Burch: March madness, continued

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

In my previous article I pointed out that March madness can be a very good thing — for instance, when the NCAA tournament comes to town and great young athletes skillfully execute basketball plays.

But there is a darker form of March madness, in which the executions can be lethal.

Was it a Freudian slip when Paul Ryan recently announced before whirring TV cameras: “We’re not going to give up on destroying the health care system.” Ryan was discussing his plans to repeal Obamacare and replace Medicare with a voucher system. If he succeeds, how many ordinary Janes and Joes (i.e., “we the people”) may suffer and die premature deaths as a result?

Ryan is the House Budget Committee Chairman, and a probable Republican frontrunner in the next presidential election. And he really does seem to be intent on destroying our health care system, when many nations that are far less wealthy than the U.S. have universal health care.

When Ryan’s running mate, Bishop Willard Mitt Romney, visited three nations during his presidential campaign, he praised the values they share with Americans. But all three nations — the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland — have universal health care systems. And one might suspect that the U.S. is either underwriting or helping to fund Israel’s health care system, as the U.S. gives tiny Israel billions of dollars in “loans” every year, but none of the “loans” has ever been repaid. Why are Republicans like Romney and Ryan so adamant that the U.S. cannot afford Obamacare, when they insist that Israel be given blank checks that are dishonestly called “loans”?

Closer to home, Republicans are working feverishly to make it difficult or impossible for Tennessee employees who have been injured on the job to sue for justice if their workers compensation claims are denied. Can anyone doubt that Gov. Bill Haslam’s pro-business administration will favor businesses over injured workers? Haslam is fast-tracking the proposed new legislation, with public discussions being limited to a few minutes on a bill that is 68 pages long. Opponents of the new workers compensation regulations have employed such harsh terms as “barbaric” and “sacrificing workers.” Democrats have panned the proposed legislation. For instance, Mike Turner, a state representative from Old Hickory, recently said: “This bill is the worst bill I’ve seen since I’ve been here, as far as working people go. This bill really disturbs me.”

Meanwhile, Nashville mayor Karl Dean is trying to reduce what Metro pays injured workers, including even public safety workers.

According to the most recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Tennessee ranks 47th out of 50 states. The poll asks state residents to rate their sense of well-being based on factors such as physical health, job satisfaction, outlook on life, etc. One of the most important factors is obviously personal health. Granted, some health factors are the responsibility of the individual, such as obesity. But employees who are injured at work and people who contract contagious diseases should not be forced to suffer — and perhaps die — because politicians are lacking in heart, mind and soul. So the workers compensation and health care systems play crucial roles in the well-being of citizens.

Both nationally and here at home, Republicans seem to be madder than March hares, willing to let their fellow Americans suffer and die, if that will add a few pennies to some heartless business’s bottom line.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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105 Comments on this post:

By: Mike Burch on 3/15/13 at 5:54

I think Ras-Putin has been surfin' on Yogi's brain waves, but the tiny amplitudes are not going to get him very far. Are Putin and Yogi cognizant of facts, or do they just get blown about by the winds of ancient myths and new superstitions?

Is Barack Obama a "known communist" or is he a moderate democrat in the mold of Bill Clinton?

Has Obama "refused to identify himself," or does Yogi just refuse to accept the fact that none of us can "prove" that our birth certificates are valid, or that we are adult versions of the babies named?

Can Yogi prove that he wasn't switched at birth with the baby of communist parents, in a bizarre plot to destroy democracy from within through wild conspiracy theories implanted via his childhood brainwashing?

Can Putin Jr. prove his equally wild claims to be a genetically superior alpha male?

Methinks the laddies protest too much ...

By: yogiman on 3/15/13 at 6:03

Do you mean you even have less than dumba$$, bfra? I know how much I have left because Doc gave me a cd of it and it was bigger than my fists. And it wasn't even swollen.

By: Mike Burch on 3/15/13 at 6:06

Loner,

Portman's hypocrisy should come as no surprise. The worst homophobes are often Republicans who are closeted gays. I wouldn't be surprised if Portman is caught in an airport stall, giving BJs to strangers for free, or paying to receive them.

