The Campaign For DA

1.23.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • "Trial of Eddie Routh, killer of Chris Kyle, will be darkest chapter of American Sniper". True that. Routh is a victim of that that war, too. A war which took so many young lives will haunt, if not destroy, many of its survivors for year and years to come.
  • Conservative talk show host Mark Davis actually believes Chris Kyle killed two truck jackers at a convenience store in Texas? 
  • The King of Saudi Arabia died yesterday. Every time I hear "Saudi Arabia" I think of the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from there. And I also think of a book I've always intended to read: House of Bush, House of Saud. 
  • Odd NFL fact I had forgotten about: Tampa Bay began in the AFC and then moved to the NFC. Seattle started in the NFC, moved to the AFC, and then back to the NFC.
  • Deflategate is whipping me to no end. And note to media: If you think double entendres about balls are funny when discussing the controversy, I suspect you go home and watch Larry the Cable Guy on a DVD player.
  • Fox 4's Becky Oliver had a segment last night on "extreme billing" by Texas General Hospital in Grand Prairie. She focused in on a lady who had gastric sleeve surgery and received a bill for $622,887.  Anyone else confused by this? She had an elective surgery and there was not an agreed upon price upfront? This isn't like she was rushed to the emergency room after an auto accident with severe injuries.
  • You guys can gripe all you want to about Obamacare, but the system we have lived with for decades is jacked up. Getting rid of it might be like being on a journey with Lewis and Clark, but it needs to be made. And I don't care how Obamacare morphs over the years to come so long as the old status quo is gone.
  • In the Jacksboro murder case where the guy was representing himself, he was found guilty and received 85 years in prison. Based upon what I've read, that seems excessive. 
  • Come on, can't we have at least one ice day?
  • Yesterday was the seventh anniversary of Heath Ledger's death.  Is it just me, or does the passage of time seem to be ramped up to overdrive?
  • Kyler Murray is a very highly rated high school QB who is committed to the Aggies. (He's also the son of former Aggie great Kevin Murray.) But he did three weird things this week: (1) Took a surprise unofficial recruiting visit to UT, (2) Tweeted a picture of a Longhorn jersey with his number on it, and (3) Attended a function wearing a burnt orange tie.  If he ends up with the Aggies, I'd be worried he's a nutcase. 
  • Very nerdy legal observation: Yesterday the Fort Worth Court of Appeals issued an "en banc" opinion which means all seven judges decided the case instead of the typical three. That's beyond rare so I expected something big. But the opinion issued concerned itself with the pretty routine issue of whether there was sufficient evidence of intoxication in a DWI case. It was incredibly short and there was not a dissent. And they designated the opinion as "Do not publish" which it means it doesn't go in the formal printed law books (but can still be cited.) So why did they go to all that trouble to have all seven judges hear the case? 
  • Stolen from BagOfNothing: I completely missed the filming this week during a NBA game of Will Ferrell hit a cheerleader with a (probably fake) basketball as part of an upcoming film. Here's the video. Here's an incredible photo of it. And here is the gal who played the part of the cheerleader. Hey, now. 


76 comments:

Anonymous said...

The health insurance industry was "jacked up" because the actual cost of care has been obscured primarily because of employee sponsored plans.

Obamacare is going to exacerbate the problem through forced price controls and subsidies.

I don't know why this is such a mystery to those on the left.

And your Lewis and Clark analogy is inane. The Corps of Discovery was an unmitigated success. During the journey, only one member died and his death was from a ruptured appendix.

Anonymous said...

I heard some announcer call a guy a "ball magnet" a while back. It made me giggle. I do not watch Larry the Cable Guy.

Anonymous said...

One reason health care prices before Obamacare were so high was because of laws (championed by liberals) that prevented health insurance companies from competing across state lines. Some companies had monopolies in various states and charged higher prices.

You do believe, do you not, BG, that competition in the free market drives prices down?

(another reason for the high prices has to do with trial lawyers forcing so many frivolous lawsuits upon doctors, forcing doctors to raise their costs of doing business — which ultimately get passed along to the customer)

So, instead of fixing that problem, liberals decided to make the problem worse by getting more government involved and forcing costlier mandates upon the insurance companies.

