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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.

Hey! You know the crash site?

It looks like a crash site - debris everywhere from the disintegration of the plane as reported on the Networks by the experts...just like the Pentagon did. NOT.

I guess everything there was micro-molecularized.

What's with Luke Russert...?

It's like the Rob Lowe ads: I'm Luke Russert...I'm famine-victim Luke Russert.

His hair is also weirdly styled...it's like he had a visit from the psycho-makeover artist.

See...we don't JUST criticize the females' appearance on the TeeVee machine...

The Simpsons do it again!!!

So they're introducing some individuals for an irrelevant reason, and the second one is announced as "The former Miss Duff Beer and now Senator from Oklahoma!" At which point she says to the camera, "I look reasonable but I'm not."

Hit the nail right on the head!

This came over me like a wave today...

during the past 37 years, I have found that I could and would have discussions about current events/politics with many many of my patients, mostly while we were waiting for the anesthesia to kick in, or for a glazed crown to come out of the oven and cool. But in the past three years, the number of these conversations has dwindled to a trickle...it is limited to my activists: Peace, civil rights, real politicos and politicians from State Government and City Hall, and a very few others with whom I have had real dialogue since Reagan ran and won in 1980. It is as though people are either talked-out or are afraid to discuss stuff which affects them and their families. this was not true in times gone by, and, I will state, many conversations showed how at odds some were with me in terms of these issues, but that we could have an honest discussion.

Now it seems that very few, even those who possess congruent points of view to mine, want to talk about anything except what they've been binge-watching on Netflix or TeeVee/cable. The reason that I noticed this is that I had an in depth conversation about the Ferguson situation today and I realized how long its been since I'd talked politics at all. A real loss: the discussion were almost always stimulating.

From philly.com re: The D.C. 47:

not uninteresting...

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, explains the argument over a GOP Senate letter to Iran and its potential violation of an obscure law.


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/Constitution_Check_Could_senators_be_prosecuted_for_trying_to_deal_directly_with_Irans_leaders.html#O3UWRT4fHFtY2PZB.99

The writers for House of Cards couldn't have come up with this

scenario today...a Faux Scandal involving a Clinton is on the news cycle with a Treasonous letter written by the Senators to a foreign dictator/government during a sensitive negotiation following a commemoration of one of the most significant movements in the Civil Rights Era.

Magnificent....

I just drove back from New York to Philadelphia skating all the way...

I saw no fewer than 50 assorted accidents: fender-benders, jack-knifed tractor trailers, barrier hits, spinouts, and the like.

so, and I'll be blunt, why the fuck were people passing me going 60 on sheer ice at places, and spinning their wheels and worse? They posed a hazard not only to themselves but to everyone around them. One car which flew by me like I was in reverse I swear I saw as part of an accident two to three miles later down the NJ Tpke.

Is this part of this Great American Aggressive-Entitlement Program which seems to have taken over every aspect of behavior; from discourse to driving? A few years ago, a former dental student of mine perished with his family in a plane which he was piloting. He had become a very well-to-do orthodontist and was certified to some fair degree. After he was killed, I asked a US Airways pilot who is a long-term patient of mine about the incident, and he told me that this guy had been flying the largest plane which does not require a copilot or navigator in the cockpit. He said that he would never ever fly this plane alone and he has tens of thousands of flight hours logged in commercial jetliners. He thought that as a pilot it was the height of arrogance to have put his entire family in this brand of jeopardy. As an aside, as luck would have it for one of the dead pilot's stepsons: he didn't want to accompany the family and stayed with his biological father for the weekend. He was the only survivor of the involved members of the family.

Yes yes: I know people have always taken unnecessary risks and jeopardized others' lives. Hell, Bush and Cheney did it to our military and by extension an entire region of the world as well as everywhere else. But for crying out loud, what is the point of all of this rushing? So you're gonna get there 15 minutes or a half hour sooner but in doing so risk life and limb for many others who have nothing to do with your plans. I would suggest people follow the perennial mantra of my mother of blessed memory: "Be reasonable - do it my way." Slow the fuck down. And live. And let others live.
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