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Life and online friends

I found out a friend of mine died yesterday. I had never met him, but I considered him a friend all the same. I first got to know him on's a conservative website, similar to this format. It was originally hollywoodhalfwits, buy changed later....this was in the 2000's...Facebook came along, so we all decided to reveal ourselves and became friends there. For the past 8 years, we've all shared politics, marriages, divorces, moves, jokes and all kinds of stuff....

Anyway, Pict was a cool guy. He was Scottish, living first in cali, then texas. He was former military (RAF) and was an engineer. Said the f word waaaay too much, loved breasts (for heart health ), whisky, and his dog Rico. He gave me great advice when my boy was having seizures, and he had kind words when my nanny died and then when my pop passed.

He had malaria last fall, and then never seemed to recover fully. He died of cardiac arrest. His last post was that he felt like s$!t and he hoped the docs found out what was going on.

Anyway, you don't have to meet people to be friends of a sort. I'll really miss his salty humor. He was a good and honorable man...

He would have liked this site, but probably would have been FFR in a week..

RIP Pict/Ken

What's for supper?

We had homemade pizza with sausage and pepperoni...for dessert we had Girl scout cookies...I usually cook a good dinner for Sunday after church, but just didn't feel like it tonight. My boy made the pizza..It was delicious..

Aladdin the dog and Brian Beale, DVM

This summer, Haddonfield rescue dog Aladdin was headed to Los Angeles to compete for the title of American Humane’s Hero Dog of the Year.

Having been named the society’s Therapy Dog of the Year in honor of his work with trauma victims, “Laddy” was one of seven dogs in the running for its top title.

Although he didn’t take home the ultimate honors, the trip was a big win for the rescue dog, whose story touched the heart of veterinary surgeon Brian Beale.

Dr. Beale, a board-certified veterinary surgeon known for his television show Animal ER, was so moved by Aladdin’s resume that he offered to repair the dog’s hind legs at no cost to his owner, Michele Schaffer-Stevens.


Aladdin's story: He was an extremely abused dog, yet he has thrived with his new parents....

Brian Beale, DVM, a vet on Animal ER, met Laddie and fell in love with him. He determined he could give Aladdin a better life and offered to do surgery on him to improve his quality of life. This guy went through the complicated process to become licensed in the state of NJ(he's in Texas). Yesterday, he did the surgery on Aladdin...100% cost free to the owners....He flew to NJ and took the time out of his life to help this dog...

Aladdin didn't win the American Human Awards, Abigail's her story..

Aladdin has a long road to recovery, but according to Michelle, he's doing well today....

Aetna Under Investigation

California is investigating Aetna, the nation’s third largest health insurance provider, after a former medical director at the company admitted under oath that he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.

First reported by CNN, Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma is now under investigation by California’s insurance commissioner Dave Jones.

fter CNN showed Jones a transcript of Iinuma’s testimony, Jones told the broadcaster that his office is investigating the extent of this practice. “If the health insurer is making decisions to deny coverage without a physician actually ever reviewing medical records, that’s of significant concern to me as insurance commissioner in California—and potentially a violation of law,” Jones said.

Iinuma’s deposition is part of a lawsuit against Aetna aet filed by a college student who is claiming breach of contract and bad faith. The student, Gillen Washington, was denied coverage for an infusion of intravenous immunoglobulin, a treatment for an immune disorder from which he suffers.


I do not doubt this one bit. I know that BCBS in my state regularly denies services based on medical necessity. I have dealt with this kind of stuff a lot in my career. I have even provided proof that services should be covered and they have been routinely denied. I tell people that an insurance company, even medicare and tricare, does not care about patient care. They care about the money. It's ALWAYS about the money. I don't care what they say, it's always the cost.

NYC recommendations please

We are traveling to NYC in March, and I would like to know if you guys have any great hotel that you would recommend. I had a place booked, 1871 House, in the Lower East side, but they cancelled as they are changing their business model from short stays to longer stays.

We will be in Manhattan. My rectangle is anywhere below and to the right of Central Park, so basically, the Lower East side, but we are flexible. We don't want to stay anywhere north of Central Park. Preferably within a 5 minute walk to a subway or bus stop....Our budget is 300-400 a night...We want a safe place that is bed bug free...It's not our first trip to the city, so we know our way around a little bit.

