Friday, July 26, 2013

The Pitfalls of Socialized Medicine...

...are no better illustrated by the case of the Canadian man who was born blind and after 68 years of blindness is finally able to see because of an operation given to him under socialized medicine in Canada. What was that I just said - am I faulting socialized medicine for performing an operation on this man that allowed him to see the world for the first time in his 68 years of existence? You be I am doing just that.

You see, as reported:

"When Pierre-Paul Thomas was born blind 68 years ago, there was nothing medical science could do for him. Two years ago, the Montreal man fell down a flight of stairs, fracturing facial bones, including those around his eye sockets. During the recuperation process at Montreal General Hospital, plastic surgeon Lucie Lessard asked a casual question: "Do you want us to fix your eyes, too?" Two simple cataract removal operations later, Thomas could see." (Source: http://now.msn.com/pierre-paul-thomas-born-blind-86-years-ago-has-vision-restored-with-simple-cataract-operation.)

Did you get that, do you understand it. Help to resolve his blindness was not available 68 years ago but all it took were two "simple cataract removal operations" to grant him his sight. You can rest assured that cataract operations have been available for many years of those 68 years that he was blind. Why did no one in the socialist medical system of Canada ever ask him before his recent bone fracture injuries if he wanted to have an operation that would allow him to see. Treatment or lack of it, just like this, is what you can expect under Obama- care. Imagine, it took whatever period of time in those 68 years that they ran the medical system for the government to offer him the cure for his blindness. You see, cataract surgery has been performed since way back in ancient India and has been improved repeatedly up through current times, so it is not like the corrective surgery was unavailable. What a shame it took socialized medicine so long to offer him a cure and his vision.

More of the story here: http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Blind+more+like+child+over+again/8709214/story.html

All he best,
Glenn B

So My Son Asked To Borrow A Few Long Arms Tonight...

...and of all the ones we have, which did he just borrow? He took the Winchester model 37 (shotgun), one of our Mosin Nagant 91/30 rifles and my Mosin Nagant M44. Now while that is alright with me, someone will have to explain to me why he fuck it is that, of the three he chose to take along, two of them are ones I just got done cleaning a couple of nights ago and the other one was clean, as in spotless, and was all ready to go with me on my trip next week to the Sixth Annual Northeast Bloggershoot. Shit, now I have to clean them again once he gets home with them (yes me because I am pretty sure he will conveniently forget to clean them just as he always forgets to do his own dishes). 

I was so stressed out by this that I opened up a bottle of German lager (not really German, that is just the name of one of Kirkland's beers - sold at Costco) and I also ran upstairs and grabbed a chocolate chunk cookie to enjoy with the beer while I calmed myself down. Now, I have to admit, this was less stressful if only because he did not take too much of my ammo; had it been more stressful I would have grabbed two cookies;>).

Since I thought he was only going to take the M44, I offered him 40 rounds of 7.62x54R (non-corrosive just in case he really does not clean them right away). Then he decided to take both it and one of the 91/30s. Regardless of him having two guns that fired said caliber round, he opted to merely take the 40 rounds even though I offered to give him more of it. Smart kid, he values his right shoulder. I don't know how much shotgun ammo he is taking, he said he had enough and did not need any from me. I just reminded him not to shoot slugs through the Winchester and to only use lead gameloads or buckshot in it (no steel). For all I know, he may have also taken his Mossberg shotgun.

Both Brendan and Haylie, his girlfriend, are going up to her parent's place in upstate NY. I guess he has off tomorrow. Too bad he could not have arranged to have next Saturday off instead of this Saturday, that way he could have made the Sixth Annual Northeast Bloggershoot; I know he wanted to go badly. Haylie, his girlfriend, also could have come along, she is always welcome in whatever we do. I must admit, he has a winner in her. She loves shooting as much as we do from what I understand but even if she did not she would be first prize for Brendan. She is a nice young lady. It has been my loss that I have never had the opportunity to shoot with her. Well, whatever, this trip is about them not me. I hope they have good safe shooting fun whatever guns they have and  am sure her family has others upstate.

Oh well, I suppose I have more gun cleaning in my near future, unless of course Brendan steps up to his responsibility and gets it done. He may just do that, as I recall, he has done it once or twice before when it came to gun cleaning guns he borrowed from me.

As for me, I have work tomorrow and, on Sunday, I have more gun cleaning lined up, maybe Monday too. I am going to have clean and well lubricated guns with me at the Sixth Annual Northeast Bloggershoot if for no other reason than when there last year it rained and our guns got wet. I don't need no stinkin' rust and neither do my firearms.

All the best,
Glenn B

President Obama Rewrites History Of Ho Chi Minh

It has been 38 years since the end of the Vietnam War and 58 years since that war began. In all of my 57 plus years on this earth, I have never heard one person, not even the most liberal of leftists, ever once suggest that the ruthless murdering tyrant Ho Chi Minh had been inspired by the Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution or Thomas Jefferson - that is until today. It has been reported that Obama recently said the following in reference to the murderous communist dictator Ho Chi Minh:

“...we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.” (Source)

It has now become obvious to me that the man is either a communist supporter (at the very least), a full fledged communist or a raving lunatic - or all three. Either that or he is about the most poorly informed student of history ever to have lived. The next thing you know is that he will be saying that Stalin and Hitler were inspired by those same documents and by our Founding Fathers and the moral principles by which they lived. How he can be that ignorant of the truth or how he can be so blatant as to knowingly alter the truth with such a fabrication about Ho is beyond belief. What an insult to every patriotic American, more so to every American who ever served in our armed forces and especially so to they who served in Vietnam.

All the best,

Glenn B

One of My Female Bearded Dragons Dropped 18 Eggs In Her First Clutch


The male is the one strutting his stuff next to one of the females. The
other female is hard at work laying eggs under the laying box. Note the
male's stub tail and the missing toes on the right hind foot.
I got two free female bearded dragons awhile back from one of my son's friends. Wasn't thinking all that much about breeding them although I had toyed with the thought of buying a male to join them. Then, a few weeks back, on July 1st, I got a free adult male. They were not in the tank together very long before he started mating with them.

She sure looks like she is down to serious business.

One of them dropped 18 eggs tonight. I put together a nice laying box for her, full of a mixture of potting soil, sphagnum moss (long cut) and black garden soil (consisting of composted weeds, grass, leaves and such).

Click on it to enlarge it and look closely,
you can see three of the eggs.
 She dug in it a few times, then decided she wanted to dig out the sand from under that box and lay under there. Go figure. Luckily the box did not slip down onto her or the eggs after she dug out enough sand to make a nice laying chamber.

All done laying, she is coming out from under. Once
out, she turned around and used her snout and front
legs to start pushing sand back under the box and over
the eggs. I took them out before she finished and put
them into an incubator for proper temps and humidity.
I am guessing, since she laid tonight, that the other one can not be more than a few days to a week from doing so herself. Time will tell. I did not palpate either one to feel if they were gravid but she, like the one that laid tonight, put on a some weight and heft so I imagine she is also going to drop soon.

I foresee there will be thousands of 1/8 and 1/4 crickets, chirping away in my basement, in my near future - about 70 days. Hopefully, I will sell or trade them all before I have to move up to 1/2 inch crickets or larger.

All the best,
Glenn B