A Nurse With Attitude

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Archive for the month “January, 2014”

Attention Everyone, King Obama will speak to the Peasants!

drinking game

    Obama is going to make his “State of the Union” address tonight.  I really don’t want to hear the same old drivel and excuses.  I’ll probably search the channels to search out something a little more educational to watch,  like the Kardashians. 

On the other hand, I’ll probably force myself to watch a little of it.  I’m worried as to how this “Constitutional scholaris planning to wreck our once great country.

Now I guess he thinks he’s the king, or dictator by claiming he can render the Congress irrelevant with his pen.

Autocracy… or at least he’s heading that way.  Congress?  What’s a Congress, and who needs them?  The president has unilaterally changed elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); declared any anti-gay-rights law unconstitutional; lifted the threat of deportation for an entire class of undocumented immigrants; bypassed Senate confirmation of controversial nominees; waived compliance requirements in education law; and altered the work requirements under welfare reform. This month, the Obama administration took the highly unusual step of announcing that it will recognize gay marriages performed in Utah – even though Utah itself says it will not recognize them while the issue is pending in court.

Early in his presidency, Obama also expanded presidential war-making powers, surveillance of the American public, and extrajudicial drone strikes on alleged terrorists outside the United States, including American citizens – going beyond Mr. Bush’s own global war on terror following 9/11. But more recently, he has flexed his executive muscle more on domestic policy.

What I find totally amazing is how comfortable leftists are with autocracy.

But in the eyes of some legal experts, Obama is failing to take creative advantage of his power as commander in chief in dealing with the camp.

“Win, lose, or draw, it is time to get around Congress,” writes Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman at Bloomberg.com. “And if ordinary politics won’t do the trick, going to the courts may be the best option – because it is the only one.”

I bet they lose that appetite for authoritarian diktat when President Cruz takes office, huh?


Happy Valentines Day

Proper product placement pays

Yep, those store managers were young once.  Honestly, I hate Valentines day. 


It’s a holiday that always gets you into trouble.  The stores really take advantage of guys and you never know what to get or do for that day or it’s doom.  No matter what you do or buy, you’re usually always “in the doghouse” over it.  This store manager is optimistic to say the least.  I’m betting that Valentine’s day  rarely leads to romance for most men.  Most men pray to get through the day with as little difficulty as possible.  They all know if they really want romance, they have to be spontaneous and buy flowers or something that she likes and is not expexting, on a Friday night or whenever you feel you can drum up enough of a surprise for her.  The designated day is only for the merchants to dish out abuse and milk that dollar. I once heard that the day was originated by Hallmark to market their cards.  If that is true,  I wouldn’t be surprised. 

    I will probably get my little woman a card and take her out to a nice dinner,  but I’d do that any night.  I don’t like to be forced to do something,  just because it’s a “holiday.”  I’ll probably do it again in another week or so to make it  a surprise.  Who knows.  That’s just how it rolls.

OK, Now I’m Impressed


Safety Implants


I have some fans out there in cyber-world  that fill my box with e-mails.  However, I occasionally forget that not all of my readers are chronic fanatics that read everything I write each and every day.  Some of you are people that just happen to browse through my site totally randomly, and may drop in  I got an e-mail the other day saying just that…  He was a bit irritated with me, and that I should explain things a bit more… So here goes.

 For those new to my blog, I’m a surgery nurse and my passion is in Neurosurgery, Spine surgery, and orthopedic reconstruction.  Unfortunately, when I get to work, I can’t always pick and choose what I want to do.  Frequently I get in a room that is, not only well out of my comfort zone, but is a true learning experience.  Nursing management never actually touches a real live patient. They only manage. (See the daily Dilbert cartoon about “managers”).  They expect us to be “well rounded” and “fluid.”  But in the real world, it would be like expecting a plumber to rewire your house…  but that’s a whole different story that I’ll address on another day. 

 Today, I was in a plastic surgery room.  I have done this once or twice before, but this service still clearly doesn’t come naturally to me.  That said, the first case was a traumatic removal of a man’s thumb.  If you lose your thumb, you loose 40% of your mobility of that hand.  Just try to grip something without your thumb.  Yea, it’s really difficult.   To remedy this problem, we cut off this man’s great toe from his foot and re-attached it to his hand, constructing a new thumb.  Apparently, you really don’t need that toe anyhow… and it even looked very much like his normal thumb.  Way cool, and the patient will be really happy and still maintain near total mobility to what he had before his accident ever happened.  This was way cool, and a total learning experience for me!

 Our next case took the whole rest of the day.  It was a lady with breast cancer.  We did a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction with implants.  The lady even said pre-operatively, “hey, I never put much thought about my breasts, but if I have to get them surgically altered, I want them to look really good… and bigger too.”   I laughed with her and told her that I would do my best to make her happy.

