Fair Warning…

I apologize to those who follow my blog that nothing new has been added in 2 or 3 weeks.  I have been fighting with the MS that seems to want to screw with my hands and I absolutely dislike talking into a microphone while the computer prints my words.  This old broad doesn’t work that way.

Anyway, the anger towards the state our nation is in has been building – and I have been taking copious mental notes about the string of injustices that have occurred in the past month.  Today I plan to park my butt in front of my computer and write my little fingers off.

If I don’t post it today, it will definitely appear tomorrow.  My apologies to Cry and Howl for not being a good contributor.  I promise to do better in the future.


Throwing a marshmallow at a rabid dog…

General Shinseki was called to the Principal’s office this morning. A last minute meeting added to Barry’s schedule at 6 A.M. Eastern. Ooooh, he’s in TROUBLE!!!! Not really, he’s a fall guy. The White House minions most likely saw some type of polling data that showed Barry’s likeability is so deep in the toilet that even Roto-Rooter™ can’t save him and he is grasping at straws to protect the reputation of his party prior to the mid-term elections.

There is no one person and no amount of money that can correct what has been going on at the VA for decades. If the purpose of this meeting is to ask for the General’s resignation, it is naught more than a dog and pony show and will fix NOTHING. What the VA needs is “cleaners” to be assigned to each and every hospital in the system who can sort through the mess of paperwork, triage the cases awaiting attention and ensure that each facility has enough nurses, physicians, therapists (occupational, physical and psychological) and medical support personnel to care for the influx of new patients into the system. This cannot be corrected from an office in DC, and asking any one person to repair the damage that has built up over the years is unfair and ludicrous.

My step-uncle served in the Korean War – in country. He suffered mental, emotional and physical impairments most of his life as a direct result of his service. In the late 70s, he was admitted to the VA Hospital in Brooklyn. His mother and sister called every day to check on his condition. They visited him twice a week, driving from Rockland County, New York early in the morning and staying until the hospital made them leave at night. One morning his mother phoned him, but a nurse answered and said he had been sent for tests. The VA employee told her to call back in a couple of hours. This went on all day. Finally, his sister phoned at 5 P.M. demanding to know what was going on. Her mother was a wreck because they were getting no answers. The voice on the other end of the phone advised her that John Falletta had passed away at 8 A.M. that morning, but would not say how it happened. Can you imagine the devastating effects this news had on his family? Bureaucracy and lack of communication among departments is, in my opinion, to blame for the pain they went through.

No President since Jimmy Carter (or possibly those in office prior to his term)  is to be excused for allowing this to continue and grow into the monster the VA has become. President Bush 43 was working on in-hospital solutions to eliminate the backlog, knowing that putting “boots on the ground” was the only way to straighten up this mess. Barry was advised during the transition in 2008 and vowed to be the President who healed all of the ills of the VA system.

Then crickets…until now.

So, the typical Ego in Chief “madder than hell”, “found out about it on TV [or in the newspaper, etc.]” rhetoric begins. Attempting to solve issues by creating fall guys or gals is another classic Barry move. And how long will he be madder than hell? Probably until he can find another shiny thing to direct the sheeple’s attention away from his latest disgrace.

Meanwhile, stories like mine will continue as they have for decades and our military men and women will suffer – along with their families – for years to come.

Just an aside:  How can POTUS claim that he is “madder than hell” and feign surprise at the ineptitude of the VA when he served on the US Senate Committee for Veteran’s Affairs in 2006?  This report was developed in 2014, after he had been POTUS for a few years.  But, you cannot tell me the 2006 committee members lived in blissful ignorance.  Some of the findings took years to research:


Remember the days when school was safe and motorcycles were dangerous?

There was another school shooting in Colorado today. A student walked into the building with a shotgun looking for the Librarian. A student confronted him and was shot in the head. He/she is now in critical condition. The Librarian was warned that there was a threat against him and he left the building. Why the students who were in the Library weren’t made to leave as well is beyond me.

Eventually, the gunboy (he was only 15 or 16) shot himself and is dead.

