A Good Visit with the Doctor this morning

Went to the Doctor’s office this morning for my semi-annual monitoring visit and my flu shot. After checking my physical condition we talked about general feelings. How ya doing? Are you keeping busy and so on?
Doctor was made aware of my political activity as I told him I was spending mornings at the local Democratic headquarters answering the phone, greeting visitors and providing them with signs or whatever else I could do to help them out.
Doc told me of his interest in politics and asked me what candidate most people wanted to know about. I told him Mark Schauer the candidate for governor gets the most requests for signs, many people come in expressing their desire to rid the state of our current governor.
I then told him about candidate Jeff Holmes. A doctor from Alma Michigan who is running for the 4th district representative seat. A seat formerly held by Dave Camp; a seat in a highly gerrymandered district.
Dr. Holmes had given a very good perspective on “Obamacare” in a brief speech I had listened to a couple weeks back and I shared this information with my doctor.
He replied by telling me he cannot begin to count the people he has been able to provide care for now that prior to the ACA did not come to him for financial reasons, and the people that were now able to receive procedures that were too expensive before the act was implemented.
The doctor told me I was in good shape for the shape I was in and told me not to forget to vote. ;)
So another medical doctor affirmed to me the benefits afforded the people through the affordable care act. Good news for sure!
14 days don’t forget to vote!

Another Confrontation?

Young Man at the Door
Young man just came to my door asking me to vote for his brother. I told him I had already voted and did not vote for his brother. I then pointed to the sign in my yard indicating my support for the Democratic Party. He expressed dismay at my decision to support Democratic candidates.
This led to a short discussion of the values of Democrats vs. the values of Republicans.
He asked me why he should have to pay for pre-natal care and vision coverage in his health insurance when he did not plan on giving birth.
I told him for the same reason I pay school taxes and do not go to school or have children in school, it is the right thing to do for our society. He seemed to have difficulty grasping the thought of doing for others. Typical Republican greed, thought I.
Telling him that we are the only advanced country in the world that does not provide health care to its citizens. He replied health care is not a right it is a privilege. More Republican greed?
I pointed out to him that when I used to go to Florida in the winter and the Canadians down there all expressed satisfaction with their government health care.
The fact that Canada is more left wing socialist than the U.S. and Mexico is more right wing capitalist than the U.S. was agreed upon.
I then told him the socialist from Canada were in Florida in their big Motorhomes enjoying the warmth while the capitalists from Mexico were in Florida picking oranges.
He smiled, thanked me for my time and told me to watch for him as he would be running for state representative in the next few years.
It was a fun thing.
Remember in November and vote out the GREED!

Confrontations

This particular incident took place way back when Rick DeVos was running for governor of Michigan in 2006.
Word came out that DeVos’ wife Betsy was coming to Saginaw where she would speak with local Republicans at their headquarters on Bay Road.
Betsy DeVos was at one time head of Michigan’s Republican Party and is remembered for her statement. “The problem with Michigan is the workers in Michigan are paid too much.” She has tried to spin this and walk away from the statement but it has been documented as being her words.
So you can imagine the interest many of us “workers” had in welcoming her to Saginaw. We created our signs and gathered at Republican headquarters; prepared to show our dislike of her dislike of working people.
We were milling around outside when some people came out of headquarters. They were somewhat upset with us being there. One older man was quite outspoken, he asked us “what are we doing over here? Why don’t you go back to the other side of the river where you belong?”
Saginaw is divided east and west by a river with the east being predominately black. The Republican headquarters is in a township on the west side of town.
Our group of 20 to 30 people consisted of people of all ages from say 7 to 70 years old, and included whites, blacks and Hispanics. Don’t know how the others felt about that dudes statement but it angered me.
When his remark got no response he continued with “I fought for this country.”
Well that was it, I had heard all I could stand from this arrogant bastard.
*“So did I” I exclaimed loudly to him followed by “And my son-in-law just got back from his third tour in Iraq.”
He turned tail and went back into the office, he may still be in there for all I know.
Don’t know if Betsy was called and warned or what but she did not show up.
• I have never served in the military but felt doing what I was doing at the time was in fact, fighting for this country.
The Republicans in this state still abide by the guidelines of Betsy DeVos’ statement. Workers are paid too much.
Remember in November!

Africa/Ebola WTH?

Turning on the televison brings nothing but fear mongering regarding Ebola. Both broadcast stations and cable news stations are “creating” news regarding this situation.

