It is never enough…

Republican Sen. Richard Burr proposes taxing scholarships of student athletes who ‘cash in

When is it ever enough? That is, the governments need for more money — taxes!

Disgusting but probably an accurate portrayal!

You can debate the technical details of the IRS regulations and Congress’s Tax Law, the later now estimated to be about 2600 pages, and not 70,000 which is a popular number often cited by independent tax watch dogs and popular with the media. Even at 2600 pages, who in their right mind…?

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2014/04/how-long-is-the-tax-code-it-is-far-shorter-than-70000-pages.html

Point is… here is just another elected official, Burr, in this instance, who is looking for more money for the government.

It is disgusting.

Talking to an American tour guide in Rome, Italy…. He lived in Rome for 20 years. I asked him what he found to be the biggest difference between the Italian and US governments. He said, ” In Italy, the people are rich and the government poor. In the US, the government is rich and the people poor”.

No, the writer has not lost sight of all our freedoms in this country.

But it remains that the government is huge, wasteful, greedy and carrying a choking debt, all of which is costing all of us dearly .

The answer is not more taxes Senator Burr!

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An anatomical look at stock market aliments…

There are a multitude of factors that drive stock market fluctuations that result in investor angst. And the human body is also subject to great health fluctuations caused by many factors to include genetics, living style, diet, and so on. The Market and the body share some common maladies. Some that come to mind…

  • Congressional Bacterial Infections
  • Media Mad Cow Disease
  • Presidential Influenza
  • Floor Trader Thrombosis
  • AOC Abnormalities
  • Interest Rate tumors
  • Wall Street Spasms
  • Trump Trama
  • Investor Shock
  • Biden Bullshootitis
  • International Gout
  • Leadership Lice
  • Supply and Demand Dracunculiasis
  • Blitzer Brain Seizure
  • Broker Diarrhea
  • Pelosi Plague

It is just enough to make you want to bury your money in the backyard!

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Such Little People…

What frosts me about the current DC rock throwing mess over a phone call to the Ukraine is that, Trump’s poor leadership and inappropriate behavior aside, not one of those elected; corrupt, thieving spin-masters could pass the same or equal scrutiny.  And that probably applies to all those congressional panels where a handful of our elected, ego-driven fools grill the target of the week.   And when do they successfully address (emphasis added) the debt, infrastructure, the medical mess, immigration, and a few other major issues?  They don’t.  It is all about the political parties, and special interest money; clearly not about the country.  It is tragic, embarrassing, all of it lethal, destructive, incriminating behavior. 

How could perception be so much in err?

Such little people in such huge jobs.

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What Rights? MY ANSWER!

I would like to know how the felon who shot, what was it, 12 cops, in Philadelphia during that standoff on August 14th, has rights. How about the rights of the cops that were shot and their families?

Now, with the felon in the judicial system, the tax payers will be paying for judges, courts, lawyers, and probably years of incarceration costs. And there have to be 1000’s of these guys (gun related crimes).

It is not the guns, it is the laws and convoluted legal and judicial system which permits the rights of innocent bystanders, first responders, and victims of crimes to suffer temporary or often lifetime pain and injuries while the system protects the “rights” criminals.

And, while our hopeless, gutless lawmakers cower under the influence of money from special interest groups, the laws remain far too lenient and the rights of victims forgotten.

Here is a link that puts the USA gun problem in perspective… https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081

It is just enough to make you chew nails!

MY ANSWER? If you use a gun in a crime, attempted crime, you pay the ultimate price. No attorney, no court, no jail, no lawyer.

Oh, wait, let’s improve the background check system. I would speculate most gun related crimes are committed by criminals and felons and crazies who would obtain the gun they need, well outside the background check system. Here’s a chart that shows the overload on the NCIS Firearm background check system, how about 2+ million submissions in July 2019 alone. Can you just imagine the government managing that? It can’t. And to this blogger, background checks are not the answer.

Here’s the link: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/nics_firearm_checks_-_month_year.pdf/view

Listening to XM news, in an interview with one of our federal law makers, he said that the answer to the assault weapon issue (which is just one gun relate problem) is a voluntary federal buy back program. I know the criminals and crazies and back woods militias will be standing in line to participate. The guy has his head in a place that is inappropriate for me to describe in this posting.

