more like an Easter egg hunt for rotten eggs.
The strong-arming was unleashed yesterday at Pennsylvania’s Arcadia University when Obama declared the time for talking was over. There has yet to be a time for discussions, Republicans have been banned from the secret backroom healthcare talks. As far as the Messiah is concerned, he’s not interested in discussions: “They [Republicans and Blue Dogs] will keep doing this for as long as they can get away with it. How many more Americans have to lose their health insurance? …. When is the right time for health insurance reform…I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know how thing to do! It’s right for our families, it’s right for our businesses, it’s right for the United States of America, and if you share that belief, I want you to stand with me and fight!”
How can the lame stand when the Messiah has kicked their crutches out from under them and hurled them under the crucifixion bus?
Obama insists Americans [N]need to hear your [Arcadia University] voices because right now the Washington echo chamber is in full throttle. It is as deafening as it’s ever been. And as we come to that final vote, that echo chamber is telling members of Congress, wait, think about the politics, instead of thinking about doing the right thing.”
It is Americans who want to think, act, and do for themselves and Obama who wishes to destroy that Constitutional idea. If possible, he wants Resurrection Sunday to be Armageddon.