Posted by: nhfalcon | November 23, 2009

Just Another Random Monday v.11.23.09

* – allow me to pass along a little tidbit I’ve learned as a tech support representative in the cell phone industry…

When you get a new phone and ask for your contacts, pictures, and videos from your old phone to be transferred to your new phone, realize that while I cannot see the actual pictures and videos via the machine I use to do the transfer, I can see the titles that you have given the pictures and videos. So, if you don’t want me to know that you have videos like “Anal Orgasm” and “Fuck Me” or pictures like “Tammy’s Tits” and “Tammy’s Ass” on your phone, try to come up with titles a little more innocuous, ok?

Just sayin’…

* – I’ve tried to avoid talking about the Ft. Hood tragedy, but this story put me over the edge.

Could the shooting have been prevented?!

Are you f#*king kidding me?!

Hell yes, it could have been prevented! As more and more information comes to light about Major Hasan, it becomes painfully obvious that this incident could have and, more to the point, should have been prevented. 

So why wasn’t it?

Two words: political correctness.

We as a society have become so fearful of being labeled racists, sexists, homophobes, bigots, and so forth that we are no longer willing to call a spade a spade, and that fear has now cost thirteen people (fourteen, if you count the unborn child that was in the womb of the pregnant woman who was killed, though I’m sure the pro-choice crowd won’t) their lives.

Look, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – no, we’re not perfect here in America when it comes to social standards. Yes, there is still racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of bigotry in this country. However (there’s that word again… 🙂 ) we’ve come a long, LONG way from where we used to be, and we’re now dangerously going in the opposite direction. To quote Dennis Miller (shocker, I know 🙂 ), “I understand where political correctness comes from – a scant forty years ago, we were doing “Amos ‘n’ Andy” jokes on the airwaves, for chrissakes. We were barbaric louts. But now, suddenly, we find ourselves in a classic overcorrection (italics mine), where we’re all supposed to zip through life like some huge societal squadron of Blue Angels, flying six inches off each other’s taste wing, never ever deviating even one angstrom. Well, folks, there are a lot of different aircraft careening through the social stratosphere, and we better start working out some respectfully independent glide paths right now, or it’s gonna start getting real messy.”

At Ft. Hood, it got real messy.

We need to be able to speak out, folks, without fear of repercussions, or this will happen again, maybe even to a more horrifying degree. If you witness an individual acting suspiciously, judge that person as an individual based on his or her actions, and then do the right thing. That individual’s gender, gender preference, religion, skin color, accent, native tongue, political leaning, and so forth, should be irrelevant. Again, judge the person as an individual based on his or her actions, and then do the right thing.

* – you know what really scares me about the upcoming trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other four 9/11 masterminds in a civilian court in New York City?

What if they win? What if they’re found not guilty?

Think it can’t happen? Think again. They’re going to be tried in a civilian open court. They’re going to be given the same rights in our legal system that you or I would be given. They’re going to be tried as common criminals, not as war criminals or illegal combatants. Any lawyer worth half his salt is going to start with “My clients were never read their Miranda rights” and go from there. The chance that they will be found not guilty may not be big, but the chance exists, and that scares the hell out of me.

Why?

Remember the Rodney King trial? Remember what happened to Los Angeles when those cops were found not guilty? Think what will happen to this entire country if those five scumbags are found not guilty. At the very least, think about what will quite possibly happen to the Muslim community in this country if that quintet is found not guilty.

(shudder…)

* – going back to the political correctness thing, here’s some evidence, ladies, that you should be grateful you live in America.

Suddenly you don’t have it so bad, do you?

Again, yes, there is still sexism, chauvanism, and misogyny in this country, and it is wrong and disgusting, but it could be a hell of a lot worse. You can work wherever you want. You can wear whatever you want. You can vote. You can get whatever level of education you want. You can speak your mind freely. You can make a lot of money. You can hold political office. Hell, you can legitimately aspire to be President. You can freely choose your sexual partners. You can practice whatever religion you want, or none at all.

Could it be better for you here? Yes. Should it be better for you here? Yes.

But you’re not getting stoned to death, are you?

* – you know, picking apart this whole “look at how many jobs we’ve saved or created” thing is almost getting too easy.

Now we’re saving or creating jobs in districts that don’t even exist!

God, I love this Hope and Change! LOVE IT!!! 😉

* – does PETA even realize how moronic they come across?

* – still want to tell me there’s no liberal media bias? The Associated Press assigns eleven people to fact check Sarah Palin’s new book, but never assigned even one to do the same to anything written by Obama, Biden, the Clintons, or Ted Kennedy.

Hmmm…

* – here’s a take on the current swine flu “epidemic” that I’m sure few were aware of.

* – the “Apology for America’s Existence” tour continues

* – global warming has stagnated? Weird…

Wait – you mean these people might have been wrong or perhaps even holding back data all along? Weird…

* – and now on to the health care portion of our show…

So the Senate voted Saturday night to at least continue to debate about it. Terrific. The vote was completely right down the party lines. Wonderful. Love that bipartisanship. Nice to know that they voted their consciences, not because they were whores who blatantly advertised they could be bought off or anything. Thought the almost-2,000 page House bill was bad? No worries – the Senate bill is even longer!

Just as an aside, look up how long the Constitution is. Why is it the founding document that lays down the framework of an entire country is vastly smaller than a health care bill? I think we need to bring back the Committee of Style

Oh, and don’t worry about the cost. The Senate plan won’t cost over a trillion dollars like all those silly alarmists over on the right are crying about with the House bill. The Senate’s version will only come in at $848 billion. Whew – that’s a load off my mind!

