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We need to be Reminded



This was sent to me from a dear friend back in Alabama.  I happen to agree 100%, so I thought I’d put it up on my site

As General Eisenhower said at the time in reference to the atrocities of war, “we want plenty of  photos so no one can ever say this did not happen”.  I want to give just one small example of how really bias the national media actually is.  I mean, really, our media is no better than Pravda in Russia with it comes to harping the party line… and their party line is anything leftist. Anything else is strictly forbidden by the party.

Irena Sendler.  Does anyone remember this lady?  Has anyone ever even heard of this lady?  Died: May 12,  2008 (aged 98)  Warsaw,  Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer Specialist.  She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried.  She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.  Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.  The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately,  she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her arms and both of her legs and beat her severely.  Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out,  in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard.  After the war,  she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family.  Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.  Al Gore won, for a slide show on “Global Warming.”

The next time she was nominated,  another politician, Barack Obama, won for his amazing work as a community organizer for ACORN.

In memoriam of her efforts almost 65 years late, I want to help people to remember the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic Priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and gassed to death.  Also the 2500 children she saved from the atrocities of the Nazi death camps.  Our own American media cannot bear to give this woman recognition because it might somehow over shadow their own cause.

Now Iran, and others, even in this very country,  claim the Holocaust to be ‘a myth’, It’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets… because there are quite a few others who would like to do it all over again.


Worse Than EPIC



While I was in Alabama, we had a family night.  We were sitting around talking, having a few beers, playing a board game.  It was my sister, her new husband, her ex-husband and his new wife, several of the kids and myself.  Gathered at the table was a nurse (myself), a veterinarian, an ER doctor, and a respiratory therapist.  We started swapping medical stories and soon Ronnie (ER doc) and I started talking about the new electronic documentation.  His hospital used Centricity and I had EPIC.  Eventually Ronnie’s wife, the RT,  agreed with me in saying that EPIC was more difficult for a variety of reasons. We started talking about EPIC and Ronnie put in his part about Centricity then my sister chimed in… “I think the both of you are full of it, at least you have electronic documentation.”   I looked puzzled.  “You see, my new medical word processor over there?”   She pointed to her manual IBM type writer on the table.  “I can’t even get parts, nowhere to get a new ribbon or even an ink refill.”  We all laughed.  She went on to say that any dealings she had with “The Department of Agriculture”,  as with the sale of large animals which requires government intervention, they must have all their government forms to be filled out, in triplicate.  The Department of Agriculture, a branch of the United States government,  it seems, does not have or use any electronic documentation or computers, what so ever.   It seems that, at least this branch of our government,  has the same technologically advancements as Somilia.  They have all these really long forms, that use triplicate carbons.  They must be filled specifically with a manual type writer.  There can’t be any mistakes.  There can’t be any corrections or it will be rejected.  The people requiring these forms are government bureaucrats.  They don’t care a whit about quality, customer satisfaction, efficiency, profit margins, expenses, cost containment, or even satisfaction. Running a business has no meaning to them. You all can’t imagine the frustration in dealing with this type  of people on a regular business.  You guys don’t know.  You’re only at the beginning of your socialized medical journey.  Just you wait… I believe it will get a lot worse.  Be thankful for your EPIC and your Centricity or whatever electronic documentation you might have.  We all agreed that Beth had the worst  medical documentation issues.

Then Donald said, “Hey, I had a meeting today with the principal.  Apparently Ben had been drawing violent pictures…”

”Uh oh…  please not public education stories!”


This was a little serious, so how about a little levity:

There was a man who went to his practitioner for a check up.  He took off his clothes and came out from behind the curtain.  The doctor saw a lettuce leaf sticking out of the man’s butt. The man said, “Hey doc, look at this… is it serious?”  The doctor frowned and said,  “Sir, I’m sorry, but this seem to be it seems that this is just the tip of the Iceberg.”