What's amazing is that liberals don't seem to grasp that insurance companies, like any other business, have to pass the higher costs of doing business down to the customers. They don't just have a surplus of money reserves that they keep stashed somewhere.

It's just like Ronald Reagan said — "The more the (government) plans fail, the more the (government) planners plan."

Right now, many businesses have had to cut workers' hours because of this law while others have had to lay off workers outright or charge higher costs to their customers.

Meanwhile, my monthly health insurance costs have doubled because of Obamacare (and I have the paycheck stubs to prove it) and I'm now in a situation where there are no more basic living expenses for me to cut, so I'm in a monthly deficit (thanks to Obama).

I'm trying to find a weekend job to supplement income from my full-time job, but I'm having a hard go of it.

None of this would be happening were it not for Obama!

Why can't the government get off my back?

Anonymous said...

Yesterday was the seventh anniversary of Heath Ledger's death. Is it just me, or does the passage of time seem to be ramped up to overdrive?


And how much of my life have I wasted at this website? Too much.

But the RTG's like today make it worth it!

Anonymous said...

I thought that cheerleader chick was a pro wrestler.

Anonymous said...

One reason healthcare prices are jacked up is pharmaceutical salesmen make over $200K a year. All they do is run from Doc to Doc dropping off samples and invitations to all inclusive "research conventions" in Jamaica.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and now we have an abundance of 29.5 hr/workweek employees from the over 50 employee companies to thank Obamacare for too.
That aspect is not talked about either-mum is the word.

Triple Fake... said...

If you go to the link for the Hey Now gal and scroll down far enough, you'll find a thumbnail sketch that appears to be beyond NSFW.
(BTW, I think your use of the qualifier "beyond" has gotten out of hand - beyond that, even!)

you're giving a very "extreme" example of overbilling, but who hasn't been quoted a price for a surgical procedure only to get a bill that's way more than that, because of all the add-ons. Eleven bucks for one tablet of aspirin sound familiar to anybody?

And I think your Lewis & Clark analogy is appropriate. It's not about the actual medical problems they faced, or the pass/fail nature of the journey . It's about not knowing what lies ahead for us.
And it's a wonder anybody on that expedition returned at all. I recall reading that they started out with a huge amount of suppositories that were...silver nitrate? Something along those lines

And ball references can be funny even when they're not double entendres

Triple Fake Bag Full of Jawea

Anonymous said...

Yes, free enterprise ALWAYS drives prices down. Indeed they do. Just keep repeating that phrase. Now pay your Texas electric bill.

DF Phil King

Anonymous said...

9:21 yeah, overpaid salespeople are the problem...It is easy to overpay them when the cost of the medicine is 100x what it should be.

Anonymous said...

Lighten up Skippy, the deflategate double entendres are hilarious.

Have you no balls?

SpanishWarDonkey said...

We needed universal healthcare, you know, like the rest of the developed world. We could have just fixed Medicare in the interim instead of adding another level of government beauracracy. Instead, we got the ACA. For the want of their political careers, the democrats couldn't grow a pair of balls (see what I did there?) and make the tough vote that would cost them at the polls. So instead we get this half-assed fix that is absolutely worse than what we had. Who knows, maybe it was already too late with the insurance lobby as powerful as it is.

wordkyle said...

Re: Obamacare & the system we lived with for decades - So a group of Democrat legislators decide to blow up that system and create chaos in its place.
The president himself flat out lies about it to sell it to the public.
Just setting up the website is a billions-of-dollars mess.
The government is sharing Obamacare enrollees' supposedly confidential personal information with private companies.
Doctors are quitting medicine over it.
Despite assurances about their receiving better care, people can't afford the deductibles and remain uncared for.
And there are still painful consequences for Americans that we haven't seen yet.

All because a group of Democrat politicians temporarily had control of the government.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, my monthly health insurance costs have doubled because of Obamacare (and I have the paycheck stubs to prove it) and I'm now in a situation where there are no more basic living expenses for me to cut, so I'm in a monthly deficit (thanks to Obama).

