Our Health Care Emergency

Make no mistake about it: every one of us is likely to spend the last miserable moments of our lives in a hospital room. It’s not pretty. It ain’t fun. And it sure as hell isn’t cheap.

While there are a lot of good things about the American health care system, let’s not kid ourselves: there’s ample room for improvement.

The list is too long to review in detail, but this is the one thing that I think could be fixed this year, with relative ease, and it would improve our system tremendously: onsite pharmacies where the first prescriptions are included in the general cost of care.

This way, when the patient is discharged, they have at least one cycle of medicine they need to recuperate (be it for a day, a week, or even a month…longer preferably).

Long story short: my mom went to the emergency room, and they kept her overnight for observation. Late the next evening, out of the blue, the nurse walks in and tells her she can go home. So they give her a list of medications to buy…all of them abominably expensive for a retired beautician…and send her on her merry way.

Now she has to drive clear the fuck across town, late at night, to try to buy life preserving prescriptions. And to make matters worse, the pharmacy would not be able to fill the order until noon of the next day.

And here’s a kicker: she was supposed to take one of those drugs that very night upon release, per the doctor’s specific instructions. But she didn’t, because she couldn’t.

This is horseshit. This has to be one of the god-damned dumbest things I’ve ever seen, and I know it’s been going on forever.

Also, “Part D Medicare” is a fucking crime against humanity. I can’t think of any logical reason to break those payments off into separate payment plans other than it somehow benefits Big Pharma.

We pay into Medicare all of our fucking lives, yet once we retire and start receiving our Social Security checks, the fuckers deduct Medicare from the benefits.

What the fucking hell?

I’m so mad…it would probably constitute a crime if I wrote just how fucking mad I am, but suffice it to say, I am mad. Seeing red.

The time for change is now.

Fascists, Filibusters, and Floyd

Mandatory Credit: Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10669441e) A view of a graffito produced by painter Fouad Hachmi and his crew ‘CNN199’ paying homage to George Floyd and all the victims of police blunders in Grimbergen, Belgium, 04 June 2020. The artist names of the crew members are EXOM, HMI, AZE, MESK, DOUÉ. Fresco paying tribute to George Floyd, Brussels, Belgium – 04 Jun 2020

Quick post. A “proof of life” screed from the master of ceremonies, me.

Fascists:

Make no mistake about it, the Republican party is fascist. They aren’t drifting toward fascism; they’re already there.

Filibuster:

It’s comforting to know, and to see, every opinion writer with a pulse is urging President Biden and the Democrats to end the filibuster and pass the latest voting rights bill.

Maybe the Dems are holding off to build up the drama, or maybe a few Dems (Manchen & Sinema) are paying lip-service to their base, or maybe a few congressional Democrats are too butt-stupid to see the urgency of the moment….

But it has become abundantly clear that the Republicans do not give a rat’s ass about democracy, or equal representation by way of free and fair voting, and we have to do something about it, now.

If we don’t legislatively punch those fuckers in the nose right now and make sure everybody who wants to vote, can vote…we may never get another chance.

And there is absolutely zero hyperbole in that assessment.

Floyd:

If one lone, lunatic, imbecilic juror decides to rule that Officer Derek Chauvin is innocent of the murder that he committed with a smile on his face for the camera, then a significant area of Minneapolis is going to go up in flames and every Molotov cocktail will be justified.

If Chauvin gets anything less than ten years (he should get forty) then there is no justice in Minneapolis, and all bets are off.

The Tell of Fascism

There are many aspects of fascism, some glaringly obvious, others less so. But one of the most pervasive factors–if not at times the most innocuous–is minority rule.

Fascists are very rarely given control. Fascists take control.

So it’s not exactly a head-scratcher to see how differently the Democrats and Republicans are reacting, legislatively, to the loss of the Orange Baboon King.

Democrats are seeking to make it easier and safer for everybody to vote.

Republicans are in overdrive trying to make it harder.

Quote of the Year:

It is a contradiction to say we must protect minority rights in the Senate while refusing to protect minority rights in the society.”

— Senator Warnoff, GA, March 19, 2021

The SOP of the GOP

Leave it to the Republicans and their noise machines to revert to old tactics when things are going good and getting better under Democratic leadership.

Seems we have a crisis at the border again due to President Biden’s “open border” policy. The thing is, Biden doesn’t have an “open border” policy.

According to Fox News, it’s worse than a crises: it’s an emergency.

Living a scant sixty (60) miles from the Mexican border, this comes as a surprise to me.

And to make matters all the more ridiculous, Fox is intent on sharing footage of dirt poor Hispanic mothers, often with infants in their arms and toddlers in tow while commenting how dangerous they are to the tune of ominous background music.

Relief checks are in the mail for millions of Americans suffering from the economic side-effects of the pandemic…checks that not one single Republican supported sending…and all Fox and its echo chamber has is footage of desperate Hispanic families fleeing to America for their lives.

