Chronic Pain, Insurance & Neo

NeoNeocon goes deeply personal to chronicle a horrendous-sounding injury, years of pain, and how this is relevant to what may be in our own future. It's long, but please give it a read. Neo was told there was "nothing" that could be done and that pain management would be difficult as well. Finally - after years - she had surgery. But this is pretty sobering when our president is saying, "maybe you won't need the surgery, maybe you just take the painkiller."It was actually my injuries that … [Read more...]

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"Immoral Villains!" sez Nancy "Queeg" Pelosi – UPDATED

Okay, I've decided that Nancy Pelosi (whose Native American name might be "Stands With An Angry Little Fist" ala "Dancing With Wolves") is beginning to sound like a paranoid lunatic who can find a convenient villain any time she needs one, as Tom Elia points out here.Thus spaketh The Pelosi:"They are the villains in this," Pelosi said of private insurers. "They have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening. And … [Read more...]

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Little Sisters of Poor, seeking alms

Sr. Maria Lourdes, L.S.P. makes her First Profession of VowsSome of you may remember Sr. Maria Lourdes from her appearance on In the Arena a few months back. Making the acquaintance of Sr. Lourdes, Sr. Camille and Sr. Mary Richard was a memorable day; all three women were lit with uncommon joy and were so lovely to talk to. Sr. Lourdes stayed in my awareness (and my prayers) because she was so serenely composed, even when discussing her excitement that "if it pleases God," she would soon be … [Read more...]

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Faith is a process of Incarnation – UPDATED

Over at Conversion Diary, Jennifer Fulwiler has been serving up an inspiring interview with an couple named couple named Kimberly and Jimmy, who are in the process of adopting two HIV+ children from Ethiopia. This is a remarkable three-part testimony to the life of faith, the rewards of trust and the often-neglected truth that if we simply pay attention to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we will know precisely the way we are to go.In Part I we read about surprises and "when everything hits … [Read more...]

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No, you can't see the numbers; the King is a Fink

The King is a Fink by Parker & HartSo, the White House is not going to give us taxpayers a timely update on the nation's money and employment situation.They're just gonna "hold that information back" until Congress goes into recess.They're just gonna keep everyone in the dark until they muscle through his unpopular Healthcare legislation - that 1,000-page, unread, undebated document - that will push our deficit into unbearable territory, give the government unprecedented control over … [Read more...]

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Science Czars & Healthcare; When Life is devalued…UPDATED

President Obama's plans are to appoint 32 Czars within his administration. These are people about whom Congress does not advise or consent, and about whom the press is conveniently incurious. So far, the press thinks they're all just brilliant and they have no problem with a president appointing 32 Czars accountable only to him.Whadda you think of that? You comfortable knowing that these "czars" escape serious but are given some rather potent power with little oversight?I mean, come … [Read more...]

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Back to work tomorrow…

Sorry for the silence. The afternoon was spent with doctors and radiologists, and tomorrow we find out whether Buster has a hernia. I got to do some reading as I sat around waiting or keeping Buster company, but it was very disheartening to learn that blaring televisions broadcasting insipid game shows and screeching talkfests are more the rule than the exception in medical offices, these days. What I noticed was that the patients and family members in the waiting room were reading, talking … [Read more...]

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Palin, Obama & Not quite pulled together yet

I know it must seem like I'm being lazy and not attending to my work over here; it's not that. I just can't seem to settle in and focus on much.The news feels like it's all coming in too fast to process, the congress is passing mammoth bills it can't be bothered to read. As the deficit tops ONE TRILLION DOLLARS for the first time, ever, the president is standing at ship's helm, a deep gouge in his hull, and blocking our views while saying "everything is mostly great; things are working … [Read more...]

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This government wants to run health care

Offered without comment. Just go over and watch, and imagine these bureaucrats in charge of health care.Props to Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson, of Florida, who seems quite properly appalled. … [Read more...]

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"Professional Pray-er"

I know many people who love the Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series of novels, including Julie at Happy Catholic, whose recommendations are always worth taking, but I have been so enthralled with Terry Pratchett's Discword series, I'd neglected Harry Dresden. Harry Dresden is a Wizard, and his office door reads:Harry Dresden - Wizard Lost Items Found, Paranormal Investigations. Consulting, Advice, Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties or Other EntertainmentYesterday, in … [Read more...]

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