Bullshit.

Rage

Brandon said...

Time is relative Barry. When you were 10, 1 year was 10% of your whole existence. At 50, that same year is only 2%, so it seems a lot faster.

Anonymous said...

Here kitty, kitty, kitty...

Anonymous said...

We could have just fixed Medicare in the interim

No. That is closer to the socialized medicine that causes Republicans to stomp their feet and stick their fingers in their ears. A system using private insurance and doctors is the only one that will survive, and help the entire market.

Prices may rise some, but they are falling in some ways as well. And in the end, when everyone gets covered, we will be closer to the true cost of health care in America.

It's expensive. But taking care of Americans instead of letting them die because they're poor is what a first world country should do. Especially one whose government is controlled by so many self-professed Christians. If they truly are Christian, they will be glad that the least of our citizens are helped. If not, then they won't be.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Re: Obamacare & the system we lived with for decades - So a group of Democrat legislators decide to blow up that system and create chaos in its place.

Democratic majority = "group of legislators defying the will of the people"

Republican majority = The majority of Americans want them there.



This is Wordkyle political hypocrisy in a nutshell.

Rage

Anonymous said...

And I will ask, for maybe the brazillionth time, for a suggestion from Wordkyle on how to do it better. Don't just sit back and throw stones at a system with your endless bitching and moaning. How would you get America to where as many people as possible are covered?

Or do you even care?

Rage

wordkyle said...

Must be a snow day at the day care center.

Anonymous said...

Rage, Did you call bullshit on your beloved leader Obammy when he said if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor and if you like your plan, you can keep your plan? Or all of the other times he lies to you?

Anonymous said...

Right. Sorry if I'm actually posting more than you, for once. And I'll remind you of your whiny-ness every time someone insults a conservative. Take that for what it's worth--your repeated hypocrisy, that is, not my repeated reminder.

Rage

wordkyle said...

Yawn.

Anonymous said...

Rage seems like a very unhappy woman.

Anonymous said...

I did not have sexual relations with that woman, ms lewinsky

Anonymous said...

Kyler Murray is just jerking blogger's chains. If he was a nut case, he really would consider playing in the Big 12....like for that crook Art Briles.

Anonymous said...

You know wordy has no answers, Rage. He's just a trolling punk. If he can't complain and call others names while whining when he gets called something, he has no purpose in life. He's like the Republicans in general: they have no answers. They just don't like when someone else does something that may hurt their bottom dollar.

Anonymous said...

Rage, Did you call bullshit on your beloved leader Obammy when he said if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor and if you like your plan, you can keep your plan? Or all of the other times he lies to you?

Yes. On here, several times, in fact, I have said that I am no fan of Obama's. I feel that he has lied several times, and his stance on government power is embarrassing, over-reaching, and inconsistent with individual liberties.

Will you finally get that through your thick head, dipshit?

Rage

Anonymous said...

Rage has the emotional maturity of a 4-year-old.

I'm sure he'd wet his pants in a face-to-face debate with one of us.

Pathetic!

Anonymous said...

I hate to harp on the same old song but didn't Romney establish the ACC in Mass and lets see, he's a....Republican. Healthcare cost are outrageous for many reasons and my bill has gone up anywhere from 12-24% for years, where was all the complaining 10 years ago. Hospital construction that never stops, no standard price of care, overcharging USA citizens for meds, how nurses are paid, how aides are paid, how pharmaceuticals and hospitals are for profit, how going to the ER is considered primary care for many. It continues to amazing me how the right contributes so much power to Obama as they call him incompetent!! which is it.

Anonymous said...

10:32

Just an example of your inflated bs.

"Doctors are quitting medicine over it."

I actually read the article you linked to.

First, who the hell is R. Jan Gurley and what major influence does she have on our healtcare system?

Second, she points out, repeatedly, that the population of Docs is getting older and considering retirement, not quitting. This is also a common phenomenon in other specialized fields, like airline pilots, air traffic controllers as examples, that having a large percentage of folks getting ready to retire.

