HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR PRESIDENT! (Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country!)

To my Constant Readers, I do apologize for my unannounced hiatus. It’s been two whole weeks and I managed to break out of the habit of blogging. I needed a break, though. I just couldn’t stand reading the news and to tell the truth I’ve felt what I’ve been writing was getting stale. I’ve been soaking my head in the clear waters of the no-media zone and it felt so good. Especially since I just dunked my head in teh internets and now I feel all dirty.

Let’s start off with a nice fresh chunk of ick; the video of the crazy birther woman shrieking at her congressman is apparently part of a larger movement called ‘operation embarass your congressman‘. Though this should probably be called ‘operation embarass yourself’, it should come as no shock that conservatives aren’t very good at naming things. After all, these are the people who were proud to call themselves ‘teabaggers’ without a hint of irony. Considering the preponderance of homophobia on their side of the boat, it is suitably ludicrous. The irony, however, is much less funny; not so very long ago these were the folks calling people like me ‘traitors’ for daring to question the wisdom of, say, going to war in Iraq. For me, it feels like quite recent history that these were the same people who were crying that in times of crisis the American people must stay united. Now, when the eight years of seriously poor choices they foisted upon the republic have strained the nation into a deep crisis, they are being insanely divisive and calling it patriotism. The problems we have in this nation are deep, make no mistake about it. In fact, they are so deep that if you’re reading this you don’t need me to tell you how bad it is. Shrieking hateful nonsense in public and spreading slanderous rumors certainly isn’t helpful to say the least. It is, however, the kind of demented spitefulness emblematic of petty lunatic children playing with dangerous toys. 

Today I had a nice close up look at the problems of the uninsured. Julia just started a new job and I’m her ride. She hasn’t been feeling well, and today she was throwing up in the car on the way to work. It’s only her sixth day, so she insisted on going in but I ended up coming and getting her around 10:30 and taking her to the emergency room. She was discharged around 2, which actually was surprisingly quick. However, they didn’t know what was wrong but had perscribed some muscle relaxants and anti-nausea meds. I took her home and went and filled her perscriptions; a half hour and a hundred dollars later I had some pills. She’s been throwing up all night. I have no idea what the actual hospital visit cost. She had a kidney infection about three months ago which hospitalized her for about three days and ran $13,000, $5,000 of which paid for her meds. I’m actually quite worried about her.

***update***
The meds are working. She slept for a little while and is now up and enjoying chicken broth and ginger ale. Of course, there’s an old Cherokee herb I keep around the house that has both anti-nausea and appetite stimulant  properties that may have helped a bit as well.

It’s good to be back. I missed you guys.

10 Responses to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR PRESIDENT! (Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country!)”

  1. Oh I do hope she’s feeling better – hopefully this is only something in passing. Sending my positive thoughts for healing/recovery for your friend.

    How do right-wingers fail to see the logic that not allowing everyone decent healthcare as a public health issue? When people feel forced to work despite being sick it lowers productivity and spread to others!
    But then again I’m one of those bleeding hearts that thinks healthcare should be a right not a privilege…

  2. Lily-
    They don’t see logic. They see the scary black man surrounded by all of the hate-filled liberals and satanic Islamisicts who are scheming to steal their pocket change and sleep with their daughters. They are past rationality. Talking to conservatives about health care reform is like being in a burning building with someone who won’t leave because they keep insisting that fire has served mankind for uncounted millenia and besides, isn’t it kind of chilly in here?

    Julia is feeling better this morning, which is good because it’s her birthday!
    Winston

  3. oh look! there you are!

    happy birthday julia! :

  4. Yes! I’m alive! I missed you guys…

  5. Winston,

    Welcome back. Bear in mind that I live vicariously through your rants and rely heavily on them for my entertainment. Do not disappoint me again. (Also glad Julia’s feeling better–kidney infections suck terribly.)

    I don’t blame you one bit for keeping away from the news–with the exception of one very nice man who brought a couple of young women back to their families it hasn’t been so good. There’s a weird vibe in the air right now–something ugly’s being carried on the wind and it almost nauseates me to think about it. (Or I have the flu.) I don’t know what it is, but something tells me how we behave as a people in these next couple of years is extremely critical to our prosperity and our democracy. And it could all tip over so very easily.

    I hope it doesn’t.

  6. Healing Vermont vibes to Julia! Ginger tea is also a good alternative to the ginger ale – less sugar and more potent.

  7. “They don’t see logic. They see the scary black man surrounded by all of the hate-filled liberals and satanic Islamisicts who are scheming to steal their pocket change and sleep with their daughters.”

    A ridiculous stereotype for people who are fed up with both sides of aisle. Your blogs are intelligent and thoughtful, which is why I’m actually shocked to see such a broad generalization. Why is it necessary you make the outrageous claim that those who disagree with our president are racists? Said claims only fan the flames that are attempting to squelch dissent in our country. Dissent which is necessary to a functioning democracy.

    Of course it is only human nature to categorize and compartmentalize people of similar attributes (conservative, liberal, etc…). And of course you know the same thought processes were what placed a label on an entire group of people, who’s plight has obviously and only recently fully come to fruition this past election season.

  8. Huck-
    How is the weather on the planet where you live? Here on Earth, things are getting warmer. I note you neglected to include this part of my comment in your quote, which is too bad, as I think it is the key to understanding my position:
    “Talking to conservatives about health care reform is like being in a burning building with someone who won’t leave because they keep insisting that fire has served mankind for uncounted millenia and besides, isn’t it kind of chilly in here?”
    So, what is it exactly that you disagree with our President about? Please be specific; accusations of ‘socialism’, non-native birth, or a hidden agenda to kill the elderly and handicapped among us will be roundly mocked.
    -Tom Sawyer

  9. “How is the weather on the planet where you live? Here on Earth, things are getting warmer”

    It became clear when you wrote that, above all other things, that you are already unwilling to hear me out, I’ve opened my mouth in a voice of opposition and suddenly I’m way out there. But for the sake of inspired conversation I will bite. I’m responding to your allegations that those of us that disagree with the President belong in a broad category of narrow-minded racists who are obstructive to any efforts to fix America’s mounting problems.

    I can see you’ve brought out the usual list of cliche’s, “accusations of ’socialism’, non-native birth, or a hidden agenda to kill the elderly and handicapped”. I’m not going to fall into that because frankly I thought you better, I know I am. You never rebuked my point, you merely brought up a new one more favorable to your opinions, let’s finish what we’ve started before we move on. Let me ask you.

    Why do you feel that those who disagree with the president belong in a category or stereotype attached to such hateful imagery?

  10. Huck, your response can be found here.

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