Sunday, August 30, 2009
I don't guess Texas Bottoms is an "official" place. The area we are going to is a collection of dwellings, campsites, and RV lots on the banks of the Buffalo River. The folks that spend summers there will be congregating to enjoy a big time cookout and the rockin'-n-rollin' of the Morbid Strangers.
Let me tell you, this place is REALLY out in the sticks. In fact, have you ever heard the old saying, "You can't get there from here...."??
Some of the folks at the hospital asked me about coming over and I reckon the safest thing to do would be to follow me, but for the brave at heart, I came up with some "directions".
1. Go to Hoenwald to the middle of town.
2. Head south on Highway 99 for 5.76 miles.
3. Turn right onto Howard Switch Road. Go .747 miles.
4. Turn left onto Sickler Road. Go 1.553 miles.
5. There is an unnamed road to the left that parallels the Buffalo River. Turn here.
6. After a few hundred feet, you should see bunches of cars.
7. YOU HAVE ARRIVED! GOOD LUCK!
(Distances provided by Google Maps distance calculator. I make no guarantee of accuracy.)
The band will be playing from about 7PM until the wee hours of the morning. Hopefully we will have better luck than on the 4th of July. We had to pack it in on account of a thunderstorm.
BYOB............oh and brang yore skeeter spray!
On August 27, I left Lizzard the following message:
Lizzard, you shudda whupped them chillun a lot harder when they wuz little.
This reply was left by his angry, envious, socialist daughter, Samantha (she's the one that accused me of being a greedy SOB, not deserving to make what I make at my profession). I'm not even gonna comment on it. It speaks for itself. If you're offended by profanity and rage, don't read it. Just tell me if you think I got under her skin or not.....:
fuck you. Now go whine back to your supporters about how liberals can't debate and turn violent. You started this crap by saying shit about me back in June. So now, when I choose to stand up for myself, I'm the angry person attacking you. Typical conservative strategy - do anything but actually address the issues at hand and whine when we stoop to your level. Liberals can play just as dirty as you asshole conservatives.
Dad did a fine job raising his chillun to think for themselves. We don't need some stupid forwarded emails or political pundits to tell us what to think - we actually know how to research an issue and formulate our own opinions. I pity you, being so concerned with yourself and so full of hate towards others. I pity your lack of compassion for Americans who may not be as smart, healthy or wealthy as you are. I pity the fact that you are so threatened by those with differing opinions that you censor the posts to your blog (which is hypocritical) and pick and choose the parts of our discussion on dad's blog you want to post for your "supporters". I guess you have that conservative media mentality down pat. Sling mud, whine, and shy away from any substantial debate...that is your way. Whatever.
we will never change our fundamental differences - the "Me" vs "We" mentality.
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Friday, August 28, 2009
Before long the registration clerk tells us there is yet another patient. It takes about 10 or 15 minutes for the nurse to perform triage and the intake paperwork (assuming we're not otherwise busy) and then the chart is handed to me.
I immediately recognize the name on the chart and I go to the computer to find that this same person has been to the ER half a dozen times or more in the past 6 months for big emergencies like, toothache, rash, insect bites, headache, back pain......you get the idea.
I look at the nurse's note and read "cough and congestion for 1 week". I go in the exam room to find a sexy goddess adorned with an exciting array of piercings and some hideous tattoos. She's busy talking to someone on her I-phone and is not in a hurry to hang up to talk to me. (Who the hell could she be talking to at 2AM? Civilized people should be in bed.) I also notice a couple of packs of Marlboro's in her open purse and she has a smell of stale beer and week old body odor.
Patient> "I'm all stopped up and I can't get rid of this damned cough."
Doctor> "You've had this how long?" I'm pretending I've not read the nurse's note.
Patient> "Since last week."
Now I'm not proud. I don't mind stating the facts exactly as they appear.
Doctor> "Well, you've had plenty of time to see your regular doctor in the clinic for this ailment."
Patient> "Well, I thought it would get better, but it got worse."
Translation> "Since I don't work, I sleep until noon each day and I just don't want to take the time out of my busy day of watching soaps, going to court, and buying beer and cigarettes, to make an appointment at the office and sit and wait. Besides, he won't give me hydros." (She is referring to hydrocodone, a potent and addictive narcotic. It's also a great cough suppressant.)
She doesn't know that I looked her up on the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy website and found that she has had numerous hydrocodone prescriptions given to her by an array of different practitioners. Most people don't realize we have access to this information.
I proceed with my exam. Her vital signs are all stable. Her oxygen saturation is 99 percent on room air. She has some mild upper airway congestion and her chest is clear. She smells so bad it's hard to stand near her for long. Ya know...soap and water is pretty cheap.
Doctor> "You have a cold. I'm going to write you a couple of prescriptions you can get at the drug store in the morning. (The nearest 24 hour pharmacy is an hour and a half away.)
Patient> "You need to GIVE me something now for this cough!"
Translation> "I need some hydros bad!"
Doctor> "Sorry, you've had this a week. You can wait until the drug store opens this morning. It's against hospital policy to dispense drugs to non-emergency cases." (Dispensing is actually up to the ER doctor but it sounds good.)
Patient> "Oh this is an emergency!"
Doctor> "No, sorry, cold symptoms for a week is not an emergency. These are issues you should be discussing with your doctor in the clinic."
