Friday, July 31, 2009

I just want to go on the record as saying...

  1. Insurance itself is a pretty socialist system. We all put money in a pool, and that pool is supposed to pay for others' injuries, property damage, or whatever, with the expectation that all the other premium payers help you when you need it. (After the Clinton "healthcare reform" in the 90s, though, it turned into just another big business.)

  2. Medicare is a great example of a socialized medical system that delivers basic coverage and keeps costs down. If you don't agree with a public insurance option, write your congressman and tell him to oppose Medicare. That'll give his staff a giggle.

  3. Veterans' care. See above.

  4. How can you take seriously a congressman (congressperson?) who lobbies against a public insurance system when he himself is covered by such a system? I don't think any of them pull out their Aetna card when they go to their doctors. It bothers me that these people rely on a government-administered insurance plan can accept campaign money from insurance companies, then deny regular people even the option for such a plan.

Ugh. I'm writing this here because I'm tired of yelling it at my computer screen or people on the TV.


From my news feed on Facebook:

four score and 200 years ago, are [sic] fathers set forth to build this country on Capitalisim [sic]. I'll be damned if I'll sit by and let them turn it into a Socialistic [sic] society. See your asses in Europe!

Who ARE these people?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Some Things

  1. Dog + unknown stuff in compost pile = ick.
  2. Berries are much cheaper when they're not shipped 1000 miles in from the Northwest.
  3. I am handy enough to make a closet into a pantry.
  4. Self-service dog washing is cool--especially for 10 bucks.
  5. A PVC sofa and chair may not have been the best choice for a house full of cats.
  6. It takes approximately 18 hours after establishing new phone service for telemarketers to start calling you. It takes 3 minutes to register on the Do Not Call list.
  7. Here, "clear across town" is 8 miles (3 freeway exits) away. Boise only has 5 exits.
  8. You can compost dog poop with a big garbage can buried in the ground and septic tank starter.
  9. Here, "It's SOOOOOOO hot" means it's 95 out. It's possible to be outside at any time during the day, not just from 10 pm to 10 am.
  10. I have three tomatoes in my yard. As soon as the dogs figure out there is food growing out there, I will not have any.
  11. I paid less than $2 for a gallon of milk.
  12. Central air rules!
  13. We've chatted more with strangers (the Starbucks girl, neighbors, the landlady, the cashier at Hastings) in the last week than in the last 9 years in Vegas.
  14. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies = AWESOME.
  15. Movie tickets, even in the evening, are under 8 bucks.