Ironically, the self-proclaimed "born again" Christians are as far from Jesus Christ as Bluto is from Popeye. Jesus was a flaming liberal who saved virtually all his sternest criticism for religious types who failed to act with compassion or practice what they preach. And Jesus liked to hang out with the outcasts, saying that the prostitutes would enter the kingdom of heaven before the self-righteous.

If the last are first and the first last, it seems the Holy Rollers will have a rude surprise in store when they try to enter the pearly gates ... at least the "sinners" are honest about their sexual desires, and don't judge other people for doing what they do themselves.

By: bfra on 3/15/13 at 6:11

yogi - That cd was of your foot!

By: yogiman on 3/15/13 at 6:37

For an seemingly intelligent man, Mike, you're acting awful stupid.

You, apparently, haven't read Obama's autobiography and you probably haven't heard any of the "mistakes" he and his wife have made in interviews and speeches.

Why did he 'thank John McCain' for not mentioning his Muslim faith in an interview with George 'Stephanololis'?

Why did his wife say they had taken shots so they could go through Africa to his HOME COUNTRY Kenya?

May I offer a "copy" of a response I received from Lamar Alexander when I asked him and Bob Corker why they questioned John McCain \about his constitutional eligibility but didn't question Barack Obama (Corker never answered).

Lamar's answer:

"Dear Paul,

"Thanks for getting in touch with me and letting me know what's on your mind regarding the allegations about President Barack Obama's citizenship. This issue has been investigated and it has been confirmed that the President is in fact a natural born citizen and, therefore, is eligible for the office of the President. I appreciate you contacting me with your concernss, and I hope that you will continue to get in touch with me and let me know what's on your mind regarding the important issues facing our nation.

"Sincerely,

"Lamar"

I answered back and asked where they got the information proving Obama was a natural born citizen and why it hadn't been passed on to the public for their information.

Guess what; I never got an answer.

My additional question was how could a person born with a British subject his father be a natural born citizen. I'm still waiting for an answer.

Mike, how about checking out page 104 of the FIRST CONGRESS, sess.II. Cu.4 1790.
Read the first section of the page defining a natural born citizen. (It was approved March 26, 1790)

Then read sec. 3 of page 415 of THIRD CONGRESS. Sess. II. Cu. 21 1795 in redefining natural born citizen.

Then define to me: When was it determined a person with only one American parent would be a natural born citizen

Obama could possibly be a native born citizen by his mother (unless he was born in Kenya as he advertised for 16 years) but a native born citizen isn't a natural born citizen.

Let me know what you think.

By: yogiman on 3/15/13 at 6:42

Do you mean that doctor was lying to me, bfra? I was wondering why I didn't see any of my toes; especially my big toe. Wonder if that was my left foot or right foot.

I've been thinking it was my adult thinking brain all of these years.

By: bfra on 3/15/13 at 7:21

Pity that you don't have an adult thinking brain that you thought you had. But then blobs with NO brain like you are slow on ALL subjects.

By: yogiman on 3/15/13 at 7:31

Well, bfra,

With the intelligence you seem to think you have (or lack thereof) why haven't you "shut me up" and proved to me your man Barry is in that office legally?

My answer? You can't. Nor can any of your fellow Barry fans.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/15/13 at 7:33

For a stupid man yogi, you sure act dumb.

By: bfra on 3/15/13 at 7:34

Why yogi, that is simple! With all the proof that you have been shown, proving his legality, you do not have brains enough to comprehend. Therefoe, you are a lost cause & what you think and blow about really doesn't matter. He has been elected twice without you & your brainless ilk.

By: yogiman on 3/15/13 at 9:20

It's funny, bfra, I can't remember 1 iota of what you consider proof. Would you mind throwing it at me again?

And for your information, you cannot win a race if you aren't legally qualified to enter it. So tell me, how did a man with a Kenyan father, who was a British subject, become a natural born American citizen?

