Friday, May 24, 2013

The Wisdon Of The Court Is Impressive

  Well, maybe not :

A quick- thinking Federal judge realizes he has discovered something. 

PHOENIX — A federal judge ruled Friday that the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people.
The 142-page decision by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in Phoenix backs up allegations that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's critics have made for years that his officers rely on race in their immigration enforcement.

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Well now. Give that judge a cigar. He has - in only 142-pages - managed to discover the obvious: That it's mostly Mexicans sneaking into the country and that the Sheriff has already figured that out.

Myself, I would have never figured that out. All this time I thought it was Martian aliens swarming across our southern border and would never have thought to single out Mexicans hiding in the bushes along the Rio Grande that couldn't speak a word of English.

Both Mexican and Martian starts with "M".  Maybe that's where all the confusion comes from.

'We'll Never Stop Fighting You...

... Until you leave us alone."

So said the killer of the British soldier in a video. Sadly, the part about leaving them alone is being edited out of just about every video you can find.

In other words, the implied idea that maybe we should try leaving them alone will vanish in the morning mist. Doesn't fit the mantra of a worldwide terrorism threat.

What did he mean by "leave us alone"?

I can only hazard a guess, but maybe he means we need to get the hell out of their nations, stop bombing and killing them by the tens of thousands and quit using drone strikes that has killed more innocent women and children than supposed terrorists.

Maybe if we quit killing them, they'll quit killing us. After all, we are so much better at it than they are. They kill a few of us, we kill a thousand of them. They must be very poor at math.

Nah. What fun is that?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Weiner For Mayor

I've been having a slew of tough weeks in a row, so something like this really helps to put a smile on my face:

Anthony Weiner makes it official: He's running for mayor

After months of speculation, Weiner released a YouTube video around midnight Wednesday announcing his candidacy for mayor in an already packed field.

We should have a rule that requires all politicians give us a good laugh like this before we run them out of town on a rail.

Goes to show just how irresistible that hunger, that lust for power and prestige can really be.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Cavalry Comes Through


Just imagine that the above picture is of my son, his wife and friends for the last few weeks. They have been relentless in the search for proper treatment, something I would have never had a clue how to do. I would have never found out the ways around the massive bureaucracy that is health care to find to options and ways the government does provide... but is not required to inform anyone about.

Thanks to their incredible efforts,  the way is now clear for Jan to get both skilled nursing treatment for her stroke and the radiation treatments for her cancer. She re-starts her radiation treatments tomorrow, and the nursing home will provide transportation to the hospital cancer center and back.

Co-pay for the skilled nursing center is jumping up to around 28% of the total cost, but that appears do-able, another area where our son is stepping up to the plate.

Jan's' stroke recovery is slow but steady. We are hoping that the progress is sufficient enough that the board of deciders - or whatever they are called - will see fit to continue her treatments.

At least the cancer will now be beaten back.

And that's a major win, believe me.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Not So Good Times

The day after my last previous post wife was diagnosed with cervical cancer stage 2B, so blog posts went to the bottom of the list of priorities.

She was going to Dallas Presbyterian Hospital for chemo and radiation treatments and was halfway through the process when she had a stroke, paralyzing her left side. After four days in ICU and five days in recovery, she's in a skilled nursing facility as she recovers from the stroke.

After she regains sufficient mobility, she will finish of the cancer treatments. This type of cancer has a 99% cure rate, so no real worries on that front. After that, doctors will decide whether or not to remove the problem pluming, so we may still have a few more hills to climb.

Family members arranged for an apartment for me just three blocks away from the hospital and skilled nursing center, so my daily visits are just a short drive. We hauled one of the computers up to this place, so I can now post/read, etc. in the evenings.

Right at this time I could give a damn what's happening on the national level, so don't expect much from me for the next few weeks.

The 900 lb. gorilla we are facing is her  insurance  coverage, since she has been refused coverage on both the cancer and the stroke at the same time, giving us an either/or choice on treatments. The doctors decided that the stoke recovery was the more critical of the two, so she is at the skilled nursing home receiving treatment for the stroke.

Medical insurance has become a minefield in which tippy-toeing through the tulips  has become a vital skill and probably our biggest worry. Our son is handling most of this situation, something I am not currently able to cope with.

Good times... bad times. We all get both.