21 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-20-17

  1. “Never Pay For Covered Home Repairs Again.
    I get that all the time in my spam filter.
    I don’t want that. What I want is never pay for uncovered home repairs.
    If I can have medical treatment for preexisting conditions, I should have protection for flooding after the water starts rising.

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  2. When I was checking Elvera out of the hospital about a month ago, I signed a form that allowed the hospital to bill Blue Cross a little over $3000.00. I thought that was an awful lot for a couple of days. But I didn’t quibble. I remembered that I’ve been paying them $517/mo, for 54 years now. Plus $134 for Medicare.
    They owe me.

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  3. Chas, I’m not all that surprised by a couple of days in the hospital being thousands and not hundreds.

    But your comment made me think of a story my brother told when we went down to visit him last week. This would have taken place in the 1970s when I was a little girl and he was around 20; he was a youth pastor or something of the sort. That’s the background. Now the conversation as I remember it.

    Him: “I had this one 14-year-old boy I had been teaching gun safety, and he and I went hunting, and he lifted his gun and it went off and shot him in the foot.”

    Me: “Wait a minute. Who taught him gun safety?”

    Him: “Well, I took him to the nearest hospital. I left him in the car while I went in to the ER to ask them where to take him. The woman at the desk was reading a magazine, and she was sitting there and chewing gum and reading, and she didn’t even look up when I spoke to her. I said, ‘I have a kid in my car who shot himself’–I would think ‘kid’ and ‘gunshot’ might have gotten her attention, but she just asked, ‘Can he walk?’ and I said, ‘I think we could use a wheelchair,’ and she said, ‘Right down the hall there, you’ll see one at the end of the hall you could use’–and she pointed, but she still didn’t even look up.
    “Well, I wheeled him in, and the doctor looked at him, X-rayed him, and told him, ‘You picked the exact perfect place for a shot–no muscle, no bone, and it will fine.’ They cleaned him with peroxide, put a bandage on it, and sent him home. The bill was $1,000, for a receptionist who didn’t even look up, an X-ray, use of a wheelchair I pushed myself, some peroxide, and a bandage. In the seventies!””

    He then added, “I called his dad, but I thought about what to say. I knew he wouldn’t be so nonchalant about ‘Your son shot himself,’ and so I said, ‘Your son hurt his foot.’ ‘How did he hurt it?’ ‘Well, he’s OK, we saw the doctor and he’s fine, but he shot himself in the foot . . . ‘”

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  4. Last time my husband was in the ER, he told the doctor what he usually does for the vertigo that he was experiencing. After some tests and X-rays and more discussion for six hours, the doctor, basically, told him he seemed to be doing everything right. The Dr. had no more help for him. That was the last time he went in for that.

    The nurse was telling us about some test we had to do at home, while my husband started throwing up. She ignored it. I grabbed a basin and held it up for him. In the meantime, we were trying to hear and take in what she was saying. I guess it is all normal for them.

    For all of that, we got a big bill and not much else, except for some reassurance for when it happened again.

    Beautiful flower. We have rain and cold, so it is a sight for sore eyes.


  5. Ricky and Tychicus;

    The whole second half I’m telling him “pass the ball he’s wide open”, but he just wanted to do it all himself it appeared. I thought it was just me, but it seems others agree, Westbrook is a hot dog, and just cost his team a playoff win. Sure it’s nice he achieved an NBA record, but his selfish play may cost him and his teammates any chance at the NBA title. Westbrook is good, but he’ll never be great with that style of play.


    “Somewhere, Kevin Durant is laughing. And laughing. And probably laughing some more.”

    “Then the game got tight in the second half, and Westbrook’s worst instincts got the best of him.

    It was the darkest timeline version of Westbrook, as he ignored open teammates and drove headlong into Houston defenders, begging for foul calls or for the basketball gods to answer the prayers he kept chucking toward the rim.

    He forced shot after shot as the clock ticked down and the Rockets heated up, going 4-for-18 in the fourth quarter.

    All the while, James Harden and the Rockets kept making the smart basketball play. The contrast was striking — the 2016-17 NBA MVP debate in a nutshell, really. Houston used a 7-0 run with Westbrook on the bench to get back in the game, then leveraged his atrocious decision-making down the stretch for a 115-111 win.”


  6. Not surprising.


    “Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults–in the 18-to-34 age bracket–were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents’ home.

    But that is no longer the case, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    “There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement,” says the Census Bureau study.

    “What is more,” says the study, “almost 9 in 10 young people who were living in their parents’ home a year ago are still living there today, making it the most stable living arrangement.”

    The Number 1 living arrangement today for Americans in the 18-to-34 age bracket, according to the Census Bureau, is to reside without a spouse in their parents’ home.”

    “The rise in young adults living at home coincided with a decline in the economic status of young men.

    “More young men are falling to the bottom of the income ladder,” says the Census Bureau study. “In 1975, only 25 percent of men, aged 25 to 34, had incomes of less than $30,000 per year. By 2016, that share rose to 41 percent of young men (incomes for both years are in 2015 dollars).”

    “There are now more young women than young men with a college degree, whereas in 1975 educational attainment among young men outpaced that of women,” says the study.”


  7. So, I should throw him out even though he puts out resumes day after day, works as an adjunct (which pays nothing) and would leave in a flash if he should get a job?

    So I can have an empty guest room?

    I think I’ll ask him to cook dinner instead.

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  8. I would think, in an ideal world, the young would live with or near the old. Not off of them, but with them. Working together to make the situation work. Give and take. That way, should it become time to separate, the young are not totally self absorbed but have picked up the idea of working together to a common end.

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  9. AJ, Travis and I spent most of lunch discussing the Westbrook situation. He has games like last night. Travis said he needs to be coached by one of three people: Pop in SA, Carlisle or Kerr. Hopefully tomorrow will be better, but I still enjoy watching Harden succeed.


  10. Yes, there’s nothing wrong with young adults living with their parents, as long as they are not mooching off of them. (I would not consider an unemployed young person who is actively looking for a job, or continuing their education, & helping around the house, to be mooching.)

    Our current economy is not kind to young people. Nightingale got into one of the professions that is growing (health care), & she is doing pretty well, but many others are struggling to get by.

    I think it was Cheryl who pointed out that many jobs that used to pay above minimum wage are now only paying minimum wage. Not only that, the buying power of today’s minimum wage is well below what it was three or four decades ago.


  11. Ricky — I’m rather amused by Trump’s Buy American pronouncement — is he telling us not to buy his products?? Economic nationalism is old school; in an era of container ships, intricate trade deals, and internet shopping Buy Insert Country campaigns are the equivalent of a little boy putting his finger in the dike — it makes for a great story but just as futile.

    In the post WWII era, we assume children leave home at 18-22 and find their own place. However, that was an anomaly — we had a large middle class, we taxed the extremely wealthy, private sector unions provided job security, min wage was higher, etc. Now we are back to the gilded age where the wealth is concentrated and people live in extended family units. Adult children living with their parents is the norm over the centuries and we’ve returned to the norm after the middle class interruption.

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  12. Win or lose, the Oklahoma City fans are the best. They were at the airport at 2:00 a.m. to greet the team after last night’s tough loss.


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