Saturday, September 5, 2009

The health insurance debacle

How can so many people be so blindly stupid as to believe everything they hear from talk radio and Fox Opinion regarding universal health insurance? How can so many people be willing to put their ignorance on public display at open meetings in front of cameras? Let alone their disgusting lack of manners or respect. How is it possible to get real honest facts to these people to try to convince them of their blindness?

I understand why many in the business sector of our economy cast a terrified eye on the possibility of competition for the health care dollar. There is money to be lost in reformation of the system or lack thereof. Salaries and bonuses might be frozen or even cut. Lobbyists could lose their jobs and influence. Drugs that sell outside the country for a fraction of the cost to US users might yield smaller profits. Companies that refuse to cover certain individuals and illnesses might have that right curtailed and expenses increased as a result. Investors could see their income drop. That's why those who profit from the health care industry are spending billions to try to protect their empires.

I have great difficulty with willful ignorance. I have too many friends and acquaintances who have experienced the health care systems in other countries and wonder why Americans are so backward and uncaring about each other. As far as I can see and hear, those who oppose universal health care in the US are of two main categories - those who will profit less financially and those who are willfully ignorant about the advantages of it. While I have some sympathy for the former, I pray the others never have to experience the fun of a health crisis with no insurance. (If I didn't pretend to follow Jesus, I'd pray they have a crisis immediately and learn the hard way.)

There is more information and incentive to act at Acts of Hope. Go read and do. And watch the following:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday cat blogging

Little One settles down on her towel while Jellico watches. Jellico has had eye problems the last few days but seems to be a little better this morning. The cats are away today since my neighbor is cutting up the branch that fell.

Friday shuffle

1. The Last Old Shovel - Phyllis Boyens
2. In the Still of the Night - The Satins
3. Cherish - The Association
4. Montana Cowboy - Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
5. It's Just a Matter of Time - Brook Benton
6. Orange Blossom Special - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
7. Golden Ring - Dry Branch Fire Squad
8. Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
9. Walton: King Herod and the Cock - Trinity Choir
10. Phibbs: Rainland - Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
I don't like any of the YouTube Association videos.
So much bluegrass this time. Interesting.
Note to Matty Boy who doesn't read this anyhow as far as I know: I don't have any recent "popular" music as I don't identify with it. Actually I don't listen to it at all. If I could find a collection I like, I would have lots of 40s and early 50s music. I know most of those songs because, as part of a family that traveled, we sang with the radio.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dear ABC Rowan Williams,

I don't understand all the fuss over a covenant which has been proposed to hold the Anglican Communion together. It seems to me that there should be one and only one criterion by which anyone can be part of the AC.

If you would invite everyone to the eucharist, you would quickly learn who is and who is not in communion. Anyone who will share the meal with you and everyone else is a member. Those who discriminate are not.

Who needs anything written?



Monday, August 31, 2009

Little One gets comfortable

I put a clean towel outside the kitchen window on the cathouse roof. All the cats have checked it out. Little One seems to have taken possession. At first she was apprehensive of this large moving thing on the other side of the window. She has since settled down and snoozes there during the day. I think she spends the night in Dudie's old leanto. I don't know where he goes now. Jellico is the purrson eating.

Earlier this morning, Little One ran full tilt toward Jellico and did a head over tail flip beside him. It was amazing.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tree cat

This branch came down while I was gone. The black cherry trees (or so I'm told they are tho I think they are choke cherry "trees") pose a significant hazard to the house as they are quite tall.

Tim has always been a climber who can get down as well as up. She is enjoying this new playground. Little One was down below but I couldn't catch her with the camera.