I hate Republicans with a passion.

The Evil GOP

I’m afraid there’s no other way to accurately describe them. The GOP is evil. Perhaps a light, somewhat passive form of evil, but evil all the same. They serve themselves and their masters, and everybody else can just rot.

It can’t get much more serious than this. War would be more serious than a pandemic, but it would be a hell of a war to kill half a million people in the span of one year, like the pandemic did. And the Republicans basically did nothing.

In many ways, the Republicans did worse than nothing: they actively resisted any common-sense measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

They opened their states early, declared victory, and blamed “illegals” when the virus predictably began to spread more aggressively.

They actively resisted any coordinated nation-wide strategy, which was really the only effective way to fight Covid seriously.

And now, with the advent of a vaccine and millions being inoculated every day, Texas and Mississippi decided to reopen their states without restriction and to do away with the mask mandate…which they were never really enforcing anyway.

Just when things are starting to curve for the better, those assholes toss another monkey wrench into the works for good measure. The malice!

And they’ll blame Biden for the additional deaths, of course.

That’s evil.

I tune into Fox News once in a while to see if they’re still the stupid, lying, Republican propaganda mill that they’ve always been. They are.

Everyone on Fox is shit except for Juan Williams and maybe Donna Brazile (whom we never see)…but the worst of the worst has to be Laura Ingraham. There is a malicious arrogance about the woman that oozes wickedness.

She’s lying, and she knows it, and she thinks it’s funny as hell. She’s constantly telling her audience how badly the Democrats want to ruin their lives. It’s pure demonization, which accounts for half of all Fox News’ content.

And now that we’re trying to pass legislation for Covid relief, what are the Republicans doing? You guessed it, they’re gumming up the works any and every way they can.

They had the temerity to insist that the bill be read aloud on the Senate floor, then they had the audacity to ask if they could adjourn early because they spent the day reading the bill.

Swear to God, if America goes to war, we’re in trouble, because the Republicans have clearly demonstrated that they’re for sale to the highest bidder, and if our enemies outbid us, we’re screwed.

…When They’re Not Around

One of my favorite quotes which I attribute to the great Charles Bukowski:

I don’t hate people; I just feel better when they’re not around.”

I’m in a serious people-hating mood right now. As of late, it seems that regardless of what I do, whether in real life or on the internet, I cross paths with some colossal jerks who always get the best of me. It hurts.

Here’s the story: I strongly believe a certain neighbor of mine—a weirdo teenager—is trespassing on our property and fucking around with us. He steals things, sometimes. Sometimes he just moves shit around. Usually he just seems to be fucking with us for the fun of it.

But I’m not 100% sure it’s the weird teenager, so I’m trying to keep myself in check. It’s just that I’m pretty sure it’s him, because I literally can’t see anyone else getting a thrill out of doing that shit. He’s got the motive—he’s a punk weirdo kid with nothing else going on. And he’s got the opportunity—he lives right next door and can see where we are at a glance.

Anyway….

I went to Metafilter to ask for help. In the past, it’s been pretty helpful, but there are an assortment of trolls on that website that I dread and, sure as shit, the trolls came out, made the whole post about how stupid I was, and got the thread deleted. Out of about 28 replies, most were helpful, some were skeptical, two of them offered helpful links, and at least two of them actually sided with the little weirdo that I suspect of the abuse.

And one of them basically insulted me for daring to suspect anything was wrong at all.

I couldn’t believe it. I knew there would be one or two dickheads, because there always are on Metafilter, but I never thought it would be to that extent.

Metafilter basically panders to trolls. It does so because I suspect that the founders and the operators of that site are trolls themselves.

So they took my question down. The trolls are still there. I’m not.

And I’ve just lost all faith in humanity.

A part of me wants so desperately to help the world and everyone in it. I’ve strongly considered getting into politics, because who knows? I might be good at it. Because I care. I want to help the world. I want to help my people.

But then shit like this happens, and all of my magnanimity and emotional largess for the small, embattled people of the world just goes up in smoke.

Why bother? Why even fucking bother?

Life hurts, and for the most part, humans just make matters worse.

On the plus side: I saw a nine year old Kaley Cuoco playing the imaginary seven year old daughter of Shelly Tambo on Northern Exposure this morning.

People generally suck, but at least life is still filled with pleasant surprises.

Just Following Orders

Today, congress started their investigation into what happened at the Capitol on January 6th. Already, there are conflicting stories. Seems with how things are done at that level of government, there should be a ton of corroborating evidence, but maybe congress doesn’t want to dig that deep. For instance, in the course of the testimony, someone mentioned that “a memo was written” regarding the situation, but nobody asked who exactly wrote the memo.

