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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

Who’s to Blame?

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Nostalgia

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nostalgia
noun \nä-ˈstal-jə, nə- also nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\
: a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the past.

I think we’ve all experienced nostalgia at one point or another – we hear a song and remember our youth, see a picture and are instantly transported back to a different time, usually (although not always) remembering those times as better, gentler, kinder.

Although often bittersweet, nostalgia counteracts loneliness, boredom and even anxiety. It is a reminder that life has roots and continuity, providing strength to keep moving forward.  

H/T to my friend over at TrappersWildWest

I am really getting nostalgic for the old days.  I remember the times when we had respectable people in power.  There were people who had respect for life, liberty and the law.  When things went wrong, they held the responsible parties accountable.  Does anyone remember Richard Nixon?  I didn’t think so.  I remember watching his speech as a kid and how he said, “I am not a crook…”   Even though he was the President of the United States, he was held accountable.  Congress had a spine and was responsible to their constituents.  They didn’t blink about asking the hard questions and then holding the perpetrators responsible.  Yes, those were the days.

Today we have a President that is directly responsible for thousands of actual deaths in “Fast and Furious” scandal.  We have four American citizens in the Benghazi scandal.  And now, Eric Holder, in one fell swoop,  is practically rendering Congress irrelevant with his declaration that States‘ Attorney Generals shouldn’t  be required to uphold their state’s constitution’s if the law goes against Holder’s personal convictions related to same sex marriage.  

What happened to your oath “to uphold the Constitution” of the United States of America? Didn’t Eric Holder hold his hand on a Bible and say that oath like the Attorney Generals before him?  What happened to “States Rights?”   What happened to freedom and liberty?  I guess it’s like that Bob Dylan tune…  “times are a changing.”

 

Dear Abby…

Dear Abby,

My husband has a long record of money problems. He runs up huge credit-card bills, and at the end of the month, if I try to pay them off, he shouts at me, saying I am stealing his money. He says pay the minimum…let our kids worry about the rest„ but we can hardly keep up with the interest. Also, he has been so arrogant & abusive toward our neighbors that most of them no longer speak to us. The few that do are an odd bunch to whom he has been giving a lot of expensive gifts, running up our bills even more. He has also gotten religious. One week he hangs out with Catholics, the next with people who say the Pope is the Anti-Christ, and the next he’s with Muslims. Finally, he’s demanding that before anyone can be in the same room with him, they must sign a loyalty oath. It’s just so horribly creepy! Can you help? Signed, Lost…………..

Dear Lost,

Suck it up, and stop whining, Michelle. You’re getting to live in the White House for free, travel the world, and have others pay for everything. You can divorce the jerk anytime. The rest of us are stuck with him for 3 more years. Abby

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Great Idea: “DOD aims to scrap A-10 to keep F-35 alive in new budget”

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The A-10 is an airplane designed around the 30mm Gatling gun in its nose. Ground troops love the support it provides. This is one more example of the incompetence of Obama’s Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the inexperience of our commander in chief. 

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is unveiling the Pentagon’s proposed budget today—a budget that will dramatically scale back the size of the military. But in order to save the most sacred of cows in its ongoing modernization efforts, the Pentagon is proposing the elimination of what has arguably been the most effective combat aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory: the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

Known for its survivability, the A-10 is capable of flying with half a wing, one tail fin, one elevator, and one engine torn off.”

Read more here

This whole thing is on the verge of making my head explode.  My oldest son just came back from a tour in Afghanistan.  As an Army parent, I want the best in soldier protection.  If there is a plane that can shoot at the enemy (and really hurt them bad) all the while taking abuse and enemy fire… that’s what I want to protect my son.  I also want it done at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer. 

There is serious cronyism in this administration.   They have back room deals, under the table bargains,  and lots of palm greasing… all of which puts our soldiers at risk.  We already have “really cool” fighter jets in our American arsenal.  We have the F-22 Raptor, FA-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, F-16 Falcon, F-15 Eagle,  and the  F-177 Nighthawk. They all do practically the same thing in slightly different ways.  The A-10 is the only jet specifically designed to be a troop support and tank killer. 

