Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Intentional Misdirection?

(Political cartoon by Matt Wuerker and published 9/5/13 at Daily Kos.)

So, Obama and Kerry continue to futz and dither over a strike on Syria, now with some input from Russia.

In the meantime, all conversation about the massive NSA domestic spying program has fallen off the national consciousness,

Just a case of pretty keys?


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Elder Belle's Blessing: Cooling Centers And The People Who Offer Them

(Photo by Patrice Carlton and published at National Geographic.)

This edition of Elder Belle's Blessing, an award given from time to time to those who work to enhance the rights and benefits of the elders, goes to the people who offer and staff cooling centers.

Cooling centers are just what they sound like:  places for people to go when the temperatures outside are high and elders and people who have disabilities can go to cool off and avoid dangerous conditions like dehydration and heat stroke.

The one I've been using is located at Arcadia Methodist Hospital.  People using the room can easily get water, food, free wi-fi, and medical assistance if it becomes needed.

If you have neighbors who are unable to cope with the heat, help them get to one.  If your community doesn't have such facilities, work to have them opened.  During this time of climate instability, they can be life savers.


Monday, September 09, 2013

Option Play

Cartoon and column by David Horse and published 9/5/13 by the Los Angeles Times.

David provides the most even handed and fair analysis of the various positions I've seen on the web.  It's worth a full read.


Sunday, September 08, 2013

Sunday Funnies: A 2-fer

(Editorial cartoon by Tom Toles and published 9/5/13 by the Washington Post.)

(Political cartoon by Matt Wuerker and published 9/5/13 by Daily Kos.)

As always, click on image to enlarge.


Saturday, September 07, 2013

Bonus Critter Blogging: Fishing Spider

Photo by Ifthethunderdontgetya.  Click on link for more fabulous nature pics.)

Friday, September 06, 2013

Friday Cat Blogging

Thursday, September 05, 2013

OMG Redux

(Editorial cartoon by Kevin Siers /The Charlotte Observer September 1, 2013 and featured at McClatchy DC.)

Relax, George.  Like I said on Monday, you got your third term.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

How I Spent Labor Day

(Editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich and published 8/25/13 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.)

Over the span of about a week, I watched as my right ankle began swelling and stiffening, and then my calf began swelling, and then my upper leg, and finally, the whole right side of my body (breast and face included) swelled up to the point that I looked like the Michelin Man's Wife.  This is not good, I thought to myself, so I showed my leg to my neighbor.

She freaked and told me to grab my Medicare card, she was taking me to the ER of Methodist Hospital of Southern California ("Arcadia Methodist").  And when I showed the admissions clerk my leg, she freaked, ordered a wheelchair and put me at the front of the line.

The ER doctor, a very funny young man, did not freak, but he did tell me I might have thrown one or more blood clots so he would be ordering a whole slew of tests.  And, boy!, did he.  I had a series of ultra sounds to my lungs and legs, blood tests (from a vein and from an artery), a chest x-ray, and then he hooked me up to a whole series of machines until just about every inch of my body was covered with little plastic discs which would hold the lead wires from those machines.

There were no blood clots.  There was, however, a massive bacterial infection which for some reason only affected my right side. The jury is still out as to why just one side of my body was affected, but one part of that right side was my lung, so by mid-day I was having some trouble breathing.

Dr. Hong (the funny ER doc who calmed me down by using a hilarious Irish accent) started me on an IV of hydrating fluids and another with Cipro, an anti-bacterial antibiotic.  And then he told me he'd be admitting me one day at least.

That Cipro did the trick, so I got to come home on Tuesday evening,  On the way home. we picked up the prescriptions and discovered that my Medicare Part D coverage was in full force.  That relieved a lot of my anxiety.  I hoped that was a harbinger that my Medicare Part B was going to cover what must be at least $45,000 worth of tests.  That still remains to be seen.

At any rate, I'm home, with my old cat, wondering whether this was a signal the universe was giving me that my days of independent living are about over.  That also remains to be seen.  I'll be waiting to see the Social Security and Medicare raises at the end of the year before I make any decisions.

All I can say is thanks to whatever stands behind this universe for Medicare and for LBJ's push for it.


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

One Hot Potato Launched

(Editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich and published 9/4/13 in the Atlanta Journal Constituion.)

More on how I spent Labor Day after I get some rest and have some cuddle time with my cat.


Preach It, Brother!

(Horsey cartoon and column published 8/29/13 by the Los Angeles Times.)

Sure, some Islamist nutcase might be able to set off a bomb on a bus or in a building, but, horrific as that may be, the damage to our society is not nearly as great as the wrecking ball that can hit us all when one of the greedy schemes of aggressive and unscrupulous financiers goes awry. Yes, Islamic terrorists took down the World Trade Center in 2001, but the financial terrorists took down the world economy in 2008.

Why, yes.  I think David states it nicely.

Monday, September 02, 2013


(Editorial cartoon by Kevin Siers / The Charlotte Observer (August 29, 2013) and featured at McClatchy DC.)

It really is George W. Bush's third term!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Sunday Funnies: 2-fer

(Editorial cartoon by Kevin Siers/Charlotte Observer published 8/28/13 and featured at McClatchy DC.)

(Editorial cartoon by Joel Pett/Lexington Herald Leader 8/29/13 and featured at McClatchy DC.)