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  • Comment on Why We Need “Essential Health Benefits” on Every Health Insurance Plan by wzrd1 March 25, 2017 19:09
    I honestly think that they want to repeat the mistakes like those that lead to children dying of cancer at Love Canal. Their claiming that God creates pollution, so we shouldn't regulate our own pollution is like saying that it was God's will, after picking up a gun and shooting a child with it. Either that idiot thinks that he is God or his view of God makes Islamist militants look good.
  • Comment on Why We Need “Essential Health Benefits” on Every Health Insurance Plan by Rene Najera March 25, 2017 18:44
    My congressman (or his lackeys) keep intermittently blocking me from Facebook. His motto during elections is "Scott Perry: Husband, Father, Leader." I don't know how his home life is, but he sure ain't no leader. I subscribe to the "conservative" blogs and newsletters and he inevitably parrots their talking points each day. I am very skeptical that he has had an original thought as a politician. A lot of people are mad at him, and he even went as far as saying that we don't need the EPA since, according to him, God creates pollution, so how much can a government agency regulate God. I wish I was joking.
  • Comment on Why We Need “Essential Health Benefits” on Every Health Insurance Plan by Wzrd1 March 25, 2017 06:26
    This entire episode was a major debacle for the GOP. Lines that were shaky alliances between the hard right tea party types and the mainstream majority of the party have been fractured and widened with each bit of push that Trump and both houses of Congress majority leadership exerted, as the mainstream realized what the far right types haven't yet realized - that the effort itself is political suicide. During the debate, I corresponded with my die hard tea party senators and representatives, with zero traction being gained. I replied a reminder that their behavior towards their constituents concerns, their disparaging of those concerns and condescending attitude, as well as their dismissal of those concerns will be remembered on election day, when even a potted plant would be capable of defeating them. Respectful replies, which were negative received a more polite, similar content reply, condescending and insulting replies received rather gentlemanly versions of the potted plant notion. Fortunately, none chose to abuse the police system, as other tea party types have, wasting the time of both constituent and law enforcement, to much bad press for said politician. So, it's obvious that these people can learn, they just choose to learn as little as possible. Something odd, as one is a physician, who feels that health care is something optional. Oh well, if we ever bump into one another, I do indeed intend to trip him with my cane. Twice.
  • Comment on Is this REALLY the hill you want to die on? by wzrd1 March 6, 2017 05:14
    It's actually a fair bit worse. Note how often that, while the media drones on and on about Trump's latest howler, what dastardly deed he's doing with his other hand. Some in the media have noticed, but their voices get drowned out by the droning of his latest howler, rather than what he's actually doing to destroy what regulation and protection we still retain. Such as his proposed reduction of the Great Lakes recovery projects of the EPA, from 300 million dollars per year to a pitiful 10 million dollars. I can't wait to see his proposals to handle Zika, even money, it'll be one dollar and blame refrigerator mothers for microcephaly.
  • Comment on So You Want to Work in Professional Public Health? by wzrd1 February 28, 2017 02:41
    That was indeed quite early in the pandemic. 8 probable, around 75 suspected, 0 hospitalized and the always relieving 0 dead. Fortunately, the 2009 virus wasn't the most virulent.
  • Comment on I’m One Mean Hombre by Rene Najera February 27, 2017 00:48
    And, when you're done, grab another magazine ("Runner's World") and empty that into them as well. (Anything can be used as a weapon. Just as any convict.)
  • Comment on I’m One Mean Hombre by wzrd1 February 27, 2017 00:42
    The rallying cry of "Don't be mean, you'll drive them away" so reminds me of a comment from several politicians in the '80's, which did their careers no good, "If rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it". Sorry, I am not going to relax and the lack of enjoyment will be mutual. Seriously, am I also to be polite to one of the alt-right who have threatened to force their way into my home and murder me and my wife? No, I'll be extremely impolite with them while I empty my magazine into them.
  • Comment on A Day of Protesting in Baltimore by wzrd1 February 18, 2017 09:34
    I saw one flag that I'd love to pimp slap the holder of, but I do respect the fundamental right of protest, so I'd discuss my objections with them in detail, over a fine meal, my treat. That all said, I'll say, it's one hell of a varied protests, to judge by signage and flags! Close to the rainbow, if one ignores brown of the shi-stain - erm, far right, who is copiously missing. *White is right* is true only when one is dealing with laser printer paper. The reality is, the rest of the time, we enjoy ROYGBIV. I get to enjoy near IR and near UV, courtesy of my IOL (IntraOcular Lens, a cataract replacement plastic lens). The latter bit, I find totally cool! That also means, what fluoresces for you is quite brilliant for me. Seriously! I honestly want to have a small study performed on it, if I can find free time, to explore the scope and depth of the change from my natural, badly damaged lens to the synthetic replacement! Said while trying to figure out how to acquire my required DHS ID, without driving for 300+ miles, as my car won't survive half of that trip... That last, referred to management, as I don't need the bloody thing for my daily job. Let contractor and contractee figure that mess out.* *I'm a good dad and granddad, that means, *knowing* when one has to be a phallus. 😉 It's required, I don't have to fund it is the short story, they both have to figure it out. Again.** **Not the first time, but both organizations insist upon reinventing the wheel each fiscal year.