I do know this, and it makes me sick: the longer this investigation goes on, the more clear it will be that people in high positions of authority had a lot more to do with what happened than they’re willing to admit.

And they were either Republicans, or full-blown Trumpies.

I also know that the higher the investigation climbs up the responsibility ladder, the more resistant the Republicans will be to uncovering the unvarnished truth. They are ready, willing, and able to pull some really dirty shit to keep the facts under wraps.

We have an entire, powerful political party that does not believe in government, and sees no problem with undermining its effectiveness. They’re called Republicans.

It’s a party that has chosen to embrace the likes of Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh and to call anybody who stands opposed to them “a traitor” and “unAmerican.”

This is going to go on for a long time, I’m afraid.

It will probably outlive me.

And that hurts.

Rush was Scum

And so are Republicans.

I just happened upon today’s episode of Fox News’ Outnumbered and spent about five nauseating minutes watching it in disbelief.

Couldn’t believe it.

They took the left’s honest, truthful, and factual criticism of Rush Limbaugh’s life and legacy and twisted it into an uncalled for, frontal attack against all American conservatives.

Okay. Fine with me. So be it.

If you mean-ass dumb fuckers want to wear the golden cross of Rush Limbaugh on a silver chain around your necks, go right ahead.

It’s nothing but further verification that the lot of Republicans are lying, bigoted, dirty fuckers…just like Rush.

And it comes by their own admission.

Rush Limbaugh is Dead

And the world is better for it.

Today, millions of Tweeters and bloggers are jotting down their loathing for the fat, hate-radio icon, so I’ll keep this brief and personal.

I can’t say I remember exactly how I felt when Rush Limbaugh first cast his shadow over my life, but I know it was about thirty years ago, and I’m pretty sure I thought something like “Can he say that? That’s not true.”

Rush is one of those pioneer conservatives who managed to turn the truth into an opinion. He existed to do one thing, and one thing only: demonize liberals.

In fact, in the early 1990’s, Rush had been so successful in demonizing the word “liberal” that we liberals had to start calling ourselves “progressives” instead.

I remember he had a television show for a while, but I don’t think it lasted very long because it quickly reached a point where he wouldn’t let anybody on who disagreed with him, and after that he just wanted the spotlight all to himself.

Though I didn’t have cable television, I somehow managed to see the episode where he implied that Chelsea Clinton was the new White House dog. I was stunned by the cruelty. At first, Rush tried to pass it off as a technical glitch, but later he actually bragged about it.

There finally came a time where Rush couldn’t have guests, and he couldn’t have an audience either, due to the disruptions of the protestors.

I distinctly remember watching one of his final television episodes. When Rush finished his opening monologue and cut to commercial, I remember seeing the camera cut from Rush at his desk and pan to the audience, and there was nothing to see but a studio filled with empty seats.

Rush was very proud of being able to say anything he wanted, mainly because he knew he’d get away with it, primarily because it was exactly what all rich, white men thought. It was also what poor white men thought, but that wasn’t a crucial matter, really, except in terms of ratings.

If Rush had ever turned coat and started waylaying on the rich in the same way he constantly attacked liberals, his career would have ended quickly.

Then there was the time when I was watching Rush with a gay conservative Republican friend—a demographic that completely baffles me—and while he was defending Rush and saying he was just joking around, Rush reminisced about the time a group of gay men infiltrated his audience and in the midst of the show, stood up and turned their backs on him.

Typical Rush, like a playground bully pantomiming his victims, Rush stood up, turned his back to the camera, and started waving his ass around. “See, for homosexuals, this is a compliment.”

Examples of Rush’s outrageous behavior are legion. I’m sure it could fill a book. 800 pages, abridged. But of all his nastiness, the slight I remember most came on the day that Jerry Garcia died. Jerry, of the Grateful Dead. A beautiful man. Humble, unassuming. He spent his life being happy by playing his guitar to make others happy.

Yet, never passing up an opportunity to shit on the artistic liberals, Rush opined, “When you strip it all away, Jerry Garcia destroyed his life on drugs. And yet he’s being honored, like some godlike figure. Our priorities are out of whack, folks.

“He’s just another dead doper. And a dirt bag.”

I’ve heard that Rush’s radio show was so popular that you couldn’t go anywhere in the United States without hearing it. And I’m not so sure that popular is the right word here, unless you consider propaganda to be popular. Widespread would be more apt.

In one of his final affronts to decency, Rush popularized—if he didn’t indeed invent—the malicious “Joe & the Hoe” slur during the 2020 elections. It spread widely, thanks to Rush’s market share.

But that’s about enough of Rushie poo. About 700 words too much, really.

Rush was an asshole. That’s all anybody really needs to know. And now the fat fascist fucker is dead. Party time.

In closing I want to point out that the following test is 99% accurate regarding a person’s character:

If they eulogize Rush Limbaugh, they’re probably assholes.