Nothing the Chinese – the largest holder of our debt – would be worried about or anything. 

I’m still trying to figure out why it’s taxing elective cosmetic surgery. I mean, I’m glad it’s not saying that stuff should be covered by insurance plans (as much as I like bigger boobs, I don’t feel like paying for yours), but why the hell should they be taxed more?

And now to respond to some blog postings and responses regarding health care that I’ve seen recently…

One post began with this: “How’s that hypocritcal oath working for ya’ doc? How’s that million dollar home, private schools for your kids, and your private airplane doin’ for ya?”

I did a little checking, and, come to find out, the average doctor’s salary in the United States of America is $122,000 to $211,000. That range of income isn’t even enough to put you Obama’s list of people to get taxed to pay for the health care bill. On the high end, if you’re a particularly skilled physician – you know, like a neurosurgeon – you can make about a half million per annum. For the most part, though, your average family doctor or ER physician – you know, the kind of doctor your average American is most likely to see –  is NOT making enough money to own a million dollar home, private airplane, and/or to send his or her kids to private schools.

More interestingly, in the case of this particular blogger, is the fact that s/he used to be a lawyer. Do lawyers, on the average, make less money than doctors? Yes, they do. In fact, if you’re a first-year lawyer working for a small firm in a small town, you might only pull in about $45,000 a year or so. But, if you’re an experienced lawyer working for a big firm in a place like New York City, your income isn’t all that far behind. The average lawyer’s salary isn’t much lower than the average doc’s, so knock off the hypocrisy, bub. Besides which, who would you rather get paid a lot for their services – somebody who can keep you out of jail, or somebody who can save your life?

Just sayin’…

A response to that post asked if it wasn’t in a doctor’s financial best interests to have patients who were, you know, insured? Well, yes it is. But here’s the thing, whether the patient’s insured or not, the doctor will treat you. S/he is bound by that Hippocratic oath. You cannot be turned away just because you have no insurance. If you are, you have a case for legal recourse. The issue isn’t about health care, it’s about paying for it.

Which brings me to another reply to another post, which essentially asked isn’t it a benefit if health care is cheaper all around? Yes, of course it is. I’d like it to be cheaper, too. But do you really think a plan that’s going to cost us, more or less, $1 trillion dollars is going to reduce costs? C’mon, folks, basic math here. How is this plan going to be paid for? You think it’s only going to paid for by taxes on the rich? You don’t think cuts to existing government health care plans aren’t going to happen? You think your employer isn’t going to get hit with higher taxes? And if your employer is hit with higher taxes, you think your employer won’t look at ways to cut costs to compensate? You think that cost-cutting won’t include employee layoffs? You think you won’t be one of the employees laid off? If you’re out of work, are you going to be able to afford those “lower” health care costs?

But let’s backtrack a step or two. First of all, do you really think, just because you’re not “rich,” that your taxes aren’t going to go up, too? Seriously? When was the last time a politician, from either party, promised you “no new taxes” and then didn’t go back on his or her word? Secondly, do you really think a universal health care plan is going to reduce costs? Let me give you a real-world example of how you’re wrong if you do think that. No, I’m not going to use a British example, or a Canadian example, or a Cuban example. I’m going to an American example. 

What? Huh? Universal health care in America?! 

Yup. Instituted by a Republican, no less.

No WAY!!! 

Way! When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts he instituted a version of universal health care for the state. Among other things, it required people to have health insurance. If you didn’t have it through your work, you had to purchase it on your own. Explain to me how that’s less expensive, especially since most of the people who didn’t have health insurance through their work probably didn’t have it because they only worked part-time or weren’t working at all. After Romney’s plan was implemented, between 2005 and 2007 ER costs in MA rose by 18%

Also notice that another intention of the plan, to reduce visits to the ER, failed.

‘Nuff said.

The aforementioned blogger also said something to the effect that if we had more healthy people in the country, we’d have more taxpayers. That damn near made me snort my morning coffee out my nose! Seriously?! Apparently this individual is unaware of the fact that over 43% of filing “taxpayers” either pay no taxes or actually get money back! I’m pretty sure those 65.6 million people far outnumber the people who aren’t paying taxes because they’re too sick to work. You want more tax money flowing into the governments coffers? Fix that fucking problem!

The last response I’ll address questioned whether or not this proposed health care plan really was socialist or not, and even if it was, so what? Don’t we want to make sure everybody gets good health care and good nutrition and all that wonderful stuff?

Again, you cannot legally be denied health care in this country. It’s not about health care, it’s about health care costs. As far as nutrition and other health-related choices are concerned, they should be exactly that – choices. It’s not like the information isn’t out there already, folks. If you don’t realize that smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, and eating McDonalds 24-7 while sitting on your ass in a Lay-Z Boy all day is bad for you, then you’ve been living under a fucking rock, and you deserve to be fat, weak, have a failing liver, and be riddled with cancer.

More to the point, however, I shouldn’t have to pay to try to save your dumbass life. You made your choices, now you live (or die) with them.

To me, ultimately, it becomes a matter of whether or not you want to live in the United States of America our Founding Fathers envisioned, or in a nanny-state that rules over you with soft tyranny.

Soft tyranny? What’s that? Well, since you asked…

* – finally, I’ll leave you with a picture I recently got from a friend via email:

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Responses

  1. That last picture is priceless right down to the secret service agent in the background.

  2. I saw Carlos Mencia last night talking about the poor in America versus the poor in other parts of the world. Your pic says it all.

  3. I got nothin’ you haven’t already said. You just did it better than me. Good work.


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