I was having lunch with my friend Luke today at the Steak Buffet when another friend at our table suddenly started laughing. He pointed out the window to the Donut Hole sign, and all three of us instantly started laughing. If you don't get it, rent The Empire Strikes Back. If you do...welcome, fellow geek!
This reminds me of a post from a long time ago, when I had an R2-D2 sighting in downtown Bismarck.
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This weekend I got a call from an activist pushing "health care reform" from phone number 701-255-2346. A few minutes of backtracking told me that it's a personal residential number as well as the owner's name and address, but I'm not going to post that information. In any case, the call went something like this:
Activist: Some nonsensical blather about compassionate health care, complete with skewed 'statistics', then: "What do you think about health care in America?"
Me: I think that the people who claim they want "national health care" or "socialized medicine" or "health care for everyone" don't want socialized medicine. They don't want nationalized medicine. They want what we have RIGHT NOW, except they want it for free. And that's not what they're going to get if the government is put in charge of it!
Activist: Oh, so you think that people who don't have health care are lazy?
Activist: You don't?
Me: No. But you accuse me of making assumptions of people, but you are the one making assumptions about me.
Activist: So what do you think?
Me: I think I'm on a cell phone, I don't know how you got this number, and I don't want to waste my air time arguing with you. Have a nice day.
It's always instructive to watch liberals engage in exactly the kind of behavior they attribute to, well, anyone who doesn't agree with them. Here's a guy who accuses me of stereotyping "poor people" (when that's not the sole demographic of America's uninsured) while blatantly stereotyping me. Simply because I don't want government health care.
Then there's the example of the rocket scientist whose window appears in the photo above. I drove past this house this weekend, saw an old couple in the yard, and saw the signs in the window. The two cars outside were smeared with all sorts of bumper stickers for Obama and state & local Democrat candidates. The sign in the window wants "Health Care for America NOW!" but I doubt the old codger has taken even an instant to think of what that means for him.
Look at these nations with "free" socialized/nationalized medicine such as Canada and the UK. They're rationing care based on "merit". Who decides the merit? The government, not the patient. That means people who engage in certain behaviors, have certain medical conditions, or are elderly have a good chance of being sent home from the clinic or hospital so someone more likely to have a better outcome can receive medical resources instead.
From the look of the guy who put these signs in his window, he's past the prime age for any sort of nationalized health care. But obviously a habitual Democrat voter, despite their inability to make good on any promise they've made to any of the victim groups to which they pander every election cycle, he's been brainwashed into toeing the party line. Right now the party line is government interference in health care, and he's sold on it. The sad truth is, should it be implemented, he's going to me among the first to be denied care when resources are short.
I knew a guy who went to a hospital in Canada. By the time the months went by and they decided to maybe treat his brain tumor, he was dead. I've heard Canadians implore the USA not to enact government health care because, "where will we Canadians go to get treated?" They also pass along their thanks, because we spend all the money to develop new medications, and then they get them for free while we bear the burden!
yes, that's right: health care and medication costs fund research and development. We pay more for our medicine here because medicine is expensive to invent. Those costs must be recovered. Canada, however, has put into effect price controls on those medicines due to their national health care system. That means the USA must pay more for the same medicines; after all, the drug companies have to pay their bills.
If prices are "controlled" here in the USA, you can expect the research and develpment to STOP. It happened several years ago with the flu vaccine: the Clinton administration forced the prices down so low that companies quit making the vaccine! Then, when there was a breakout of the flu, there were no vaccines. They had to be imported, and there was a shortage. Expect a lot more of that.
Like I told that guy on the phone, people don't want government health care. Even those who say they do actually want today's health care system, with its innovation, convenience, and technology...but they want "the government" to provide it. That ain't gonna happen.
Regardless of whatever sort of term you want to apply to it, government-run health care is a horrible idea. If people such as the guy calling from his home phone or the fella with his sticker collection and signs in his window would realize what's going to happen... heck, what has happened when socialized medicine has been enacted, they'd change their minds. We don't need to follow Canada's or Europe's horrible example.
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I hope I'm not the only one who noticed that yesterday's puffy white clouds, adrift in a sea of blue, looked as if they'd been painted? They were perfect! The Bible says that God's truth and His faithfulness reach unto the clouds, as well as His mercy reaching above the heavens.
Naturally, I did whatever any imaginative guy would do with yesterday's skies: I got out and played beneath them! I spent much of the day with my little toddlers, some with my camera, and a little of both. It's rainy and gray right now as I look out my office window, but that's okay too. I'm just glad I was able to enjoy the brilliant blue and warm sunshine Saturday had to offer. I hope you were too.
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I was minding my own business on south Washington Street when I noticed this doe stepping out of the trees beside the road. Having my camera handy, I stopped to take a few photos before she got nervous and sauntered back into the cover of the tree row. It's cool how we have wildlife all around us here in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Yesterday I saw four Great Blue Herons, although I didn't get a decent shot of any of them. They're way too nervous; it's almost impossible to get near them!
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No, I don't number them sequential. I lost track of where I was in my Fallen Farm series of photos, so instead I decided to use the number of the actual exposure. It's much easier that way.
This barn sits south of Glen Ullin, but I can't remember how far. It may actually be closer to Elgin. In any case, it isn't far from where a friend and I managed to take a pheasant straight through the grille of the Subaru at highway speed. Bummer. We got plenty of amazing photos along the way, however.
It almost seems weird to post a photo with snow in it, but according to the National Weather Service we are in for some more of the white stuff tonight. Early in the day today I checked the forecast page to see total snow accumulations predicted at up to one inch. Later in the day it had been revised to "one to three inches." Now I see that they're back to the "up to one inch" prediction. Does that put us over the record? I sure hope so.
A friend's brother talked to a guy in the Dickinson area that reads onions to predict the weather. According to this guy, he has nailed EVERY major snow event in Dickinson this year. He also claims that we're in for a fantastic blizzard "next weekend." I don't know the exact time this conversation took place, so I don't know if he means the weekend that's approaching us now (April 25th-26th) or the next one (May 2nd-3rd). I wonder if he'll be right? I mean, whoever heard of the National Weather Service being wrong?
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