I just heard Barbara Bush, the former First Lady state that teh Donald is out of control on the trash talk.  Really? I recall Barb stating that the word to describe Hillary Clinton ryhmes with the word “witch.”  And the comics had a field day with it.

PULEEEZE, let us not feign ignorance.  Politics is sadly filled with trash talk.  (And let’s say that when our pick is on the top, we rather enjoy it.  We are human, afterall.)  The dowager needs to stop pushing her beloved prince Yeb as the kindest, sweetest, most knowledgeable, blah blah, etc. in this Republican primary.

I have no pony in this race, but I am really tired of the loads and loads of bull heaped on the citizens by those that claim to be morally upstanding.


Because they all lose money without the government pilfering the funds to sustain the artificially low costs of ogarbagecare.

Insurance giant Aetna (AET) has joined a growing number of insurers warning that the ObamaCare exchanges are failing in just the way critics said they would. This year’s anemic enrollment won’t help.

This week, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini warned that “we continue to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges.” Aetna lost more than $100 million last year on the 750,000 enrollees it has through ObamaCare exchanges.

Bertolini’s warning comes after UnitedHealth Group (UNH) announced that it might pull out of ObamaCare entirely next year, after getting hit with a $475 million loss in 2015. It expects to lose another $500 million this year. Last fall, CEO Stephen Hemsley said that “we can’t really subsidize a marketplace that doesn’t appear at the moment to be sustaining itself.” That, he said, “basically is an industry-wide proposition.”

Anthem (ANTM) CEO Joe Swedish said on his earnings call last week that “we aren’t experiencing the overall market growth on the public exchange that we projected when we laid out our five-year plan.”

It was always cow manure.  In Texas the masses have been herded into an HMO product with a very high deductible and out of pocket.  Nothing but nothing is free and the masses must accept that healthcare costs a lot.  It doesn’t matter if you add millions of people to the rolls.  The sickly ones are outpacing the healthy that never use the system.


Now, he has more debt to pay for.  Instead of “stealing” his 12 year old daughter’s phone, he should have shut the line off.   Sadly, the line is under the mother.  It really is sad that a mother would not find an inappropriate text to a child a problem.

A Dallas County jury found a father not guilty Tuesday of theft for taking away his daughter’s cell phone as punishment.

Ronald Jackson, 36, was charged with theft of property of at least $50 but under $500, a Class B misdemeanor.

Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Lisa Green ordered the jury to find Jackson not guilty after ruling the state failed to present sufficient evidence to continue the case.

Jackson said he took his 12-year-old daughter’s cell phone as punishment after finding inappropriate texts in September 2013. A few hours later, officers from the Grand Prairie Police Department showed up at his front door, asking for the iPhone 4 back.

“At that point, I decided the police don’t interfere with my ability to parent my daughter,” Jackson said.

Yeah, I would have had that same fascist tendency to take the phone.

Michelle Steppe, the child’s mother, sees it differently.

“As a mom, I’m upset because — number one — the property belongs to me,” she said.

Steppe told jurors on Monday she called police the day her daughter lost the use of her phone for disciplinary reasons.

That’s it mom?  Losing phone privileges?  I am not a big fan of children and cellphones.  I do recognize the value for many in that it is an emergency link to a parental unit.  IMHO, this mom is raising a problem.

Three months after the phone incident, Jackson received a citation in the mail for theft of property less than $50 in value, a Class C misdemeanor. According to court documents, the city attorney’s office offered a plea deal in January 2014 if Jackson returned the phone.

Jackson hired an attorney and requested a jury trial in municipal court.

Court filings indicate the city attorney’s office requested the case be dismissed that same month and refiled with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office as a more stringent Class B misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Cameron Gray, a defense attorney representing Jackson, said a warrant was issued, and his client was arrested at his home in the middle of the night in April 2015. Jackson posted a cash bail of $1,500 to get out of jail.

What’s worse is this mother is causing a problem for the citizens of the county called waste of money.

UPDATE:  There will be additional changes to ICD10.  Will these also be part of the idiocy?  In the UK, 13 year olds are asked to identify themselves


Is is me or is the world getting stupider?

This is why your physician madly strikes the keyboard trying to figure out how to justify your visit to the medical insurer.


Ridiculous?  Not so quick…there is more.

Those that address when inanimate objects attack. Twitter user @techydoc pointed out one of the most famous ridiculous ICD-10 codes.  “And, of course, the one mentioned many places, V91.07XA – Burn due to water-skis on fire, initial encounter,” he tweeted. Sisko, in our ICD-10 Watch LinkedIn Group, added Z9989. “This is the very last code in the current ICD-10 list,” he wrote. “Dependence on other enabling machines and devices – like a CrackBerry or smartphone – it is?”