The cost of the new F-35 Lightning is $153 Million each.  The cost of the more versatile (and more useful) A-10 is only $11 million.  That means that the DOD could buy fourteen  A-10’s for each F-35. 

The relatively fragile list of “fighter jets” that I listed off above can’t support the ground troops nearly as well.  I personally know an A-10 pilot. He said that his plane could take hundreds of hits and still fly enough to continue his support the soldiers on the ground.  He said that once, an entire engine was completely shot off and he was still able to return fire and make it back to base safely. 

The very idea of any other jet in the American arsenal taking even a single hit and sticking around to continue the mission,  or even making it back to base is absurd.  It’s very clear that Obama’s political friends are getting filthy rich off of this worthless, F-35 contract, (at the expense of our soldier’s lives).

Breakfast

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From my friend Wirecutter

When the left cuts government, they cut the military

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As a Libertarian and fiscal conservative, I truly believe that you can’t spend more than you earn.  I mean, 60 cents of every dollar spent by our government is borrowed.  This can’t go on.  We will soon be bankrupt as a nation.  I have said that the federal government is long since meddled too much into the affairs of others.  Let’s shrink the federal government and let people actually work for a living.  Let’s have some individual responsibility.  And for those times that we need some governmental intervention, how about the individual states regulate their own?  That way, if you want to live in an all controlling state, you can move to California.  If you want to have some as semblance of independence and freedom, then you could move to Montana.    I’ve been saying for a long time that an overbearing,  obese,  bloated government that has fifty bureaucrats  doing the job two private workers could do must go.  We must shrink the government to get spending under control.   Do away with the Department of Education and let the states teach their children their children the way they want to.  Do away with the Department of Energy… does anyone know what the department of Energy even does?   It was set up by Jimmy Carter to “reduce our need for foreign oil.”  That’s laughable.  Shut it down and allow the American oil companies to drill in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico and in North Dakota and we could be totally “oil independent.”

 

When the Liberals say that they want to ”Shrink they government”  to save money, they ignore worthless drivel like “The center for diversity and inclusion”  the “National endowment for the Arts” and “PBS” and go straight to the Military!

Smallest Army since before World War II?

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.

The proposal, described by several Pentagon officials on the condition of anonymity in advance of its release on Monday, takes into account the fiscal reality of government austerity and the political reality of a president who pledged to end two costly and exhausting land wars. A result, the officials argue, will be a military capable of defeating any adversary, but too small for protracted foreign occupations.

The officials acknowledge that budget cuts will impose greater risk on the armed forces if they are again ordered to carry out two large-scale military actions at the same time: Success would take longer, they say, and there would be a larger number of casualties. Officials also say that a smaller military could invite adventurism by adversaries.

This, of course, comes at a time in which Obama is determined to “put the era of austerity behind us” and ramp up government spending. It all seems so “Wiemar Republic.”

Another Take on Obamacare…

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No matter  how the liberals try to spin it,  I think that Obamacare is a failure.   The very people that they need (the young and healthy), for some strange reason, are not flocking to sign up.  The people that they don’t want, (the chronically ill and those with pre-existing life long conditions) are flocking to sign up.  This is a seriously losing proposition.  I feel that, very soon, we will hear about the next “bail out.”  The Insurance industry.

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Colmes Speaks Out

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Alan Colmes: ” Record Gun Production In U.S.

As Users Fear Black President Will Take Them Away”

He’s right, you know. It’s not about the color of Obama’s skin. It’s about the color of his heart. And it’s not just President Obama we worry about. It’s black hearted people like Feinstein, Waxman, Cuomo, DeBlasio, Christie, Holder, etc., etc..

I find it interesting that the first sentence in Holmes’ article is an incomplete sentence:

The number of guns being produced domestically during the Obama administration as gun advocates fear President Obama will come after their prized possessions.”