It's called the Baby Boom generation getting old enough to retire.

She also references EHR systems which were rolled out around 2010 and how they have frustrated physicians. National health care is not mentioned, Obama was not mentioned nor was Obamacare mentioned. There was no mention of Docs quitting, just retiring because they are getting older and don't want to deal with the bs anymore.

I see 6 different Docs regularly for a variety of reasons, and they blame the insurance companies for their frustration, not the government and not Obamacare. I asked one Doc about Obamacare. He just laughed and said it was easy for him, he doesn't accept patients on the plan.

So your statement appears to be false based on the information you linked to. Docs are retiring because they can, not quitting because of the frustration of Obamacare.

Anonymous said...

12:11

"one of us" meaning what exactly?

Anonymous said...

Rage, You feel that he has only lied several times? That's the biggest whopper you've posted on here yet? Why is it you get all snooty when someone else calls Obammy out if he's not your hero?

Anonymous said...

My premiums went up 2.5 times what they were and I cannot find anything cheaper, even through the healthcare.gov website. I'd like to kick someone in the balls.

Here's the thing that makes zero sense. This ACA is a ten year deal. We are projected to spend $1.5 trillion and at the end of the ten years they have projected we will have reduced the uninsured from 48 million to 35 million. So, we are spending $1.5 trillion to insure 13 million people. Wow, that's logical.

Rage, this is for you. Here's a solution I've had from way before all this mess. The problem group that aren't insured are those between middle class and the poor. The poor are covered through medicare or medicaid. The middle class and rich were pretty much covered. That group between middle class and poor were the main problem. They make too much to get medicaid but not enough to afford a policy and don't get one through work. So, what they could have done was to use a network that already exists, the medicaid network that already exists in every state and then create some policies within that network that would cost, but be affordable, like $100/month or whatever. Then those folks could have afforded something like that. They didn't have to turn the whole system upside down to only insure 13 million people. This way the rest of the system remains pretty much the same but you create some policies that truly are affordable for those who need it. They still could have enforced some of the features they brag about i.e. allowing children to stay on parent policies until 26 and not being able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions etc. Anyway, what do you think about that?

Anonymous said...

Niggerfaggot.

There.

I just want to see if Barry will post this.

Niggerfaggot.

I

wordkyle said...

January, 2011. A stray dog wanders into my back yard. An ill-bred cur, it snaps and snarls at everyone and craps all over the yard. On January 28, 2011, I decide enough is enough. From that day's conversation:
"your self-consciously provocative tone and belligerent language (complete with profanity; what a big boy you are!) qualify you as at least a troll wannabe...."
and finally
"Troll - You were unable to improve your argument in either substance or style. You continued the expected behavior, so now you get the descriptive."

The mongrel is evicted from my back yard and ignored from then on, no matter how much it yaps. (Although I do peek over the fence occasionally to laugh at it.) And in four years nothing's changed.

Anonymous said...

Obamacare is shooting for only 9 million enrollees this year. 3% of the population? This is a driving force?? This is a successful program? You can't even get the entitled to sign up? What a joke!

Anonymous said...

12:45

Wow, using existing infrastructure? Awesome idea.

Seriously...great suggestion.

Now let the liberal namecalling begin!

Anonymous said...

Why is it you get all snooty when someone else calls Obammy out if he's not your hero?

I point out hypocrisy. I do not defend Obama.

My premiums went up 2.5 times what they were and I cannot find anything cheaper, even through the healthcare.gov website. I'd like to kick someone in the balls.

Sounds like you were paying well below market for a long time. You should be happy that you were getting a good deal for so long, and try to live within your means for the actual market. It's the Republican thing to do, after all.

then create some policies within that network that would cost, but be affordable, like $100/month or whatever.

If you think that reflects the actual price of health care, you're living in a dream land. That would be, most likely, worse than the current system because it would insure the "problem" market, which is huge and decidedly less healthy than the higher socio-economic classes, at well below actual cost, which would still drive the health care cost up for the rest of us. If a hospital can only charge $20 per visit for someone through Medicaid, they're just going to pass the cost on to the rest of us. In the end, it would be no different, and would most likely be an even greater transfer of wealth than the current system.

