Medical Care Goes to the Dogs

Occupy AmericaIf you live in Wayne County and need medical coverage, you better have a child.  If not, you will be dumped into their “Patient Care Management System” or “Adult Benefit Waiver Program” which equates to “sucks to be you, we don’t even answer the phones here”.

After calling several other numbers and eventually getting their number, I was left dangling to listen to 40 rings of the phone which then hung up.  Even the recording which answers the phone has a voice which sounds like “we could care less about you, scumbags”.

After finding a number where they would answer the phone, I was told that I had been dumped into the worst provider group in Wayne County.  Most doctors do not accept this “coverage” and of those who do, many are sub-standard providers.  So, if you don’t have medical coverage, yet are working hard to scrape part-time work up, you deserve sewer-level health coverage.

Michigan’s economy is in shreds due to no fault of the millions of workers who showed up to jobs at companies that refused to change with the times.  Now, the state is begging tech companies to move or start here and there is no base of trained workers.  Instead of training workers on the job, everyone wants the workers to become destitute going back to school.

Let’s face it. Many of these jobs don’t require a degree.  Some on the job training and safety classes would get entry level workers who could move up as they learn more.

Many jobs listed didn’t even exist 10 or more years ago when these workers were getting degrees.  Yet, corporate America does not want to invest in the workers, just pump profits out of them.

The government is supposed to work for the people, not the corporations.  Yet, all legislation is geared to help companies make profits at the expense of the workers. When the workers need help, they are spit on by the state. Michigan legislators, we the PEOPLE are watching you.  The time of reckoning is coming soon.  You cannot keep protecting big business and stepping on the humans who vote for you.

Yes, we want businesses to flourish.  This keeps the economy going.  But we do not want all the benefits of their success to go in the pockets of a few individuals.  If the business profits, the workers should too.  Working people should not need state-scum level insurance to keep their health up.  And encouraging people to have children just to keep decent health coverage is wildly irresponsible.

Just sayin’.

Last Letter to Bush and Cheney

This is re-posted from Truthdig.com because I think the young man’s words need reading by everyone.  He makes some excellent points that should not be forgotten.

The Last Letter

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

To read Chris Hedges’ recent interview with Tomas Young, click here.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness. 

 

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                         THE ECONOMY

A STUDIED LOOK AT THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY CAN BE VERY REVEALING.   FIRST OF ALL, THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WON THE ELECTION  LAST NOVEMBER.  BUT, THE 1% STILL CONTROL THE MOST IMPORTANT SOLDIER IN THIS ECONOMIC WAR,…, AND HIS NAME IS…., TA-DA,  BILL,  YOU KNOW, DOLLAR BILL

I AM NOW IN THE MIDST OF RESEARCHING A TIMELINE OF PRODUCTION COSTS VS. CONSUMER COSTS, AND SO FAR THE RESULTS ARE ADDING UP JUST AS I EXPECTED THEM TO.  THIS IS EXPLICITLY REFLECTED AS THE PRICE OF OIL FELL FROM appx. $98 DOLLARS PER BARREL TO $92 DOLLARS PER BARREL IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, AND YET THE PRICE OF REGULAR GAS, @ THE PUMP, ROSE   FROM $3.499 PER GALLON TO $3.699 PER GALLON.(HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR)   THIS IS  ECONOMIC GENOCIDE BY PRICE…

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(CNN) — On pins and needles awaiting the results of November’s election, or falling asleep combing through the latest polling data? The answer might be more convenient than you think.

The 7-Eleven chain of stores is running a fourth “7-Election” campaign to predict the winner of the 2012 presidential election. While the method – having customers select either a red Romney or blue Obama cup for their coffee – is decidedly unscientific, the results in previous installments have closely mirrored those of the last two elections, and accurately predicted the winner in all three.

2000 Election 7-Election U.S. Voters

  • George W. Bush* 21%** 47.9%
  • Al Gore 20%** 48.4%

2004 Election 7-Election U.S. Voters

  • George W. Bush* 51% 50.7%
  • John Kerry 49% 48.3%

2008 Election 7-Election U.S. Voters

  • John McCain 46% 45.7%
  • Barack Obama* 52% 52.9%

*Elected.

**In the 2000 7-Election, all cup sales, including unmarked “nonpartisan” cups, were tallied. In…

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Friday July 20 was supposed to be the peak of the blockbuster movie season with the release of Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in The Dark Knight trilogy. Instead of being a momentous night for movie lovers, it became a black day for all the nation. Tragedy occurred when a gun man opened fire at a midnight showing in Aurora, Colorado. The man was dressed like and identified himself as The Joker. This sad turn of events immediately raised a long debated topic of whether or not the movies are to blame for this madman’s actions.

After such heinous events, it is natural in our human nature to want to place blame somewhere and the multi billion dollar a year movie industry makes for a fairly large target. But is it fair to blame them? The one question I immediately asked myself was, “if The Dark Knight had never been made…

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Miracles From Ashes

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Four years ago today, I posted a blog about my emergency room “miracle experience” after the Aurora Theater shooting. The post went viral, and created some controversy. Does God really do miracles? Why for one person and not another? Does a good God even exist?

I don’t claim to have all the answers. But I saw the miracle with my own eyes. Thank you to those who have asked me to repost this story for a reminder: God is still at work.


July 23, 2012

At Columbine High School, I have seen this before. But not up close.  As a church pastor in Denver, I have worked as a chaplain alongside several police and fire departments. I was privileged to counsel parents just hours after the Columbine shootings. However, in this new tragedy at the Aurora Theater Dark Night shooting, one of the victims was a 22-year-old…

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