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Another adventure begins....

Philly's Finest:


Oh my God...Oh my God...I can't believe I did this..

I had a patient in my chair and I was supposed to do a filling on him but you know, the extraction forcep feels almost just like a handpiece and I accidentally took out the tooth. I was stressed by the situation and it was the "Fog of Dentistry". "In all the excitement I clean forgot" (as Clint Eastwood famously said) what I was doing! It could happen to anyone! I expect complete exoneration due to my contributions to charities involving dental work on poor people!


I dunno...somehow this doesn't work real well...sounds a bit iffy...perhaps I should submit my narrative to the Fox News writers and see what they can do with this...

I only have one question:

who the hell would shoot anyone in the back? when I was a young'un, in the Westerns I watched, and I watched hundreds of them, the lowest of the low was "shootin' someone in the back". It was consdered worse than "horse thievin'".

As an aside, one of the lines used by a Texas lawyer in the HBO series on Durst-the-serial-killer was that, "the reason they hang horse thieves and spare killers is that there aren't any horses than need stealing, but there are people who need killing." This seems to be the Mantra floating around these days...

I had an interesting conversation with an Israeli of Yemenite extraction...

in his 40's parents born in Yemen, migrated to Israel, almost all the children came to Philadelphia for business/personal reasons…

We spoke just before the election and he wanted Bibi OUT in the worst way, and thought he would lose…was pretty sure he would lose. What he said before the election was interesting…he was marginally concerned that the Left had been too harsh in its criticism on Likud; that the moderates who were swinging away were so outraged by the perceived exaggerations that they would swing back. The liberals, so to speak, were always going to vote with Labor, so the populous of course, resembles that of the US: the Independents control the outcome in national elections.

I saw him right after the results came in. His first remarks to me were: well, I guess we were both wrong - no one figured the wide margin though, two or three seats here or there make a big difference in parliamentary outcome. That being said, he excoriated his own side for demonizing the Right in the way that they did: accusing them of implementing draconian measures in personal existence, etc. He said that one thing the Israelis are not, is believing that kind of extremism is going to occur in their society.

What he did say of interest was that despite what you might read in the US press, the country is virtually 100% unified if threatened or perceived to be threatened by another country or countries. This is inculcated from before birth. anyone who thinks that the Israelis are going to just roll over and play dead is entirely mistaken. When it comes to the military, there is little doubt as to the policy or the resultant call-up and troop deployment. Fascinating fellow and remarkable family.

A Sweet Passover and Happy Easter to all who celebrate...

now where's the guy who says this, like one of my other posts about a RWer spouting religion, doesn't belong in GD because its "religious" and got it locked?


Today, I'm glad I'm alive...

We all know that this country is on the cusp of disaster at any moment: horribly divided politically, racial and religious animus out the wazoo, electoral shenanigans which make the old days look like amateur hour, celebration of ignorance including wholesale rejection of science and the scientific method, corruption and greed as the norm, the list goes on and on and includes, but is not limited to the replacement of icon Jon Stewart with a gentleman who, shall we say, is strangely abusive in his attempts at humor.

But in these perilous times, I never thought I would pen these words: the nightmare in Indiana almost makes me believe in Capitalism as a form of Rescue Breathing to a dying country. We know, because we've dealt with corporations our entire lives, "that the reason, the REASON" (as Philip Roth would write) that these creeps are backing down is that it is going to cost them too much money to stick to what they strangely call "their principles". The potential loss of tens and tens of billions of dollars is too much for these CEO's, CFO's, and ordinary stockholders to bear.

I understand full well that these legislators, these tinhorn Mussolini-types live in a right-wing, Fox-induced bubble, but is there no one among their advisory group who might have posited that this was a BAD ECONOMIC IDEA to disenfranchise not only, say ten percent of the populus to begin with, but to not factor in those who were intimately connected to these individuals, to wit: their parents, their siblings, their aunts and uncles and cousins, their heterosexual friends, neighbors, and co-workers, who don't want to hear this kind of, and pardon me for it is the only word that adequately describes it, shit? I mean, even if you don't give a damn about gay marriage one way or the other, do you want to come home and hear from the guy across the street whose partner helps you shovel out your driveway after a snowstorm, that the bakery wouldn't sell them a birthday cake for their adopted son or daughter because this owner does not approve of gay marriage, gay sex, or gay-anything-else? You don't want to hear this...you want this guy to say to you, "how about them Colts, eh?" Or, "cold day in April, isn't it?"

