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Archive for the month “June, 2015”

Shade Tree Mechanic… No More

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I turned from the standard news feed because of the depressing nature of everything that is going on most recently.  Instead, I’ve done my current surfing on Summer vacation destinations  and car stuff.  I love old cars. I love the look, the curve.  I love the smell.  I love the sound of a V-8 with headers  and glass-pack mufflers.  The “fixer-upper”  was a symbol,  as well as a means to a high school kids independence.  I went to trade school,  learned the basics,  and I grew up working on cars.  I once had a 68 AMC Javelin.  I traded it for a 68′ Firebird hard-top.  I traded that for a  68′ Firebird convertible with a small block 327 Chevy and a 4-speed transmission.  My friend Kelly had a 62′ Step-side Chevy truck, and my friend Al had 68′ Dodge Charger.   I loved all those cars.  I sold mine when I started having kids.  Can’t have the children learning about my crazy youth.

Although I’m a lot older now, I still enjoy working on my own car.  My wife just bought a new Fiat 500.  It was making a clicking noise in the steering.  The very first day after I got that home,  I got my tools and put it up on the stands.  I crawled under and checked out the underside.  I had to make sure.

Apparently, it will soon be illegal to “work on your own car” in this country.  The days of taking a class at the local community college, then learning to tweak your car for performance or style is about to go away.  Soon, you will only be able to get your car serviced at the specific auto dealer from which made the car.  Even changing the tires or rims can be considered “dangerous” and illegal.  Where have we gone in this crazy world of excessive control and regulation.  George Orwell would be turning over in his grave over this…

Apparently the 12 Big Car Companies are all in agreement.  They are demanding that every “non-dealer mechanic” must Stop repairing cars . 

Apparently, the car manufacturers say that “they are the only people who can make improvements” because they “know the cars better.”  So all the major car companies have gotten together, (along with a large donation to several key congressmen), they have decided to change the copyright laws so only dealers can change or modify a car.  They’re couching this as a “safety issue.”  Modern cars are so complex that it is considered “unsafe” for anyone other than the dealer mechanic to change anything.

This is a sad state we live in.  I’m wondering what would happen if we “constructed” our own car from scratch…  or a mixture of junk yard parts?   You know, like that old Johnny Cash song,  “One Piece at a Time.”   What would they do?   I’m thinking that if this were to take place,  I just might try it something like that.

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More on Gay Marriage

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I was watching the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage today.   I’m not a “homophobe”  and, in the scheme of things, I don’t care a whit about gay issues or gay rights.  Personally, I am still a Libertarian and I don’t ask.  It’s just that I don’t want them to tell me all about their gay stuff.  In return, I won’t demand that they listen to every detail of my sexual exploits.

I really don’t  like what just went down with the gay issue and the Supreme Court.  I mean this can’t mean anything good for this country.  When this country is in peril and divided on racial issues more than ever, this is yet another issue that has further divided this country.  If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the current administration is working to propel this country into anarchy.

I predict that we will see a host of  new law suits.  Now that the Supreme court has made their wishes known, everyone else will want to get on the bandwagon.  There will be suits very soon on what is allowed to marry.  The “Man-Boy Association”  will probably be the first to weigh in on the legal wave.  Next will be the polygamists.  I mean, why restrict marriage to just two people?  In America today, there is no good reason.

Sen. Al Franken issued a statement saying, “Our country is starting to understand that it’s not about what a family looks like: it’s about their love and commitment to one another.” Polygamists couldn’t agree more.  I mean, who are we to say that two or three or even four consenting adults — who want to make a lifelong commitment to love one another — shouldn’t be allowed to do so?

What’s magical about the number two… even if it’s only two gay people?  See where this is going?

In fact, you could argue that there is an even better argument for polygamy than for same sex marriage. For one thing, there’s a long tradition, just look at the heroes of the Old Testament. (Christian and Muslim alike.)  It’s also intimately tied to religious practice, which means that by prohibiting polygamy, we might also be undermining the “free exercise thereof.”

Why should we impose our values on others?

Historically, culturally, religiously, biologically and anthropologically polygamy is on a much firmer ground than gay marriage ever was. Based on the recent Supreme Court ruling, what possible justification can there be to continue to prohibit polygamy?

Well, supporters of gay marriage intensely oppose polygamy. It dilutes their victory, you know. They don’t want to be associated with “those perverts”. (pedophiles are still OK)  Gay marriage is special, they argue.

I don’t think so. I think the United States government owes descendants of 19th century Mormons an apology for violating their constitutional rights.  I think reparations must be paid to these poor people who were obviously discriminated against based on their religious practices.