OLD CHINESE PROVERB: HE WHO SEES DOCTOR IN MIDDLE OF NIGHT, SEES DRUGGIST IN MORNING!
I write her a script for a decongestant and a non-narcotic cough syrup.
As I leave the room, I drag my feet a bit and listen to her get back on the I-phone, "That sonofabitch wouldn't give me anything! He's just a piece of shit! I wouldn't take my dead cat to this hospital." (Remember this is her seventh visit in about 6 months.)
I figure that she and the party on the other end of the phone were planning on having a hydrocodone bash when she got home. Sometimes they sell them.
I make my way back to the desk and hand the chart to the nurse. I say to her, "Boy! I cudda had a woman like that! What was I thinking?"
I look again at this woman's computer file. She has Tenncare and is unemployed. Here she is, perfectly able to work, but on the gubment dole, soaking up my tax money to feed her narcotic habit. I also see where she moved here from Michigan about a year ago..................WHY?????
You guessed it! To get on Tenncare.
Yall ever wonder why I'm called the GROUCH?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I was saddened when I read that the county commissioners voted by 14-3 to opt out of the state law allowing for gun carry in county owned parks. How can you opt out of a law when doing so amounts to a violation of the Constitution?
In case you haven't read it, the second amendment says, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." What part of "shall not be infringed" do the lawmakers not understand?
It disturbs me that carry permits are required in the first place. The requirement for the permit itself violates my constitutional rights.
The Constitution aside, common sense should dictate the course of action. A law prohibiting carry is only going to be obeyed by law abiding citizens anyway. Criminals are going to obtain and carry guns illegally. Laws that prohibit my carrying a weapon indeed increase the risk to my family and me. Basically the law is prohibiting me from defending myself.
It would be nice to see a new day dawn where all our representatives and executives (including the president) would start following the constitution. With the present situation in Washington D.C. it would seem they have thrown that proud document out the window.
Thomas Hamilton M.D.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Well, I'm sure you've been enjoying the diatribes from Lizzard's liberal socialist daughter, Samantha, in her feeble attempt to justify socialized medicine and in the process calling yours truly a greedy racist who does not deserve to earn a decent living. Well another one of his daughters, Casey, piped up with the following:
I did not write this and cannot take credit for it, but I thought I would share it with you... this was written by my friend Joe Hall and posted in his facebook account...
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US department of agriculture inspected food which has been determined as safe by the food and drug administration. At the appropriate time as kept accurate by the national institute of standards and technology and the US naval observatory, I get into my national highway traffic safety administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the environmental protection agency, using legal tender issued by the federal reserve bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US postal service and drop the kids off at the public school. After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration, I drive back to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and the fire marshall's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department. I then log onto the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic and fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.
Here is my thoughtful reply:
Well, Casey, it's a good thing that you did not write this. I'd hate for you to have to take credit for such blather. All I can say about Joe Hall is that he is a socialist. He admits it! Good for him! Barack and the liberals try to fool the masses with smoke and mirrors, but they don't have the guts to admit who they really are and what they stand for. Unfortunately Joe's feeble attempt to convince us that big gubment and socialism is a good thing is laughable.
He begins talking about the electric power grid. Although the gubment has made it its bidness to regulate such things, they had nothing to do with its creation. We have to give credit to the genius minds of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse for those accomplishments. If it had been left to some gubment bureaucrat, we'd still be using candles and kerosene lamps.
Then he talks about TV and the "FCC regulated channels". Again the gubment places itself in the regulatory role but had little if anything to do with the technology of the airwaves today. In fact much of the technology that Joe Hall enjoys today was due to ham operators like your dad and me, independent thinkers and inventors who developed and pioneered radio and television from the very beginning. It was not until 1934 that the gubment jumped in and began airwave regulation and believe it or not they did this at the behest of commercial interests that wanted to take the airwaves away from private users.
I had to laugh when he mentioned, "fuel quality level(s) determined by the environmental protection agency". The EPA is one of the biggest disasters foisted upon Americans by the gubment. This agency by fiat can declare an area off limits, deny hundreds to thousands of people jobs and livelihood, in the name of preserving the habitat of some blue crested, green assed, cowpie beetle.
At the same time the same congress that created the EPA puts the security of this nation at risk by refusing to let us drill for our own oil. Instead, they put us at the mercy of Arabs and communists, many of whom would just as soon kill us as to look at us. They have not let us build a new refinery since 1975, and I hear they intend to oppose the renewal of licenses of existing nuclear plants and they won't even consider letting us build new ones. On top of this they propose ridiculous Cap and Trade legislation guaranteed to drastically raise the energy costs of each and every American household, and this all in the name of "saving the planet". If you haven't figured it out yet, Casey, manmade global warming is a hoax. It's not about reducing carbon emissions, which by the way Cap and Trade won't do, so it's about CONTROL!
The same congress has taken possession of the car companies and will no doubt impose more and more stringent CAFÉ standards, slowly but surely forcing people to buy cars that resemble tin cans, which nobody wants. Thank the unions, CAFÉ standards, and never ending gubment intrusion for the condition the American auto companies are in today. Most people want trucks and SUV's, not electric roller skates.
I laughed out loud when he mentioned the US Postal Service and public schools as gubment successes. Both of these entities are an absolute disgrace. The postal service runs in the red and wants to increase prices again. 48 percent of the populace in the city of Detroit is illiterate! Who runs Detroit and Michigan? DEMOCRATS! Public schools…………how's that hope and change working out for you, Detroit?
