Wahela's Blog

Palin refused to shake hands with Oliver Stone
November 16, 2009, 10:17 am
Filed under: Politics

That shows a major lack of respect for another human being.  She seems to think he is “Anti American” because of his liberal views. (oh Lordy,  I wonder if she’d drag out the garlic and the cross if she met me!).    She didn’t, I would assume,  know that Oliver Stone has a Medal of Honor from the Vietnam War.  He was a hero!  She met him while on the set at SNL,  and walked away, would not even shake his hand and say “hello”.   I believe she is nothing more than a Fundamentalist Right Wing Christian Dominionist Taliban.  Any extremist is dangerous.  I’m just thanking God that she isn’t sitting in the Oval Office with her finger on the button,  thinking that Rapture will occur within her lifetime.


Abby has an owie (and a neck collar)
November 16, 2009, 10:12 am
Filed under: Pets

The Collar of Shame


My lab Abby went to the vet a few days ago to have surgery to remove a cyst or large hard growth on the right cheek.  20 staples and $160. later,  she comes home with a neck collar on so she cannot scratch those staples out.  I knew she wasn’t the smartest of the smart, no Einstein is she.  But when that big plastic collar gets stuck on a wall, she just stands there and waits for someone to help her out.  She couldn’t drink water unless I held the bowl, until I finally showed her that if she got the bowl within the confines of the collar,  she could eat or drink whatever she wanted.  Poor doggy.

October 30, 2009, 2:38 am
Filed under: Politics | Tags: ,

They have made a big “to do” over the House presenting their health reform bill.  It doesn’t sound too bad.  At least they will get rid of preexisting conditions,  place a cap on out of pocket expenses,  will have no copay for certain tests, such as mammograms, etc.  The public option is not really strong,  but it doesn’t really sound too bad.  They are allowing for negotiation between the public health option and physicians.  So they will not be paying medicare type fees,  they will negotiate between certain areas of the country.  In Iowa,  it just isn’t as expensive as in New York City.  A physician in NYC should not get the same amount of pay for service as a physician in Spencer or Orange City, Iowa, etc. 

This house bill will be examined and reexamined.  Argued over,  fought over, and finally hopefully a compromise will happen.  The part of “No” better turn into compromisers or this will just be a giant fiasco.




I remember
October 24, 2009, 7:05 am
Filed under: Bio | Tags: ,

I remember quite a few years ago,  I was in training to be a nurse in a Colorado prison.  The pay would be good, I would be doing medline, sitting behind unbreakable glass, giving the inmates their pills every day.  So to do this job,  one has to go to 3 months of training–training in “violent patient management” and different laws that we must follow, how to treat the inmates, and what kind of behavior and manipulation tactics an inmate will use.  It was interesting, it was 7-3 five days a week for two months. 

We were all in the gymnasium,  preparing to “violent patient management” each other, bruising each other up so we looked like abuse victims.  One by one,  the teachers of the class were walking around, talking to everyone.  The people they talked to would take off running out of the building.  This was in Canon City, Colorado where DOC offices are located.  It was puzzling to watch this happen, over and over, about six times.  Finally they had us sit up on the bleachers.  They announced, “Anyone live in Littleton?  If you have children in school there,  we need to talk with you privately. ” 

It was Columbine. 

Its funny how one forgets these things, I guess they are filed in long term memory and something stirs a memory and it comes back, as if it were yesterday.  I cannot imagine driving from Canon City to Denver,  fearful that my child may be hurt or dead.

Dog tails
October 21, 2009, 10:48 am
Filed under: Pets | Tags: ,

My small dog is a “teddy bear” dog.  A hybrid of shih tzu and bichon.  He was supposed to be 12 pounds.  Well, he’s 9 months old and weighs 19 pounds so far.  He’s built like a stocky little hog,  his back curves down into hams and hocks.  lol.  but he’s little.  I have a big labrador female (96 pounds) named Abbie.  Their pix are listed under pets.   Abbie has a cyst growing on the right cheek on her face.  Its hard and loose there,  and the vet is going to remove it soon.  It doesn’t seem to hurt her, and she doesn’t mind if you hold it and move it around.  Well, the little dog, when he wants to control her,  jumps  up and grabs onto that cyst,  pulls her over and forces her to lay down on her side.  Then he cleans out her ears.  Its really kinda funny to watch.  He will spend ten or fifteen minutes cleaning out her ear, and she lays there, loving it.  Then she she gets up,  he runs and dives on her trying to get her to lay down, whereas he begins to clean out her other ear.  Dogs,  they’re weird.


S. 703 – Committee Assignments: American Health Security Act of 2009 (GovTrack.us)
October 21, 2009, 10:25 am
Filed under: Politics

This is the Senate health reform bill introduced by Sen Sanders (I) in March.  This is what I think would be best for this country.

American Health Security Act of 2009 – Establishes the State-Based American Health Security Program to provide every U.S. resident who is a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful resident alien with health care services. Requires each participating state to establish a state health security program. Eliminates benefits under: (1) titles XVIII (Medicare), XIX (Medicaid), and XXI (State Children’s Health Insurance) (SCHIP) of the Social Security Act; (2) the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; and (3) the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS). Requires each state health security program to prohibit the sale of health insurance in that state that duplicates benefits provided under the program. Establishes the American Health Security Standards Board to: (1) develop policies, procedures, guidelines and requirements to carry out this Act; (2) establish uniform reporting requirements; (3) provide for an American Health Security Advisory Council and an Advisory Committee on Health Professional Education; and (4) establish a national health security budget specifying the total federal and state expenditures to be made for covered health care services. Establishes the American Health Security Quality Council to: (1) review and evaluate practice guidelines, standards of quality, performance measures, and medical review criteria; and (2) develop minimum competence criteria. Establishes the Office of Primary Care and Prevention Research within the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Amends the Internal Revenue Code to create the American Health Security Trust Fund and appropriates to the Fund specified tax liabilities and current health program receipts.

S. 703 – Committee Assignments: American Health Security Act of 2009 (GovTrack.us).

I am a liberal
October 21, 2009, 6:04 am
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

I’ve had enough of the GOP Obstructionist party.  Its as if they believe that they are the only people qualified to run this country.  In an interview,  John McCain, running for POTUS, said, “I don’t care what the people of this country want.  I know what they need.”   Now this GOP R-MS says that liberal tree huggers are what they love to hunt.  But we are a waste of ammunition.  Isn’t that a form of terrorism? 

     We don’t need any bipartisanship.  We need a good solid health insurance reform with a good strong public option.  No pre existing conditions, no insurance caps, no insurance denials, and mandatory insurance for everyone.  Yes,  mandatory.  If we do not have mandatory insurance (like auto insurance),  people would just wait til they came down with cancer,  go down to the local insurance company office and sign up.  There would be no well people on insurance, because everyone would wait until they really needed it,  then they would sign up.  In this country, if one has a car,  one needs liability insurance.   If we have a strong public option,  competition (hey, isn’t that the American way?  Competition?) would force down insurance costs,  no CEO of an insurance company would be making $57,000 dollars an hour (that’s right AN HOUR). 

     I read today that over 200,000 people callled their Congressman today,  over 80% of them demanded a public option.  It seems as if that’s the only way we are going to get what the majority wants.  Demanding the things we have a right to have.