MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

 

You call the office of your primary care physician, dentist, or blood testing laboratory for an appointment. After a little back and forth you both agree on a date. The provider asks if 3 pm will be suitable for you. Having a busy afternoon on that day, you check your calendar and decide that you can just get to this appointment from a prior engagement (provider A) that starts at 2:00 pm and will allow you thirty minutes to reach provider B for the 3 pm appointment. You are ready to finish the call and switch off your phone when provider B’s appointment clerk tells you that you need to get there by 2:45 pm to fill out paperwork. Reaching B at the earlier time is now impossible so  you need to start over with the appointment.

In this era of computer scheduling, it’s apparently too difficult for medical providers to use a simple scheduling program that will give you an appointment time that includes filling out paperwork etc. Can the Chinese do it, I wonder?

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ELECTION SHENANIGANS

Perhaps it’s been happening for generations and I’m only now aware of it, but I’m disgusted with the shenanigans that have occurred in this 2018 mid-term election, and it appears that the Republication state governments are primarily to blame. This bending of existing laws or creation of new laws/regulations have been aimed at preventing citizens from performing perfectly legal voting under scurrilous pretexts of illegal acts. These misdeeds are made worse in my view because state or federal judges have sat back and watched it happen. In Republican governed states, of course, the judges have no ethical interest in seeing that these misdemeanors are terminated as soon as they start.

The worst example was the situation in Georgia where the Secretary of State was controlling the election and also running for the position of Governor. He was holding back some 30,000 voting applications from mainly minority citizens under the pretext that the names on the applications did not match the names on other legal documents. No attempt was made to prove this allegation or to give the citizens involved the opportunity to prove their legal standing.

In Kansas, the only poling place made available for residents of Dodge City was 30 miles outside town with limited or no public transport available. Again the purpose was clear: to prevent minorities who had difficult or impossible tasks reaching the poling location from casting their vote. Those running the Dodge City election knew that the minorities concerned were mainly if not exclusively Democrat voters.

In my own state of Arizona, there is a close fight between Democrat Krysten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally for the US Senate seat. All was just fine when McSally was ahead, but at the time of writing this blog, Sinema has taken the lead. Wow! We cannot let that happen; it might weaken the GOP strength in the Senate. Accordingly, four county Republican parties are claiming that signatures on thousands of voting forms may not be legal. They filed suit Wednesday to prevent county recorders from trying to verify signatures after polls closed for mail-in ballots.

These are just a few examples of the dishonesty in our elections. We do not need Russian interference to skew election results when we have very successful home-grown efforts at work. We also have the nerve to visit other nations during their elections to act as moderators and assure fairness. This nation has a lot to do to overcome bitter hatred in its citizens and to get back on the road of honesty, fairness, and justice; also to stop poking its corrupt nose into other nations’ domestic affairs.

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FEDERAL TAXPAYER WASTE

An interesting report on waste by Federal Agencies was released by the Congressional Research Service on July 16, 2018. It detailed several areas of waste between 2004 and 2017. Garrett Hatch, a specialist in American National Government, authored the report. The report stated that the total for mistakes and improper payments distributed by 20 agencies was an almost unbelievable $1.2 trillion.

The largest departmental waste reported was made by Health & Human Services. Mistakes and improper medicare payments amounted to $387 billion. The same department wasted $234 billion on mistakes and improper medicaid payments during the same period.

To show the ridiculous nature of many disgusting wastes of public money, I selected the following item published by OpenTheBooks.com on October 1, 2015.  For the previous decade, the Environmental Protection Agency spent $92 million on upscale office furniture, including $800 pencil sharpeners and $7,000 executive desks!

An incredible list of similar wasteful activity can be found in the report titled AMERICA NEEDS A WAR ON WASTE by OpenTheBooks.com

 

 

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THE BOMBER(S)

It really isn’t surprising that some psychotic freak or freaks should send bombs to prominent Democrats when our President deliberately arouses to anger, and potential violence, the mindless fist-shaking mob that gathers around him at his rallies. Today, President Trump used his all-too-usual hypocrisy to decry the bombing as unacceptable political violence when he is the most prominent person in the nation to frequently promote violence in an indirect way.

The latest example: at a campaign rally in Missoula, Montana, Trump told the wildly enthusiastic crowd that Democrats were financially supporting the 4,000 caravan of Central American refugees on its way to the U.S.  “Go into the middle of the caravan, take your cameras and search. Okay? Search. . . . You’re going to find MS-13, you’re going to find Middle Eastern, you’re going to find everything. You have some very tough criminal elements within the caravan. But I will seal off the border before they come into this country, and I’ll bring out our military, not our reserves. I’ll bring out our military.”  This speech, unsupported by fact and containing inflammatory code words, was pitched to increase voting support for Republicans by stirring mob anger and aiming it at Democrats.