Indeed public schools should be entirely abolished and the task of education completely privatized with schools competing against each other for students and money. The lousy schools and lousy teachers would quickly be eliminated to the good of everyone.
Joe Hall did get one thing right when he talked about legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. In fact, printing of money is the only thing mentioned in his diatribe sanctioned by the Constitution of the United States. There is nothing in the Constitution sanctioning gubment control of the power grid, the airwaves, utilities, agriculture, outer space, highways and infrastructure, food and drugs, automobiles, gasoline, energy, schools, and certainly not HEALTHCARE.
He even neglected to mention the other power granted to the federal gubment by the Constitution, and that would be the military. Indeed we have had to fight wars and kill people in order to keep our country free. Were it not for our honored soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coasties, all this other stuff we have been bickering about would be irrelevant.
So Joe thinks that socialized medicine is okay and the gubment can handle it just fine? Sure he does. He's a socialist! Thanks for admitting it, Joe! Joe and Casey, Medicare and Medicaid are gubment run, single payer, healthcare programs. They are broke. The Veteran's Administration, another gubment run healthcare system is a disgrace. I could tell you some real VA horror stories but I'll save that for another post. Somehow, with Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA as examples, I don't want the gubment administering my healthcare…..no thanks.
The sad truth though is that Barack Obama and the left is not one bit interested in delivering healthcare or reducing costs. It's all about taking control of every aspect our lives. A gubment that has control of our healthcare indeed will be able to tell you what to eat, what to drink, what to smoke, how to act, what to wear, where to go, what to drive, what kind of light bulbs to put in your house………there's no end to it.
For a socialist, this is just fine, since they believe the answer to all of mankind's problems rests with big, intrusive, gubment. We are too stupid to make our own decisions and choose our own path. As for me, I've done just fine for the last 57 years. All that I ask is that the gubment just get out of my way, keep their hand out of my pocket, and just leave me the hell alone. You be sweet, Casey.
So there you have it friends. It is a miracle this country became the great nation that it is when it is populated by people who think like Casey and Joe Hall. Casey, you and Sam keep it up! This stuff is just too good! Ain't I just the most annoying conservative you've ever met?
Dear Dr. Hamilton,
Thank you for taking the time to contact my office about H.R. 3200, the America's Affordable Health Choices Act. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.
I share your concerns about the provisions in H.R. 3200, and I assure you that I will not vote for this bill as written if it is introduced in the Senate. I believe that all Americans should be able to purchase affordable, private, quality health care coverage for themselves and their families; however, I do not support an overhaul of the system that eliminates choice of doctor or health care services, forces Americans out of their current coverage, or further burdens Americans with more taxes and more debt.
The America's Affordable Health Choices Act would take money from Medicare, a program that is itself almost insolvent, and use it to create a whole new set of health care entitlements. This is not sensible and will add incredible amounts of debt to our country's balance sheet. To address this issue, I have written a letter signed by 36 senators to Senate Majority Leader Reid stating that that any potential monies found through Medicare reform should only be utilized to secure the financial stability of this program.
I also have concerns about the America's Affordable Health Choices Act's creation of a public plan option as an alternative to private health insurance plans. I believe that the private health insurance market, with many improvements, has the capability to effectively lower the cost of individual health insurance. Although I am supportive of increased competition among health insurers, I believe that a public option could seriously threaten private plans' ability to compete on a level playing field. As the Senate debates comprehensive health care reform, I assure you that I will be working with my colleagues to craft legislation with the best possible balance of choice, quality, affordability, and competition among health insurance plans. The attached op-ed article further explains my views on how I believe responsible health care reform should proceed.
The America's Affordable Health Choices Act has not yet been introduced in the Senate, but the insight you have provided in your letter will certainly help my staff and I more effectively look in to this issue.
Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me.Sincerely,
United States Senator
Well, this was obviously a canned reply. He did not address my concern about Republicans crossing the aisle to work with Dimocrats just in the name of getting things done, rather he talked about healthcare. I guess he didn't have a canned reply about crossing the aisle.
The following bothers me: "I assure you that I will be working with my colleagues to craft legislation with the best possible balance of choice, quality, affordability, and competition among health insurance plans."
It's the part about "working with my colleagues" that bothers me. I smell a lot of crossing the aisle and a lot of compromise of conservative principles.
I am sure that Senator Corker is a good and decent man, but I fear he just doesn't get it.
Attached below is his op-ed article sent in his email reply if you wanna read all of it. Notice how he begins talking about bipartisan meetings and acceptance of President Obama's invitation. He goes on to talk about a "crisis" affecting every single American. The truth is that the majority of Americans are happy with their healthcare. I won't deny that there are things that could be improved, but I certainly don't feel like there is a crisis. Besides, there is no Constitutional mandate for the gubment to be "fixing" this problem! Just say NO senator!
Monday, August 24, 2009
A few weeks ago a small stretch of road just a few miles from here was repaved. I wondered about this since the there was nothing wrong with the road to begin with. There were no cracks, no potholes, no nothing. It was just fine, yet it was being repaved. A little later this sign appeared at the beginning of the new pavement.
Hmmmmm, recovery.gov. I looked it up. It's an Obama project:
"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 targets investments towards key areas that will save and create good jobs immediately, while also laying the groundwork for long-term economic growth."