Also tell me how did a man who was (or is) an Indonesian citizen become a natural born American citizen?

Take your time, bfra, to figure a solution. I've been waiting a long time now for an answer. I can wait a little longer.

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 6:58

yogi - Not surprised you don't remember, that takes a brain.

By: Loner on 3/16/13 at 7:38

I agree, Mike....apples don't far too far from the tree....Portman is one of those effete, well-coiffed, silver-fox types...always dressed to the nines.....and that innocent-looking, cherubic baby-face....Portman's wife could be what they call his "beard"....heterosexual cover for a homosexual man.

Senator Portman, sponsor of the anti-gay Defense Of Marriage Act, does not have the balls to openly come out; that would be my guess....he's a poster boy for Republican Hypocrisy.

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 7:47

I guess that's our difference, dumba$$; you're a dumb a$$ acting stupid.

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 7:58

What proof have I shown that makes your man in the office legally? The simple fact he's a Kenyan who was adopted into Indonesian citizenship?

Tell me, bfra, when did your man Barry become an American citizen? When did he repatriate to his American citizenship (if he ever was one) from his Indonesian citizenship?

And when did he change his name from his adoption (Barry Soetoro) back to Barack Obama?

I'm sure you know so how about telling me.

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 7:58

All any one has to do is read the comments yogi! No One on this board is as "DUMB" as you & your hypocritical buddy Raspy comes in next.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 9:03

By: Mike Burch on 3/15/13 at 9:29
Nemo,

I think Ras-Putin may be time-sharing Yogi's brain!

Mike-
I can see this two time-sharing half a brain, both wanting to be the star of the show. LOL

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 9:04

I accept you all aren't as dumb as I, bfra, because you're all proving your ignorance. And you keep proving it every day by refusing to check the facts your man Barry has presented.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 9:05

By: yogiman on 3/15/13 at 10:12
I hate to 'say' this, Mike, but I believe Rasputin72 has more brain than all of you dumbolcraps combined.

This comes from a man who forgets to change his diapers.

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 9:19

yogi - I accept you all aren't as dumb as I, bfra, because you're all proving your ignorance
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Don't you want to rethink that statement?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 9:23

Mike ask, "Can Yogi prove that he wasn't switched at birth with the baby of communist parents, in a bizarre plot to destroy democracy from within through wild conspiracy theories implanted via his childhood brainwashing?"

Mike there was a report from the FBI files a few years back, about yogi being a fail Alien experiment gone badly. It seems that instead of attacking the humans, his defected brain could not be controlled and no matter what was uploaded into it, it would misfire and implode and repeat into a non-massage.

Mike wonders if; "Can Putin Jr. prove his equally wild claims to be a genetically superior alpha male?"

Mike this has been a comically on going for years. The only way Raspy has been able to insert his alpha male roll, is in the bathroom and now on line. Anywhere else he has had problem get any arousal.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 9:27

By: yogiman on 3/15/13 at 6:37
For an seemingly intelligent man, Mike, you're acting awful stupid.

This comes from a man with half a brain, that does not work.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 9:30

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 9:04
I accept you all aren't as dumb as I

We know this yogi.

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 9:35

I'll stand by that statement, bfra.

And, dumba$$, only half of my half brain is so superior to yours I wonder what happened in the development of yours.

Was your parents too dumb to produce a child with any degree of intelligence? Sure doesn't 'look' like it, does it?

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 9:50

yogi - I accept you all aren't as dumb as I, bfra, because you're all proving your ignorance
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yogi - I'll stand by that statement, bfra.

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Yep you would yogi! Because you are too dumb to know you are contradicting yourself! But I do agree with the first part, we aren't as dumb as you.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 9:51

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 9:04
I accept you all aren't as dumb as I

Once again I use your own words to prove my point, that your head is indeed pointed.

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 9:52

Nemo - yogi is too stupid to know what he wrote!