The Department of Justice should charge Trump with inciting mob violence – one more crime to add to the growing list.

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MY LIFE AS A CUSHION

Sometimes I think events in my short life, which began full of promise, have almost knocked the stuffing out of me. I say full of promise because Sally made me in her workshop from the very best materials, and since her business was making and selling furnishings for patios, pools, and gardens, I imagined the prospect of a life of ease: lying about in the fresh air and soaking up sunshine by the pool behind her workshop. You’re probably thinking that sunshine is not good for a cushion on a permanent basis, but I was handmade from Sunbrella acrylic fabric, and guaranteed for ten years, so it was a good feeling. I was made as a chaise lounge cushion, and you may be unaware that we chaise cushions have a male gender. Sally was an attractive woman with a good figure, and when I saw her in a swimsuit one day, I decided that her nestling up against me was an additional benefit that I hadn’t foreseen.

Alas, how wrong can one be? Soon, she placed me on a lounger frame in her showroom. On Saturday morning, promptly at opening time, the showroom door was flung open and the noisy Glum family entered. The family included a ten-year-old boy, nicknamed Blubber, with dirty pants and boots, and his teenage sister, Frantic, who was wearing five-inch heels and drinking Coke from a plastic cup. I was right to expect trouble. Each member of the family wanted to try every piece of furniture, and sit on every cushion, in the showroom. The boy was one of those kids over whom the parents have no control. He jumped on me and wriggled around, wiping his dirty boots all over my pristine fabric. In a lifeless, bored voice with the authority of a neutered mouse, his father said several times, “Don’t do that Blubber” while continuing to test the destructive limits of a rocking chair. When the wretched Blubber got bored and went off to see how high he could raise all the patio umbrellas, his sister collapsed on me and dripped Coke in several spots on my pillow while digging her stiletto heels into my fabric.

Because of the damage caused by their youngsters, Sally insisted the parents purchase me and the frame supporting me. The Glums wanted a discount. They said, “The cushion looks worn and dirty, and we’re concerned our delicate son Blubber might have picked up an infection from it.”

On Sunday, in my new home, Mr. Glum invited his parents, Fred and Nellie, to join them for a barbecue supper. Fred and Nellie Glum spotted the new lounger as soon as they entered the back yard, and jostled each other in their eagerness to try it. Fred Glum won. He probably weighed in the neighborhood of 275 pounds, making breathing very hard for me, so I was relieved when he discovered a lounger is unsuitable when one needs an endless supply of Budweiser. It’s difficult to gulp greedily while lying down. His stick-thin wife, Nellie, with a fixed, vacant expression, replaced him as he staggered to his feet. I took a deep breath, but only just in time before discovering she had a gas problem, a very noxious gas problem.

I never thought I would owe any thanks to the teenager, Frantic, but she complained of the bad odor around me, prompting everyone to move to the table and chairs at the other end of the patio. When she moved away from me, Nellie stared at me accusingly, insinuating I was responsible for the odor.

As soon as they had moved, Tiddles the Glum’s cat, crept out of the house, surveyed the scene, and decided that a new, yellow sun lounger would be eminently suitable as his new home. Since then he stores the occasional dead mouse or bird on me. Except when Blubber wants to use me as a trampoline, or his sister to transfer sun-tan oil from her body to mine, Tiddles asserts his supremacy.

For the first summer, Mrs. Glum used to grumble about cat hair on me, and clean me with a stiff brush or hold me by one end and whack me hard with the back of it. After that first summer, however, I was forgotten and left outside in wind and rain, with dead leaves collecting on me — not the fun life I had imagined. Now, however, I’m on my way to the local thrift store where an exciting new life awaits me!

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TIME TO GO?

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On April 20, 1653, Oliver Cromwell dissolved Parliament in London. We may be approaching the time for the American public to repeat these words to the current Administration.

“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches and would, like Esau, sell your country for a mess of pottage; and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

“Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?

“Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You, who were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.

“Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do.

“I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place. Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

“In the name of God, go!”

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HURRAH FOR JEFF SESSIONS

As a Democrat, I never had any particularly high regard for Jeff Sessions UNTIL NOW. In response to President Trump’s accusation that his Attorney General had failed to do his job by stepping aside from the Russia investigation, Mr Sessions replied: “I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda.” He added: ” While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”

WELL DONE, Mr Sessions for being one of a handful of upright people in the majority government. It is quite understandable that he is under attack by a president who doesn’t know the meaning of moral behavior, and by a substantial bunch of sycophantic Republican senators who haven’t achieved anything while in office and are unlikely to ever do so.

Don’t let them get to you Attorney General Sessions.

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