Well, as I drove by, I noticed that the people paving the road were the same people with the highway department I had seen paving roads before. I waved at them of course. You know when you're driving in the south you always wave.
It dawned on me that this was "stimulus" money being spent here. It also dawned on me that the people working were the same people that were working before (no new jobs created).
So here we are. The federal gubment is broke. The American populace is in debt for several generations to come, and we are spending money we don't have, paving a road that is perfectly fine and doesn't need paving. I guess this is Barry's idea of a shovel ready project.
Why don't they just stop this nonsense and give the money back to the taxpayers? I betcha we could find something much more productive to do the cash! Would someone please explain this to me?
BY THE WAY.....I WONDER HOW MUCH IT COST TO MAKE AND ERECT THAT DAMNED SIGN?
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Here's more from the looney liberal lass. You need to go read part 1 and part 2 first if you haven't read them. This below from the liberal lass:
Doc, either you're being obtuse, ignorant or truly showing your greed - I have never said you are not entitled to a good salary. But, since you are on some high-horse with this "I've been to med school so I'm entitled to as much money as I can get thrown my way" mentality, how about this compromise:
I have a 4 year degree and make around 30K. So you probably went to school for around 8 years, which means you should make 60K. Hell, I'll even count the 2 -4 years of your residency, so you should make 75K or 90K. But guess what? I have never before said how much per year you should make.
I have never said that a college drop out, or me, with a 4-year degree should make any where near the amount you make. What's really pathetic is that you have taken my whole argument and focused on how it effects you personally and keep whining about someone not giving you what YOU think you deserve.
Anyway, my real-life story for the week for the rest of you hard-headed folks. I met a lady (white, in case it matters to you) who has a 31 year old son who was very sick at the beginning of the year. He went to the hospital, sometimes 2-4 times for month, seeking help. Each time he presented with the same symptoms and each time, regardless of the doctor on call, he was told it was just a stomach bug and to go home. May 24- he again goes to the hospital, but this time his mom goes with him because he is blue from his head down through his torso. The doc again tries to send him home. His mom speaks up and tells the doctor that her son has been told the same thing for almost 6 months and he is not any better. She voluntarily tell the doctor that heart problems run in the family (no one had EVER asked up to this point). The doc reluctanctly admitted this 31 year old man to the hospital for testing. THIS YOUNG MAN WAS DEAD WITHIN 6 HOURS. The doctors told his mother that he had the heart of a 90+ year old man. THIS 31 YEAR OLD MAN WAS POOR AND DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE. HE DID NOT QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID/ MEDICARE. HE WORKED, BUT HIS EMPLOYER DID NOT PROVIDE INSURANCE. If the system as it is now was actually concerned about a person's health instead of cost/ profit, then maybe some bright doctor would have thought to do testing on him when he SOUGHT HELP IN JANUARY. Now he is DEAD. His family, also dirt poor, could not afford to bury him because the funeral homes wanted $3000 up front for expenses. They found help with an African American run funeral home/ church and were finally able to bury their son/ brother. This story scares the crap out of me. Why? My husband has a history of cardiomyopathy. No, I'm not sure that's what this other young man died from, but I bet it was similar. Thank goodness we had/ have insurance at the moment (though they try to drop Chris at least once a year now). It scares me because it could have been my husband seeking help and repeatedly turned away from proper medical care because of lack of insurance. The rest of you, excluding doc, are all just a job loss or heartbeat away from being uninsured - and you could literally die from it. Insurance companies do not deserve to have the power over life and death but they do. Until that changes, I will support any healthcare reform I can get in this country to take the power away from insurance/ drug lobbyists. I will hope that none of you find yourself in the position that this young man did, and if you do, I will support your getting proper treatment even if you are ignorant and oppose the right to healthcare.
and my reply:
Sam, you can't undo what you said. You said:
"You are not entitled to a huge salary just because you went to med school."
you also said:
"I have never said you are not entitled to a good salary."
Since when is it up to you to decide what constitutes a good salary?
You also said:
"But, since you are on some high-horse with this "I've been to med school so I'm entitled to as much money as I can get thrown my way""
I NEVER said this. YOU said this.
You also said this:
"What's really pathetic is that you have taken my whole argument and focused on how it effects you personally and keep whining about someone not giving you what YOU think you deserve."
First of all, I'm not whining about SOMEONE GIVING ME ANYTHING. I don't expect anyone to GIVE me shit. You liberals are the ones running around with your hands out whining wanting someone to give you something. When you study and work, you EARN your way through life. Again, I'll say, it's not up to you or some gubment bureaucrat to decide what I should make. When that happens then you sink into socialism, communism or fascism. The only difference between the three is who owns what. No doubt any of these philosophies would set better with you than free market capitalism, which by the way is what made this country great.
Let's say for a moment that I am nothing but a greedy SOB, out to make every steenkin penny I can......SO WHAT? Again, since when does it become YOUR job or the gubment's job to dictate morality? Suddenly you are the gleaming beacon of moral perfection? I think not.
One thing is for sure, Sam. Even if I am obtuse, ignorant, or truly showing my greed, I'm making a hell of a lot more money than you and probably always will. I guess you'll just have to suck on that fact while you swig the koolaid and stew in your angry, class warfare, liberal juices.