When I got into the room and we were under way,  I brought in the cart with the selection of implants.  The doctor immediately grabbed the largest two.  “We’re putting the 850’s in this lady.”   I took a second look,  “wow, that’s like double – D’s … isn’t it?”  The doctor nodded and said, “well, she said she wanted to go bigger… this is bigger”   I took another look and continued with the case.  “I guess it certainly is,”  I responded back to the surgeon as I held out a 700 size, in maybe gently suggesting that an 850 could possibly ever be too big?”   The surgeon insisted on the larger size and everything proceeded well,  At  noon,  another nurse came in to relieve me for my lunch break.  When I got to the lunch room, I sat with a few other nurses talking about how their day was going and what they were doing.  I told them about my lady and how she was getting some brand new double-D  breasts to replace her old cancerous C-cupped ones.  Two other nurses chimed in with a snotty attitude,  “I don’t think that’s appropriate… I mean, she’s bending to social pressure and social media in getting larger breasts.  That’s totally sexist. If you’re not planning on having babies, there’s really no use for breastfeeding and therefore no need for anything more than what you would normally have.  She should have simply a mastectomy.  To do all that reconstruction and implants to boot… is well, a waste of money.  I think that if I had cancer, I’d just get the mastectomy and that’s all” 

I was aghast and although I was not a experienced plastic surgery nurse, I had to defend my case.  “Hey, I don’t want to cut them off, but if a woman has cancer, I think that she should get whatever she needs to feel better about herself and her self image.”  I went on to argue,  ” I don’t agree with high school kids getting breast implants, but …. I’m all in on the idea of breast implants with cancer reconstruction… and especially in this case.”   As usual, with my lunch room debates,  we were at an impasse.  There were several nurses from the surgery team as well as the Recovery/ PACU team that were against me. 

Because of my mental illness (OCD),  I let this non-argument bother me.  As with politics, social issues and practically anything where people have differing opinions than myself,  I try to understand  why  they think that way and,  why they believe it’s wrong.  I will either try to change my own views, or get more information to help me change their views.   I got up still thinking about it this morning.   I tried to get an objective opinion and I asked my wife about breasts and breast implants.  She said that they “were a terrible pain and were there only for one reason and that is to attract and maintain the happiness of men.”    After I took a step back, “What?… they are good for other things… surely they are…”   and she said, “well, once your done with having kids, just name one ….   .  .  well,  I’m still waiting…”   I was totally speechless,  I couldn’t name one that didn’t reflect back to her original statement about men. 

I got up this morning still pondering the dilemma of the practical use of breasts … that is,  other than (A)  just because I like to look at them and  (B)  I like to see how they fill out a nice dress. .. which is still probably a variant of “A” again.   Then, while I was looking at all of millions of websites that came up when I Googled “woman’s breasts”  I came upon this one about why it is a wonderful thing to have DD breasts and how they just might have saved this poor woman’s life.  Click onto this article about  DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM.  It was great and supported my argument about why any woman would think it a great thing to have large breasts! 


Yes, they stop bullets from terrorists too. So there you have it.



Only if you really love Bacon



The “Bacon Coffin”

This is something that I may be buried in.  Introducing the Bacon Coffin.  It’s actually advertised “for those who love bacon to death.”  That’s great.   Apparently, now you can take your love of bacon with you into the afterlife.

H/T to  KIRO.

To purchase a Bacon Coffin for you or a loved one, visit www.BaconCoffins.com.






Hey, I love Amazon.  I mean it’s the Wal Mart of web shopping.  You can get literally anything there.  Don’t tell the BATF guys, but I just bought Aluminum powder and KNO3 (the ingredients for Tannerite) at about one tenth the Tannerite price… and it was shipped directly to my door.  How cool is that.  Reloading components, machine tools, I mean anything you can imagine, you can get from Amazon for cheap. 

Now they have started the drone delivery… I think that this is probably not a good idea. 

Hey Amazon… If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. What you have now works wonderfully.

Government conspiracy


Glenn Reynolds: “Government conspiracy theories aren’t crazy”

You no longer need a tinfoil hat. It’s all true. Glenn Reynolds is professor of law at the University of Tennessee and blogs as Instapundit. Here he is writing in USA Today.

At a tax symposium at Pepperdine Law School last week, former IRS chief counsel Donald Korb was asked, “On a scale of 1-10 … how damaging is the current IRS scandal?”

His answer: 9.5.   Other tax experts on the panel called it “awful,” and said that it has done “tremendous damage.”

I think that’s right. And I think that the damage extends well beyond the Internal Revenue Service. In fact, I think that the government agency suffering the most damage isn’t the IRS, but the National Security Agency. Because the NSA, even more than the IRS, depends on public trust. And now that the IRS has been revealed to be a political weapon, it’s much harder for people to have faith in the NSA.

