Monday, March 31, 2014

Random Thoughts for April, 2014

Random Thoughts for April, 2014
Robert A. Hall

March 31st was the Obamacare "firm deadline." Ha! Obamacare has no firm deadlines anymore than any of Obama's promises are firm. All subject to polls and political whims.

Republicans won a special election for Congress in Florida while I was in the VA Hospital for ten days early in March for three follow-up debridement surgeries on my new lung. It produced gloating from our side, spin from both, but that is standard now. I tend to agree that it didn't mean much. I think special elections rarely do. Turnout is always different, as are many factors. But I'll tell you who though it was a big deal--much of the main stream media, which was almost totally silent on the outcome, just as they were silent on a former high IRS official, Lois Learner, taking the fifth before Congress for the second time. They still have Obama's back--but it's getting harder. Ask yourself, if the Democrat had won the special election, or a Republican official had taken the fifth, would they have mentioned it? Probably it would have been splashed on Page One or at the top of the news hour.

I am amazed to discover there are lung or heart transplant patients through the VA who don't follow directions, go to PT rehab or do as medical staff instructs. I received the gift of a new lung. They are in short supply. I have a moral and ethical responsibility to the VA/UW Hospital Medical Team, to my family, to the donor family and to the person who would have received that lung if I hadn't been next in line with a higher LAS to do everything I can to make it work. It may not--these things go bad beyond anyone's control. But it won't be because my healthcare team didn't do all that is humanly possible. And it won't be because I didn't do all I can. I will be fighting all the way.

Anyone who heard the vacuous emptiness of candidate Barack Obama saying "We are the ones we've been waiting for," which is totally devoid of meaning, and didn't know the guy was hopelessly out of touch with reality, has the cognitive ability of fungi. (Of course, Obama and company were the ones that Ambassador Stevens and the SEALs were waiting for in Benghazi--they waited in vain.)

Our friend Danny says she is a "Commercial Cleaner." When a commercial comes on TV, she gets up and cleans house a bit.

When I was a boy, ADHD was known as "Boyhood."

Sure, I'd like to live someplace warmer, especially after this winter. But we are tied to Madison, WI by the VA to deal with my lung issues, by the nice condo we own and especially by the presence of the granddaughter in 20 miles away. And we are happy here. You may think relocating will make you happy and solve your problems, but if you aren't happy where you are, you are unlikely to be happy where you go.

Women use health insurance 33% more than men, according to the CDC. Women get paid less than men with more education, more experience, and who work more hours on average. But for them to pay more for insurance they use more of or to get paid less than men who work more is an outrageous inequality that liberals must fix! Men pay more for car insurance, because they have more accidents and drive more. They pay more for life insurance, because they die younger. Liberals see no need to fix this inequality by mandating equal rates--life is unfair! Stop the liberal war on men!

When something goes wrong, good people often feel bad though it was not their fault. But too often, the people whose fault it was accept no responsibility, but begin a search for excuses or scapegoats.

There may be no stupid questions, as they say, but there are sure a lot of stupid questioners.

Costco reports a big drop in profits. Liberals love Costco for giving better wages and benefits to employees, but the laws of economics are terribly unforgiving (as the country is finding out). If you can’t compete, and the liberals who love you still shop SAMS Club for better prices, those Costco employees will eventually have no wages or benefits.

For ROI, the best investment is raising a person’s stature in the eyes of family, friends, colleges and/or that person. It costs nothing and is very kind. But be sure that the compliment you give or share is sincere and deserved. Fulsome flattery just turns people off because it is so transparent. One of my nurses at the VA (who was terrific herself) said that if she was sick, she'd pick Nurse Cathy to care for her. I thought that was well-deserved, and made sure to pass it on to Cathy.

People keep selling health food—low fat, low sugar, low salt, no gluten—for high prices. I think there might be a market for “Low Life Expectancy” food, that has all these bad things, tastes good, and is cheaper.

There was a time—in my life time—when people saw black professionals (doctors, lawyers, accountants) and thought they must be very good to have overcome racism and often other obstacles like poverty and poor schools. Now many folks wonder if they achieved their success from the liberal view that blacks cannot compete with whites or Asian (who certainly suffered equally bad racial discrimination), and therefore must be given lower college admission standards, grade standards, hiring standards, and promotion standards to achieve diversity, to overcome past racism or the effects of slavery, or, in my view, to buy votes from a large black population they have instilled with a victimized, we can’t compete, mentality that would have outraged earlier generations of blacks with higher employment rates than whites. As one group of former slaves petitioned the Freedman’s Bureau, “We are a working class of people.” Successful professionals like Thomas Sowell, PhD and Walter Williams, PhD, who grew up poor and black, and became nationally prominent economists without “affirmative action," are incensed, as they reject this condescending (and in my view, racist) view of black people .