This Sucks

I’ve ranted before about this but I’m feeling the compulsion to do it again.  We have a new electronic documentation program called EPIC.  I know, there’s some “epic jokes” out there, but I’m trying to be serious.   This electronic documentation is suppose to be easier and faster. Heck, even Obama touted that it would free up more time for nurses and doctors to give better bedside care.  Yep, it’s working all right.  This new electronic system takes at least twice as much time to document the same stuff.  But wait, we are not only required to take twice as long to “electronically document” the stuff that we do, we are still required to document stuff we do on the old fashioned paper forms too!  Why does it take so long and why do we double document?  Hmmm,  well, first the program wasn’t written for, or by actual health care providers.  It was written by business people for  the sole purpose of cost capture and containment.  Second, because it was written by the business people, they inherently don’t trust anyone… especially health care providers.


We’ve been using EPIC for a while now and we are still doing double documentation.  Medical implants, for example, we are required to look up the stock number within the electronic database to find the correct implant that is suppose to be already pre-loaded into the electronic system.  It never is.  After a lengthy search, scrolling through thousands of supplies, that particular one that you’re looking for is not there.  We end up putting it in as a “one time” supply,  requiring even more documentation.  Then we are required to document this on the old fashioned paper version “for accuracy.”  Now, because of the new EPIC system, they have hired a host of new people in the business department who’s sole job is to review the electronic documentation and compare it to the paper record and look for errors or discrepancies between the two records.  Now, I know that my hand writing is not the best.  I thought that was one of things electronic documentation was suppose to clean up?  Nope.  I got an email just today from one of those “new hidden auditors” saying some whooie like “on your paper record, you seemed to have used a lower case ‘L’  when you should have used the numeral one in documenting the serial number to that spine implant on December 29th…   You need to submit a correction right away… blah, blah, blah.


I find it amazing that Safe-Way has been using a barcode and laser scanner for years. They can effortlessly keep track of a single can of beans at 40 cents from truck to customer.  We have to have an entire bureaucracy of business people and a multi-million dollar computer system and still hound nurses about manually writing down the serial numbers and prices to adequately charge for a product… even if that product is twenty thousand dollars each.


Oh well, vacation is officially over and it’s getting back to work once again.

Only five more months to go until my next time off.

It’s Tax Time!



I’m gathering my paperwork and getting ready to head off to my accountant to see what I owe.  I don’t want to sound preachy, I mean, many of my readers e-mail and tell me how they don’t appreciate religious application of fact.  However, my religion and my faith is where I get guidance, so please bear with me. For all that we have, God says we are to pay a tithe, or a tax of 10%.  He doesn’t have a sliding scale.  He doesn’t say that you can pay less if you’re in a down economy… it’s a flat 10% all the time.  With this in mind, I know that most of mankind is corrupt,  but the American tax code is ridiculous.  It is so complex that the people who work with it for a living can’t agree on some issues.   My accountant explained, “it’s so complex that even if you try to do everything right, if someone really wanted to tag you with evasion, they could.”  He went on to explain, “by the same token, skirt paying your taxes, there are so many loopholes, and if you grease the right palms, you could do that too… if all depends on who are your friends and who are your enemies in politics.”  Most politicians, the liberals, even my union friends at work all go on and on about “fairness.”  Even Obama goes on about how the “rich must pay their fair share.”  OK,  I’m in agreement! Let’s be fair!  Let everyone pay their fair share.  Let’s default to Gods tax system.  If it’s good enough for Him, it should be good enough for the federal government.  For example, if someone is poor and only makes $100 bucks this week, he only pays $10 bucks in taxes to Uncle Sam.  If someone is rich like say Bill Gates,   and makes 100 billion, he pays 10 billion in taxes.  No loopholes, no tax breaks, no deductions, no shelters, no cheating, he simply pays his 10%.  What you say?  We haven’t punished the rich enough?  Who says we have to punish the rich.  That guy just paid ten billion dollars in taxes for goodness sake!  The current tax code is a mess.  Did you know that there is over 600 banks in the Cayman Islands.  They’re there for a reason.  Yes, we do need for everyone to pay their fair share.  But to do this, we must first simplify.  If we make everyone pay, then we will not only have a lot more money, but all that money held up in banks overseas, will come back to America for re-investment into this country.  America would be prosperous again.  I know that this is only fantasy and couldn’t possibly happen, ever.  Why, because what the liberals, the news media, and the stars in Hollywood won’t tell, is the majority of these investments in the Cayman Islands are rich liberals. They enjoy the Status quo and they pay a lot of money to Congressmen to keep it that way.

