A Nurse With Attitude

Where Dark Cynical Humor, Nursing Issues, and Politics Seem to Merge

Archive for the month “June, 2012”

You really need to be on food stamps…

 …so says the Federal Government.

More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll. The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics.

The department is spending between $2.5 million and $3 million on paid spots, and free public service announcements are also airing. The campaign can be heard in California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and the New York metro area.

That’s right. You may be eligible to become dependent. Find out now!


On a slightly different note;  The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is quite pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, when I was camping in Montana, I noticed a sign put up by the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals” because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves,  I kid you not!

A bit of Irony don’t ya think?


Obamacare is the new law of the land!

 The Obama health care insurance plan passes muster with the United States Supreme court.  Judge Roberts makes his vote and he makes a fair point.   And as a conservative and a Libertarian, I just happen to agree with Judge Roberts.  This is Roberts from today’s opinion regarding the constitutionality of Obamacare…

“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

Obama beat McCain by a very large margin in 08′. Americans gave Democrats their House and Senate majorities.  Americans made their political choice.  Elections matter and Americans have just the government they deserve.

I agree, and I say let’s fix that this fall.

I love my Truck

 I was working in the South wing OR the other night. The surgeon was ranting about his “crappy truck”.  After a brief discussion, I found out that the circulator and the scrub also had Toyota trucks.  Out of four of us, am I the only one happy with his truck?  They all had newer trucks.  I’ve got an old 2003 Toyota truck.  It’s well used and obviously a work truck.  My friends ask why I don’t get something new, more efficient with  better gas mileage.  I’ll tell you, I love my truck. It just happens to be the last of the trucks produced totally in Japan.  In 2004,  all theToyota trucks were brought to America  and “assembled” in Birmingham, Alabama.  Needless to say, the quality immediately took a serious dive.  I really like a vehicle that doesn’t cause maintenance headaches.  That’s the reason that I keep this truck.  All I do is change the oil and put gas in it… that’s all!  I love it.  American cars… well, let’s just say that you have to keep a wrench to them to keep them running and still you had better have a good roadside assistance insurance.  I once was a GMAC mechanic,  in my younger years.  I know my way around the engine compartment,  and I recognize quality.  As a point of pride, I would really love to own and drive a totally American product.  If I couldn’t do that, then I’d love to own a product that was, at least, built in America.  Unfortunately,  the Americans that build the cars… well, I mean the American Unionized labor that build the cars,  don’t care about quality.  They care about their pension fund, their vacation, their holidays, their labor rights, their seniority,  their pay, and a whole host of things other than quality of their product.  It’s really sad,  that as a patriotic American, I can’t actually brag that I drive a real American car.  On the other hand, I don’t get a government check, and I have bills to pay.  When it comes to getting out of the snow in the Winter, and getting to work on time, my first priority in an automobile is dependability.  I can only wish it that it could be the product of an American.


On a lighter note, here’s a couple of  jokes  my Uncle Lency  sent me;

#1   A young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!”

Bubba replied, “Did y’all see who it was?”

The young man answered, “I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”

#2    Did You Know This About Leather Dresses?

Do you know that when a woman wears a leather dress,  a man’s heart beats quicker,  his throat gets dry ,  he gets weak in the knees,  and he thinks irrationally ?

Ever wonder why?

It’s because she smells  like a  New Truck !

Hump Day Humor

 On consulting the physicians about the new Obama health care package, obviously, they all didn’t agree.  Here’s what they had to say on the topic.

The American Medical Association has weighed in on Obama’s new health care package. The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve. Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the Pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!” The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow. The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would “put a whole new face on the matter”. The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no. In the end, the Proctologists simply gave up and decided to just leave the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.

Retirement Plan

 Lets say you’re a sick senior citizen, and lets you have no insurance,  and your home mortgage is underwater, and you have no money.  You desperately need healthcare.  The government says there is no nursing home available for you. So what do you do?

Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot four Politicians.
Of course, this means you will be sent directly to prison where you will get three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating, air conditioning and all the health care you need!

Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That’s great. Need a new hip, knees, kidney, lungs or heart? They’re all covered 100 percent !

As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now.

And who will be paying for all of this? It’s the same government that just told you that you they cannot afford for you to go into a home or get health care.

And you can get rid of 4 useless politicians while you are at it.

Plus, and because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income taxes anymore.

Is this a great country or what?


Presidential Firsts


The older I get, the more I appreciate people who speak the truth, speak it plainly, and speak it unapologetically.


Obama has been a true President to make history.  Contrary to what most liberals will say, the history that Obama has made may not what they actually want.  Here’s a list of recorded Obama firsts…

First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of theUnited States.

First President to violate the War Powers Act.

First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.

First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there were no actual jobs created.

First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.

First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across theU.S., including those with criminal convictions.

First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space by defunding NASA.

First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

First President to tell a major manufacturing company (Boeing) in which State they are allowed to locate a factory.

First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years before he even took office.

First President to fire the inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

First President to appoint 45 czars to replace the same elected officials in his office.

First President to publically and unapologetically announce that he had used cocaine on a regular basis.

First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.

First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing to earn it.

First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’-including bowing to foreign rulers.

First President to go on 17 separate lavish vacations paid for by the taxpayer.

First President to say thatAmericawas not a Christian nation.

First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) just for his wife.

First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.