I'm not going to comment on your anecdotal medical horror story. I hear these everyday from Barack Obama and his liberal friends. You probably never hear about the countless hundreds or thousands of times my colleagues and I diagnose horrible or perhaps not so horrible ailments in people every day regardless of color, religious beliefs, or financial status. You koolaid sippers never hear about those though and probably would not believe them anyway since we're all greedy SOB's.
Well, so you can see the workings of an angry, jealous, socialist, leftist. Didja all notice how they will spout out something and then twist it around to try and say something different. Didja all also catch how she cleverly called me a racist. Also, she again declares again that healthcare is a right, but she has still not found the part in the Constitution that makes this so.
The lessons are clear:
1. They have the entitlement and the gimme gimme mentality.
2. With liberals, freedom, hard work, and study count for nothing.
3. They want to tell YOU what to do and how to live your life.
4. They want to make themselves your moral compass.
5. They wrap themselves in anger, hatred, and class warfare.
I suppose I'll let this be my last post about this issue. It gets tiresome after a while. You know what they say, "Don't argue with a moron. After a while people may have trouble telling who's who."
Friday, August 21, 2009
I sent the following to my senator, Bob Corker just a little while ago:
Senator I am sorry I could not attend your meeting here in Parsons last week, but alas I had to work. I did however read some of your remarks in the local newspaper and I enclose a sample below:
“I know that much of what you read and see on television talks about the partisanship that exists in Washington and how people are divided down party lines and nothing constructive happens as a result,” Corker told the crowd. “I want you to know there is also a lot of folks who try to work together to get things done.”Corker mentioned several examples of bipartisan legislation he is introducing along with democrats in order to benefit the country.
Senator I am so disappointed. I am sick and tired of Republicans talking about bipartisanship. It seems that bipartisanship simply means that we end up compromising our conservative principles just to get along with Democrats.
Senator I wish you would consider the following ideas:
1.It is okay to be partisan if your principles are preserved.
2.It is perfectly fine to do nothing if doing something would require compromising conservative principles.
3.Democrats are not interested in bipartisanship. They are only interested in imposing their liberal, socialist agendas on this country. They should be opposed at all costs.
4.The way for Republicans to win is to hold fast to conservatism.
It would have been so much better if you had said this to the crowd:
"I know that much of what you read and see on television talks about how good Barack Obama's big government policies will be for the country. I know that many of my colleagues like to compromise and cross the aisle just to get things done, even if it means leading the country down the path to socialism. I want you to know that there are people like me who are going to hold fast to conservative principles, are going to fight for small government, and are going to oppose those who slowly but surely try to erode your personal freedoms, little by little, and drive up the already enormous debt of this country to unsustainable levels."
Senator, if you had said this, I would have shouted at the top of my lungs. If you take the time to investigate, I think you'll find that most people around here hold on to conservative principles, even those who claim to be Democrats. If you nurture those beliefs, and champion those beliefs, you will be a winner, and the country will win too.
If you worry about crossing the aisle to work with Democrats, just for the sake of getting something done, we'll be stuck in the same old rut forever.
Dr. Thomas Hamilton
Thursday, August 20, 2009
In my opinion two of the best times for the country are:
1. When the congress is in recess.
2. When the congress is in gridlock.
These are the times when they are doing absolutely NOTHING. I'm here to tell you boys and girls that NOTHING is the best thing for all of us.
Can any of you remember when congress passed a law that really did something good for you, made your life a hell of a lot better, and did not burden you with ridiculous rules or regulations? Hell, I can't remember one save for maybe the Bush tax cuts!
Here is an excerpt from one of the local newspapers, concerning senator Bob Corker's recent town hall meeting here:
“I know that much of what you read and see on television talks about the partisanship that exists in Washington and how people are divided down party lines and nothing constructive happens as a result,” Corker told the crowd. “I want you to know there is also a lot of folks who try to work together to get things done.”
Corker mentioned several examples of bipartisan legislation he is introducing along with democrats in order to benefit the country.
Hell senator, I don't want you working with Dimocrats! All you guys do is royally screw things up! All I want you to do is print money (you guys are good at that) and defend the shores. That's about it! And how about standing up for true conservative principles once in a while?
It's hard for me to understand these RINO's. Are they evil people? No, I think most of them are decent people. Have they been in politics too long? Maybe, another argument for term limits for everyone. Maybe they JUST DON'T GET IT! I think that may explain most of it.
Well, I think I'm gonna have a sweet Wifey mixed drink and head for bed.
I told her that I would love to send her some money but regretfully I could not. I told her that one of my senators, Lamar Alexander, voted for Sonya Sotomayor, the liberal and racist judge. I told her that I had told Lamar not to do it, but that he did it anyway. I told her I had been betrayed by yet another Republican.
I told her that my other senator, Bob Corker, held a recent town hall meeting here. Sadly, all he could talk about was all the new BIPARTISAN bills he was going to introduce, working with Democrats. Last year, when senator Corker became part of the gang of ten over the oil drilling issue, I told him I was not interested in him working with Democrats. Rather I wanted him to act like a conservative. He decided to work with Democrats anyway. Betrayed again.
I told the young lady on the phone that when my elected officials started acting like conservatives and quit compromising conservative values by crossing the aisle to work with Democrats, that I would consider contributing again. I also told her that the two senators we had right now needed to either resign or change parties. If they're gonna act like Democrats, they ought to be Democrats.
I told her that if she wanted a contribution from me, she could call senator Alexander and convince him to resign. She could then call me back and I'd give her some money.