I have looked at dozens of hotels and can't really narrow them down. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks! And y'all have a nice day.

Items the government has spent money on in the past.....really.....

$30 million to help Pakistani Mango farmers:

$765,828 for pancakes

$120 million in retirement and disability benefits to federal employees who have died

$113,277 for video games:

$100,000 for a celebrity chef show in Indonesia

and there are more, I am sure...

This is an old link, but I know the stupidity has not changed:

New Baltimore Kroger employee with autism quits job due to bullying

NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. - Kroger is investigating after an employee with autism at the New Baltimore store said he was being bulled and quit his job.

"The thing is, if you don't have anything nice to say about someone, don't say it," Giovanni Trapani said. "Point blank."

Trapani, 23, said what happened to him at his job in New Baltimore went beyond mean comments. He said he has autism and was thrilled to be hired at the Kroger store 11 months ago. It was his first job.

"He was so excited," said his mother, April Franchy. "The school was excited. They even wrote up a special thing about how he has come so far."

It wasn't every courtesy clerk who was mean to me," Trapani said.

But he said plenty of others spoke to him as though he was a 3-year-old. He said they put anti-theft stickers on his clothing so that every time he walked in or out of the store, he would beep.

"He would be afraid when he went to get the carts they were going to beat him up," Franchy said.


Yeah, I's life...suck it up...blah blah blah....people are assholes...(yes, I said that and know I will have to ask forgiveness for cursing) The thing is, these *people* have no idea how hard it is for some kids to get jobs, drive, function in the world...This kid could live off the dole and collect disability, but no, he was TRYING to be like all the other people in the world. He worked hard to get that job and learn skills that most knuckle dragging morons take for granted...

I hate the world today.

Bill Clinton in 1995

He and Trump seem to agree....

Inspiring America

Growing Car Wash Company Employs Autistic Adults

Like many parents of children with autism, John D'Eri worried about his son Andrew's future. Living in a world where most people with autism are overlooked in the workplace, D'Eri knew he had to take action.

In 2013, he and his son Tom decided to open a car wash business with a purpose: to help Andrew and others like him have a chance in the world, to earn a paycheck and build a community.

"I set out to help my son and others like him have a life," said D'Eri.

In just three short years, he went from father of the year to a true visionary, with a scalable business, Rising Tide Car Wash, growing by the day.

"We moved the wash from 40,000 cars a year when we bought it to 160,000," he said. "That's a quadruple, inside of three years. You can't do that without a great staff."

link :

Love, Love, Love this!!!

Friday musings

One of the boys at my son's school was arrested yesterday for drugs and weapons....He evidently had a large amount of marijuana in his house, and they found guns there too...They went to the school and arrested him and he is charged with drug distribution, marijuana possession and distribution of a controlled substance...

I know this kid needs to go to jail. I hate drugs of any kind. I've witnessed first hand what prescription drug addiction does to a person....I don't even take tyelenol unless my head is about to split wide open...but dang it, I feel sorry for him. As you all may or may not know, my boy has Asperger's, and he has a hard time in school and social situations...last year was particularly hard....and this boy, this drug dealing boy, spent most of last year being a friend to my boy....They would sometimes eat lunch together and this kid would make a point of sitting near my boy in class and stuff...It really helped my son...

My brother in law, who is a cop, said this kid was no good and they've been working on catching him awhile. He was a thug...He may be, but I still feel sorry for him. I guess I wouldn't feel sorry for him if he had sold my boy drugs, but I do. He's 18, so he's going to prison.

Mr. B and I were talking this morning about this....I look back at the kids my boy has grown up with, and I don't recall ever looking at one when they were in elementary school and thinking "That kid is going to grow up to be a drug dealer or murderer or gang banger." I didn't, and when I see how some of the kids have turned out....

It's really sad that kids start out with so much promise, and then through choices they make, ruin their lives. I've spent my whole career as a mother teaching my boy consequences of choices. He and I talked about this last night. I hope he listened and took heart.

I know I'm a softie. I used to think I was a hard ass when it came to stuff like this, but I'm looking through shades of gray here lately. I hope he comes out of this with a lesson learned, but the stats are against that.

Y'all have a great day.
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