  • Comment on To My Most Conservative Friend by wzrd1 February 17, 2017 08:35
    To Rene's "dear conservative friends", from an elder, former Republican, chased away during war, when "second amendment remedies" panicked men going out on war patron, fearing that their homes would be in flames upon our eventual redeployment home. I'll never, ever, *ever* forgive the tea party for that. Ever. May they not only rot in hell, may they draw up arms against their nation so that I and my teams can come out of military retirement to send them there personally. My first memory was an unusual one, mom sat me down in front of the television, a Muntz, to be precise. "Watch him, he's the President, he's important. I need to take down the curtains to wash them.", shortly after, "Mommy, the President was just shot!". JFK. I remember that quite clearly. I was born in 1961, the exceptional event burned irrevocably upon my memory. I grew up, missing the fun part of the 1960's, but watching the civil rights movement grow and swell. Watching, quite literally, thousands of men walk past the end of our side street in Philadelphia, only to march a few blocks farther, only to have Frank Rizzo's PPD beat the crap out of them. The difference is, dad had his crew over on a regular basis, black men in a "white house" be damned, they were crew, they had hospitality, food, drink and conversation. Fast forward a lot, under Saint Reagan, the perfect, I began my military service. Want to know what DEFCON 1 feels like? We had launch tapes running, once completed, the Pershing missile launches, it can't be aborted, when an abort signal arrived, three seconds short of unabortable arrived. WWIII aborted by mere seconds. Gulf War I, totally cool, right? Want to talk to some of my friends who were there? You'll need a seance for that, they died in that "bloodless" war. BTW, the Cold War was far from bloodless, it was less bloody, so you didn't even know that men and women died protecting your willful ignorance. Gulf War II, "because he tried to kill my dad", was far from bloodless and destabilized an entire vast region! Thanks for nothing! Afghanistan's been the quagmire that was predicted, although we adapted and worked things toward our favor - barely. I retired from that mess. So, let's see what a life dedicated to this nation's security has gotten me. A partial pension, due to reserve service, which is at the whim of a whimsical Congress. A Congress now trying to steal the postal service's pension. Quite comforting, especially since the very first year of the War on Terror had the VA budget cut yet again, for the 35th consecutive year. Thanks! The Social Security that I've spent more decades paying into than you've likely been alive is under threat right now, to be raided by the current puzzy grabbing, more like putz grabbing SOB's. I've lost three 401k's over the decades, due to two going insolvent due to wonderful collapses like Worldcom. The other, cashed in in another "economic slump", as if we don't call it a depression, despite it walking, quacking and swimming like a duck, it ain't a fcuking duck. The NRA, a wonderful organization in my youth, but I watched it change since 1968, when the Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed against manufacturing objections, then the great revolt occurred in 1970. Due to the NRA's insanity and lack of safety, with an emphasis on volume of fire in preference to precision single shot marksmanship driven competitions, I now only engage in CMP programs. I still hunt. Occasionally, I still fish, although now, I'll be leery, lest weakening environmental protections deliver a fish to my table that's laden with carcinogens. Now that Donald the Insane has taken office, I'm finally stockpiling ammunition. MK 262 mod 1 rounds, all. That's my precision in shooting, it's the precision of my rifles. I'm former and retired SF. I also know how a nuclear weapon works in detail, along with various weapons permissive action link overrides. So, half empty, half full, half azzed, whatever. I'm swiftly running out of options, years and ideas and am a war veteran. Your generation loves to make threats. Do you want to try carrying them out? By year's end, I'll have 7000 rounds, which is more than I'd need. Unless you are intending to throw 15000 at me, then, I'll have to borrow your deceased, unburied men's rounds. I like to be a nice guy, but, I'm also quite comfortable with the monster that I know lives within me. The one that previously existed under glass marked, "Break only in case of war" and was only broken twice. So, "friend", do you want to try for a third breakage? I prefer the course of a "good dad", peace and quiet is cool. If that isn't present, well, it gets enforced. Especially since it appears, to five sigma, that Russia has had a heavy hand within our politics in this nation. So, for once in your pitiful life, be a patriot. A patriot does not say, "Right or wrong, my nation", the true patriot says, "Right, my country does good for all, wrong, my country does wrong and that needs to be fixed". I am a patriot, I don't know what the fcuk you are. Well, other than traitor, like the staff and possibly even our traitor in chief. Regardless, I'll stockpile those rounds. They're useful in competition and they're useful if things continue to go sideways. I'll kick both sides back into play, when both are weakened enough, we veterans will continue government. Then, only veterans will be allowed to vote. See Heinlein.
  • Comment on Take A Better Selfie by Rene Najera February 17, 2017 01:20
    There's too many secrets, anyway. I bet half of the leaks are Orange himself trying to get out of this most difficult job.