I was polite. The girl on the other end was speechless. After I hung up I told sweet Wifey that it was a shame that we seemingly have nobody to turn to. I hate the Democrats and I hate the Republicans almost as much.
Not much of a choice is it? Communists or spineless RINO's? What's it gonna be?
You can bet that by the end of the year, we'll get some kind of healthcare reform signed into law. Granted it will probably be some kind of watered down legislation and not at all what dear leader Obama had in mind, but some gang of Republican idiots will get together and cross the aisle to see that it gets done.
Sam, I been thinking about it and I don't think you're entitled to make the salary you're making at your job. I think you're only worth 60 percent of what you are making. Yep, 60 percent is about right, in fact your boss could give the other 40 percent to homeless people on your behalf. What say I call your boss and explain this to him/her and see if we can make a proper adjustment? You'll feel so much better helping those homeless people. They're homeless after all. You can get by just fine with less.
If you can say I am not entitled to what I make, I can return the favor. It's only fair, after all we're all in this together and we're just one big happy fambily!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This morning, both of her lips and her neck were swollen, but she was back to her old self, running, playing, eating, drinking and peeing. Wifey took her to the vet, but he thought she'd be okay. She got a cortisone shot.
I guess in Tennessee we're pretty lucky. We have three species of poisonous snakes, the copperhead, the timber rattlesnake, and the cottonmouth.
Most snakebites around here to humans are inflicted by copperheads. They tend to inhabit the same places we do, and I figure it was a copperhead that nabbed sweet Penny. The good news is that copperheads are relatively small, they have short fangs, and their venom is relatively weak on a scale of potency.
The other good news is that as many as 50 percent of snakebites that occur are "dry bites". In other words the snake can hit you with their fangs but inject no venom. The primary use of the venom is for hunting prey and I guess the snake does not want to waste it on other stuff. I remember seeing plenty of "dry" copperhead bites where the snake was simply startled and harmlessly struck the victim. If not a dry bite, sometimes the envenomation may be minimal resulting in only some pain and localized swelling but nothing more. I figure this is what happened to sweet Penny. She had only minimal swelling and was a lot better the next day. The vet thought she was barely injected as well.
A couple of the bad cases I remember were where some redneck was teasing the snake on a 4th of July outing or similar event. The "hey, hold my beer and watch this" comment was followed by a massive venom injection into the offending redneck. Most of these snakes just want to be left alone, and that is usually the best policy.
Sweet Penny is barely a year old and she can't help but want to stick that super sensitive scent hound nose to anything and everything. I hope this event and a little age will instill in her the appropriate amount of fear.
These three snakes in Tennessee are all pit vipers. They have a pit in front of each eye that is an infrared (heat source) detector. This aids the reptile in hunting warm blooded prey, even at night.
All our pit vipers have mainly hemotoxic venom. This venom is a powerful enzyme, kinda like souped up meat tenderizer. It destroys blood and muscle tissue, actually initiating a digestion process. People that have received large doses of venom will have immediate pain and swelling. Extremities may swell to two or three times normal size. Large amounts of this venom in the bloodstream can cause excessive bleeding, organ failure, shock and death.
Fortunately for humans, and for dogs too, there are antivenoms which will almost completely neutralize the venom effects in the body.
The timber rattlesnake is a much more reclusive animal. I have never seen one, although sweet wifey was startled by one out by the mailbox one day. She said it was rattling at her, but by the time I got out there, it was gone. Timber rattlers are generally not aggressive. Some of them do have a small component of neurotoxin in their venom. Neurotoxin is the same venom possessed by cobras and sea snakes. It kills by inhibiting the nervous system and thereby paralyzing muscles necessary for respiration. Timber rattlesnake bits are rare and I don't remember any accounts of mortality or morbidity from neurotoxic events.
The cottonmouth is usually found way out in the sticks, frequently around water and up in sloughs. I don't remember ever seeing one near the house, but I've seen several while I was out fishing. They tend to be relatively short but very fat. They have large heads, large fangs, and have a reputation around here of being very aggressive. I have heard stories of these snakes actually chasing hunters and fishermen, but I have to wonder if some of these stories are just that, STORIES! A cottonmouth has the equipment to definitely do some damage, but the venom is very weak on a relative scale. Again they are reclusive and I don't ever remember treating a cottonmouth bite though I have heard of some rather nasty bites reported by colleagues.
The common water snake is a nonpoisonous plentiful reptile around the river here. They are aggressive if you try and handle them but completely harmless. Unfortunately I have seen many common water snakes become the victim of a bullet or a boat paddle, being mistaken for a cottonmouth.
I tend to take a live and let live approach to snakes. Even our poisonous snakes are generally not aggressive. Snakes are beneficial in that they consume many rodents that we consider to be pests. God put them here for a reason.
I thank God sweet Penny is okay!
Monday, August 17, 2009
One of my favorite things in life is to take pokes at liberals. The funny thing is that liberals will purport to be all knowing, all loving, all caring, kind individuals, that is until you confront them with the stupidity of their positions which usually flies in the face of common sense. Then they become, loud, hateful, vitriolic, and if I’m lucky they might even call me a racist or a Nazi!
I have a good friend who has several daughters. A couple of them have somehow become diehard liberals. I’m not exactly sure of where and how they became so brainwashed but they seem like pretty much hopeless cases. One of them began by moaning to me how hard it was to make ends meet with her family and part of it of course is due to those exorbitant fees charged by her doctor. She then proceeded to tell me that the doctor ought not be allowed to charge those fees and should be regulated….by the gubment I guess……
I was then corresponding with her father who was lamenting to me over the fact that two of his daughters had derailed and plunged headlong into the liberal abyss.
