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Iron Dome

One question that no one is asking: why does Hamas launch rockets into Israel when it knows the rockets won’t make it past Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system? Might as well fire them west into the Mediterranean.

Leading

About a year ago John Boehner was bitching that Barack Obama was leading from behind or not leading at all. Now that Obama is leading Boehner has decided to sue him for it.

HOBBY LOBBY

Every single Supreme Court justice failed to mention the most glaring and egregious miscarriage of justice in the entire Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case: Hobby Lobby’s stupid-ass name.
 

War is over

Dear John McCain: nobody won shit in Iraq, there is no victory to preserve.

Iraq was headed to break into three parts pre-surge, then the surge stabilized Iraq as one, now that we left it’s headed back to three parts. Let it be.

Oh the (lack of) Humanity!

Are the people that feel that Sgt. Bergdahl should be tried and convicted of desertion really suggesting that after he spent five years as a POW in a Taliban prison (more like a steel box than any concept of a modern prison that you and I might conceive) he should then be thrown into a US military prison? Try & convict for desertion if you must, then sentence him to “time served”. Please remember he is still a US citizen and a human being, not a political football or a piece of trash.

Also: if he did go AWOL, remember he was 23 at the time. He made a bad decision then, he’s neither the first nor the last 23 year old to do so. These days we feel the human brain isn’t fully mature until age 25, with the part involved in decision making being the last to develop.

#GetMoneyOut

It’s going to take a lot of money to get the money out of politics.

 

#GetMoneyOut

In a game of Billionaire vs. Billionaire, you and I are either collateral damage or completely ignored.  #GetMoneyOut

 

Ill Hospitals

Is there something fundamentally wrong with US hospitals?

First, a report comes out that US hospital prices are arbitrary and confoundingly high, then it’s discovered VA hospitals have confoundingly high wait times. In regards to prices, hospitals tend to play a shell-game and stick it to the working poor and lower middle class much like the mortgage industry did not long ago. That’s unethical of hospitals. Not only did the VA hospitals fail to meet demand, they lied about it and covered it up. Also unethical and probably illegal.

I feel it’s not off the mark to say that we need to take a close look at how hospitals are run, managed, financed, and how they pay salaries and bonuses to employees and administrators, as something seems to have gone awry in the mission hospitals have to provide healthcare to patients in an ethical manner.

Where are these hospital’s ethics and sense of purpose? Are they only concerned about money these days? Are they simply lazy? Why do they feel they aren’t accountable?

Maybe hospitals and hospital systems need to be decentralized? The idea of combining hospitals into hospital groups was to take advantage of economies of scale to lower costs. That didn’t happen. Maybe instead of having a handful of high-rise hospitals in a city or region, there should be dozens of much smaller hospitals in the same area that would be forced to compete with one another? Maybe a smaller scale would force these hospitals to be more patient-centric and to be more concerned with quality of care rather than quantity? You know, operating more in a boutique manner than in a factory manner? Perhaps a Walmart, box-store concept to hospital care simply doesn’t work? Perhaps the doctor-patient relationship needs to occur in a more intimate setting? It would seem that hospital epidemics of MERS, staph, and pneumonia could be reduced with more and smaller hospitals in a given area. The consolidated, centralized, high-rise concept did not work for public housing, perhaps it simply cannot work for hospitals as well?

So then have hospitals hit the too-big-to-fail wall?? You know that wall that financial institutions hit when they became so big and powerful and their staff so well-paid that they totally lost their focus of their position in society and in their core mission of what they provided to their clients? Maybe there’s some kind of sociological law about the size of an institution: that at a certain point an institution becomes so large that it loses its way and becomes disconnected, that staff members get stuck in a small-cog-in-a-large-machine syndrome where everyone loses sight of the mission and assumes somebody else has their eye on and is responsible for the big picture?

Voter Fraud

I’m rethinking my views on requiring voters to have a driver’s license as ID to vote. Not only do I now feel it should be required, but I feel only those with a motorcycle endorsement should be allowed to vote.

And I just heard that in Mississippi there’s a bill pending requiring voters to not only have a driver’s license, but that the license must be a CDL Class A “Big Rig” license. Well played MS!

Only letting bikers and truckers vote will get the money out of politics. And potholes will be a thing of the past.

Win-win, done & done.

Bring Back Our Girls

A SEAL team to #BringBackOurGirls? It will take A LOT more than that. Assuming the girls are all in one place (which probably isn’t the case) there are 276 of them. That will take close to a thousand troops and support personnel at least. And you’ll need a C130 or two or similar large aircraft to extract the girls alone. This will be a major military operation. The logistical requirements here are huge: a platoon of SEALs and a few Blackhawks isn’t enough do the job.

This doesn’t mean I am against a US mission to get the the girls, I am all for it.

But I am shocked how the so-called experts, the TV journalists and pundits, have radically underestimated the scope of the mission. “Why can’t we just send in some SEALs and rescue these girls like we did with Capt. Phillips or with the raid that killed bin Lauden?” I’ve heard on more than one news outlet. Apples and Oranges. Bin Laden was one man, Capt. Phillips also one man. An operation to extract 276 people from an unknown amount of armed captors will be many times larger than those.

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