If you believe with progressives that “all cultures are equally valid,” including those that execute gay people, mutilate the genitals of young girls, stone teenage rape victims to death for “adultery,” oppress women, believe slavery is sanctioned by God, and discriminate (or murder) people of differing religions, including variations of their own religion, then you have no values worth holding. Period.

Now that Bitcoin seems to be on the rocks, I feel vindicated in my conservative belief that I’d invest in memories and 12-year-old Single Malt first. I mean, the guy who created it was anonymous and went dark after it was up and running. Wasn’t that a red flag to folks pouring a lot of money into what looks increasingly like a high-tech, Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme?

The only difference between Rod Blagojevich and other convicted Illinois politicians, and most of the rest of them, is that so far, the un-convicted have been better at covering their tracks and staying off the skyline.

I think you could make money with a new app that made Word 10 work as easy as Word 03.

As far as I know, being annoying is not a sin. But it’s still annoying.

As far as I’m concerned, a druggie arrested for a crime could go cold turkey in the cell, no methadone or anything. It might be an instructive deterrent. Yeah, I’m a monster, who doesn’t care enough about druggie criminals. But the folks who do care about them would rather you or your kids get robbed, raped or murdered so they can feel good about caring. So who is the monster?

Obama mocked Romney for saying Russia was our greatest enemy, saying, “The 1980s called—they want their foreign policy back.” That would be Reagan’s foreign policy. After Russia destroyed Obama’s Syrian “Assad Must Go” policy by letting him make a deal on chemical weapons, and is now invading the Ukraine, Obama should be on the phone to the 80s, begging to borrow it again.

It’s hard to be pretentious when you once thought of a C-ration can of Meatballs and Beans as a delicacy because the guy next to you drew Ham and Limas.

No one knows everything about anything. The most important part of knowledge is knowing what you don’t know, because not knowing that is very likely to come bite you.

The problem with Obamacare failing, as it seems to be, is that Progressives will come up with something worse to “help people” (read “buy votes”), which will speed up the deterioration of our healthcare system into a single-payer disaster like the UK or Canada, where people die faster from cancer or inattention, and waiting lists are terrible to get tertiary care. But cost is no object—they will borrow or print the money, hastening the coming fiscal collapse. Future generations will loath them, at least the survivors of the chaos will.

I wish I had the money to buy billboards all over the country supporting Progressive Policies:








I read that a high school student in Texas accidently took a can of beer in his lunch, thinking it was a soda. You know it was an accident, as when he realized it he went to a teacher and turned it in. The school suspended him for two months and he must go to an alternative school. Message to students: If you make a mistake, and are honest about it and try to correct it, we will punish you. But if you hide it, you will likely get away with it. And they wonder why average Americans think the education establishment is full of feeble-minded idiots with no ability to think.

People who say that Obama is Hitler are silly. Putin is Hitler. Obama is Mussolini. Except he can’t make Obamacare run on time, as Mussolini did the trains. And he isn’t even a junior ally of Putin.

There are two ways to get improve student grades in college: Raise student standards and effort or lower the institution’s standards. But increasing the students’ effort and standards is unfair, euro-centered and, if the students are black, racist. So institutional standards decline, knowledge and critical thinking decline and "A" averages proliferate. And “educators” congratulate themselves, institute more courses in things ending in “studies” for kids who can hardly write or read at a 1960s 8th grade level, and hire more specialists in things like diversity and aroma therapy, and administrators. The "graduates" then live in Daddy’s basement, Occupy Wall Street, get Obamacare and talk to each other on Obamaphones about how unfair life is.

My PJ ensemble in the hospital was a yellow top, purple bottoms, green socks and red & rose striped bathrobe, all of several sizes except mine. I assume this is so if you slip out, the Fashion Police arrest you and bring you back.

Obama to Putin: “If you like the Crimea, you can keep the Crimea. Period.” Putin to Obama: “If you liked the USSR, you are going to get the USSR back. Period.”

Little girls are wine. Little boys are whisky. Different tastes. Of course, there are good wines and whiskies—and not so good one.

I think every government employee, federal and state, should be required to pick a Silver Health Care Plan from Obamacare, the government pays for it, and if they want gold, or outside coverage, they have to pay the extra out-of-pocket. Won’t happen—the backlash on Democrats would force repeal in a month. Obamacare is for you, not them.

I see that bureaucrat-required paperwork on doctors, nurses, teachers, business people and other professionals increases every year. You could graph out to the year when they spend 100% of their tine doing paperwork, and do no real work. But I think that date will be well after the collapse.