I told him that they had swallowed the old leftist Democrat trick of class warfare and that anyone who made more money than they did was automatically evil and that the fruits of their labors should be confiscated and distributed to the “less fortunate”. I also told him that neither his daughter nor Barack Obama had the right to tell me or any private physician what he/she could charge for services. This correspondence was on a blog so liberal daughter had the opportunity to read it.
Here is the response I got from her:
Doc, I was naive to give you the respect that you thought you deserved. Who gives YOU the right to literally set the price of the value of a human life? You are not God. Doctors will still get paid, well, under this plan. Maybe those citizens who dream of luxuries aren't the ones who are greedy, as you proclaim.. maybe it's YOU, who's afraid you won't get your 3rd bass, 4th car, a new boat, a great vacation this year, etc. I'd rather "drink the Koolaid" and have a heart than be a greedy SOB who puts a price on human life/ health. You know what you don't like about the health care bill? Doctor responsibility to actually care for and serve your patients. You are not entitled to a huge salary just because you went to med school.
How about that for vitriol and class envy?
I’d like to pick this apart:
Who gives YOU the right to literally set the price of the value of a human life?
Boy now this is a stretch. Suddenly she is equating my charge for a service to the value of a human life??? I don’t know how she personally feels about the issue of abortion, but I can guess. The left puts NO VALUE on human life when they are willing to murder the unborn and parade old people in front of death panels, and she tells me I’m setting the price on human life??? Gimme a break!
You are not God.
Doctors will still get paid, well, under this plan.
Really? Says who? Perhaps she really believes Barack when he says that surgeons get 30K to 40K for cutting off a leg. The truth is that Medicare only pays doctors a fraction of charges for most procedures and they try and cut us each and every year. What business is it of hers or the gubment to decide how much I should get paid? Huh?
Maybe those citizens who dream of luxuries aren't the ones who are greedy, as you proclaim.. maybe it's YOU, who's afraid you won't get your 3rd bass, 4th car, a new boat, a great vacation this year,
I don’t recall of ever saying that citizens who dream of luxuries are greedy. I did say that people who buy cell phones, beer, cigarettes, pizzas, and beauty review dresses (all that essential stuff you know) and then gripe about having to pay their doctor bill really piss me off.
I have 2 bass guitars, both as gifts from sweet wifey. I have no need nor plans for another.
We have 2 cars. Mine is 12 years old. Wifey’s is 11 years old. They work. We have no immediate plans to buy another.
My boat is 14 years old. If she had read my post, “Ambushed”, she would have realized that my old boat is here to stay.
I ain't taking a vacation this year.
Wait just a damned minute! Who's bidness is it but mine how many bass guitars, cars, or boats I have, or how many vacations I take? Well hell fire! It's nobody's bidness but mine! How about that?
I'd rather "drink the Koolaid" and have a heart than be a greedy SOB who puts a price on human life/ health.
I studied hard for many years. I have worked hard for many years. I have relied on myself and made good decisions to get where I am today. Suddenly I am a greedy SOB. Cause I am successful and makes more money than she does? I should not be surprised. Barack and the left have done everything they can think of to vilify doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and drug companies. She has obviously swallowed the koolaid and believes every bit of this crap spewing from the mouths of the left. Hell my pediatrician friends take everyone’s tonsils out just to make BIG bucks! We’re all greedy SOB crooks doncha know?
Doctor responsibility to actually care for and serve your patients.
I’ve actually done that for nearly 30 years.
You are not entitled to a huge salary just because you went to med school.
Actually, I am. Most of my colleagues feel that they are too. She has no idea how difficult medical school is. She has no idea of the time, money, and sacrifice involved. She has no idea of the long hours and sleepless nights and the stress that I must make the right decision each and every time. I cannot afford to get it wrong. She has no idea.
My friends, this is the ranting of an angry, class envious, statist, leftist. People that think like this have lost what it means to be an individual. They would rather the gubment take over, take our liberty, dictate to us, and run our lives. It’s sad, very sad.
All I can say is, “It ain’t happening as long as there is breath in my lungs and my hands are around my gun!”
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Well, those Steenkin Strangers, oh so Morbid, thoroughly rocked the Boondocks Saloon last until the wee hours of the morning. I was pooped when it was all over but I was smiling.
If you have the time and a broadband connection and you'd like to watch and listen to a sample, click on the video below:
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this, but I hear Mike Vick is now a Philadelphia Eagle. Whoopie for him, I guess. If you read my blog, yall know I love dogs. They are faithful, innocent creatures and pretty much fully dependent on the humans that take care of them. I have little use for people that intentionally abuse them.
What Mike Vick did was horrible. I know he served time. He should have served more. I know he apologized. I think he was mainly sorry he got caught. Some things in life just cannot be undone.
The problem with these high profile athletes is that tons of kids look up to them as role models. As I have said all along, your position in life is determined by the choices you make. Mike Vick had it all and he chose to throw it away. No matter where he plays, his reputation will be forever tarnished.
I never thought Vick was all that great. He was exciting when he was running around making plays with his legs, but as a pocket passer, dropping back and moving the ball from point A to point B, I thought he was mediocre at best. I'll be interested to see what the Eagles think they can do with him.