So...to paraphrase H.G. Wells' ending to War of the Worlds: it wasn't the morality, or the ethics, or the true religiosity which saved Man in this instance, it was the Almighty dollar. All I can say is "Wow". We have descended to a level of head-shaking reality which I had no idea existed. But I do now. I have only one further concern: we are not finished in our fall into the Great Well. We can only guess at what numbingly destructive paradigm devolves next...

On the (moronic) Morning Show on Sports-talk WIP in Philly

the panel of generally center-right wing "I loved Governor Christie until he showed his true colors as a Dallas Cowboy fan" was OUTRAGED at this Indiana law and called for the NCAA to pull the Final Four FOR THIS YEAR. Of course at this point not only would that be virtually impossible but it would damage many small businesses and workers without notice, BUT it was noteworthy that this particular group of broadcasters was so vociferous in their condemnation of this fascism.

It is important to note that the Angelo Cataldi, who is the chief loudmouth and faux-stupid player here, is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and is as crazy and stupid as a fox...and I'm not referring to the network. His act has made him millions here...I despise him for his pretending to be an illiterate, misogynistic, ignorant putz. If he were actually one, I'd hate him less.

I have a question concerning the Indiana Republican legislators:

During the two days I have been watching the TeeVee machine, these legislators and their apologists keep getting up and stating that they and the businesses which they purport to represent would never discriminate against a Hoosier no matter who shows up at the cash register.

Now what if a gay couple from New York, Florida, or even Wyoming(!) were to attend a concern within the state in an attempt to purchase goods and/or services? Would it be permissible under the "law"for discrimination to occur at that time and place because the individuals involved were not Hoosiers?

Now since I can't seem to author a post without someone getting mad at me for one reason or another, I'll just say that I'm just a little bit tired of this "Hoosier" moniker. As far as I am concerned, these people who hail from the Great State of Indiana are Americans as I am an American and President of The United States Barack Obama is an American. Since when do we individualize the residents of America as to their state or commonwealth of residence when discussing the application of laws to the Citizenry? Sure, if you want to root for one of their basketball teams, sure: you have the floor. But when these guys and ladies get up and start talking about how they're going to treat other Hoosiers rather than how they're going to treat other citizens, the hair on the back of my neck goes up.

Now this is WEIRD...

even by Philadelphia standards…this has been ongoing for months now…

A prosecutor's finding that Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. killed his wife, set their bedroom on fire, and took his own life added significant new details to the circumstances surrounding the couple's mysterious deaths.

It won't be the final word.

Instead, the detailed seven-page report by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and the scathing response from the couple's four sons - itself full of new information - set up what promises to be an emotionally charged fight over the handling of the case and authorities' conclusion in the deaths of two people long tied to New Jersey's elite political and civic circles.

The two competing documents, released Friday after six months of near-silence since the Sheridans' deaths, split opinions among experts interviewed by The Inquirer.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150329_Deaths_of_Cooper_CEO__wife_ruled_murder-suicide.html#Iqp6kJjFKgWfz3aL.99

Had a fascinating moment concerning "God's Plan"...

yesterday a lady came to see me whose husband is quite a bit older than she and she informed me that he had had a terrible tumor which had severely damaged him and he transitioned from being a fully-functional working man and husband to a diaper-wearing, lacking-short-term-memory, invalid who is in and out of semi-consciousness. She and her husband attended church regularly on Sundays and the pastor sought her out and said to her that she was sorry but this was all part of God's Plan. The parishioner, usually pretty contained, went all-out angry and demanded to know how medically torturing individuals in this manner, killing children, waging war against innocents, and the like was all part of some Plan. I can only imagine...she's tough as nails and physically imposing. I would be cringing and in great fear if she ever took off after me, I can tell you that much.

But the story doesn't end there: my employee who has lived her life defending this way of thinking was stunned into silence. I'm usually pretty circumspect when it comes to these issues but after the lady left, I said to my assistant, "I suppose she's stopped drinking the Kool-Aid." I said to no one in particular and left the room.

I'm tired of this rationalization for tolerance and thus acceptance of evil things and bad things. Just tired of listening to it with many of those who promulgate it being the utmost of hypocrites themselves.
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