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It is a

13 Jan

very small stumble right at the threshold of the door. In isolation, I think it is quite insignificant. But it’s NOT in isolation…

 
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I virtually never say this,

09 Jan

but read the comments.

There is kind of a weird culture gaining traction where it is all about YOU. Don’t care for your elderly parents because who wants stinky old people around the house? They are SO inconvenient! The gummint can do it (sheesh!). And besides, you are busy catering to every whim of your ONE child (if you even have one, and when you’re not at work, that is). I mean, YOU will never get old and need assistance, right? Special Snowflakes never get old and feeble. No need to by example teach the lesson of caring for aged parents to the rising generation.

Pelosi is just stupid, let’s face it. She is well known to be a dim bulb. And in this case her stupidity has led her to let slip the selfishness and narcissism inherent in Lefty philosophy. That selfishness is always there, but it is usually much better hidden. Pelosi is just too stupid to not let the mask slip sometimes.

But the overarching Lefty lesson in general is this: Don’t put yourself out, have the gummint do it. instead! That is a foundational tenet of the Left.

You don’t want grandma living in the attic because that will not benefit YOU. I mean, what has she done for YOU lately? Yeah, she gave birth to you and reared you, but that was a long time ago. Let her die (and quickly) in a nursing home, alone and with tubes sticking out all over and lying in a pile of feces! Let’s face it, the quicker she dies the more money YOU could get. And that’s really the important thing, right? I mean, it’s an actual kindness to just kill her–it hardly seems that such an action would even be a crime! That’s what euthanasia is all about, though it is cloaked in “concern” about the elderly “dying with dignity.” Sure, it’s profitable for you, too, but…

Look, I understand well that there are cases where a nursing home is absolutely the right call. It’s just not safe to have an elderly person with Alzheimer’s up alone wandering disoriented in the middle of the night. My father had Alzheimer’s and before he died he was out chasing the garbage man for some unknown reason (and this was a guy with a Berkeley doctorate and was a college professor). And there was real potential violence, to boot. That is just not safe for anyone. But there are other cases where the right call is not to avoid the effort and responsibility of caring for them. After all, what are you teaching the next generation?

 
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REALLY odd.

21 Sep

Check out Hillary’s eyes in this video.

Drudge has picked it up:

Independent eye movements in humans is rare, and most often a sign of neurological damage. So just what is happening, here? Can YOU do that? So why can she? Why DOES she?

And couple this with the Fresnel Prism glasses…

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Something is going on. You wear these glasses for brain damage–double vision. And it’s again her left eye. So now we have, publicly:

  1. public collapse
  2. not able to maintain during a public event (9/11)
  3. clot on brain
  4. falling
  5. Fresnel prism glasses for double vision
  6. eyes not tracking in tandem
  7. an aide who says she is “often confused”
  8. pneumonia
  9. her not recalling briefings and meetings
  10. husband saying she was having trouble six months post injury and saying that she “often” collapses and falls

How much more do we need? ALL of these are very public and well-known. She is a sick old lady. Open and shut case.

And here is a cut-and-paste of an article. I don’t know why folks have to be vulgar…

With Trump Regaining North Carolina Lead, Hillary Unexpectedly Postpones Local Fundraiser “Without Reason”

 

According to the poll, most voters felt Trump would be better for rich people, white people and men, while most believe Clinton would be better for poor people, women and minorities.  “This election is so tight right now, that small swings of a few points should be expected between now and November,” said Jason Husser, assistant professor of political science at Elon and director of the Elon University Poll. “North Carolina has been extremely important over the last several election cycles with very tight election outcomes. These numbers suggest that will continue to be the case, and both campaigns would do well to continue to focus on the Old North State.”

It’s not just the closeness of the poll that makes NC so critical; it’s also Trump’s recent rebound, which as shown in the following chart from Real Clear Politics has him taking the lead for the first time since late June.

Which is why we find it surprising that with Hillary’s desperately needing to make an appearance, overnight CBS reported that Clinton campaign officials said that a Tuesday fundraiser in Chapel Hill was postponed.

The Clinton event was billed as “lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton” and had four donation levels to attend. Those contribution levels were described as $100,000, which featured “chair reception with Hillary,” $33,000, which included a “host reception with Hillary,” $5,000, which included “preferred seating” and $2,700.

No reason was given for postponement of the Clinton event, which was planned to take place at the home of Betty Craven and Michael Warner.

Is Hillary’s health once again becoming an issue?

We don’t know, although based on a video recording of Hillary during a speech last night in Philadelphia, some neurological issues may have returned. As The American Mirror reported, “Hillary’s eyes appeared not in-sync with one another.” A montage of Hillary’s eye-catching moments before a small group of Temple University students can be seen below in footage by The American Mirror.