And of course the politicians are having a heyday with the situation. Republicans, as is their wont, are blaming everything on Obama.
Democrats in this midterm election period are doing their best to distance themselves from Obama while still expressing their concern about the impending “doomsday” event.
The virus stems from Africa and has been around for years. Interesting to note the fact that thousands of Africans have been inflicted and died from this disease and very little was said in the MSM in America but, two American citizens get infected and Viola! Congressional hearings must be held this problem will be stopped.
Michigan Representative Upton “People are scared we need all hands on deck.”
Hate to burst your bubble Representative but you are one of the people creating this fear in the people.

Africa has been ignored for years there have been genocides and atrocities going on in Africa for years and nary a word from anyone in America.
There is much talk of creating a vaccine for Ebola. Really? We all know just basic help like potable water would do much to improve health issues in Africa. And consequently reduce the possibilities of this type of event occurring again.
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Eureka! The Catholic Church Bestows Personhood

Eureka! The Catholic Church Bestows Personhood
Results of a conference of 200 Catholic Bishops include granting personhood to gays and non-married cohabitating couples. While this is a good step in moving forward from the 15th century, we are holding back full support of the church. Waiting to see if they will grant similar status to those that hold different faiths. Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Humanists.
Reports from the conference left hanging the question of whether the church will follow the guidelines of the U.S. Supreme Court and bestow personhood on corporations. One hold back in this effort is the church’s concern for having enough room in the pews during Sunday mass if they provide seating for corporations. No one has defined the actual size of a corpeople but we would imagine they would be quite large, possibly taking up a complete pew.
And speaking of corpeople, they are making their voices heard loudly in the upcoming mid-term elections. Their nasty attack ads of half-truths and innuendos are dominating the air waves, both cable and broadcast.
In Michigan it is an Insurance corperson that is attacking Stacy Erwin Oakes. Nothing surprising here as her opponent receives the majority of his funding from insurance corpeoples.
Mark Schauer, candidate for governor is being attacked by a billionaire corpeople from Iowa and Senate candidate Gary Peters primary attacks come from the well-known corpeople more commonly referred to as the Koch brothers.
What do you think? Should the church recognize corpeople? They seem to prefer working behind the scenes in dark, secretive ways.

I’m black. Nothing special about that right?

larryjben:

Reblogging this for a different perspective

Originally posted on Black and Dixi:

I live in a tiny country somewhere in Europe with a population of about 17 million people, predominantly white. I’m black. Nothing special about that right?

Not starting a racial discussion right now, but i have noticed one or two things that are, well, interesting.

For instance. Stepping into a train and sitting next to someone and the person starts speaking English to me instead of the local language. Ok….

And when I do speak the local language: “Wow! You really don’t have a foreign accent at all, you are so well spoken! How come?

Or when someone asks me directions, their articulation changes from normal to kindergarten level hoping, that way, I will understand. Doo-yoou-knoow-the-wayyy…(uses sign language).

What about going for a job interview (after their diversity policy forced them to overlook the ethnic sound of my surname) and having four big eyes staring at you whiles you…

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True Story, The police and me

Some 20 odd years ago three black men and I went to Kenosha, Wisconsin for work. We worked at a GM foundry and were sent to one of our customers to deal with some quality problems they were having with our castings.
On our return trip I was driving along at or near the speed limit on I-69 just outside of Lansing, Mi. Off to the right on an on ramp to the expressway sat a state police car. The three men riding with me all spoke at once. “There’s a cop!” Their voices and their body language immediately told me they were becoming more and more tenser as we neared the interchange.
I silently smiled to myself. Having been stopped by the police more times than I remember or would even admit if asked, I saw no reason to slow down or take any other cautionary measures. We cruised on by the interchange with no problem and my travel mates let out a breath of relaxation.
This incident had left my mind almost immediately, but recent events and videos of police stopping minorities brought it back to the forefront of my thinking.
The fear expressed by my fellow travelers did indeed have a real to life base.
Do not read this as a condemnation of police. The large majority of police are decent humans and deserve our support in the risky jobs they perform daily.
There is however, a small minority that do not act as good citizens when it comes to treatment of minorities. These “bad apples” must be weeded out as a beginning step in improving race relations in this country.
When Barack Obama was elected President I naively thought this would be good for race relations in America. If a black man could be President, many would accept the fact that blacks are also “created equal” in this country. Facts show my naivety to be shining brightly, racism has gotten worse since Obama’s election with white supremacy and other hate groups multiplying extensively.
If we vote, we win! Do so!