Washington State Just went into Full Nazi Mode



Their law to control guns allows cops to come into your home and inspect you.

I think that it will take only a few cops to be shot dead while “inspecting” some homes to curb this desire to be statist in no time.

A proposed WashingtonState gun law will call on the county sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners. Seattle Times reported, via FreeRepublic:

One of the major gun-control efforts in Olympia this session calls for the sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners.  Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside on a regular basis to have a look around?

As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.

That it’s part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me. It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some “common-sense” regulation of guns.

“They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”

That’s no gun-rights absolutist talking, but Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal who brought the troubling Senate Bill 5737 to my attention. Go figure, I, never in my wildest dreams would think that I would be on the same side as an ACLU attorney.


It’s the long-awaited assault-weapons ban, introduced last week by three Seattle Democrats.  Responding to the Newtown school massacre, the bill would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons that use detachable ammunition magazines. Clips that contain more than 10 rounds would be illegal.  But then, with respect to the thousands of assault weapons that are already owned by Washington residents, the bill says this:


“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, conduct a random inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”


George Orwell must be turning over in his grave.


Hat tip to my friend Vilmar on this one

Happy Presidents Day



Today is the day we honor our first President.  With the exception of Teddy Roosevelt and Ron Reagan,  all the rest of them sucked.



George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Washington served as a general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution, and later became the first president of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797. He died on December 14, 1799, in Mount   Vernon, Virginia.

Arguement with my Son


one eye

The day I returned from my vacation, I got into an argument with my youngest son.  My youngest son is a liberal.  He’s a taker.  This is a difficult thing for me to accept but that’s life.   It’s nothing I could have done.  I raised him with as good conservative values, honor, and integrity to the best of my ability.  Sometimes you just have to accept that some things are out of your ability.  Kids simply grow up and find their own way and as a parent, there’s nothing you can do about it.


We still have a good relationship and we get together and talk on occasion.  He frequently quotes Gandhi to me.  I know I’m not the fastest, but a few days ago, while I was on a rant about some crazy goings on in the Middle East, he said, “an eye for an eye will  only leave the whole world blind. You should practice forgiveness and find a better way…”  This stopped me in my tracks.  After a while of careful thought,  ”Hey,  I disagree…  I mean, if you think about it, that is absolutely impossible”, I said.  It couldn’t  leave the world “blind.”  There would always be one guy left with one eye.  How would the last blind guy find the remaining eye of the last one eyed guy?   Hmmm, answer me that, smarty pants.  He was not at all amused at my wit or my humor.


So this leaves me with the famous quote by which is probably a little more applicable in my situation, my current argument, dealing with the idiots in Washington, their politics,  dealings with the Middle East, how the radical Islamist people should be dealt with… and yes, the liberals that (against my will) teach my son Gandhi quotes.  Anyhow, here’s a quote that I would prefer by  Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam around 1466.  This is more applicable with smarty pants liberals;  ”In a world of the blind, the one eyed guy would be king.”  Considering the general meaning; Even those without much ability or talent are viewed highly by those with no ability or talent at all.

It’s an better explanation, well at least in my head, why we have the most stupid of idiots in teaching positions in our universities, in power in this country,  and the world for that matter.

Wal-Mart Ammo



My mom wanted to go to the range to learn to shoot.  We went to Wal-Mart to get some ammo.  The clerk laughed when I asked.  He said, “sir, if you wanted ammo, you’re late.  The truck unloads at 7am and we’re out at 8am.  People know what day the trucks come in and they are here waiting.  So,  why does Wal-Mart not have ammo?   That would be ammo retailers who are treating Wal-Mart like a wholesaler.