Gay Marriage is Not about Gays or Marriage

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Gay marriage is now the “law of the land” as said by the Supreme court.  Even  before this decision,  it was ok to put a man out of business, if because of his Christian values, he  refuses to make a gay wedding cake.  Now that the Supreme Court has made their wishes known, I’m thinking that all organized religion could be on the chopping block.

I’m a libertarian, so I  couldn’t give two shakes about gays, or gay rights.  “Don’t ask, don’t tell” worked just fine for me.  But when my church is threaten, it becomes serious.

At the lunch room today,  I overheard most people talking about “equal rights” and “gay rights” and how “those poor people need to be free to love each other.”  Well,  that’s totally absurd.  It’s not at all about “gay rights.”  Gay issues are a convenient  distraction.  It’s all about the destruction of organized religion in this country and nothing more.

When any gay couple walks into my church and demands to be married, my pastor will say, “you know that you can go down to the Episcopal church.  It’s just a block down the street.  They will gladly marry you there.”  And if the couple  insists, and my pastor  continues to refuse, they can now sue  my church for discrimination.  The government will hit my church with the only stick they has…  the stripping away of  the tax free status for churches.   They will eventually do this with all churches.  This will be Obama’s way of gaining an infusion of literally, billions of dollars.   It solves two problems at once.  It crushes Obama’s opponents (conservative Christians) and it bails out some of his financial woes and temporarily makes the economy look better.

I’m just curious as to what the Catholic church will do.  They don’t want to give in to gay rights, but they don’t want to lose revenue either.  They have a track record,  and I think the Vatican just might give in to the liberal pressure the same way they gave in to Hitler in WW2.  I don’t know.  We’ll see.

I do know that my church will not cave.  Instead of putting cash into the offering plate as a tidy “tax deduction”, I will simply consider it my “donation to God.”

Hump Day Humor

Well, it’s Wed.  And I’d like to say that I was short on time and couldn’t come up with a really great joke about surgery, cancer, or work in general.  I know that I said that I was going to not talk about politics for a while, but sorry, too bad.  Anyway, here’s a joke to lighten your day…

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Bill Clinton was driving past the White House when he accidentally ran over the Obama’s dog, Sunny, crushing it flat as a fritter.  He climbed out of his limousine and sat down on the grass totally distraught.  He knew Michele would go ballistic at this news.

Then he noticed a lamp half-buried in the ground.  He dug it up, brushed it off and immediately a Genie popped out.  “You have freed me from thousands of years of imprisonment,” said the Genie “As a reward I shall grant you one wish.”

Well,” said Bill, “I have all the material things I need, but let me show you this damned dog.”

They walk over to the splattered remains of Sunny.  “Do you think you could bring this dog back to life for me?” Bill asked.  The Genie looked at the remains and shook his head.  “This critter is too far gone for even me to bring it back to life.  Maybe there’s something else you’d like?”

Bill thought for a minute, reached into his pocket and pulled out two photos.  “I had an affair with this beautiful young girl called Monica,” said Bill, showing the genie the first photo.  “But I’m actually married to this woman,  Hillary” and he showed the genie the second photo.  “You see Hillary isn’t beautiful at all, so do you think you can fix her up and make her look as beautiful and shapely as Monica?”

The Genie studied the two photographs and after a few minutes said, “Damn, let’s have another look at the dog!

I now say “No to Rubio” for President

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I  once had high hopes for Marco Rubio.  He said the important  stuff that resonated with the Libertarians and the Tea Party types.  I thought he was “the guy.”   I was so wrong.  I found out that he’s just another Obama,  except from the Rino team.

“Marco Rubio Casts Deciding Vote For Obamatrade Without Even Reading It”

While everyone in America, and all of the major news networks, were fretting over the rebel flag flown over the capital of South Carolina, and what to do about it, our representatives back in Washington were secretly voting away our rights as a nation.  This ultra secret bill (that Obama has been working on for years) will  give away our sovereignty and our Constructional rights to a conglomerate of united nations bureaucrats.

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H/T to Jim22 over at The Real Revo

There is no question in my mind. When we send people to Washington they become enmeshed in the political soap operas there and lose sight of the people who believed in them enough to elect them. Rubio has been having trouble with this. As an FNG he is listening to the old-timers and being swayed by them. He has forgotten his roots and he has forgotten his principles. He needs a lot more seasoning before he is Presidential material.

Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, was the deciding vote necessary for the U.S. Senate to clear the final 60-vote threshold and eventually, later this week, send to President Barack Obama’s desk the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that would fast-track at least three highly secretive trade deals that Obama has been negotiating for years.