Rage

wordkyle said...

1222 - A phrase from the page you apparently ignored: In a survey of 20,000 physicians, 62% of them say “it is likely that many physicians will retire earlier than planned in the next one to three years.” Earlier than planned is a pretty good giveaway, no?

Although Obamacare is not mentioned by name in the article, the article is tagged with "Obamacare" and "Affordable Care Act". So when phrases such as "the future of medicine" and "worsening workloads and impact of EHR rollouts on patient care" are used, it's safe to assume they're referring to Obamacare.

Anonymous said...

Actually, after looking at that link Wordkyle posted, it looks like Rage has been giving specific examples since 2011, and Wordkyle has yet to honestly answer one of them.

It's pretty neat that wordy has the date down that he had to declare defeat and start ignoring Rage.

What were you trying to prove again word? That you don't respond to people who you can't beat, when they give specific examples or ask specific questions?

Anonymous said...

Balls hehe! Thats funny right there.

Jerry the Gas Man

Anonymous said...

People retiring early = OMG! Unemployment is the worst EVAR!

Doctors retiring early = OMG! Obama care is causing their decisions!

And all because an internet story had a tag on it to draw links.

That's some great inferences there, wordy.

Anonymous said...

The government states their goal is to get everyone insured, so they mandate health insurance. Then they make the penalty less than the premiums. Doesn't seem like their goal is to get everyone insured by the stupid policy.

Anonymous said...

LOL--like Wordkyle could answer a straight question today, or at any point in the last 4 years. It's clear he's been hiding from the truth from Rage for at least that long.

Anonymous said...

All right Wordkyle and Rage, just meet out behind the bus barn at recess and give us all a break.

Obamacare has been a failure so far, that is fact. Might it bring about positive change, the jury is still out. Did something need to be done about healthcare, yes! Was Obamacare the correct reform, no! There, I solved the whole g@ddamn mess for you two f@cktards in one paragraph. Now those lawns in Houston and the burgers in Lubbock aren’t going to mow and flip themselves, get to work!!!

wordkyle said...

133 - You basically summarized my point about Obamacare, so thanks. Although I'm not so sure you "solved the whole g@ddamn mess."

My contributions to today's history lesson were to show that I've always tried to act as nice to folks as I can be, and only as nasty as I have to be. The Atticus Finch solution to this particular mad dog was not available, so I chose to banish it from my discussions instead. Again, I try to be as humane as possible.

wordkyle said...

123 - That was one source on physicians quitting because of Obamacare. Here's another one.
And another
And another
And another

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle is as nice as he can be? Then he ain't trying real hard.

Anonymous said...

1:08

You are really reaching this week. Your extrapolations as to what an unknown author means are borderline ridiculous.

And aren't you one of those that says, "Look, here is what they said" types versus what they meant.

Dude...they are getting old...and have money. Why not retire?

A good friend of mine(who is actually younger than I am) retired at 55 from IT and started an new career. One of my sisters also retired at 55.

A classmate of mine from high school retired at 50.

It happens. Get over it. And it's a fact that the post baby boom generation(s) are reaching retirement. I know several folks that have formally retired around age 65 only to be called back by their employer to work as contractors, so they get a double dip. They get retirement payments AND a regular check, sans benefits.

Anonymous said...

2:11

The pressure in your man pods must be really high today.

Anonymous said...

1:49

And what qualifies you to teach history?

As to your behavior, you have room for growth.

Anonymous said...

2:11

Thank you for the ammo...uh...I mean...info.

First link, essentially a repeat of the previous link.

Second link, 1 doctor shuts down his practice, 90% are on the fence waiting to see what happens.

Third link, Motley Fool, well known source of information in the.....uh....not medical field, buddy. And even they say Docs are leaving private practices, but not quitting medicine. Docs go to work for a hospital or group practice, but still practice medicine.

Fourth link, from a right wing, extremely conservative source. Geee....now WHAT could their agenda be?