Where were the parents of this kid? Didn’t they notice he was obviously a troubled person? Did they even care? What about the adults at the school who had contact with him on a daily basis? No one noticed anything!?!?

Now the gun control advocates will be out in force again. They will try to get them banned – again. They will fail to listen to the logical argument that, had there been armed security personnel in the school, the student with the shotgun most likely would not have made it through the door. If there were better laws and treatments centered around the mentally and emotionally ill, two thousand students lives would not be forever changed.

And this child would be alive…
And the one he shot would not be in a hospital with his/her family praying at the bedside that their son or daughter makes it through the night…
And praying that their child will be the same if he/she survives…


Thank you, Obamacare! Love, Your Newest Victim


It is clear that the Ego in Chief doesn’t give a rat’s left gonad about the people of this country unless they are about to enter a voting booth.  Everything he does is to benefit himself(ie), as evidenced above.

With that said, I am going to engage in a little self-centered conversation for a moment – but, my problem may ultimately affect millions of Americans.

As many of you know, I have Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.  Anyone with GOOD medical insurance (at least those of you who have not yet received cancellation notices) might know how difficult it is to get an appointment with a Neurologist or other specialist.  When I was working and had a “Platinum” plan, I had to wait 3 months for an appointment to confirm the diagnosis my GP gave me after taking an MRI.  I also have hypertension that is finally – sort of – under control after years of working with my doctor to find the correct combination of medications.

After losing my job (another story for another time) I could not afford the COBRA plan.  Colorado has a program called Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) and I was able to receive basic care with a small co-pay for a while.  I was advised to apply for Supplemental Security Income Disability Insurance and it took 7 years of applying and re-applying before I was finally approved in 2012.

I now live on $710.00 per month plus I am entitled to Medicaid.  I cannot get SNAP because I am told I make too much (huh?)  or any other assistance from the State.  It is not that I WANT the help, but some days I think it would be nice since I worked hard all of my life and contributed to these programs whenever I received a paycheck.  I am not working because I cannot work – not because I am some welfare baby who lived my life lying on my ass watching Ellen or Days of our Lives.

Yesterday I got an odd phone call from my pharmacy.  It was a robo-call saying that there was a glitch with one of my medications that they were working to clear up.  Okay.  So, I waited and waited, but never got another call.  I intended to pick up my meds today.  I have 10 refills left.  So, I finally called the pharmacy and they told me they could not refill my hypertension meds because Medicaid dropped it from their covered pharmaceuticals.  This medication costs $125.00 a month and there is no generic available.  I cannot afford it anymore, but if I stop it without phasing off of it the side effects include stroke , cardiac “event”, fainting – you know, all the fun stuff.  I never received a notice from Medicaid and now worry that my other meds may not be covered either.  I see many hours on the phone talking to morons in my future.

As of today, according to The Washington Post (I chose a Barry-friendly source so that no one could accuse me of using “flawed” reports from Fox News):

“Approximately 365,000 of those people have purchased private insurance and 803,000 have been determined to be eligible for the public Medicaid program. These numbers count data from both October and November, and show an especially quick growth in HealthCare.gov enrollment.”

EIGHT HUNDRED AND THREE THOUSAND!?!?  I can barely get appointments with my doctors now!  What is going to happen to all of those disabled, poor, elderly or chronically ill patients who have been on Medicaid due to a real need for years?  Are we all going to get pushed aside and left to rot?

I guess, as long as Barry has a hot Danish dignitary to flirt and take selfies with in front of his wife, the American people are not even worth his time giving a shit about…

I will admit that I’m scared and don’t know where to go from here.


Pure, unadulterated disgust…that is EXACTLY how I feel right now.  I will not edit my comments (except some cuss words – and TRUST ME there are some real doozies floating around in my head right now!).

First of all, I believe that the few idiots (the protesters) who called out racial epithets should have been unceremoniously removed from the grounds.   It made me sick to see grown people act in such a racist way in this day and age.  All they did was validate people like Janeane Garofalo.

HOWEVER…when the Bitch of the House (warned you…I’m pissed) gathered her minions around her for a photo op, she only exacerbated the situation.  Gave credence to the idiots.   Nancy, sweetheart, this is NOT  Selma.