TPA will, now that it’s going to pass, effectively ensure the congressional approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). The text of the TiSA and T-TIP agreements is currently entirely secretive, even to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and their staffs, though WikiLeaks did uncover several TiSA documents that leaked and prove the deal would surrender congressional power over U.S. immigration policy to the executive branch and perhaps to a newly created transnational entity.”

Sheesh!  … is this the end ?

The Universal Pain Scale

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I once was a PACU nurse (post anesthesia care unit)  or what most people  call it the “recovery room.”   Now I work in surgery.   Today, we have all sorts of people who have surgery.  We have children, non-English speaking people, all sorts.  When a person comes to the hospital to have surgery, we tell them up front that there will be pain.  To better treat them for their post operative pain, we will ask them to tell us about the pain.  We say, “think of it on a one to ten scale where zero is no pain at all and ten is the worst pain that you have ever felt.  This way we can better treat you.”  This is the instruction we give everyone.    For those who are very young or can’t speak English, this works very well.   We have a  pictorial scale with the small smiley faces arranged in a 1 to 10 scale.  This is the scale used way back when I was a PACU nurse.

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Just the other day, I actually saw a brand new “pain scale.”   It was a one to eleven scale.  When I saw it, I laughed out loud.  I told the PACU nurse, “I can’t believe you’re actually using this.”   She said,  “well, I guess it’s just the new Obama care,  in action.”

‘The Last Rebels’

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The title of this post is taken from an article at Zero Hedge titled ‘The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did As Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today‘.  It resonated with me.  The author points out:

With all of the ridiculous new regulations, coddling, and societal mores that seem to be the norm these days, it’s a miracle those of us over 30 survived our childhoods. Here’s the problem with all of this babying: it creates a society of weenies. There won’t be more more rebels because this generation has been frightened into submission and apathy through a deliberately orchestrated culture of fear. No one will have faced adventure and lived to greatly embroider the story. Kids are brainwashed – yes, brainwashed – into believing that the mere thought of a gun means you’re a psychotic killer waiting for a place to rampage. They are terrified to do anything when they aren’t wrapped up with helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, and other protective gear. Parents can’t let them go out and be independent or they’re charged with neglect and the children are taken away. Woe betide any teen who uses a tool like a pocket knife, or heck, even a table knife to cut meat. Lighting their own fire? Good grief, those parents must either not care of their child is disfigured by 3rd-degree burns over 90% of his body or they’re purposely nurturing a little arsonist. . . . “Free range parenting” is all but illegal and childhood is a completely different experience these days.

She then lists 25 things that children routinely did in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and asks readers how many of them they did.  I’ve highlighted in yellow those I didn’t do, and explained why.  All the rest I remember well – and I’m sure I’d have done the three I didn’t do if I’d had the opportunity!  How many did you do?

  1. Riding in the back of an open pick-up truck with a bunch of other kids
  2. Leaving the house after breakfast and not returning until the streetlights came on, at which point, you raced home, ASAP so you didn’t get in trouble
  3. Eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the school cafeteria
  4. Riding your bike without a helmet
  5. Riding your bike with a buddy on the handlebars, and neither of you wearing helmets
  6. Drinking water from the hose in the yard
  7. Swimming in creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes (or what they now call *cough* “wild swimming”)  (I presume she means skinny-dipping?  Yeah, did that.  Often.)
  8. Climbing trees (One park cut the lower branches from a tree on the playground in case some stalwart child dared to climb them)
  9. Having snowball fights (and accidentally hitting someone you shouldn’t) (the only reason I didn’t do this was because we didn’t have snow during winter.  I have had lots of mudball fights, though.)
  10. Sledding without enough protective equipment to play a game in the NFL (No snow to sled on – but I did play with home-made go-karts, running them down driveways and some local roads and devil take the hindmost.  Protective gear?  What’s that?)
  11. Carrying a pocket knife to school (or having a fishing tackle box with sharp things on school property)
  12. Camping
  13. Throwing rocks at snakes in the river  (and other animals too)
  14. Playing politically incorrect games like Cowboys and Indians
  15. Playing Cops and Robbers with *gasp* toy guns
  16. Pretending to shoot each other with sticks we imagined were guns
  17. Shooting an actual gun or a bow (with *gasp* sharp arrows) at a can on a log, accompanied by our parents who gave us pointers to improve our aim. Heck, there was even a marksmanship club at my high school
  18. Saying the words “gun” or “bang” or “pow pow” (there actually a freakin’ CODE about “playing with invisible guns”)
  19. Working for your pocket money well before your teen years
  20. Taking that money to the store and buying as much penny candy as you could afford, then eating it in one sitting
  21. Eating pop rocks candy and drinking soda, just to prove we were exempt from that urban legend that said our stomachs would explode
  22. Getting so dirty that your mom washed you off with the hose in the yard before letting you come into the house to have a shower
  23. Writing lines for being a jerk at school, either on the board or on paper
  24. Playing “dangerous” games like dodgeball, kickball, tag, whiffle ball, and red rover (The Health Department of New York issued a warning about the “significant risk of injury” from these games)
  25. Walking to school alone  (and riding my bicycle to and from school, alone and unescorted)