I'm glad he's not a Tennessee Titan.
Friday, August 14, 2009
When I think about insurance, I usually think about the insurance on my house or my car. With my car insurance, I pay the premium and drive away. I buy the gas, change the oil, buy new tires, pay for a wash etc. If I should have an accident, then and only then am I covered by insurance.
Now let’s think for a minute about this monstrosity we call health insurance and lets think for a minute how things would be if car insurance were like health insurance.
If this were the case, then I suppose we would pay the car insurance at the prescribed time. If we had a wreck or if the car was a victim of a hailstorm then the insurance would kick in and pay the damages as we would expect. Time to get gasoline. It’s going to cost 50 dollars to fill the tank, but wait, we only end up paying 10 dollars. Our insurance will pay the other 40 dollars.
Time for an oil change. The oil costs 10 dollars and the mechanic’s labor is 25 dollars. Again we only pay 10 dollars total for the whole thing. The insurance pays for the rest.
Your right front tire needs air. You could take care of this yourself but you take it to the service station and let Joe air the tire. He charges you 5 dollars which you discover is not covered by your insurance. You raise hell at Joe (for no good reason other than you think it is your right to have your tire aired for free) and then you raise hell at your congressman. A couple of months later the gubment come out with a mandate requiring your auto insurance company to pay for airing tires.
Sam your neighbor buys an old clunker on the cheap. Parts are always falling off of this thing. Sam is distressed because the auto insurance company won’t write him a policy on the old clunker. Both you and Sam raise hell with your congressman. A couple of months later a mandate comes out requiring the insurance company to sell a policy to Sam. Sam thought about looking into the Cash for Clunkers program but that had long been disbanded since after Obamacare and Cap and Trade were enacted the national debt went to 20 trillion dollars and the Red Chinese were thinking about calling in our debt.
For a short time, everything seems hunky dory until you get your premium bill from the insurance company. Your premium has gone up by an enormous amount. A couple of months later you get hit again, and again, and again. You call the insurance company and raise hell to no avail. They tell you they have had to compensate for increased costs. You get so upset that you have a heart attack but you find out you’re going to have to wait six months to get your needed heart cath under Obamacare. If you had been just one year younger, you could have gotten the heart cath in three months.
You know it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what is going on here. The insurance company is not going to provide you a service for free. They are in business to make a profit. If you pay 10 dollars for your tank of gas and they pay the extra 40 dollars, they are going to pay themselves 5 dollars for providing the coverage and figure this into your premium of an added 45 dollars. So a tank of gas that would have cost 50 dollars ends up costing you 55 dollars because you have unwittingly added a middleman.
That oil change which would have normally only cost you 35 dollars is now 40 dollars in premiums from the insurance company.
They figure in 10 dollars extra in premiums to bill you for the air in the tire. They pay Joe 5 dollars and pay the other 5 dollars to their stockholders.
Then there is no telling how much of a premium increase you’ll see because they are now forced to insure Sam’s old clunker.
You think to yourself how much better things used to be when car insurance companies only covered you for car wrecks and hailstorms, and back then you could specify the exact amount of coverage you wanted. There were no mandates with which to contend. Your chest pain gets worse………only 5 and a half months to go until heart cath time.
People, the parody I have presented above is exactly what is going on in healthcare today. Where else but in healthcare do you find insurance paying out claims on anything other than catastrophe or loss? This health insurance problem is exacerbated by the fact that there are a whole bunch of people out there with the entitlement mentality who think healthcare is their right and they should have to pay NOTHING for it. This is further driven by mandates from the gubment, requiring insurance to cover this thing, that thing, and the other thing, and people buying the policy are required to take the coverage for these extras at an inflated price whether they want it or not. It’s no wonder health insurance is so damned expensive! People are running in droves to doctors offices and emergency rooms with mosquito bites, splinters, and snotty noses, cause IT’S FREE! IT’S FREE!
Seems to me that the answer to this problem is rather straightforward. I have some suggestions:
1. Make insurance insurance again. Insurance should cover the big things, the catastrophic things, the things that would put you into financial ruin if you had to pay for them yourself. Plan on paying yourself for office visits, routine tests and other stuff like that. Perhaps enrollment in an HSA like I described in the previous post would be good for you.
2. Eliminate gubment mandates. Let the insurance companies and the consumers decide which coverages they want and don’t want. If you have some of the entitlement minded crowd out there that want insurance to pay for their gas and oil and wiping of their butts, FINE. Sell them the policy for a price. Just don’t force me to buy the same policy.
3. Implement tort reform for healthcare providers, capping non-economic damages. Also implement a “loser pays” legal system in America. This would enormously reduce the cost of healthcare.
There is no doubt that there are plenty of people out there who are truly in need and are unable to provide healthcare for themselves. No doubt there needs to be a plan for these people, but I daresay it could be done for a fraction of the cost of this monstrosity called Obamacare.
Oh, NO HEALTHCARE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS! PERIOD!
In closing I want you all to remember one thing. This whole Obamacare thing is not about providing healthcare. The Cap and Trade thing is not about fixing global warming. People it is about CONTROL OVER EACH AND EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIVES. This what the liberals are after. There is nothing in our precious document called the Constitution that empowers the federal gubment to force these things upon us. Be strong and be wary. Good night!
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Socialized Auto Repair and Car Care