I am not the kind of person who takes charity easily.  I have lived my life as a self-sufficient individual through some very hard times.   Many of my readers do not know EVERYTHING about me.  I never felt it was necessary.  I have survived poverty, molestation, Multiple Sclerosis, domestic violence at the hands of a coward, sub-standard medical treatment during the birth of my daughter (they left medical equipment in me)  and stood tall.  After all of that, believe it or not, THIS HEALTH CARE BILL scares me.

And don’t you DARE tell me if I read the bill I will like it.  Bullshit.  I HAVE read everything that has been posted on the internet.  I may not have a college degree…yet…but I do have an IQ of 146.  Reading comprehension was never a problem.  Legalese was just another language I taught myself.  I KNOW that when the Government runs out of money to fund the monster they have just created, I will not be a priority.  Will I live to see my daughter have her first child?   Will I be important enough to spend money on?  If I have to go on Medicaid, will I be worth an MRI, a wheelchair?  After all, I am almost 50 and disabled.

All I can say is FUCK YOU BARACK OBAMA.  I hope you sleep well tonight.


As an addendum to this post, I spent 7 years trying to get Social Security (my money) and finally won my case.  I now receive $710 per month, can have tangible assets no greater than a cumulative total of $2,000 or they will take it away.  I just had to advise my Neurologist that I can no longer see him because I cannot afford an MRI.  Medicaid pays $530 – an MRI costs $2,500.  Obamacare’s medical implements “fees” have kicked in and this is just the beginning, folks!   Katrina – May 27, 2013

I can’t HEAR you!!!

The following letters were emailed to me in response to requests I sent to both Senator M. Udall and Senator M. Bennet – both Democrats representing Colorado.

I explained my concerns to both Senators – that I do not support Health Care Reform even though I have a disability.

If this is an example of how well Congress listens to their constituents, we are in BIG trouble.

Boy, I can’t wait for 2010!!!

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your e-mail message. Hearing from Coloradans is important to me. I will respond to your concerns in the near future. In the meantime, I am especially glad you reached out, because it gives me a chance to briefly introduce myself and share with you some of my priorities for Colorado.

Our country faces serious challenges today: rising unemployment, home foreclosures, and companies on the verge of bankruptcy. Congress and the President have set bold goals for our country to address these challenges and lay the foundation for sustainable, long-term economic growth. We must make responsible investments in health care, education, and our new energy economy, while providing much-needed tax cuts to middle-class families. As we do so, however, we must work to reduce the deficit, because economic recovery will be short-lived if we mortgage our children’s future to achieve it.

It will be my mission every day in the Senate to represent all corners of Colorado and do everything in my power to stand up for the natural beauty and Western values that make our state unique. If you need assistance from my office, or if you need help dealing with a federal agency, please use the link below to access our casework form. If you are not a Colorado resident, I encourage you to contact the U.S. Senators from your state directly.

Please send all scheduling requests to Scheduler@bennet.senate.gov or fax to 202-228-4083.

Once again, thank you for contacting me.


November 22, 2009

Dear Katrina,

Thank you for your recent message to my U.S. Senate office.  Each week, over 10,000 Coloradans send me their thoughts and suggestions.  This unprecedented volume is a testament to the interest that Coloradans take in the issues facing our nation.

Coloradans have contacted my office about the economic recovery bill, energy, the environment, small business, education, health care, and numerous other important topics.  I appreciate hearing from each one of you because understanding your views is fundamental to my job.  Please know that my staff reads each one of your letters and e-mails and keeps me consistently updated on Coloradans’ concerns.

I am honored to serve as your U.S. Senator.  My top priority in the Senate is to provide efficient and effective service to people across our state.  Please know that my Colorado staff is available to handle specific services relating to the federal government (such as help with a passport, claim for veterans’ benefits, or a citizenship matter).  My Denver office can be reached at 303-650-7820.  If you would like to check on a request for services from my Washington, D.C. office, please call 202-224-5941 or toll-free at 877-7-MUDALL (877-768-3255).  Otherwise, be assured that we are reading your comments.