There’s more at the link.  Recommended reading, if depressing at times. I suppose it’s as Horace complained, a couple of thousand years ago:

Our sires’ age was worse than our grandsires’. We, their sons, are more worthless than they; so in our turn we shall give the world a progeny yet more corrupt.

There are many more such complaints about the young here.  (They’re funny in retrospect, too.)

ReBlogged from Peter over at the Bayou Renaissance Man

For all you Republican voters out there

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The appeasers out there are saying stuff like,  “Ted Cruz doesn’t have a chance” and  “Tea Party candidates are unelectable” or  “we must have  a centrist like Jeb Bush in order  to win.”  Well, I have one thing to say about that… Karl Rove.  Anyone remember him?  He was George Bush’s right hand man.  Here’s what he had to say today…

Republican strategist Karl Rove said on “Fox News Sunday” the only way to stop gun-related violence, like the Wednesday massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston S.C., was to repeal American citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

When Chris Wallace asked Rove how we can, “stop the violence,” the long-time gun-rights advocate stated that we have made great strides as a nation in empathizing with the victims of these types of shootings, but the only way to guarantee they will stop is to “remove guns from society.”   MORE BULLSHIT HERE     H/T to Wirecutter from over at  Knuckledraggin  for this story.

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Republican strategist Karl Rove. “Republican.” Got it?  Let that sink in. Remember that when the next election comes up and I say I refuse to vote for Jeb or Hillary and I say “Republican or Democrat; they are the same.”   You say that by doing that I’m throwing away my vote and the liberals will take office and we’ll lose our gun Rights. Remember that  Republican centrist you supported. And while your memory’s in gear, remember that Karl Rove is highly paid and respected by conservatives. They listen to what he says.

Unfortunately, he’s not real bright – if he thinks repealing the Second Amendment will reduce violence, he’s wrong. Dead wrong. That one act by our representatives will cause the biggest bloodbath this Nation has ever seen.

Happy Father’s Day

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For all the guys out there,  Happy Father’s Day.  And I will also say thanks for being a father and helping out your kids.  In today’s times, it’s apparently no longer the thing to do, to stay home and be a parent to your kids, to teach them right from wrong and give guidance. So that said,   a special thanks goes for the single moms out there who has to do double duty.  You disserve a “Happy Day” too!    Take a little extra cash and get a baby sitter and do something for yourself.

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I’ve got a new membership to the  Tri-County Gun Club in Newberg.  I was on the waiting list for two years for this.  I went through the orientation process last week and I think, as a father’s day present to myself, I’m gonna go shooting, for the first time at this new club,  today!

Another Senseless Shooting

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The story is nearly the same,  a crazy, nut-job walks into a church and kills a bunch of people.  It was a Church shooting this time.  This time there were Nine dead.   It was a tragedy.

What really sickens me is the slimy politicians who use this tragedy to political ends.  Our President Obama hits off immediately to enact new stronger gun laws.   The Charleston mayor also has already gone out on his soap box to make a speech on why this nation needs stronger, more restrictive gun laws.

If strong gun control had  even the slightest chance of working, I’d be all  behind it!  But it doesn’t work, it never has.  If you were to rank  the worlds worst gun tragedies in order, America would be pretty low on the list.  Number one is Norway.  Yes they have incredibly restrictive gun laws.  All guns are illegal.  Number two in South Korea.  And again all  guns are illegal there too.   The liberals keep using Britain as a comparison in the gun debate.  Unfortunately, Britain has a much higher amount of violent crime than even America. Britain has eight times the violent crime over America.  The liberal media doesn’t tell you that!

In contrast to what the liberals tell you,  guns actually make you safer.  The most restrictive states in the nation are Illinois, Washington DC, New York, and Michigan.  These cities have such restrictive gun laws, it is impossible to own a gun as a resident.  Yet the gun crime in these states are so high that they make up  a large percentage of the nations violent crime.  If gun control actually worked, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, and DC would be a paradise.

Gun control  is never about the guns… it’s all about the control.

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