Whatever the reason, Trump would take full advantage of Hillary’s absence to build on his momentum in the state: a small Eastern North Carolina town is preparing for Donald Trump’s appearance Tuesday. Trump will hold a rally in Kenansville Tuesday just two weeks after making a stop in Greenville. The rally will be held at the Duplin County Event Center and it is likely to be the largest event ever held in Kenansville, with a population of about 855.

For Trump’s event, Between 7,000 and 10,000 people are expected to attend the rally, which could mean heavy traffic for the usually quiet town. Multiple law enforcement agencies in and around Duplin County are working together to prepare for the event.

Pocket knives, handguns and other firearms are also not allowed in the event center. Sheriff Blake Wallace said there will be a designated area for any protesters as well. Doors for the event will open at 3 p.m. with Trump scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. Trump also plans to hold a rally in High Point around noon on Tuesday.

Trump also took the opportunity to take a jab at Clinton’s over today’s surprising fundraiser “postponement.”

Has Hillary’s health deteriorated again to the point where she can’t make public appearances due to pneumonia? We should know soon: her next public appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (ed.: today), when she is due to speak at a rally in Orlando, Florida.

 

Hillary AGAIN needing

20 Sep

help on the steps and wearing yet another “tent” top. I wonder what she is covering with that top? Maybe a colostomy bag?

 
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“Fragile.”

12 Sep

Think about that for a moment: “Fragile

 
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Age and work.

31 Aug

The bottom line is this: You don’t work, you die.

The fantasy for many is to be independently wealthy and to not work at all. You know, win the lottery and coast on easy street for the rest of your life. But that would be a HUGE mistake. Humans are meant to carry loads, and if we don’t we quickly get depressed. It’s like this: An Alaskan Husky dog will just not be happy with the life of a lapdog for a single, disabled man who leaves the dog home alone in a small apartment for 10 hours each day. He will chew the furniture legs and destroy couch cushions. He will pee on the floor and then track it around. That dog has been bred to pull sleds all day every day, and to sentence it to just lying on the floor all the time is nothing but cruel. Same with us–we are not happy if we are not pulling a load. We may object to the load, but we actually need it.

OSU researchers found that healthy adults who retired one year past age 65 had an 11 percent lower risk of death from all causes, even when taking into account demographic, lifestyle and health issues. Even people who described themselves as unhealthy were found likely to live longer if they kept working, the study said.

And that is a very common finding! It is the rule, and that fact is well-known among geriatric researchers. We see age-related cognitive decline when there is not regular, challenging cognitive tasks (though that is certainly not the only reason for decline). I recently went to a conference at a hospital where they were hawking a video game for the elderly–because this problem-solving game demonstrably decreased the incidence of age-related cognitive decline (regular Sudoku did about the same thing, and there’s a very good reason I have that game on my iPad and play it regularly–word games and puzzles also helped a ton). There is just no good reason to retire if you can still work!

Retirement is often the kiss of death. As Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof said, Would it spoil some vast eternal plan if I were a wealthy man? Well, the answer is “Yes.” See, the vast eternal plan is for us to be happy, and sitting on the couch all day watching soap operas is not conducive to happiness. So we keep working in order to live. You don’t work, you die. That is the rule of all life. To gain muscle, I have to lift weight. And those weights are heavy! Watching TV while sitting on the couch will not make me buff.

When we look at big lottery “winners” we  see a large proportion of them who say they wish they had never won, that this trial had never come to them. Think about that for a moment. For these folks, marriages dissolve, kids get estranged, and depression becomes a constant companion. They mourn the loss of meaning in their lives. Life stinks. Suicide is a HUGE issue for older people in general (but mainly after retirement). A friend of mine has a rather aggressive form of cancer and so is on disability. So he goes to “work” most days volunteering at a church-run charity. He does that for a very good reason, even if he doesn’t know the specifics–he knows it intuitively. And he is right.

I have MS and can’t walk. I often get asked why I don’t just stop working (I still see patients) since I am so obviously disabled and SS disability is pretty much automatic. It is because I don’t want to die. Maybe someday, but not now. If, in the future, I had to stop seeing patients, I would sit in my wheelchair and welcome people to Walmart. But I would not sit home and watch Days Of Our Lives. I plan on dying at work!

In other words, we were meant to carry loads, and the lack of load makes us unhappy and eventually kills us. I will die eventually, but I have NO desire to hasten that event. I would love to see research comparing the depression scores scores of lottery winners before and after the winning. That would be procedurally very hard to do. But we already have a pretty stinkin’ good idea of what we would find. Maybe we could take measures of a large group of them and then a matched group of regular people. But we already have good data on before and after retirement, so we pretty much know what the result would be. The truth is, Social Security at age 65 makes no financial sense for the country, but it also make no personal sense.

I write this blog not just because of my writing skills and my interests, but also because I want to stave off cognitive decline. And so while it costs me money for the web site and for the hosting, and I don’t like paying the bill each year, it is probably money well spent for me.

 
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