I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation.  My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation’s politics.  For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov.
Warm Regards,

Mark Udall
United States Senator, Colorado


December 7, 2009

Dear Katrina,

Thank you for contacting me regarding health insurance reform.  I appreciate your taking the time to express your specific views on this important topic facing our nation.

As you know, many proposals have been put on the table for reforming our health care system to make it work for all Americans.  I recognize there are many, often competing, philosophies and ideas on the best way to move forward.  As your Senator, it is my job to listen closely to the various stakeholders involved in this process as well as actively seek out input from across the state to help inform my understanding of what is best for Colorado.  One thing I firmly believe, however, is that the status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable.

As the U.S. Senate continues to debate health insurance reform, there are a number of key requirements which will guide my consideration.  Any health reform must: 1) allow people who like the coverage they currently have to keep it; 2) bring costs down so that all Coloradans are able to cover their families while staying within their means; 3) preserve the critical doctor-patient relationship, ensuring that decisions about treatment are made by those who know the patient the best; 4) call for insurers to provide coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions or medical history; and 5) be fiscally responsible.  By ensuring that these pieces are part of reform, we can provide the stability in health care that is currently lacking for hard working Coloradans – stable costs, stable coverage, and stable quality.  Cost-effective ideas to improve health like emphasizing prevention and wellness programs, early screening and diagnosis, and chronic disease management are just a few pieces of the puzzle that I think can help us get there.

Another important piece to the puzzle is ensuring that health reform expands access to care for those living in rural communities, which is why I recently introduced legislation known as the Rural Physician Pipeline Act of 2009 (S.1628).  This bill is designed to improve health care in rural communities by helping medical schools establish programs to recruit and train medical students who want to practice in rural areas.  The provisions in this legislation are based on a successful program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and there is evidence to suggest that, if similar programs are expanded, as called for in my bill, we can dramatically increase the number of rural doctors nationwide.

Additionally, health reform must include provisions aimed at helping to alleviate the financial burden placed on small business owners who struggle to provide health coverage to their employees.  This is especially true for those small businesses that have seen the cost of coverage grow at such an alarming rate that they are unable to stay competitive in maintaining a talented pool of workers.  Small businesses are the driving force of our economy and we must pass health insurance reform which provides them a pooled marketplace from which to purchase coverage and offers credits to make plans affordable.

Reforming our health care system will not be easy, but it is imperative.  As Congress continues looking for the best ways to meet our nation’s health care challenges, please know that I will always keep the best interests of Coloradans in mind.  Along the way, I will certainly remember your particular thoughts and concerns.

Please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov/healthreform to see up-to-date information regarding the ongoing health insurance debate.

I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation.  My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation’s politics.  For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov.
Warm Regards,

Mark Udall
United States Senator, Colorado


December 11, 2009

Dear Friend,

We wanted to provide you with an update on the progress of health care reform and our efforts to strengthen – and pass – this landmark legislation. We are closer than ever to accomplishing monumental reform.

We are hard at work to provide you with security and stability with your health insurance, ensure you have access to quality, affordable health care, and rein in out-of-control health care costs. The health care reform bill will put an end to insurance company denials for pre-existing conditions and ensure you have coverage you can count on – that can’t be taken away.

This week we joined 9 other Senate freshmen in announcing a package of amendments that will work to lower costs and move our health care system into the 21st Century. This means less paperwork, less fraud and lower costs. And it means quality time with your doctor and better value for your dollar.

This bill will also protect and strengthen Medicare. Seniors will continue to have guaranteed access to their doctors, home health care providers, nursing homes, prescription drugs and hospital care. We will extend the Medicare trust fund, lower premiums or cost-sharing, increase Medicare benefits and improve access to providers. And we will eliminate co-pays seniors have to pay for preventive care – making seniors’ colonoscopies or mammograms free.

Together, we will continue to fight for a bill that gives patients more choices, reduces costs and doesn’t add one dime to the deficit – all goals that we believe can be achieved with the help of a strong public option.

We can and must pass meaningful health care reform because the status quo is no longer an option. If we do nothing, we will be left with a system that puts profits before patients and leaves millions of Americans paying too much for their insurance or without any health care at all.

