Aug 182014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 119.  My COPD is still acting up, and I’m working to finish, before services of the Holy Ellipsoid Orb, as my Broncos have a preseason meditation with 49ers.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 4:59).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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Woooo Hooo!!!!

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Hat’s off to another great example of Robin Williams’s lovable comedic genius. In this 2008 post-presidential election clip, from the British gala, ‘We Are Most Amused,’ people from around the world gather to celebrate the 60th birthday of Prince Charles, and see the best of the best comedians. John ‘Monty Python’ Cleese introduces Robin Williams, who walks out onto the stage and immediately throws a hilariously informal shout out to he Royal Family. “Thank you. Thank you! Chuck, Cam – Great to see you! Yoyo Wales, House of Windsor, keepin’ it real!” Prince Charles busts out laughing, as the crowd roars. You can tell they all love Robin Williams. He starts off gleaming over the future president. Remember that incredible feeling of excitement and relief most of us had after Obama won? You can see that feeling in Robin’s eyes. A few minutes later, Williams starts in on the ‘Dubya.’ (spoiler alert)

 

He may is gone, but thank God he lives through his work.

From NY Times: In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care.

Although doctors have often performed such work between office visits by patients, they have historically not been paid for it.

Starting in January, Medicare will pay monthly fees to doctors who manage care for patients with two or more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and depression.

“Paying separately for chronic care management services is a significant policy change,” said Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Officials said such care coordination could pay for itself by keeping patients healthier and out of hospitals.

This is excellent! Five years ago my doctor told me that doctors could provide better service if care is fee for patient based rather than fee for service based. And I know I will benefit as I have COPD and diabetes.

From AlterNet: Fox News ‘Doc’ Ablow insults First Lady’s fitness, figuring it’s fair because she hates America.

Keith Ablow, that sterling member of Fox’s “Medical A-Team” is rapidly becoming one of the most gag-inducing figures on the network. He went there this week, all the way to the depths of douchebaggery, criticizing Michelle Obama’s figure, not once, but twice, the second time in defense of the first time. “I’m not taking food advice from an American who dislikes America, who in many photographs during her tenure as First Lady is obviously not fit,” he told Politico, just doubling down on being a full-on cretinous troll.

The head case, whoops, we mean "head doctor," had already gone there on the subject of Michelle Obama’s body on the air, commenting that she needs to “drop a few.” Not even his right-wing female colleagues at Fox could stomach that. Not that it is at all pertinent, but the First Lady’s fitness is rather legendary, her arms the envy of many. Ablow’s comments are transparently misogynist, and it is probably only a matter of time before he and his twisted colleagues decide the Obama daughters are fair game, since their father has the audacity to be president while black, and their mother has the gall to try to educate Americans about food, nutrition, health and exercise while black. She obviously hates America if she is trying to do that.

The rant by this talking sphincter is just one of the five worst Republican moments this week. Click through for the other four.

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  11 Responses to “Open Thread–8/18/2014”

  1. Tom, I am happy for you and the Broncos.  The Niners will always be my #1 as I left my heart in San Francisco.  Broncos will remain my #2.

    • Thanks Dotti.  Because the 49ers come from a city in the feorefrond of the battle for LGBT rights, the team tends to mirror they gay fans.  They are known for their Tight Ends. ;-)

  2. 4:12 Someone shut the door on me.

  3. Puzzle — 3:48  Somebody's looonnnggg bushy tail was blocking the door!

    Daily Kos — In my long held opinion, yiu can't get any better than Robin!  Quick wit, irreverent when called for, knowledgeable and FUNNY!!!!!  All that and a gentle soul too.  RIP Robin Williams.

    NY Times — Our BC system is somewhat like that however I wish communications between healthcare providers were better.  I also think that it can be important to include dentists, chiropractors and physiotherapists in that net.  I much prefer my medical team to be playing with the same deck of cards.

    Alternet — First, let me say that a substantial supply of duct tape with crazy glue backing over the mouths and around the wrists (so they can't write) of these right wing neanderthals would really help the rest of us keep our sanity.

    Limpballs — "It was Williams’ left-wing politics that killed him …"  No, with all due respect to depression (I am a sufferer for many years) and to Robin, it was more likely the inanity of dealing with right wing nutslike Limpballs.

    Elizabeth Hasselbeck — "Hasselbeck calls what atheists are doing “eliminating religious freedom,” …" Nobody is preventing Hasselbeck from worshipping or praying.  That would be an infringement of her rights.  If she is so damned pious and worried about it, she should bring her own Bible.  Oh but wait, she can't read . . . well at least not the constitution where the freedom of and from religion is noted.  And Lizzy, atheists have better things to do than to personally harass you. 

    Keith Ablow — Ablow IS a head case!  He is chastising Michelle Obama for daring to have cogent ideas about kids, food and obesity all while daring to be the first lady while black.  Truth be known, the duct tape might help Ablow lose some weight, but unfortunately none of that weight lose will come from his head where it is needed.

    "Cantaloupe Calves" King — “And it looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin. I should say continental origin …"  It seems to me that assuming homogeneity  of a group IS racial profiling!  King is fruitier than a cantaloupe.  My apologies to the American Association of Cantaloupes.

    Laura Ingraham — She hasn't figured out yet that if real reporters (Ingraham delinked) didn't go to the source ie Ferguson, MO, she would have nothing to comment on.  Now that WOULD BE refreshing!  Sitting in McDonald's with coffee in one hand and laptop in the other does not constitute provocatation of the police.

    As I said, DUCT TAPE in copious amounts with crazy glue!

    Cartoon — First Nations should have thought of that 500 years ago!

  4. Daily Kos:  I loved this video, the true Robin was there, he always said things we wanted to say but didn't know how. He will be missed for a very long time.

    NY Times:  This is a great policy change.  My mother has heart disease, hypothryoidism, renal failure, hypertension, to name a few.  We recently changed her doctor as the first one was just refilling the same prescriptions and not trying to find better answers.  This will be a huge help to those with mutliple health issues.

    Alternet:  Clicked through and needed a multiple Barf Alert.  Hasselbeck, Ingraham, King, Limbaugh, and Ablow in one article are guaranteed to raise the blood pressure.  I think we should check on all their origins, they can't possibly be human.

    Cartoon:  They would if they could.

    I hope your COPD is better today.