As I warned President Obama back in 2009 after he “joked” about having his enemies audited, the IRS depends on trust.

Since then, of course, the new “weaponized IRS” has, in fact, come to be seen as illegitimate by many more Americans. I suspect that, over time, this loss of moral legitimacy will cause many to base their tax strategies on what they think they can get away with, not on what they’re entitled to. And when they hear of someone being audited, many Americans will ask not “what did he do wrong?” but “who in government did he offend?”

h/t to Jim22

The various US agencies that have become ‘Weaponized’ have not lost the trust of the people. They have willingly, knowingly, squandered it. Americans have long trusted their government but no longer do. The public servants have become corrupt and are perceived by the people as being corrupt. When that happens the government becomes ineffective. The people no longer follow the rules and the laws. They learn to do what they can outside the law.

I had friends that once prided themselves on jumping through all the convoluted hoops to “be legal” with their firearms.  They registered all their weapons (even those that were private sales)  with the BATF.  They took the required “hunter safety class” to obtain a concealed carry permit. They paid all of the ridiculous fees and submitted to the FBI background check. 

Today, the majority of my friends claim that they are doing most of their business “under the table.”  One confessed that “if I can find a private sale;  someone that is not a dealer wanting to sell his gun, I’ll pay extra in cash just so I don’t have to go through the BATF… I don’t want then to know what I have.  I mean, I don’t trust them.”  Unfortunately, in the new “Obama” government, this mentality is not uncommon. It’s a sad world that we live in.


A History Lesson

History Lesson

This might sound a bit racist as I tell it, but please bear with me.  The blacks in this country always, always vote  for the Democrats.  For the life of me, I can’t figure why.  The Democrats have been, and still are the founders of all of the racist ideals in this country.  The South (in the days of slavery)  was totally Democrat.  The grand Wizard of the KKK was Senator Robert Byrd, (Dem).  Any law, to this day, that is for preventing a poor black man (or woman) from getting a leg up and becoming independent, is sponsored by, written by, and promoted by the Democrats.  Abraham Lincoln (Republican),  with zero support from the Democrats, signed the law which freed the slaves.  And to this day, the Republicans continue to push for laws that get poor black people out of poverty and working on their own and prosperous.  It’s only the Democrats that, keep them “on the Plantation,”  by spoon-feeding them total dependence via welfare and government subsidies.  The only way to get ahead in this country is to work hard, get an education, and climb out.  There are numerous examples of poor black Americans that have started from abject poverty and climbed out to prosperity.  And they have done it without welfare, handouts from their “slave-masters,”  the Democrats.  Clarence Thomas,  Oprah Winfrey,  Condoleezza Rice, James Baldwin, George Washington Carver,  James Earl Jones,  and Martin Luther King Jr.,  just to name a few.  

  Unfortunately, the majority of Black Americans today choose the slavery of a perpetual handout and endless poverty of a free handout from the government instead of working towards higher education and a betterment of their personal, social and economic status.

“What Me Worry?”

Upset WhatDifference

About New Jersey


Stole this from MaddMedic



Corruption doesn’t stop at the state level folks.

About all the outrage over Governor Chris Christy on Jew Jersey,  I don’t like any politician flexing his political power for personal gain.  On the other hand, do you know what I hate most off all,  That’s an extremely bias media that totally rakes one person and gives another a free pass simply because he might be supporting the right party.  Liberals never make sense.  They will accept death and destruction when it’s their guy doing it and at the same time,  be totally critical to someone else.  Lets take a look at Benghazi, The IRS scandal, Fast and furious, to name a few.  The Democrats are all up in arms because Governor Christy jut might pose a threat to Hillary Clinton’s chance at the Presidency.  Well, lets look at The Rose Law Firm,  Waco Texas, Vince Foster,  the terrorist takeover of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dares Salaam, Tanzania, and the Clinton campaign finance scandal to name a few.  Of the Clinton friends, cabinet members and associates, 47 have been convicted.

This may sound crazy, but when someone finally grows a spine enough to testify,  they suddenly become missing.  It’s called “The Arkansas Sudden Death Syndrome”

– Number of persons in the Clinton machine orbit who are alleged to have committed suicide: 9
– Number known to have been murdered: 12
– Number who died in plane crashes: 6
– Number who died in single car automobile accidents: 3
– Number of one-person skiing fatalities: 1
– Number of key witnesses who have died of heart attacks while in federal custody under questionable circumstances: 1
– Number of unexplained deaths: 4
– Number of northern Mafia killings during peak years of 1968-78: 30
– Number of Dixie Mafia killings during same period: 156

So with all of this, I don’t want to hear about Chris Christy from the Democrats until they can get their own house in order.


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