I Do Dog Tricks
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Speaking of Cruise, I watched the "critically acclaimed" movie starring his ex-wife Nicole Kidman today. It was throw yourself from the nearest cliff upsetting. I swear that if someone you know is suicidal, keep them AWAY from "The Hours" - it will dump them right off the cliff. The movie takes place almost entirely in that self-pitying grandiousity and admiration for pain that occurs just before someone sends themselves into the great beyond.
It actually glorifies suicide. More than any other film or work of art I've ever seen.
Here are the finer points:
- Two different people committ suicide, and it's portrayed as NOBLE.
- A protagonist in the story abandons her children, and it's portrayed as the BETTER choice.
- Another woman miserable in her life doesn't change it.
- Everybody's homosexual including perfect 50s housewives.
It was weird and upseting and it totally threw my whole day off.
Nicole Kidman transformed herself into Virginia Woolf, she was actually nearly unrecognizable, but that doesn't change the net effect of her work of art. It was quite upsetting and dragged me down with no upbeat anything - no greater message.
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Bridge the gap between
"God helps those who help themselves"
"Judge not lest yee be judged."
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Should we stop helping these people when they need help? Gosh, no. But we need to do something that fixes the problem for good. We are slowly bleeding out the Mexican border. I know I can't afford the taxes that are being used to fund these illegals getting free healthcare.
How about setting up a different clinic "No, we're sorry, you need to go to the clinic HERE" that charges just a few hundred dollars, but a little MORE than the cost in Mexico. Surely these people can still pull together a few hundred dollars. If not, then they cannot get our health care services without going through the usual approvals.
I don't see why it is inhumane to tell these people they have to pay, when I personally am told "tough luck" when I can't afford something.
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Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas is a fairly famous institution and for a variety of reasons:
1. John F. Kennedy died there in 1963
2. Lee Harvey Oswald died there shortly after
3. Jack Ruby-who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, died there a few years later. By coincidence
On the flip side, Parkland is also home to the second busiest maternity ward in the country with almost 16,000 new babies arriving each year. (That's almost 44 per day---every day)
A recent patient survey indicated that 70 percent of the women who gave birth at Parkland in the first three months of 2006 were illegal immigrants. Crikey!, that's 11,200 anchor babies born every year .just in Dallas. According to the article, the hospital spent $70.7 million delivering 15,938 babies in 2004 but managed to end up with almost $8 million dollars in surplus funding. Medicaid kicked in $34.5 million, Dallas County taxpayers kicked in $31.3 million and the feds tossed in another $9.5 million.
The average patient in Parkland's maternity wards is 25 years old, married and giving birth to her second child. She is also an illegal immigrant. By law, pregnant women cannot be denied medical care based on their immigration status or ability to pay. OK, fine. That doesn't mean they should receive better care than everyday, middle-class American citizens. But at Parkland Hospital, they do.
Parkland Memorial Hospital has nine prenatal clinics. NINE.
The Dallas Morning News article followed a Hispanic woman who was a patient at one of the clinics and pregnant with her third child---her previous two were also born at Parkland. Her first two deliveries were free and the Mexican native was grateful because it would have cost $200 to have them in Mexico. This time, the hospital wants her to pay $10 per visit and $100 for the delivery but she was unsure if she could come up with the money. Not that it matters, the hospital won't turn her away. (I wonder why they even bother asking at this point.)
How long has this been going on? What are the long-term affects?
Well, another subject of the article was born at Parkland in 1986 shortly after her mother entered the U.S. illegally---now she is having her own child there as well. (That's right, she's technically a U.S. citizen.) These women receive free prenatal care including medication, nutrition, birthing classes and child care classes. They also get freebies such as car seats, bottles, diapers and formula.
Most of these things are available to American citizens as well but only for low-income applicants and even then, the red tape involved is almost insurmountable.
Because these women are illegal immigrants they do not have to provide any sort of legitimate identification---no proof of income. An American citizen would have to provide a social security number which would reveal their annual income---an illegal immigrant need only claim to be poor and the hospital must take them at their word.
My husband is a pilot for the United States Navy (yes, he fought in Iraq) and while the health care is good, we Navy wives don't get any of these perks! Car seats? Diapers? Not so much. So my question is this: Does our public medical care system treat illegal immigrants better than American citizens? Yes it does!
As I mentioned, the care I have received is perfectly adequate but it's bare bones, meat and potato medical care---not top of line.
Their (the illegals) medical care is free---simply because they are
illegal immigrants? Once again, there is no way to verify their income.
