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Fri Dec 19, 2014 at 02:24 PM PST

Wake The Kids! Phone The Neighbors!

by jazzmaniac

Tonight the great Darlene Love, accompanied by Paul Shaffer and the band, a string section, some French horns, some terrific backup singers, and a guy on sleigh bells will perform "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) for the last time on The Late Show With David Letterman.
I'd had hope that perhaps Stephen Colbert might continue the tradition, but today learned that Love has vowed to never perform the song again on a talk show.http://www.nytimes.com/...

Of course, we'll have to listen to Jay Thomas tell the Lone Ranger story one more time, but that's a small price to pay.

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    Early last September I published this diary, detailing the mysterious affliction that had beset me a week and a half earlier and my efforts to receive medical care as an uninsured individual in pre ACA America.
     It’s a lengthy diary and you needn’t read it, as I’ll give you a (somewhat) shorter summary.
     A year ago today, in the mid-afternoon, I experienced a sudden loss of strength in all four limbs.  The change was immediate, and completely bilateral.  Had it occurred only on one side I would have been sure I was having a stroke.
     The sensation was one of muscle fatigue, as you might feel after doing a set of curls until you couldn’t lift your arms anymore.
     The following morning when I awoke everything was back to normal.  Little did I know it was the last time I would feel normal.

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Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 07:15 PM PDT

Losing The Family Homestead

by jazzmaniac

I've written before about my parents, and the house my Dad designed and built shortly after WWII in farmland west of Chicago.
I've also written about the seven years I spent caring for my Mom after my Dad died, the last five of those as her full time live in caregiver.
The day after tomorrow, Thursday, July 31st, I will witness the house auctioned off to strangers.

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Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:31 PM PDT

Joe Walsh Defends Clive Bundy

by jazzmaniac

Apparently not all the wing nut pundits are furiously distancing themselves from the racist freeloader Cliven Bundy.
Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh, who in true wing nut style parlayed his one term stint into a radio gig (at Chicago's second tier hate radio station) defended Bundy on his show today.

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      If you live in the USA there's a good chance you live within spitting distance of one of Walgreen's 8,000 plus stores.
      Walgreen's, a 113 year old Chicago (now suburban Chicago) based corporation, is the largest drugstore chain in the USA, with a 2012 net income of over two billion dollars.
      Today's papers are filled with the news that Walgreen's is being pressured by its investors to "move" its corporate headquarters (a purely paper transaction) to Switzerland, to avoid our country's "onerous" tax burden.
      And the company is thinking of doing it.  Follow me below the orange bag of cotton balls for more.

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Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 04:56 PM PST

Rest In Peace, Ray Price

by jazzmaniac

Country music legend Ray Price has died at the age of 87 following a two year long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Price's exquisite phrasing made him not only one of the best singers in country music, but, as ardent fan Johnny Carson said, one of the best singers, period.

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Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST

Fish Fingers And Custard

by jazzmaniac

Jelly Babies
Allons-y
I've reversed the polarity of the neutron flow
Lapel celery
Bow ties are cool
Mmm, what's that, my boy?
Venusian Karate
Recorders
Bessie
Don't blink
Behind the sofa
Sonic screwdrivers
Everybody lives, Rose!  Just this once, everybody lives!
Psychic paper
I wear a fez now.  Fezzes are cool
Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey space stuff
Dandy!
Clown!
Raggedy Man

Happy birthday, Doctor.  Splendid fellows.  All of you.

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    Some of you may have read my diary of September 2nd http://www.dailykos.com/... in which I detailed an ongoing health crisis and my efforts as an uninsured American to receive proper medical attention.
     The Cliff Note version is that on August 22nd I experienced a sudden bilateral loss of strength in my arms and legs.  This was accompanied by intense pain down all four limbs, and eventually my neck.  Fine motor skills have been seriously compromised, with tasks such as operating the computer mouse impacted.  Balance and walking has been affected as well.
     The problem, whatever its cause, has only worsened in the time since, with tasks such as holding a fork and extracting money from my wallet becoming real challenges.  
     Three days after its onset I went to a local hospital's emergency room, only to be quickly discharged since my breathing is not affected and my life was not in imminent danger according to the ER's doctor, who advised me that I needed to see a neurologist for tests, as did my own GP (who I pay for out of pocket) when I saw him two days later.
     Below the fold you can read of how in today's America an uninsured individual can struggle for weeks to get needed medical care, eventually come to believe he is only a week away from undergoing a series of important tests, to learning he is in fact months away from these tests and any hope of a diagnosis.  And of how the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare" will change this.

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    Some of you may have seen my diary from a few days ago about the onset, two weeks ago today, of a strange weakness in my arms and legs, accompanied by pain and deterioration of fine motor skills.

http://www.dailykos.com/...

     My symptoms continue to worsen.  Fortunately I have secured an appointment with a neurologist this coming Tuesday afternoon.
     But imagine my shock to learn this evening that the unusually sour tasting and soupy Chobani yogurt I ate shortly before falling ill was contaminated by mold.

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    I apologize for this diary, but I have never been this frightened in my life.  I value this community and know that there is a great deal of knowledge within its members, as well as kindness.
    A week and a half ago I experienced a sudden loss of strength in both arms and both legs.  Since then it has only become worse.  More below the fold.

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From the New York Times (Emphasis mine)

...the administration on Tuesday abruptly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in his health care law’s mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties.
Under the law, most Americans will be required to have insurance in January 2014, or they will be subject to tax penalties.
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Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 06:36 PM PST

Leave Your Keys In Your Car

by jazzmaniac

         That’s right, just leave your keys in your car the next time you park.  Leave the doors unlocked too.  In fact, just leave the car running.  Or, if you don’t want to waste gas, turn the car off, but set the keys on top of the roof, right there in the middle for all to see.
      You see, all this time I thought there were common sense steps that could be taken to reduce the incidence of car theft.  And well...there are.  
      But if somebody is really determined to steal your car, taking the keys and locking the doors isn’t going to prevent them from doing that.  Even a car alarm can be defeated, as can an ignition interlock.  Oh sure, it will take any would-be criminal extra time and effort to pop your door locks or smash a side window, pull out the ignition lock, perform a hot-wire, etc. and it might even discourage him from trying.  But since we can’t prevent every single car theft, we shouldn’t bother even trying to prevent any.

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