You think a collapse from spending and big government can’t happen here? That’s what the Russians thought in 1988,

Obamacare is getting worse. One of my friends saw a picture of his health care plan on a milk carton at breakfast.

It does no good to be a “country of laws,” if the government can refuse to enforce or change the laws at the whim of the guys in charge. If Holder doesn't have to enforce laws he doesn't like, why do I have to obey laws I don't like?

Young people voted for Obama because he was going to spread the wealth around. They didn't realize it was their wealth to pay for healthcare for old people.

If you need a permit to exercise your Second Amendment right to bear arms, why not a permit to speak, to publish a newspaper or to go to church under the First Amendment?

Liberal Economics in four steps. 1. Major in an area where the universities (fat on student loans they don't have to pay back) are creating far more graduates than the economy is creating jobs, like social work, education or anything ending in "studies." 2. Work part time in burger delivery, live in parents' basement. 3. Blame it all on Wall Street and the Free Market. 4. Demand the government take money from people who earned it in more economically-viable fields to help victims of capitalism like you.

People who don't read books are the voluntarily illiterate--and often woefully ignorant. It doesn't seem to hurt their standing with the media boobs, though. Dr. Thomas Sowell points out, "Adlai Stevenson was certainly regarded as an intellectual by intellectuals in the 1950s. But, half a century later, facts paint a very different picture. Historian Michael Beschloss, among others, has noted that Stevenson 'could go quite happily for months or years without picking up a book.' But Stevenson had the airs of an intellectual — the form, rather than the substance. ... As for reading the classics, President Harry Truman, whom no one thought of as an intellectual, was a voracious reader of heavyweight stuff like Thucydides and read Cicero in the original Latin. When Chief Justice Carl Vinson quoted in Latin, Truman was able to correct him." But the media pictured Truman as a bumpkin, and Stevenson as the smartest guy before Obama.
The person who does just enough to get by rarely gets by in the long run.
People who cheat others lack integrity. People who cheat themselves lack intelligence. But there are many of both kinds and not a few folks who do both.
I have a wonderful wife. She isn't perfect, but there's a vicious rumor that I'm not either...
I majored in "Peace Studies" at the University of Parris Island in 1964. There are few things I've noticed that get as peaceful as an enemy you put a few rounds into at 500 yards.
Had to laugh at the Weather Channel. They said the computer models differed on what tomorrow's weather would be. But of course, the models of the climate 50 years from now are settled science. Which is why Al Gore was able to confidently predict a few years ago that the Arctic would be ice free in the summer of 2013. Saying Global Warming is "settled science" is like saying Obamacare is "settled law."  That is, the "settled" part is subject to change at any moment to fit the shifting political narrative.
In the Third World, the election winners usually file corruption charges against the losers. And they are usually justified, regardless of which side won.
Barack Obama: The Ramblin' Mouth from Chicago South.
If you think KGB Agent Putin can be deterred, you probably know nothing about the famine the Russian communists created in the Ukraine in the 1930s, to suppress potential rebellion in the area, at a cost of an estimated 14M lives (compared to the 6M Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust). Leftwing progressives denied it happened until the truth came out after the collapse of the USSR--since then they just ignore it, meaning that everyone knows about the Holocaust, though it is denied by Muslims and Neo-Nazis, but few know about the Ukraine Famine.

I tend to be organized and orderly. I also tend to be competent and efficient. Both thanks to Sgt. Owens, Sgt. Martin and Sgt. Harris. But they can conflict--sometimes being neat and orderly militates against efficiency. My wife, on the other hand, is committed to neat and orderly--on my part. She much prefers that I put the medical stuff I use twice a day, like my Neti Pot, away in a cabinet in the morning and then drag it out at night, whereas I find it efficient to have it and other items in plastic bins on counter or table, then put them away if company is coming. On the other hand, she can leave ad flyers or junk mail on the dining room table or other flat filing cabinet for months, happily ignoring it, while I dare not chuck it in case it falls into the 2% of paper she really wants to save. Sigh.
The situation in the Crimea is very troubling for liberals, who are desperately looking for a way to blame it on Israel, George Bush, Global Warming or Racism.
Don't tell the liberals, but most of the babies aborted by Planned Parenthood would grow up to be Democrats if they lived.
Democrats are bragging that 6M people have signed up for Obamacare. How many of them were previously uninsured? The most transparent administration in history won't say. How many had insurance and lost it due to Obamacare? The most transparent administration in history won't say. How many have actually paid? The most transparent administration in history won't say. How many went on Medicaid as opposed to buying insurance? The most transparent administration in history won't say.
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1 comment:

  1. Good to see you getting your random thoughts on the passing parade back on track. They are always informative, entertaining, and dead nuts on. You are exceedingly intelligent, because you always agree with me.