“What is a mere individual to do? Live as sane and decent a life as you can, love your family and friends and understand that everybody is in this together." 

 · Ron Smith

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Monday
Dec012014

“Out, damned spot! out, I say!” – Lady Macbeth

And so it is that Darren Wilson’s career as a police officer is over and so is his life as he knew it.

Wilson resigned Saturday two minutes after Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told him of “credible threats” to the department and officers.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said he didn’t “press Wilson to resign.” He just wanted to make him aware of the “credible threats” to the department and officers.

Two minutes later, Wilson resigned.

The city has severed all ties with him and he will not receive a severance package or any benefits.

Wilson will still face a federal civil rights investigation and most likely a civil lawsuit to be filed by Brown family.

He has no job, no income, and little hope.

Mayor James Knowles said he “realizes the change will probably not bring immediate calm to the city” and muttered a bunch of nonsense.

So much for Wilson doing his job.

So much for justice.

Saturday
Nov292014

Speaking of health care, an acquaintance of mine recently had emergency back surgery at a hospital in Bel Air, Maryland.

It was the third time she has needed such surgery over the past ten years.  Fortunately, she came through it just fine and was sent home the same day.

Unfortunately, the following day, she suffered serious post-op complications – the likes of which, she said, she’d never experienced.

Her husband, who works in the medical field, rushed her back to the hospital where she was treated and received approval from her insurance company to stay in the hospital for several days.

She’s home now, doing well, but she told me that she’s blaming the affordable healthcare bull crap for this.

Prior to that act, she said, she would have stayed in the hospital overnight as she did the first two surgeries years ago.

She said this time, she was kicked out the door two hours after surgery because she’s under the age of fifty and otherwise healthy.

Someone she knows who works at that hospital told her they are seeing more and more post-op complications from the unintended consequences of the affordable health care regulations – my words, not hers.

So there you have it. She had serious surgery, was tossed out the door two hours later, and suffered post-op complications.

Some swell health care system, huh? And we ain’t seen nothing yet.

Friday
Nov282014

Even the Obama Administration can’t resist Black Friday. Not for the shopping; rather, but for the hawking of their health insurance coverage.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday the new “partnerships with Westfield Shopping Centers, The National Community Pharmacists Association and XO Group Inc., parent company of The Knot, The Nest and The Bump, to promote the Health Insurance Marketplace in conjunction with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday” that will continue through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season.

The Government and its “partners” enrollment push will “help educate shoppers about affordable health insurance care.”

“Outreach tables" will be set up at Westfield Shopping Centers’ malls in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and the State of Washington.

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell was thrilled to announce the partnerships with these organizations that reach consumers across the country, especially on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

I suppose the Westfield Shopping Centers, The National Community Pharmacists Association and XO Group Inc., parent company of The Knot, The Nest and The Bump, are even more thrilled.  

Westfield has agreed to allow HHS “navigators and assistors” to provide information about the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period and will provide tables, chairs and other necessary items for the government hawkers.

The wonderful Westfield has put information about enrollment services on their website and on-site signage to direct people to the tables.

There were no details about the new “partnerships” but it isn’t likely they are doing this for nothing.

Follow the money here, folks. These "partners" will be key players in the Government’s health insurance plan and compensated with taxpayer dollars.

And, so it is, another Obama Administration push toward socialism.

 

Friday
Nov282014

YOUR TAX DOLLARS:

After nearly two years in space, the small, mysterious spacecraft X-37B landed a a month or so ago amid rampant speculation about just what it was doing in orbit.

The military has kept the mission of the X-37B classified so we, the people, have no idea why there was such a mission, what the mission was, or if it was a success or a failure.

And since the details on the funding of this mission “Remain within the Air Force’s classified budget”, we will never know what it cost the 43% of Americans who pay income taxes for the mysterious X-37B mission.

Another example of the Government doing what they damn well please without telling we, the people, what they are doing or why…