Worth a thousand words…

January 12, 2014



Dealing with Loved Ones

November 21, 2013

If you believe that someone you love is doing something that will bring them serious harm, what do you do? You recognize, assuming they are adult, their absolute right of self-determination. You recognize their beliefs don’t align with your own. For that matter, an ever-growing number of peoples’ opinions on the matter don’t even come close to yours. They used to. But, not these days. Your way of looking at it is deemed outdated and old fashioned at best. We’ll leave less charitable assessments for later. Still, you don’t see it ending well. You even recognize that you are looking much further down the road than they have even considered; perhaps further than your loved-one may think matters. Do you mind your own business? How convinced are you of a negative outcome? How negative to you think the outcome is likely to be? How permanent? You know from observation that the other is highly invested in the track they are on. You know from past experience that effective persuasion on the subject is mostly already countered by a made-up mind. You easily understand how convictions work; you have your own. So, what do you do?

Work it Out

November 16, 2013

I have a plan. The plan involves the doctors who are being dropped as approved providers from the “Obama care” rolls by the various insurance companies. The plan also involves the individuals who are being notified daily that their now “illegal” plans are being cancelled by their various insurance companies who doing their best to figure out what the unintelligible “Obama care” legislation means. It’s not just the two thousand-odd pages of the original bill; it’s the tens of thousands of pages of unaccountable bureaucratic “regulations” authorized under the original bill. The Congress doesn’t know what it means. We aren’t meant to know what it means. The aim is to make it clear that if you want to live, you need to kowtow to the establishment.
We have thousands of doctors who are being booted out of the system.
We have hundreds of thousands of individuals who are being booted out of the system.
The system is corrupt.
So, my plan:
Let the thousands of doctors who are booted out of the system and the hundreds of thousands who are without insurance eschew the corrupt system. Let the booted doctors take in the cancelled individuals as regular customers. Let them pay in cash, or chickens, or whatever the two of them can agree upon. Let the free market consisting of these two rejected groups set the going rate. Let those who have been rejected by the government-approved system rejoice. The real problem is the notion that anyone should follow the ridiculous government plan. Just don’t do it.
Think back to the endless hours you have spent trying to satisfy the inscrutable rules of your insurance company. What were you trying to accomplish? Simply to retrieve some of the dollars you had previously paid in to them to cover a necessary medical charge.
What about you doctors? How have you set your rates? Have you not set a rate higher than would be necessary if the insurance companies/government paid the actual costs of the service for all your customers?
To me, this looks like a golden opportunity. The government has created a system that has excluded many. Embrace the rejection. Forget the government. Create a reasonable market.

Where do You Suppose?

October 14, 2013

I keep working, thankfully. Taxes keep being withheld from my income. Presumably it goes to the government which has legislated that it be so.

But, the government is “shut down”.

Apparently my input isn’t enough to keep it running.

Make the government smaller. We’ll both be on the same page.

I couldn’t be more livid

October 2, 2013

At the bottom of this post is a link to an article pointing out the Obama administration’s “policy” of disrespecting WWII Veterans. I am sickened that he can even reconcile this behavior. It comes from the pit of hell. My uncle John was killed in France during the advance after Normandy. I have a personal stake in this argument. That the White House would use an unattended open air memorial to advance its Marxist agenda without public outcry is a sad commentary of how far we have sunk from the ideals of our founders. Why would we suffer such disrespect of our heroes?


Me Too!

September 13, 2013

I got the owl to answer my calls as well. Perhaps he’s not so discriminating after all. Wonder what he thinks? What is the deal with these people anyway? Don’t they ever let their tasty cats outside?

Wife calls owl

September 13, 2013

Hoo-Hoo, my wife manages to call the owl. Pretty soon, he ends up on the peak of my barn. I don’t blame the owl. I also come when she calls. She is magnificent, and I am a lucky fellow.


September 12, 2013

Sort of.  That’s the sound coming from the giant owl perched on my barn.  His wingspan must be close to six feet.  He’s been hanging around for close to a week.  The work of the creator is magnificent! Just don’t let any small mammals outside.

What to do?

September 2, 2013

If you have been reading the news the last couple of weeks, you will have been told that the regime of Assad in Syria is probably responsible for chemical attacks on innocent civilians, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocents including many children. There is no condemnation sufficient to address this atrocity.
The “opposition” is backed by Al Qaeda, a proven ruthless enemy of our nation. Murderers of thousands of innocent Americans. Sworn to attack us to extinction. No thinking person in the U.S doubts this.
So, what is the U.S. to do?
The current administration thinks the right thing to do is send Assad a message that it is unacceptable to kill thousands of innocents.
Hard to argue with this sentiment, on the surface.
But, attacking Assad, advances the agenda of Al Qaeda, and fails to help the innocents who have been attacked.
Therefore, unless and until someone can show me a compelling strategy that actually helps the innocents who are suffering in this Syrian civil war, I maintain my stance that the only moral alternative is for the U.S. to stay out of it.
The likelihood that this whole scenario is carefully engineered to drive us closer to the aims of those who want to dominate the planet through financial means is too hard for me to discount.
Go ahead and believe that this current administration is living up to its promise of transparency if you want to, but, so far, I have seen no evidence in that direction.

It’s historic!

August 30, 2013

Liberal-leaning individuals and those best characterized as dyed-in-the-wool conservatives overwhelmingly agree; We should do nothing – absolutely nothing – in Syria. Who cares if the red-line-drawer-in-Chief loses some face?