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Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
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I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

Journal Archives

First trailer for Brad Pitt's WWII tank film, "Fury":

SO looking forward to this movie. Hollywood rarely gets tank operations right, but as an ex-tanker, I have hope for this film.

Cross-posted in the Movies Forum.

Anybody know why the Army ditched the green Class-A's?

When I see soldiers, they're either in those hideously ugly ADU's (or whatever they're called) or dress blues.

I thought that Class-A greens, and the service Class-B uniforms were terrific.

Happy Juneteenth, everybody!


During lunch, I was reading the wikipedia article about the Barack Obama 'birther' "controversy".

It reminded me a little of the 'controversy' surrounding the Shakespeare authorship question.

All I can say is: the shit some people choose to believe...



In the play and movie 'Driving Miss Daisy', there's a character named 'Boolie'.

Any Southerners know what given name this is a nickname for?

Thursday. Mental Health Day in clinic. Ask me anything.

Mainly because I'm gonna need some moral support to get through the day.

I'll check in between patients.

Have a good day, Loungers.

I love you all.

I had an interesting discussion with a patient yesterday who is a black conservative.

The subject came up when I encouraged my patient (who is homeless) to register for the Affordable Care Act. He was resistant to the idea, he said, because he is a conservative. He doesn't want any Democratic "handouts".

He went on to say that most black people are welfare cheats. He knows, because his whole family, except for him, are welfare cheats.

So, okay. He's good at arguing from the specific to the general. He thinks that people are poor because they don't work. He knows, because see above. His whole family are poor, lazy, shiftless, unemployed takers. So every poor person must be, too. I avoided mentioning the fact that even though he works, and is "pulling himself up by his bootstraps", he is still homeless, and that the blame lies not with poor people who take handouts, but the employers who refuse to pay a living wage.

He would have none of it. He displayed the unassailable self-assurance of someone who has never attempted to see someone else's point of view. Pretty common among right-wingers.

I ended the discussion by pointing out that the ACA would pay for the diagnostic workup his problem requires. And if he wants any of it done at all, it's either the ACA or financial aid, which would be, in his own words " a handout". I don't know what he's going to do, but I do know that every right-wing media personality would give his or her right arm to be able to put this guy on the air to validate their rather cruel outlook.

Ugh! Sick. And in need of company. Ask me anything...

Anybody up late? Got a nice Midas Touch buzz-on...

Let's bring back mandatory state and local militias, and disband the U.S. Armed Forces.

If you are not willing to see this happening, then stop telling me about your sacred 2nd Amendment rights.
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