I spend a great deal of time reviewing the incredulous and odd ways that coder writers believe health is classified.  Mind boggling that some people are actually paid large sums of money to come up with such drivel.

V97.33XD: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter. 

Sucked into a jet engine, survived, then sucked in again? First of all, that really, really sucks. Second of all, this patient is obviously Wolverine, and should be detained for imaging and posterity.

(Technically, this means “subsequent encounter with a physician” not “subsequent encounter with a jet engine,” but that’s less dramatic.)

Last time this happened, a cleanup crew came into investigate as there was no whole body to be retrieved.


Lucky ducks and of course Tian Tian in Washington, D.C.

NO, it does not.

h/t GP

“We come in and we take this land and we always take it for less than it is worth.” (Park Service Employee at Mary Martin’s retirement from the Mojave Preserve.) The dinner was a public event . In this clip, the woman brags about how they wrestled a $40 million mine located in the park for $2.5 million dollars from two “little guys that had been in the 2nd World War” (their words, not mine). She continues, “which I stole the money from Washington to acquire it. ” FYI – The 111,000+ acres referred to on the white board do not include the land that was taken away from the ranchers.

Just for laughs (because the previous video sickens me).

I have been watching the stock markets and things are getting gnarly.  I know that I can live off very little because I always have.  I wonder about the many that are already affected by the low oil prices.  I’m already receiving CVs from people who were making a significant amount of money in the fracking oil business.  Some have already lost their homes.  Saving money wasn’t a priority.  There is nothing more salient that looking back at photos of the people who lived through the Great Depression.

August 1936. “Part of an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highway. Depression refugees from Iowa. Left Iowa in 1932 because of father’s ill health. Father an auto mechanic laborer, painter by trade, tubercular. Family has been on relief in Arizona but refused entry on relief rolls in Iowa to which state they wish to return. Nine children including a sick four-month-old baby. No money at all. About to sell their belongings and trailer for money to buy food. ‘We don’t want to go where we’ll be a nuisance to anybody.'”

A stroll through Shorpy‘s place on the internet is more than sufficient to understand how difficult times were.  Look at their faces.

December 1935. “Resettled farm child. From Taos Junction to Bosque Farms project, New Mexico.” Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration.

Washington tenements, Nov. 1935. Photo by Carl Mydans.

On the road with her family one month from South Dakota. Tulelake, Siskiyou County, Calif. September 1939

March 1936. “Mother and baby of family of nine living in field on U.S. Route 70 near the Tennessee River.” 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration.

December 1936: “Christmas dinner in home of Earl Pauley near Smithfield, Iowa. Dinner consisted of potatoes, cabbage and pie.” Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

“Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California.” November 1936

August 1936. “Example of self-resettlement in California. Oklahoma farm family on highway between Blythe and Indio. Forced by the drought of 1936 to abandon their farm, they set out with their children to drive to California. Picking cotton in Arizona for a day or two at a time gave them enough for food and gas to continue. On this day they were within a day’s travel of their destination, Bakersfield. Their car had broken down en route and was abandoned.” Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration.

June 1937. “Child of Earl Taylor in kitchen of their home near Black River Falls, Wisconsin.” Photo by Russell Lee, Resettlement Administration.

A one-room hut houses a family of nine in an open field between Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee, near the Tennessee River. The hut was built over the chassis of an abandoned Ford. Photograph by Carl Mydans, 1936.

To think that these people’s parents had lived through the pandemic only to have their children go through this rough chapter in life one generation later.

April 1936. “Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma.” Perhaps Arthur Rothstein’s best known Dust Bowl image, and overall one of most memorable photographs to come out of the entire FSA/OWI program. Gelatin silver print by Arthur Rothstein.

Some people fared better than others.

May 1938. “Farm family, Scioto Farms, Ohio.” 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. UPDATE: This is Earl Armentrout and his family, government rehabilitation clients who were relocated by the Resettlement Administration to a new house in a cooperative farming project, a story repeated thousands of times for families who were forced off the land by crop failures during the Dust Bowl era.

No one was exempt from difficulties.

June 1938. Outskirts of El Paso, Texas. “Young Negro wife cooking breakfast. ‘Do you suppose I’d be out on the highway cooking my steak if I had it good at home?’ Occupations: hotel maid, cook, laundress.” Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

There was happiness.
August 1939. Three of the four Arnold children outside their farmhouse at Michigan Hill. The oldest boy earned the money to buy his bicycle. Thurston County, western Washington. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

October 1939. “Mr. and Mrs. Wardlaw at entrance to their dugout basement home. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon.” Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration.

I love Shorpy’s place.  It’s not all sad like many of these photographs.  It is history that you can purchase and keep as a reminder on the wall of then and now.   These photographs give me hope that we are still a nation that is resilient and can overcome anything.


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