Powerball

I want to confess that I’ve never played Powerball in my life.  For one, the odds of winning is like a billion to one.  Greater than catching a meteorite in my teeth shaped exactly like Evander Holyfield’s other ear, the precise moment that I jump off of the Freemont Bridge after receiving news that my 47 year old wife is pregnant. Sounds impossible… yep.  Well, it’s not exactly utterly impossible.  But it sounds pretty near as improbable as you can get.  However, if I want to bask in an occasional fantasy about being really rich, I usually play “Win for Life.”  The odds are much, much better. It’s like simultaneously getting bitten by a cobra and a rattlesnake while sleeping in my bed at home…  almost a sure thing.  And me being from Alabama, I have a very low fear for ultra-deadly venomous snakes… so I usually get a ticket once or twice a month.  It’s practically a sure thing!

Today I read that the Powerball lottery has not had a winner.  It’s the highest it’s been in a long time. Powerball has peaked at $425 million bucks.  So I had to go out and buy one.  I wasn’t at all interested at first, but on the way home from work, I stopped to get a Pepsi for my young bride.  The Plaid Pantry guy said, “hey buddy, why aren’t you getting a lottery ticket?”  I grunted, “impossible.”  He replied in an unusually upbeat tone, “it only takes one ticket to win, you know.”  I counted the bills in my wallet once again,  “well, since you put it that way… I’ll take one.”  He smiled as he rang it up, “that’s the spirit,” as if he was making some huge commission from the lottery sales.

Now, considering that this is the first time that I actually purchased a Powerball ticket, I have a lot of fantasy dreaming to catch up on.  What would I buy first thing?  What would I do for my kids?  Which political or humanitarian charities would I donate to? I could go on and on for hours… that’s the fantasy that you buy with each ticket.  A two dollar dream that lasts a whole week,  or until the actual numbers come out.

After the first few days of dreaming, I eventually ask the wife, kids, and extended family what would you buy if “I gave you half of my lottery winnings.”  Some of my friends and relatives clearly don’t share my fantasy about suddenly becoming rich.  Nor have they thought much about what 200 million bucks would buy.  My youngest son said he wants a new skate board.  My wife wanted “a Summer house.”  My dad said he’d simply “pay it on his bills as far as it would go.”  Not all that ambitious.

There is yet one sad fact that I discovered about people while doing this simple fantasy poll.  I ask people what they would do about work?   About 99% of the people polled said that there was no question about whether they would quit. There was a nurse I had lunch with today that called me “just plain stupid”  and “really weird.”  But I actually like doing what I do.  I said, “if I had won the lottery yesterday, I’d still be working as a nurse.” She looked back, “weird.”  Just then my wife came in.  The other nurse said, “well, lets see what the boss has to say.”  She explained the previous conversation to Bonnie.  My wife then said, “aren’t you tired of taking care of arrogant people.  The 86 year old getting a penile implant for his 31 year old wife.  How about the breast implants, or even the 17 year old coming in to get her third abortion.  Tell me you’re not tired of that.”  I thought a minute.  “How about we go to Africa or Serbia and open a charity clinic to give free health care to those in need?”  She smiled, “Now you’re talking.  That’s a grand way to spend a fortune.”

Then I thought again… “But, in the mean time, I think that even if I win the lottery, I’d still continue to work here at my present job for a while until we decide where to go and get the proper international travel permits.”   The other nurse said, “yep, that’s really stupid.”

I told her that as a recent multi-millionaire lottery winner, I think it would go something like this…

I’m sitting at my desk and our division director comes by and says, “Hey, I need you to go and cover this room and do this.”

I say, “do it yourself… fat boy.”

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“… what?   … yea, I’ve been drinking, whatcha gonna do about it?”

I can be fired and be the first person in history to be a millionaire lottery winner and draw unemployment benefits.

Big John made the front page!… Take that “National Enquirer”

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