Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:38am

Too much to endure

Saturday, Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at the “Tea Party Convention” held in Nashville. I would first like to state that I am very proud whenever Nashville is selected for any major venue, political or otherwise. But the very fact that Palin was selected as the keynote speaker shows that the Tea Party movement is not in danger of being taken over by the Conservative Republican movement, but that it already has been. Their true colors are being shown right from the beginning.

One of the first things that Sarah Palin did was to mention good southern barbeque and sweet tea. I found that interesting as I was left wondering whether she had actually had any since she and others had lobster at several hundred dollars per plate.

In fact, all of the attendees had to pay over $500 to attend. I seem to recall that several weeks ago a similar Democratic event was held in which both southern barbeque and sweet tea were served which was, incidentally, free of charge. We did not partake of any lobster, but we did have important keynote speakers.

As usual, Palin stated the expected platitudes toward those who serve our country in uniform. While that is always admirable, these conservatives always try to make it seem that only conservative Republican types serve in our military. Let me be clear, there are many liberal Democrats proudly serving their country in our military also. But Conservatives like Palin tend to forget that.

Soon after that she referred to “Alaska” as being a “beacon of hope” for the rest of the world. Well, at least that was her only gaff! But she went on to state that we need more than tough talk from the current administration while ignoring the fact that this administration has literally conducted more missile strikes against the terrorist threat than any administration before has done. 

And she invoked John F. Kennedy by stating that it should be recalled that “all of the world’s problems aren’t his [Obama’s] predecessor’s fault.” Of course, she forgets that during the previous administration everything was blamed on the Clinton administration. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it.

She mentioned TARP without recalling that this was a Bush administration “fix” for our economic problems, insinuating that it was all an Obama administration idea. And, of course, she was highly critical of TARP and stated that we are in the worst economic situation ever due to the consequences of Obama administration policies. Never mind Bush administration policies.

She mentioned annoyance with the national debt without acknowledging that it was the Bush administration that took us from a surplus back into greater national debt in the first place.  Republicans never made a single peep concerning the national debt while the Bush administration was in charge, but can’t shut up about it now as they insinuate that the Obama administration has somehow caused it all by itself. There is no thought to how bad this “great recession” might have been if the present administration had not taken measures to reign in the negative effects of the runaway conservative agenda.

Finally, she made reference to “liberal intolerance,” which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. It is, in fact, conservatives who are intolerant of others, not liberals. And almost in the same breath she insinuated that liberals reject children with special needs, which I found particularly insulting since I happen to have two nephews with special needs, one of whom, I am very proud to say, is a Freemason and a Shriner and has been elected as chaplain for Hendersonville Lodge this year. 

If Palin wishes to insinuate that Democrats like myself reject those with special needs then she should come to understand that we accept people no matter who they are and believe in providing them with opportunities as they grow and develop in their lives. We are not solely focused on the yet to be born, but acknowledge and support those already born as well.

In the end, the chants encouraging Palin to run for President of the United States of America were just a bit too much to endure. I implore the American people to thoughtfully consider what it would be like for this nation and their families if she were to become the most powerful person on this planet. Do you really want that? Think about it.

John M. Browder, 37211

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293 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 1:54

I've been to Mexico and worse third world countries, I'd much rather be in the U.S. You can illustrate every single thing that's wrong with this country, but it's still better than 99% of anything else in the world.

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 1:55

By: DustyU on 2/9/10 at 1:24
wasn't the experimental surgery they evaluated him for - the one wall just started slowly disintegrating so they had to operate anyway
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Wishing Dusty the very best and a speedy recovery. Please keep us informed.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:57

g, not all parts of Mexico are bad. there's some really nice ex-pat communities up in the mountains that are nicer, friendlier and cheaper than the U.S. if you don't mind living simply.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 1:57

my goal is to eventually retire there.

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 1:58

I've been to the good parts, blanket, still prefer the good ole U S of A. (no ice hockey there)

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 2:00

"...if you don't mind living simply."

There's the rub...

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 2:03

new By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 1:00

House: I don't think the 'tards like the cold."

That wasn't nice. When I picture D7 now, I picture a pasty face doughy middle-aged guy dressed like Archie Bunker. I'm sure I'm right on.

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 2:05

I'm bad, I want to "retire" to NYC. I've always wanted to live there!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:05

well, i really prefer to live simply, so that's not a rub for me.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:06

Funditto, that is a city i absolutely love to visit but would never do well in. even on the 30th floor you still hear street noise.

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 2:07

Blanket: On the topic of healthcare, a friend is taking cemo and the pills for the after effects are $800@. Was discussing this with another friend, that after taking cemo, has to have a scan every few months and the shot she has to take after the scan is $2000. I wasn't aware of these outrageous amounts, I have been lucky thus far.