We’re optimistic that in the coming weeks we can achieve meaningful health care reform for Colorado’s families.

Your Senators,

Mark Udall and Michael F. Bennet

It is obvious to me that neither Senator has any interest in listening to the people who do not want Health Care Reform as outlined by Congress.  From day one, they chose to tow the party line.  Before anyone freaks out and reminds me that the Republicans are doing the same thing, let me just say I AM FULLY AWARE OF THAT.

When I state that I cannot wait for 2010, I am not only speaking about voting Democratic Senators out of office…I am in favor of sending them ALL home.  Term limits are a beautiful thing.

If I were Paranoid (hey!…stop looking at me!)…

An old Beatles’ song keeps running through my mind.  “I heard the news today.  Oh, boy.”  Things just keep getting curiouser and curiouser.  Consider this:

  • The federal government is considering taking over control of school loans.  Banks would no longer be able to provide financing for college-bound students and their families.  So, will they require that each student serve the “Obamanation” for a couple of years after graduation?  Will you have the freedom to choose your major or which institution of higher learning you attend?  If you accept money from the government for your child’s education, can you be certain that they will be able to receive an unbiased education by both Liberal and Conservative professors?   Will you have to pay a penalty if you choose to home-school your child?  After all, the teacher’s union gets less money when there are fewer students to teach.
  • The Acorn Tapes – it frightens me to death that the mainstream media seem far more concerned about the possibility of “illegally recorded conversations” than they are about the relaxed attitude Acorn employees had toward the potential trafficking of minors for the purpose of prostitution.  “Hello, MSNBC.  My name is Common Decency.  I know we haven’t met, but you might find it beneficial to your future to begin at least a casual relationship.”
  • Let’s piss off China!  Why not!  We only owe them gazillions of dollars.  So, the logical thing is to enact a tariff on imported tires to appease the unions.  So, uhm, what do we do when they call in the loan?  Brilliance, sheer BRILLIANCE!
  • Gibbs-bot Model 2009 – Poor guy.  I wonder what his aspirin bill is every month.  He tried so hard to seem dismissive of the Representatives who called for the vetting of Obama’s Czars.  Even towed the party line by comparing W’s Czars to Barack’s.  Nice try, babe.  This is all a futile attempt by the Republicans, though.  They are out-numbered and any Democrat wishing to remain in the “Anointed One’s” good graces will never agree to their proposal.
  • Here’s one that will probably get me in trouble – The difference between Liberal-leftists and the rest of us is that we already assume everyone is equal!!!  This is a concept the Left cannot seem to grasp.  I believe that a person should be judged on his/her own merits.  I believe you are born on equal footing with the rest of the world and whatever path you take is your own damned choice.  I do not feel that anyone deserves to have “special treatment” for any reason other than making facilities accessible to those with obvious physical disabilities.  Being one of those people, I would be insulted if someone condescended to me simply because I walk with an obvious lack of grace, or drop things at the most inopportune moment.  My mind still works.  The Left cannot get it through their heads that they are the ones who obsess over the differences between us and not the other way around.
  • Dropping our defenses – Pretty smart idea there, Barack.  Let’s can our missile defense system because Putin whined.  I hope Ronald Reagan’s ghost is kicking your ass around the Oval Office.
  • Paranoia – My thoughts and feelings don’t matter.  Not really.  We The People are simply spectators.  We will not be allowed to vote on any of the most important issues facing our country today.  Our calls, letters and emails fall on the ears of elected officials who are more concerned with their own futures than those of their constituents.  Much damage will be done in the coming months by people who are quite aware that their days in office are numbered.  The only recourse they have is to push their agendas through before OUR voices can finally be heard.  We can only sit back and shake our heads.  The hardest task before us will be spending years undoing the damage done in only a few months by a handful of OUR EMPLOYEES.

As the old saying goes, “The only thing that is truly eternal is a government program.”

A Lee-surely Town Hall Meeting in Texas?

At a town hall meeting in Texas, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee decided it was far more important to take a call on her cell phone than listen to the question being posed to her by a cancer patient.  No big deal, you say?

