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mrmpa's Journal
mrmpa's Journal
March 30, 2016

Pittsburgh TV reporter fired for racist remarks.....

it's been related here on DU about Wendy Bell's remarks on her facebook page. Well today she was fired, her facebook page is down and her profile on station WTAE's web site is down.

See Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here:


March 28, 2016

What I truly like about Bernie........

it's the cadence of his speech. His phrasing, his pauses. It is so easy on the ears. There's no yelling, he takes breaths, it is just really good.

March 28, 2016

Had an MRI yesterday.......

I've had 2 CT's that showed an 8mm meningioma and hyperostosis. The results of the MRI were sent to my PCP, she emailed me today that the MRI shows no meningioma & only what she says is a calcification. I will ask here to clarify what a calcification is exactly.

However, I am confused as to why one test shows one thing and the other test rules the first one out.

Also I was assuming that the meningioma might be the cause of my tinnitus and occasional loss of balance. So I will start all over and make an appointment with an ENT.

Any thoughts?

March 25, 2016

Toomey's response.......

I sent this email to Toomey

Senator Toomey,

How dare you use convoluted logic in your reason(s) for not wanting to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice.

You state that we should wait until after the November Presidential Election and allow a new President to make this nomination, because it would allow the voters to have more input in this issue.

Well back in November 2012, the voters did have input in this issue and elected President Obama. We have all ready weighed in on this issue.

Your hatred for President Obama is intolerable. Your unwillingness to work across the aisle is abysmal. Your whole tenure as Pennsylvania Senator is abysmal, and I cannot wait until November 2016, when you will be a lame duck.

and got this response:

Thank you for contacting me about the Supreme Court. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you know, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on February 13, 2016. He was a great public servant, principled jurist, and tireless defender of the Constitution. My prayers are with Justice Scalia's family during these difficult times.

With Justice Scalia's passing, there has been much discussion about how the nomination process for this vacancy should be addressed. For me, I have long believed that objective qualifications, character, and adherence to the rule of law matter more than ideology in evaluating judicial nominees. Accordingly, during my five years in the Senate, I have worked across the aisle with Senator Bob Casey and the Obama White House to fill 16 vacancies on the federal bench in Pennsylvania-14 on district courts and two on the court of appeals. Only two other states-California and New York-have had more vacancies filled during this time. I also have voted to confirm over 100 of President Obama's judicial nominees, and I supported the confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

The current vacancy on the Supreme Court, however, presents an unusual situation. In the final year of a presidency, it is extremely rare for vacancies that arise on the Supreme Court to be filled. In fact, the last time such a vacancy was filled was 1932. The vacancy created by Justice Scalia's passing is especially sensitive because it will fundamentally affect the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation or more.

Given that we are already well into the presidential election process and that the Supreme Court appointment is for a lifetime, it makes sense to give the American people a more direct say in this critical decision. I believe that the next court appointment should be made after the upcoming elections by the next president. If that new president is not a member of my party, I will take the same objective, non-partisan approach to that nominee as I have always done.

Under the Constitution, the power to appoint federal judges is a shared one. The Constitution vests the president with the power to nominate judges, and President Obama certainly has the authority to nominate someone to the Supreme Court. The Constitution vests the Senate with the power to grant or withhold its consent to a nomination. It does not require the Senate to provide any particular process or follow any particular timeframe when considering considering a nominee. In fact, Vice President Joe Biden and other prominent elected Democrats have argued that the Senate should exercise its constitutional power to withhold consent for Supreme Court nominations made during presidential election years, and that such nominees should not be confirmed by the Senate or receive a hearing. I believe this approach is as sensible now as it has been during previous presidential elections.

Thank you again for your correspondence. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.



Pat Toomey
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania

March 17, 2016

Tinnitus.........this is the only place I saw to post this in.....

I've had buzzing in my ears for over 5 year (it sounds like locusts). Could this be caused by a meningioma? I've been diagnosed with one.

March 16, 2016

In Stephen King's Novel "The Dead Zone"...

the hero Johnny Smith is not sure what he wants to do about Greg Stillson a candidate for Senator, who Johnny foresees destroying everything via nuclear war. While Johnny contemplates what to do, he meets a WWII vet, and asks the vet, "knowing what you now know about Hitler, if you could have done something then what would you have done". The vet answers he would have shot Hitler, but before putting the bullet in the gun, he would have "dipped the bullet in rat poison".

Now we all can foresee what Trump holds for this country, and our "bullet" is our vote. I am a Bernie fanatic, however I will vote for Hillary to stop Trump from destroying our country and other countries. I have enough faith that those of us on the very progressive end of the party will not shut up & keep working for what we want and what our country needs.

Vote for Democrats or watch this country waste away.

March 13, 2016

Thought I'd have to move to Chicago today.........

don't get me wrong I love Chicago. What happened was that my FIOS set top boxes did not adjust for Daylight Savings Time and showed Central time & not Eastern time. It wasn't something I could fix on my own. I did a live chat with FIOS help & it got fixed in about 15 minutes.

If it couldn't fix it, I would have been able to figure things out for viewing, but it would have been difficult for my 85 year old Mom.

March 2, 2016

I love my State Senator........

About 3 weeks ago I posted the following:


it was about a 4 day ordeal getting some medication for my Mom. I emailed the post to my State Senator and my US Senator. My State Senator personally email me on Friday & I talked to his staff today. They forwarded my post to the State Department of Aging & they have contacted the pharmaceutical company, who of course will not return his call.

Love Senator Wayne Fontana.

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