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 9:55

Good morning bfra. It seems that Raspy time sharing with yogi’s brain is caused the old fool to tell the truth. LOL

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 10:27

Nemo - Raspy & yogi are nothing more than something to be laughed at!

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 10:39

Laugh loud and hard, bfra; because you'll cry hard for a long time when you finally understand who your man Barry is.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 10:51

yogi, how would a stupid old man like you, who can’t get his history right, be able to know bfra future?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 10:52

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 9:04
I accept you all aren't as dumb as I

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 10:58

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 10:39
Laugh loud and hard, bfra;
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Oh! I do yogi, believe me I do. I always laugh at blobs that continue to make fools of themselves 24/7.

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 1:45

Is that why you look in the mirror so much, bfra? Do you have to stand with your nose against the mirror to see beyond it?

At my age, I hope I'm still here when Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama is brought forth. I can then die laughing at the fools of the USA. And there's a lot of them in your group.

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 4:25

yogi - Is that why you look in the mirror so much, bfra? Do you have to stand with your nose against the mirror to see beyond it?
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Can you never make sense? Stupid!

By: yogiman on 3/16/13 at 4:45

Sorry, bfra, I didn't know you was so stupid you had to have every word of a sentence interpreted for you.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 5:39

It is you that is having a hard time not understanding, yogi.

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 5:59

yogi - A sentencre has to make sense for anyone to understand it. You don't have the brains to construct a sentence. You just blabber & slobber!

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/13 at 6:01

I just got back from the Land of Oz, bfra. It is a fun movie.

By: bfra on 3/16/13 at 6:22

Nemo - From the previews, it looks like a fun movie. I have had visitors all day from Alaska & they brought a big box of king crab legs, ready to eat, so we have had quite a fiestful day. We might try the movie tomorrow, thanks for the info.

By: Rasputin72 on 3/17/13 at 4:44

Mike Burch......Responding to your 9:43, I must admit that there is a degree of truth to your political profile of me. Actually, government support of diversity has brought me tothe point of being more accepting of the caste system they have in India.

The winds of change are howling through this country. I remember as a small boy my father reading the newspaper on a summer morning in 1954 and saying to my Mother, "This is a historic day in America and has been too long in coming." I am afraid howeverin righting a wrong we have opened Pandoras box."

By: bfra on 3/17/13 at 7:27

I have never met anyone worth a damn that judges a person by the money they have, Raspy included.

Now Raspy tell us what was historic about the day in '54 when your Daddy read the newspaper. Is that the day he kicked you out of the house?

By: yogiman on 3/17/13 at 10:12

I imagine that was a typographical error, bfra. I imagine it was probably when the Civil Rights Act took place in 1964.

I would think with your intelligence you should have thought of that time era. That is, of course, if you was in school then.

But, of course, you never make a typographical error... do you?

By: bfra on 3/17/13 at 10:21

yogi - Was I addressing you? Who ask for your dumbass 2 cents worth of crap?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/17/13 at 11:26

Winds of Change- 1954

Mar 9th - Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy (See it Now)

Mar 11th - US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics

May 18th - European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect

Winds of Change- 1964

Mississippi Freedom Summer Events

http://www.crmvet.org/tim/tim64b.htm

By: bfra on 3/17/13 at 11:28

Nemo - But the brainless yogi reads minds. ROTFLMAO

By: yogiman on 3/17/13 at 11:29

What happened, bfra, did you recognize your ignorance?

You know, it's funny; you and your sweet sixers can make any comment your little hearts happily desires and that's okay; but you're special, you can but we others can't and shouldn't.

I'm sure glad I don't have "you all's" intelligence.

By: bfra on 3/17/13 at 11:39

All intelligent comments are welcome, pure pissy BS like you put on here yogi, is just that BS and nobody appreciates BS.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/17/13 at 11:40

Raspy old boy, there is only one political profile that correspond to your disposition. It is all about you.

By: bfra on 3/17/13 at 11:41

yogi - Nobody with brains that is, therefore it is understandable that you lap that BS up with plenty of drool & slobber.