Imagine this.  An EMT arrives at your home in response to a medical emergency.  A family member has suffered cardiac arrest.  As he is preparing to apply the defibrillator paddles to your loved one’s chest, his cell phone rings.  “Oops, gotta take this…Hi!…Yes, Daddy’s working….You did what?  Good girl!”  Covering the mouthpiece with his hand, he states “My daughter just pooped in the toilet for the first time!”  “Sure, honey, Daddy is listening…”

Or this.  You are anxiously awaiting the results of a biopsy you had done on a lump found in your breast.  You have had many sleepless nights wondering if you will have to undergo Chemo, have a radical mastectomy.  Each night you pray that it will come back negative for cancer.  Sitting in the Oncologist’s office waiting for the doctor is torture.  She walks in with your test results and lays them on her desk.  You feel like you are going to burst!  Then, her cell phone rings.  “Hold on, I have to take this call…Hey…Yes I had great time last night…Me, too…mmm hmm…The food was delicious.  Oh, and so were you, Doug…”

Extreme, you say?  Not at all the same as a Congresswoman taking a call during a meeting?  How about when that Congresswoman holds the future of your health care in her hands?  If this is an example of the lack of concern our elected officials have for something as important as our health, I am more afraid than I was before.  (And, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee, let me say this to you.  Honey, you can call it “multi-tasking” all you want.  I call it downright rude.)

None of it matters anyway.  The Health Care Reform bill will pass…without a vote by the citizens whose lives will be affected…just like the Stimulus bill, Cap & Trade and every other piece of crap Obama has thrown at Congress in the middle of the night.  It will go unread.  Oh, they may change a word or two to make it sound less ominous. But, it will pass.

Obama wants this, Pelosi wants this and the Democrats want this.  Like the song says “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets…”

Shut Up and READ THE BILL!!!!!

Hey, Arlen!  How’s that Democrat thing workin’ out for ya?

Not so good, huh.

A politician by any other name is still…oh, well.  You pick the definition that applies:


  1. One who is actively involved in politics, especially party politics.

  2. One who holds or seeks a political office.

  3. One who seeks personal or partisan gain, often by scheming and maneuvering: “Mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be President, but . . . they do not want them to become politicians in the process” (John F. Kennedy)

  4. One who is skilled or experienced in the science or administration of government.

Guess which definition I chose?  🙂  Don’t be disheartened, dear.  A lot of your contemporaries in Congress had the same experience.  Funny, Barack keeps saying people are clamouring for affordable health care and all I see are average American citizens saying “NO”.

So, explain that whole “we need this badly and we need it NOW!” thingy to me again…

The Pill Nazi?

Who hasn’t heard of the infamous Seinfeld episode centered around the much dreaded “Soup Nazi”.  New Yorkers standing in line for hours hoping beyond hope that they would please him so that they could purchase a cup of his amazing soup.  Quaking in their boots when they approached the counter to place an order.  Knowing that if they did one thing to displease this god of “tureen cuisine” they would suffer the humiliation of hearing “NO SOUP FOR YOU!”

Is this the future of our Health Care System in America?  Even Obama admitted that if a red pill was cheaper than the blue one, you may not get the blue pill.  Even though the red pill may only be 50% as effective as the blue pill, NO PILL FOR YOU!

Are we going to end up like England or Canada where the survival rate for prostate cancer is far lower than it is in the U.S.?  They have banned the use of a highly effective drug called Avastin because of the high price of the drug.  Since most of the men who have prostate cancer are over 50 (translation – expendable?), those countries have determined that Avastin needn’t be available to them.  NO LIFE FOR YOU!

How about our veterans returning from war?  The VA Hospitals used to be a nightmare.  A lot of work has been put into improving Health Care for the men and women who have protected us with their very lives.  Is our government going to ration out prosthetics, physical and mental rehabilitation programs or medications based upon whether or not the government feels they can be useful in the future?  NO LEG FOR YOU!

It doesn’t seem so far-fetched if you consider the Socialist path we are careening down at lightning speed.  Hell, we have Czars up the wazoo, why not a Pill Nazi?