Monthly archives: April, 2009

Another rant on medical costs

I’m getting another blast of medical bill nuttiness. Where to start… As you may know, my insurance company has been denying all claims. I’m not going to get into that here, the upshot is that I’m getting the bills. I have had some success with negotiating lower prices at some places, my neurologist’s included. A …

A political joke

What do you call a Republican that is pro-choice, supports Obama, and supports civil unions for homosexuals? ? A Democrat. Zing! This is what strikes me the most about Arlen Spectre defecting to the democratic party. These days, the only thing that separates dems and republicans is a fondness for different policies. There are no …

The worst things about my spinal tap…

… were getting up early, having to lie around for half an hour after the procedure, and of course the money. The procedure itself was really no big deal, no bigger than any other getting stuck with a needle procedure. Hopefully, I will have some results later this week.

More global warming "science"

Isn’t all that news about the ice shelf in Antarctica “collapsing” distressing? Isn’t it an obvious sign of global warming? Ummm, no and no. Anthony Watts has done an excellent job of showing that these alarmist reports are recycled year to year, they even use the same pictures! Read about it here. In addition, this …

Tea parties and taxes

Alright, I’ve had about as much as I can take. The reaction to the “tea parties” has been ridiculous for the most part. I am not going to defend the political opportunism that a lot of the people in those protests showed. I’m positive that there were a significant number of people there that just …

Chinks in the shaving cartel’s armor

How often do you wince when you go buy shaving supplies? How often have you noticed the quality of the older, perfectly adequate, blades go down after the introduction of the newest multi-bladed contraption? I got on a kick the other night trying to figure out why the ultimate shaving system hadn’t been invented yet. …

ESPN is no longer necessary

There was a time in my life when ESPN was God’s gift to TV. I watched it every day. They had the best sports news shows, great coverage of hockey, and had really interesting on air personalities. Now, the barely mention hockey let alone show any, and with the possible exception of Linda Cohen, the …

Thoughts on charity

Not that I have any money right now, but I’ve been looking at different types of charities to donate to. To my mind, there are two types of charities. There are ones that are trying to prevent people from starving or some other imminent danger, and then there are ones that try to build something …

Iowa and Afghanistan, cause and effect?

There have been some interesting developments in the news involving marriage recently. Iowa’s supreme court has declared that the banning of same sex marriages is unconstitutional. They even went one step past that and said a “separate but equal” civil union plan would not be lawful either. I get the impression that it is more …