Jan 192013

Yesterday I called my pharmacy, and they me that they cannot get the antibiotic my doctor prescribed.  There has been a run on it, because of the flu epidemic, and the wholesalers are sold out.  They said that, if my doctor called in a different prescription, they could not mail it before today, so I would not receive it until Tuesday.  I felt very angry and told them off like Republicans.  I understood that they cannot get the drug.  I could not understand that they sat on it since Monday without letting me know.  I called my doctor, and she found a pharmacy that could mail me a different antibiotic yesterday, so I will have it today.  I’m current with replies.  ARGH!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:58 (average 5:06).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: The Utter Hypocrisy Of John Boehner And The House Republicans


The only cut to entitlements should be to an entitlement that has not been earned, making the recipients unentitled to receive them. Eliminate the salaries of House and Senate Republicans.  If anything they should pay an extra Screw America Tax.

From NY Times: Backing down from their hard-line stance, House Republicans said Friday that they would agree to lift the federal government’s statutory borrowing limit for three months, with a requirement that both chambers of Congress pass a budget in that time to clear the way for negotiations on long-term deficit reduction.

The new proposal, which came out of closed-door party negotiations at a retreat in Williamsburg, Va., seemed to significantly reduce the threat of a default by the federal government in coming weeks.

Republicans seem to be learning that the days of Obama caving-in to their most absurd demands are over, but not quickly enough to keep them from looking like the cowardly fools they are.  Today’s cartoon is Cantor making the announcement.

From MSNBC: Tell Harry Reid to Man Up!


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Harry made an agreement with Senate Republicans two years ago. They broke their word within two weeks. Tell Harry Reid to grow a pair! The talking filibuster must be the MIMIMUM in filibuster reform.




  19 Responses to “Open Thread–1/19/2013”

  1. It’s utterly unconscionable for a pharmacy not to inform a patient of their inability to fill a prescription.

    And if they did not have your contact info, then at least inform the prescribing physician of their inability to perform their duty.

    I’d be livid to the point of reporting them – that surely must violate a code of ethics.

    • I fully agree, Nameless.  Nevertheless, I'm going to give Wellpartner a second chance for two reasons.   First, they have given me three years of flawless service until this happened.  Second, they made no attempt to evade or minimize their own culpability.

  2. 3:43  Critter crunched or Monster mashed? Will Patty-Monster or Critter have a lock on this puzzle?  I know this is one we have had before.

  3. Puzzle — 3:43 Critter crunched or Monster mashed? Will Patty-Monster or Critter have a lock on this puzzle? I know this is one we have had before.

    MoveOn — When I read "Complains that government is wasteful and ineffective" and saw Boehner pontificating at a podium, my first reaction was, "Yup, then why is the defense of DOMA up to $3 Million?"  Talk about waste!  Then I kept reading.  Do I recall correctly from some time back that it costs $48 million per day to run the Congress?  How long does it take to run one vote?  Multiply that by 33 times that the repeal of Obamacare has come up. (Guano Girl delinked for the most recent one!) Talk about government waste!  And I have said it many times before, to get rid of the biggest part of government waste and inefficiency, refuse to pay the Republican/Teabagger legislators.  For them, this the golden trough — a golden elephant trough!

    NY Times — To me, all this is political theatre — just delaying a decision, nothing more.  While it may alay market fears of an imminent government shutdown, it does nothing to solve the problem.  From Mr Obama's point of not negotiating over the debt ceiling, it does exactly that — negotiates by tying the debt ceiling to a passable budget.  I agree a budget is needed, but I don't think this is the way to go.

    Mr. Boehner said in a statement from Williamsburg. “We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem.”

    The government doesn't have a spending problem as much as it has a political problem.  Further, this ignores "depression economics" as outlined previously by Paul Krugman.  Smart government spending to stimulate growth in the economy.  Mr Obama, don't lose your balls now.

    MSNBC —- What the hell is Reid thinking?  McConnell negotiate?  That's an oxymoron!  Republican/Teabaggers can't be trusted.  Period.  And as said before, McConnell is up for re-election in 2014 so he has no problem protecting his re-election by lying to Reid!  Harry Reid, grow a pair of big brass balls.  Do NOT cave to Republican/Teabagger obstruction!

    Cartoon — Should be more like a headless chicken!

    • See above.

      You do remember correctly.  I calculated that for an article to make the point of just how wasteful it is.

      Amen.  Stimulating the economy is the fastest way to reduce the debt, ling term.

      My sentiments exactly!

      It IS a headless chicken.

  4. MoveOn ~ His 30 wasteful votes are a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of time they spend away from D.C. governing andusing the time in their home districts fund raising instead. There are not that very many town hall meetings being held by RepublicanT representatives.

    Did you know that the RepulicanTs were instructed to spend at least 30 hours a week while in D.C. phoning potential donors during their "retrea" in Williamsburg, VA?

    I was astounded.


    NY Times ~ I still don't trust them.


    Although I found this small paragraph rather interesting:

    "To add muscle to their efforts to bring Senate Democrats to the table, House Republicans will include a provision in the debt ceiling legislation that says lawmakers will not be paid if they do not pass a budget blueprint, though questions have been raised whether that provision is constitutional."


    After some research, from The Hill:


    The bipartisan group No Labels has been pushing the No Budget, No Pay idea but last year said that to be constitutional, the bill would have to apply to the next Congress.

    “If Congress doesn’t act in 2012, a No Budget, No Pay law could not take effect until 2015 at the earliest — meaning we’re more likely to have another three years of budgetary dysfunction,” it said last year."


    So, it's all smoke & mirrors again.


    MSNBC ~ "The talking filibuster must be the MIMIMUM in filibuster reform."

    I am in total agreement with you and have signed a minimum of 10 petitions in this regard so far.


    Cartoon ~ Great portrait of the chicken hawk!









    • Also true.

      Careful.  No Labels is a front group pushing Republican propaganda, without the flawed Republican brand.




  5. Poor TomCat!!!  How criminally negligent for the pharmacy to have sat on your prescription without being able to fulfill it OR bother to let you know!!!  I am very glad you told them off – and I hope you get really good antibiotics and that they start to work promptly! 

  6. I hope you are looking for a new pharmacy!

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