I have an inside source in Wal-Mart.  I have a son who works at the Super store in St. Helens.  He calls me when they have a shipment  and I rush right down there and get a box of my favorite caliber.  Sometimes, when I remember, I will give him money up front,  and he will go ahead and buy some on the day it comes in (with his employee discount).  Anyway,  through this venue, I have “sources”  that tell me  the truth.   The internet rumor is that Wal-Mart has stopped buying ammo until it knows how Washington will shake out on gun control issue…  this  is simply false. In fact, my source says that stores continue to get ammo all the time but it is snapped up by customers (and family of employees) immediately. Quickest to sell are 5.56mm,  9mm, and 45 ACP ammo.

But why did Wal-Mart sell out so quickly after the Sandy Hook shootings? The reason is simple. My source says that the very day of the shootings, managers of licensed gun stores went straight to their local Wal-Mart’s and cleaned the shelves out. They took the ammo back to their own stores, locked it up and let it sit for a couple or three weeks. Then they put it out for sale at double what they paid.

Source cited one Wal-Mart where a gun-store manager came in and bought $6,000 worth of ammo, paying in cash. That was every box of ammo the Wal-Mart store had in stock.

Makes sense, when a product is sold at a price below market equilibrium, you can expect it to be snapped up and resold. This effect is well known by anyone who has ever bought a scalped ticket to a concert or sporting event for multiple times the original price.

Just a tip…  No  matter what the Liberals might say about the economy and their kooky methods for  fixing it, , the market never goes away. People will  always pay what the market demands.

The Bird Feeder



I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food. But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue. Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table … everywhere! Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket. And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food. Some would fight and try to run off the smaller birds. After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore.  So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.  Soon, the back yard was like it used to be … quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.


Now let’s see….

Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, and free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen. Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; HUD housing, which are housing up to 5 families;  you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child’s 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn’t speak English. Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to ‘press one’ to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than ‘the Red, White and Blue’ are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties. Just my opinion, but maybe it’s time for the government to take down the bird feeder. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of cleaning up the poop!

Airport Security

Posted by jdtaylor on February 16, 2013


Going through security dropping off my checked bags… I get turned down to go through TSA Pre-Check even after I pay the fee, so I’m back with the idiots that don’t know you have to empty your pockets and take off their shoes.  It turns out that even TSA agents have bad days.  I step up to the 260 lbs black woman with 3 feet long oiled jerry-curls, “Good morning” I said with my best smile. She shot me a glare, “Why are we in such a good mood this early in the morning?”   The other guy, an elderly white haired guy appearing to be in his 60′s “he’s probably still going from the night before… Must have been a really good party?,”  he says as he’s looking me up and down.  I was actually speechless.  What could I say in response to that?   The fun continues, as it seems, every so often the TSA guys are required  to  do a “random enhanced check” on select passengers.   In an attempt to give the allusion of enhancing safety, while at the same time, doing everything humanly possible to signal to all that they are NOT trying to profile anyone that actually look, act, talk, and dress like a real terrorist.  So they do “random” checks on one out of every eight passengers.  I was the lucky one this morning.  I guess it’s because I look like a benign accountant on his way to a tax meeting and wouldn’t gripe too much…   they were wrong.

I’m beginning to get so irritated at the TSA… Sooo… I guess in for a dime, in for a dollar.

I put my bag on the X-Ray belt, along with the bin with shoes, belt and pocket goodies. I announce: “My iPad is in the back pocket of my bag… Just so you TSA iPad thieves know where it is…save you some time.” The three TSOs working that lane shot me some dirty looks, and after I pass the metal detector, a supervisor waddled over… “Sir, there is no need for that kind of talk. Why would you want to do that?”

“Ma’am, how many terrorists have been caught by the TSA? And how many TSA agents have been arrested for stealing passenger’s items?”

“But sir, that is just a tiny number of bad agents…most of us are honest hard-working people. Why do you want to treat us all…like…criminals..?” My point was beginning to sink in, but I wanted to make sure…

“Exactly. To prevent profiling, which works by the way,  you treat everyone in line is a we’re all terrorists, So by the same token, I’ll treat you all like thieves.  I think the odds of me being correct is considerably much higher than yours.”  I mean that I have had personal experience with thieves at airports.  But you and terrorists?

She opened her mouth to refute me, but thought better of it.

8 more hours to go… Next stop Atlanta.

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