Parkland Hospital offers indigent care to Dallas County residents who earn less than $40,000 per year. (They also have to prove that they did not refuse health coverage at their current job Yeah, the 'free' care is not so easy for Americans.)
There are about 140 patients who received roughly $4 million dollars for un-reimbursed medical care. As it turns out, they did not qualify for free treatment because they resided outside of Dallas County. So the hospital is going to sue them! Illegals get it all free! But U.S. citizens who live outside of Dallas County get sued! How stupid is this?
As if that isn't annoying enough, the illegal immigrant patients are actually complaining about hospital staff not speaking Spanish. In this AP story, the author speaks with a woman who is upset that she had to translate comments from the hospital staff into Spanish for her husband. The doctor was trying to explain the situation to the family and the mother was forced to translate for her husband who only spoke Spanish. This was apparently a great injustice to her.
In an attempt to create a Spanish-speaking staff, Parkland Hospital is now providing incentives in the form of extra pay for applicants who speak Spanish. Additionally, medical students at the University of Texas Southwestern for which Parkland Hospital is the training facility will now have a Spanish language requirement added to their already jammed-packed curriculum. No other school in the country boasts such a ridiculous multi-semester (multicultural) requirement.
In the meantime, I have to end my column here. I have to go buy a car seat. Which by the way, if I don't have one, I get a $200 ticket, the illegal get a chit from the cop for a free one at tax payers expense.
Ed: Sorry for the length, but this needs wide circulation----particularly to our "employees" in the Congress.
"Once the coffers of the federal government are opened to the public, there will be no shutting them again." -Grover Cleveland
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I am proud to say that my religion is great at being there when people need help.
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An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.
As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically,
"Relatives of yours?"
"Yep," the wife replied, "in-laws."
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It is a bad idea to PRETEND to care for our youth while lining your own pockets. It's despicable when the politicians do it -- but that at least is exceptionally obvious and easy to avoid. It's plainly and obviously evil when the sheep's clothing on the wolf actually starts working, and we start allowing said wolf to raid our high schools looking for kids to turn into sheep.
Oy vey. You can tell I care a great deal about this issue.
You can't tell me that the people behind "Teen Screen" aren't looking at it as a promotional push, a way to double, triple or quadruple the number of children on psychiatric drugs, and within the next few years rather than over the course of their lifetimes. It is a push to overcome the declining numbers of people who are voluntarily seeking psychiatric help by using the publically funded school system to fish for children to drug. This on the assumption that it creates lifetime patients, people who - because psychiatry cannot cure anyone - will continue to buy the expensive mind-alteration drugs into perpituity.
Considering that we're talking about controversial, dangerous drugs that have never been proven not to permanently damage the growth of youngsters or their outlook on life, you can see how I'm a bit ticked off about "Teen Screen".
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I was trying mostly just to lay low and stay at home with my sisters and my mom. Relaz, take in a few movies or go out with my sisters, you know. Stay low key.
Instead, I ran into or had interaction of some kind with nearly every single person I've known in the last twenty years. I ran into:
- Joy and Bob: the parents of a girl I once taught when I was a lower school teacher,
- Jenny: my ex-student from 13 years ago,
- Paul: a guy I worked with 15 years ago,
- Billie: the woman who sold me a cockatiel when I was 16,
- Rick: Last years' model (awkward),
- Jen: The gal my last boyfriend cheated with (awkward),
- Margot: A beautiful woman with a heart-o-gold I used to work with.
- Mackenzie: friend who's working on her first baby!
- Kat: I barely had time to say HI when I ran into her,
- Damara: childhood best friend - due any day now with her third boy,
- Lexi: good friend married to a good ex,
- Mike: my ex-fiance,
- Duane: my old boss - same as ever,
- Steve: my ex-husband,
- Tommy: the dad of two daughters I used to nanny,
- Frank: The father of a friend of my daughters',
- Nancy: the clerk of the court who I turned my divorce papers in to last year,
- John: old friend of the family,
- Tyler & Lila: An ex's sister's son and daughter,
- Chad: My ex-husbands' best-friend,
- Yohana: A lady I used to work with who's pregnant again,
- Moe: A guy I used to work with who says I'm brilliant,
- Jon: A good friend who dropped me last year and patently ignored me,
- Amber: Friend who wasn't supposed to even be in that town at all, A total surprise!
- Adam & Harley: Amber's sons. I used to nanny (Harley). Another surprise.
It got trippy there, like the final episode of a show - the one where everyone starts walking in, even if they only had a three episode run four years earlier. You know what I mean?
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