This is where the gov. needs to step in. There is no way this medecine should be these amounts, considering all the grants, donations & gov. funded research. Either or both the insurances or medical cos. are bigger rip offs than I realized.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:10

does your friend have insurance, bfra?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:10

because not everyone is charged the same amount across the board...thanks to insurance companies....

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 2:11

Loner: Let me know when the UNCOR NEW YORK event is scheduled.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 2:11

Imported beer & bejeweled pocket protectors doesn't sound like "living simply" to me...

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 2:12

bfra - that's so common - and so sad. I think many folks fall through the cracks - too rich for medicaid - too poor for treatment.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 2:14

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 12:18
Lighten up Sid.

Actually, when I think of Sid I think of Archie Manning in drag.
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Wow! G. I actually have a picture in my mind of you as Mother Theresa in drag - helping "man" kind.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/9/10 at 2:15

Yep!

Cheney's Revenge
The Obama Administration is vindicating Bush antiterror policy.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704022804575042112185849380.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 2:15

Both have insurance. I have been amiss today because I had 5 shots in the back this AM for disc problems. I am also lucky to have ins. (pay dearly), but that still is no reason for these prices.

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 2:16

BFRA, Plus, it turns out that Nixon enacted a bill back in the 70s "fixing" the hospital competition....a new hospital cannot enter into the market w/o approval from the existing facilities in the immediate area. Saw it on a blurb yesterday, and hubby confirmed that it's a Federal law, no less. This act in of itself keeps competition down and elevates prices. Pet owners get better pricing and availability than humans. For instance, Value Pet is right across the street on Lebanon Pk from Lebanon Animal Hospital. If I walk in the door at one location, and they're backed up, I can literally go across the street w/my emergency and be seen right away. Wow.

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 2:16

By sidNEY: So making fun of Downs Syndrome babies and comparing Manning to a DS child is "fun" and it's an "inside joke".

SIDIOT---SEE WHAT I MEAN? YOU JUST TOOK IT THAT I MEANT THAT PARTICULAR SENTENCE AND MEANT IT AS A "FUN, INSIDE JOKE" WHEN I WAS NOT REFERRING TO THAT PARTICULAR ITEM BUT TO MOST OF YOUR RESPONSES IN GENERAL.

Shame on me for not getting it. I guess D7 was right. I've never said I was "better than anyone". You all just Assumed I said it. Pardon me for being human.
WHINEY-ASS, NO ONE SAID YOU WERE BETTER THAN ANYONE--ALTHOUGH YOU DO COME ACROSS THAT WAY ALOT, A WHOLE LOT. MAYBE RE-READ WHAT YOU POST OR WHAT YOU ARE POSTING ON BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY HIT THE POST COMMENT BUTTON. YOU MIGHT NOT GET SO BENT IF YOU DID.

Being on the CP for "years" does give one a license for anything and everything. Nothing is off limits to hurtful slinging of hate.
I'M NOT SLINGING HATE BUT SOMETIMES YOU JUST KEEP ON AND ON WHEN IT ISN'T NECESSARY AND PERHAPS I HAVE JUST HAD ENOUGH? I TRY TO JUST SKIP OVER ALOT OF WHAT YOU POST BUT YOU MAKE IT HARD.

STOP YOUR TITTY-BABY, WHINNEY-WHINEY CARPING AND GROW A SET OF BREASTICLES. DON'T TAKE EVERYTHING POSTED SO FREAKIN' LITERALLY AND LIGHTEN UP ONCE IN A WHILE. OR LIGHT UP, WHICHEVER SUITS YOU BEST.

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 2:16

Loner - Sorry I left the K off of UNCORKED!

By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 2:17

bfra said on 2/9/10 at 2:07

"This is where the gov. needs to step in. There is no way this medecine should be these amounts, considering all the grants, donations & gov. funded research. Either or both the insurances or medical cos. are bigger rip offs than I realized."

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Greg Palast's The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and read the section on the first HIV drugs that came on the market. It a good example of how drug companies push risk and research onto the public sector and then jump in at the last moment to patent the drug when they see there's a buck in it for them.

By: Dragon on 2/9/10 at 2:17

chiefpayne568

Are you doing OK? Hope all is well.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 2:19

"Breasticles"? I don't like the sound of that...

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/9/10 at 2:21

Now if Murtha held it for so long, even after being know as the King of Pork, I wonder what the Democrats are so nervous about. I guess losing Mass really got to them, if this is true.

Veteran congressman's death adds to Barack Obama's woes
• Democrats fear Republicans will win seat held since 1974
• President's poll ratings fall further amid health care impasse
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/09/john-murtha-barack-obama-democrats

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:21

girlie, you're sort of right but not exactly. there has to be a marketing analysis done to justify having a specialty move into the area. the Stark Laws prevent fraud and making money off referals.

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 2:21

No kiddin'..... "breasticles" sound painful........

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 2:22

sid - now that is a pathetic comeback.

I have g pictured as a very astute person that can invision a put-on, from the inane info they put in a public forum.