I like MY ANSWER!

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Ain’t no 1st class in DC !!!!

 
Subject: Congress-Woman ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ On Her Way To Washington, DC
 
 
DEMOCRAT ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ SITTING IN ECONOMY CLASS GETS UP AND MOVES TO THE FIRST CLASS SECTION AND SITS DOWN.
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT WATCHES HER DO THIS AND ASKS TO SEE HER TICKET.
 
SHE THEN TELLS THE CONGRESSWOMAN THAT SHE PAID FOR ECONOMY CLASS AND THAT SHE WILL HAVE TO SIT IN THE BACK.
 
OCASIO-CORTEZ REPLIES, “I’M A DEMOCRAT, I’M BEAUTIFUL,  I’M GOING TO DC AND I’M STAYING RIGHT HERE.”
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT GOES INTO THE COCKPIT AND TELLS THE PILOT AND THE CO-PILOT THAT THERE IS A YOUNG WOMAN SITTING IN FIRST CLASS, WHO BELONGS IN ECONOMY AND WON’T MOVE BACK TO HER SEAT.
 
THE CO-PILOT GOES BACK TO OCASIO-CORTEZ AND TRIES TO EXPLAIN THAT BECAUSE SHE ONLY PAID FOR ECONOMY SHE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AND RETURN TO ECONOMY.
 
CORTEZ REPLIES, “I’M A DEMOCRAT, I’M BEAUTIFUL, I’M GOING TO DC AND I’M STAYING RIGHT HERE.”
 
THE CO-PILOT TELLS THE PILOT THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE THE POLICE WAITING WHEN THEY LAND TO ARREST THE  CONGRESSWOMAN WHO WON’T LISTEN TO REASON.
 
THE PILOT SAYS, “I’LL HANDLE THIS, I’M MARRIED TO A LIBERAL.”
 
HE GOES BACK TO THE DEMOCRAT AND WHISPERS IN HER EAR, AND SHE SAYS, “OH, I’M SORRY.” AND GETS UP AND GOES BACK TO HER SEAT IN ECONOMY.
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND CO-PILOT ARE AMAZED AND ASKED HIM WHAT HE SAID TO MAKE HER MOVE WITHOUT ANY FUSS.
 
“I TOLD HER, FIRST CLASS ISN’T GOING TO DC.”

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Really ?

I spent way too much time completing the surgical center’s pre-op online patient information prior to recent shoulder surgery… pages!  All that information is available at my surgeons’ office and my family doc’s office, in the same city. But it is not about proximity. If the medical community would step into the tech age for record keeping and sharing, all those records, care, procedures, medications, etc., would be available to the medical community at large, without the duplicate records and paperwork. It is absurd.

I complained about this to the surgical center to no avail.  I registered a complaint in my surgeon’s office and their answer was the office and the surgical centers are not related facilities.

When the hell is the medical profession going to get real about central records on global servers?  That argument about proprietary / confidentiality does not stand.  Just look at global transactions made and information storage used by business and industry and banking and their customers, and suppliers across the web.  Do those businesses get hacked? It happens. Do they recover, yes!  Do they abandon global record keeping, transactions, and interfaces?  No!  They just get better at security!

And think of the advantages for the patient and physician:

  • A lot less paperwork in doc’s office.
  • New doc’s would know the patient’s entire medical history.
  • That history could be updated as necessary following patient visits and procedures.
  • Doc’s could see a patient’s script history before prescribing new/additional drugs.
  • Few patients show up with a complete memory of all procedures, exams, drugs, allergic reactions, etc. No need to know that, the information is in a data base.
  • I’m sure the medical and information technology community could add many more bullets to the above list.

Really?

There is hope ! https://www.crmjetty.com/blog/patient-portal

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Legends and Stories

This blog calls it’s stories, “log entries”.

Grandfather valued stories above all else.  He once said that our family histories are captured in legends and tales.  They keep our ancestors, our culture and our history alive.  We turn memories into stories, and if we don’t we lose them.  If the stories are gone , then the people are gone too.

….from “What the Wind Knows”, by Amy Harmon.

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