Archive for July 29th, 2013

At Least He Didn’t Call Them Wetbacks

Monday, July 29th, 2013

“For every one (young Hispanic) who’s a valedictorian, there’s another hundred out there who weigh a hundred and thirty pounds—and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling seventy-five pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

–Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) July 18, 2013

Rep. Steve King is, uh, refreshing. In an age when all of our politicians have perfect hair, gleaming teeth, and smiling sound bites, King is a great example of good-ol’-boy, white trash with hayseeds in his ears.  He’s the most outspoken critic of immigration in the Republican Party and he’s been re-elected in Iowa 5-times.

Republican leaders who chew with their mouths closed were embarrassed by his dumb comments.  They know if their party ever wants to be anything other than a bunch of backseat obstructionists, they must be at least a little sensitive to Hispanic-Americans.  Many may feel the same way as King but they know better than to sound like 1950’s Southern politicians stumbling over the word “Nigras.”

King’s “facts” have been disputed here by people who do not suffer nitwits well.

Take Two Aspirin And Don’t Call Me Again

Monday, July 29th, 2013

"We just had oral sex but I think I'm pregnant."

The next time you go to a doctor’s office, look around the waiting room. About one out of four of the patients has absolutely nothing wrong with him.  He comes from a massive group of hypochondriacs the medical profession calls “The Worried-Well.”  He doesn’t have a significant ache, pain, cough, twinge. rash, lump, fever, itch, sore, food intolerance, infection or disease.  He stresses over maladies he made up in his mind  – sometimes even producing physical symptoms which confirm his fears.

The Worried Well want doctors to give them scripts, shots, pills, tests, scans, and anything else the medical profession has to prove that something’s wrong with them.  They’ve already diagnosed themselves from rumors, old wives tales, the evening news, and internet self-diagnostic sites.  And if doctors miss a serious illness, their medical malpractice insurance will hit them like a heart attack.

How does this affect you?  Besides rocketing your health care premiums, programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare could topple into insolvency from the burden of unnecessary claims.  Sadly millions of lonely people, many of them seniors, know their doctors will talk to them – usually without a charge. How can we change this situation in a humane way?

I have no idea.