By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 2:22

house_of_pain said

"'Breasticles'? I don't like the sound of that..."

But I've got to say, I like SIDIOT... :-)

Yes Sid , I know, I'm a hate slinger slinging hateful things about hate yata yata yata yata...

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/9/10 at 2:22

Dragon,

Well, will be heading over soon. Just finished all the training. Hope you all are doing well in Tennessee. I hear it's snowing a lot...just chilly here.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 2:24

Where were you training, chief?

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 2:25

It's called the CON law....

http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2010/02/09/the-con-of-american-hospitals/

meant to keep prices down, but instead did the exact opposite. I had a CT scan done 7/28 and it cost $4k while people on FaceBook quoted me half that price is what their rates were in CA. Whoa~

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 2:26

Mama - Now those are good discriptions - sidiot & titty baby! You do come up with some good ones, and they do fit.

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 2:28

http://www.thinkbigworksmall.com/mypage/player/tbws/23088/

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:30

oh, now i know what you're talking about, girlie.

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 2:32

I'm sorry ya'll, I just get so worked up. Breasticles are the female equivalent to the male 'testicles.' I guess that's a given, unless one assumes, as sidney does, that I mean something entirely different.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/9/10 at 2:32

House,

Camp Shelby, MS

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 2:33

Thanks brrrrk, I will check that out. The shots I got were at a pain clinic and all my doctors are at Vanderbilt. Bet this pain clinic is owned by doctors and separate income from the hospital. Have tried on line to find out, but haven't so far.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:35

The basic assumption underlying CON regulation is that excess capacity (in the form of facility overbuilding) directly results in health care price inflation. When a hospital cannot fill its beds, fixed costs must be met through higher charges for the beds that are used. Bigger institutions have bigger costs, so CON supporters say it makes sense to limit facilities to building only enough capacity to meet actual needs.

CON programs originated to regulate the number of beds in hospitals and nursing homes, and to prevent overbuying of expensive equipment. Mandatory regulation through health planning agencies determined the most urgent health care needs, contributed to solutions for these needs, and attempted to manage the fluctuations in prices often caused by a competitive market. The idea was that new or improved facilities or equipment would be approved based only on a genuine need in a community. Statutory criteria often were created to help planning agencies decide what was necessary for a given location. By reviewing the activities and resources of hospitals, the agencies made judgments about what needed to be improved. Once need was established, the applicant organization (corporation, not-for-profit, partnership or public entity) was granted permission to begin a project. These approvals generally are known as "Certificates of Need."

http://www.ncsl.org/IssuesResearch/Health/CONCertificateofNeedStateLaws/tabid/14373/Default.aspx

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 2:36

MamaG, it still sounded painful, but hey, I'm trapped in a house w/4 dogs, 2 cat, 3 little kids, a bunch of geckos, a snake, a chameleon, rescued baby turtle, 3 frogs....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:36

36 states have retained the CON program.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:38

girlie, you can't compare healthcare economics to the same as say a burger stand. the overhead costs pretty much require CON.

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 2:40

as for the filled beds, there have hospitals here w/zero empty beds, according to the washing machine repairman, and they've placed the patients in the Step ICU instead. Wow, that can't be cost effective. And if you work for Metro, optional/non-emergency procedures must be done at non-HCA locations because HCA won't accept Metro's plan. CON appears to be a major obstacle right now, at least that's what the elected individuals are saying. Are you telling me my friends are lying to me? :-)

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 2:40

LOL, girlie! In retrospect, it does sound sort of painful.

We had a frog a while back. He lived about 6 years. Buried him under the new back patio...got 2 cats but soon to be 1. My big male is down to about 5 or 6 lbs now and be put to sleep soon. I've got to be able to get the hole dug to bury him in the yard. He's miserable and won't ever get any better, so I don't want to have him suffer any longer. Sweetest cat ever!!!

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 2:41

"Sidiot"

Classic

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 2:43

Good evening, everyone. I hope you all have a good evening...you included, sid.

Oh, BTW, the name of the cajun restaurant in Farmer's market is The Original Nooley's and they are not selling King Cake for next week's Mardi Gras. Hear that Whole Foods makes them though! 'nite...

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 2:43

Oh God, MamaG, I am so very sorry. If I can help,seriously, let me know. I've buried so many helpless victims in the backyard here, it's starting to creep me out. And a Starling flew into the window an hour ago, broke his neck and died instantly. Stupid hawk was chasing him when it happened. :-(

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 2:44

i wouldn't say "lying" i'd say there's more than one way to look at it. just because HCA won't accept optional/non-emergency procedures doesn't mean CON doesn't work. HCA is private and has a right to refuse non-emergency care. if there are beds available elsewhere in the targeted market area, CON is working fine.

btw, i'd get a better source of information than the washing machine repairman.

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 2:45

And what the hell does that mean, Blanket??

-Maytag Repairman