I’m sure that there are more, but this is all I could come up with on short notice.



“I Work.
I Pay Taxes.
I Do Not Receive A Government Check.
I Am The 49%”


I know that this is a pretty lame posting. But, I’m on vacation. This pic just happens to be the view from the front porch of my father-in-law’s house of which I’m staying the next two days. Pretty nice, relaxing, and peaceful. While I’m here, I can’t help noticing just how many people here are on the government dole. Probably most everyone here… because the economy is so depressed here in this little mountain town. Because Libby was once a logging town, now if you arn’t retired with a steady check coming in from some pension fund, you’re in trouble.

Anyway, I will get back on track on Monday… when I get back to work and back into the grove of every day chores once again.


Bubble Economics

Economic bubbles are funny things. They are funny because in hindsight they are very predictable. The best traders throughout history have been able to lead the bubble, and then abandon ship before the messy “pop” at the end.
According to Wikipedia, the Dutch Tulip bubble in 1636 was the first recorded economic bubble in modern history.   To this day, it still provides the guidelines for modern bubble economics.  Tulips were a “safe” investment because they were “rare” and had no history of market failure.  Just like the analysis that showed that houses in the US were a “safe investment,  good as cash” because most Americans pay their mortgage on time. The tulips crashed, the housing market crashed, the stock market crashed (a couple of times), the S&L crisis, the dotcom bubble burst, etc.

The next big crash is the “sovereign debt bubble” as historically bonds have been “as good as cash” over the course of modern history. But we only need to look to smaller currencies, from the Mexican Peso to the East German Mark to see that nothing is ever truly safe.

So what happens after the bubble bursts?  Well for all those who clamor about “redistribution of wealth” that is exactly what happens. Those who made money and got out before the pop have gained some wealth, and those that stayed committed to the end lose everything.

So get out of bonds now. The bubble can only burst, and right now sovereign debt has been stretched to 300% of the worlds GDP. If we stopped spending money now, and put the output of every wage earning job on the entire country to paying off the debt it would take over three years. Three years of not paying for a military, police, fire department, zoning official, dog catchers, mayor, senator, or president. Three years of dedicating your life to paying off debt.

You know what they used to call it when you had to dedicate years of your life to pay off a debt? “Involuntary servitude.”

So what will the market look like after the “pop” happens? I don’t know, but if history is a teacher, debt will become next to worthless (just like tulips or mortgage backed securities) and the market will value them that way for a long time. The scary thing is that like the “Tally Stick” swindle in Britain… governments just don’t play fair with the markets. Governments can confiscate your wealth (FDR’s gold confiscation) at the drop of a hat. And they will always have enough useful idiots to give the government full approval (Hitler was a very popular leader, winning 98% of the popular vote).

Bottom line? Regardless what the media might say, things can always get worse.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk about the coming education bubble… people who pay many thousands of dollars for totally useless college degrees and then default.


A Socialized Medicine Riddle

  A socialized medicine riddle: When is a waiting list not really a waiting list?

When it’s actually an unofficial preliminary list where you wait to be put on the official waiting list.

This ‘list’ is a trick to reduce the appearance of waiting times: once given an appointment, there is a visible amount of ‘waiting time’ which is measured between when the appointment was issued to when you see the doctor. This ‘waiting time’ is monitored and reported – and ‘efficiency awards’ are issued based on this period of time. So, people get their name put on an unofficial, untracked ‘list’ and when they get to the top, they get assigned an appointment with a short waiting time. People can be on such a list for years, but this time is not part of the official reports of how long it takes to see a doctor.

Are you getting this? That way the government can proudly claim, “Look how we’ve reduced wait times…”

I currently work in a state funded, university hospital. I have also worked in the VA system.  I can see the writing on the wall.  Because of the people who don’t pay a penny into the system, the prices are ridiculously high for those who do pay.  As far as my liberal friends, the nursing unions, and all the people out there pushing for “the Obama health plan” to infuse new hope and change into the American health care system, look out.   I don’t want to be misunderstood, I don’t have an issue with socialized medicine here in America.  I really don’t have an issue with the Obama plan, or even the Romney plan.  My only real exception is with unfair taxation in the name of “better health care”.  That aside, any new health care system won’t be any skin off of me.  I don’t actually access health care for myself and I am happy with preventative, homeopathic and minimal care.  But I really want to warn everyone who is in favor of the “single payer system”, when it finally does get here, the health care that you recieve, will not be the health care that you are use to.  It will be somewhat less.  Americacurrently has the best health care system in the world. That’s why other people from everywhere else in the free world come here to get their procedures done.  They don’t go  to Canada, or Cubaor anywhere else for that matter. They come to America.  My crystal ball tells me that we will eventually have a system similar to Canada. A place where everyone can get marginal health care, and if you have a lot of cash to spend, you can get something a little bit better  .  Xanthippa explains a facet of the Canadian system.

A waiting list to get on a waiting list… the pure ridiculosity astounds me.

True Love

 Joke Time…

A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death’s doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs.
He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven. There, spread out on newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies.

Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table. The aged and withered hand, shaking, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when he was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife.

“Stay out of those,” she said. “They’re for the funeral.

Oh and one more…

After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife came for counseling. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the years they had been married. On and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured.

Finally, after allowing this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched – with a raised eyebrow. The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze. The therapist turned to the husband and said, “This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?”

“Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I golf.”

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