Anonymous said...

Rage does not have traditional American values. There is no point in arguing with her.

Anonymous said...

2:49

Please define "traditional American values" from your perspective.

Anonymous said...

2:58 - It's so sad that you have to ask.

Anonymous said...

Run wordy run!

Stop wordy stop!

DF Alabama fan

wordkyle said...

Well, as always, readers can decide for themselves. I'm content to leave it at that.

Anonymous said...

3:40

I'm taking my ball and going home!

Ya big wimp.

Anonymous said...

3:31

So you are saying, you can't define your position.

ok.

Anonymous said...

3:40

I found this somewhere.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/85/e6/29/85e6290c1a2a40dd91eac568174dd2d4.jpg

Anonymous said...

Dear 1:20 PM

You posted, "Actually, after looking at that link Wordkyle posted, it looks like Rage has been giving specific examples since 2011, and Wordkyle has yet to honestly answer one of them."

I call Bull$hit!

I've watched their exchanges for over 4 years now, and it is a physical impossibility for you to verify their exchanges in the 30 minutes between his post @ 12:50 PM & yours @ 1:20 PM.

Quite frankly, it is you sir/ma'am who is full of $hit, unless you read this every day and have a photographic memory.

Mind you, each of them have their own way of making their point and I don't agree with either of them every time.

Feel free to take whatever side you choose, but don't justify it by lying. It reminds me of a _______________, not to mention what it says about your character.

Anonymous said...

Rage is a tard.

DF Rage

Anonymous said...

So I guess BG was part of the 14% who were not happy with their health care, preObama?

So they screwed over the 86% who were happy with their health care.

If you want to see what efficient health care looks like, try laser eye surgery, dentists, hair transplant surgery, boob jobs, vets, etc. Essentially, any health care outfit sans insurance and the government.

So you should have the ability to contract with your Dr, and leave both insurance companies and the government out of the deal. Watch prices drop.

Anonymous said...

457,

WTF? You have made about 30 posts today. So you were through masturbating for the day, and then come here to piss people off? Please get another hobby, or better, a JOB.

It appears you believe you are debating, but you are actually just spewing diarrhea.

Nanananabooboo is not a valid point, just a waste of time.

Anonymous said...

6:10

I think you think all the posts are from the same person, which they are not.

And just to let you know, I make just over $100K a year, but then you'll have to guess which Anon I am.

I wish you luck.

Anonymous said...

708,

Surely all of the libtard, one line, nonsensical posts are yours. You have no life.

Further, you are a liar. If you made 100K per year, you would not be a liberal.

Anonymous said...

7:20

7:08, specifically, here.

I am an IT project manager who has been in the biz 35+ years for a very large global telecommunications company, with a name that starts with an A that competes with a company that starts with a V, another with an S and another that starts with a T.

I hope you enjoy the "appreciation" commercials.

Anonymous said...

What would Wordkyle do if BG shut this down? Where would he and his pompous act go for an audience? It ain't his blog, that's for sure because nobody goes there. He has to seek out a source to parasite, like a tick.

wordkyle said...

Pompous?

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle?

I love word association games.

Anonymous said...

Tom Brady is not a cheater! He's an undocumented rule bender and we need to quit using harsh language!

wordkyle said...

No game, just wondering how anyone ever arrived at the word "pompous." I do not think that word means what you think it means. Explanation, 842? Perhaps some examples to justify your use of that word?

Anonymous said...

WK,

Little Ragebitch said pompous cause like sometimes you use big words in context and stuff, and act like you know what they mean, and you sound smart and stuff.

While in the same thread, Little Ragebitch just sounds like a really young, not very well educated, dyslexic bore.

So in other words, you sound smart, which makes him sound really stupid.

I believe that is why he used the word pompous.

Funk

Anonymous said...

I question the wisdom of spending money on the old Decatur stadium when everyone knows the future is somewhere else. Why spend our dollars on a poor investment when we know it is short term and a bad idea. Common on Man!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr AT&T,

Your customer service is horrific!

I wouldn't tell anyone I worked there