Saturday, October 29, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011


Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't. I am aware that we do have some programs in this country, that are socialist by definition. I'll raise my hand up high and admit, that their are many, many, many things that I do not want my government involved in.

But, if socialized medicine is EVIL, what do you call this?????????????????????????????

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'Miracle' tornado survivor denied workers' comp
  • 'Miracle' tornado survivor denied workers' comp
  • 'Miracle' tornado survivor denied workers' comp
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JOPLIN, Mo. • By all accounts, Mark Lindquist is a hero, a social worker who nearly gave his life trying to save three developmentally disabled adults from the Joplin tornado. Both houses of the Missouri Legislature honored Lindquist, the Senate resolution calling him "a true hero and inspiration to others."
But heroism doesn't pay the bills. The tornado's 200 mph wind tossed Lindquist nearly a block, broke every rib, obliterated a shoulder, knocked out most of his teeth and put him in a coma for about two months.
Lindquist's medical expenses exceed $2.5 million, and the bills keep coming. He requires 11 daily prescriptions and will need more surgery.
But he has no medical insurance. Lindquist, 51, couldn't afford it on a job paying barely above minimum wage. He assumed workers' compensation would cover his bills, but his claim was denied "based on the fact that there was no greater risk than the general public at the time you were involved in the Joplin tornado," according to a letter to Lindquist from Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, his company's workers' comp provider.
That reasoning has angered Lindquist's family, employer, even lawmakers.
"I think they need to take another look at the circumstances and revisit the claim," state Rep. Bill Lant, R-Joplin, said. "What he did went beyond heroics."
Lindquist watched the sky darken on the evening of May 22 while on his way to the group home occupied by Mark Farmer, Rick Fox and Tripp Miller, three middle-aged men with Down syndrome. Soon after he arrived, a tornado siren began to blare.
Lindquist's employer, Community Support Services, had recently put workers through a tornado drill, so Lindquist and co-worker Ryan Tackett knew what to do. Because there was no basement or shelter and the residents moved too slowly to relocate, Lindquist and Tackett placed mattresses over the men for protection, then climbed atop the mattresses for added weight.
It seemed like little more than a precaution until Lindquist heard the unmistakable roar of the twister. "I told Ryan, 'If you've ever prayed before, now is the time to do it,'" he said.
The EF-5 tornado was among the nation's worst ever. It destroyed more than 7,000 homes, including the group home, and killed 162 people.
Among the dead were Farmer, Fox and Miller, a fact that still haunts Lindquist.
"I loved them almost as much as I love my own kid," he said.
Lindquist's survival defies logic. After the storm, rescuers found Lindquist buried in rubble, impaled by a piece of metal. Large chunks of flesh were torn off. Bones from his shoulder crumbled as they placed him on a door used as a makeshift stretcher. He was later delivered to Freeman Hospital.
Meanwhile, Lindquist's sister, Linda Lindquist Baldwin, his son, 12-year-old Creed, and other relatives contacted every hospital within 100 miles of Joplin searching for him. None of the unidentified matched Lindquist's description.
His injuries were so severe that his slender, athletic body had become swollen and unrecognizable. He was in a coma. Finally, after three days, he was identified by tiny brown flecks in his hazel eyes.
Doctors told Baldwin that if Lindquist survived, it likely would be in a vegetative state. Even in a best-case scenario, he likely would be blind in one eye, never regain use of his right arm and never speak or think normally, she was told.
Things got worse. Debris that got into the open sores caused a fungal infection, one that killed five other Joplin tornado victims. Lindquist overcame the fungus but remained at Freeman until June 16. Still in a coma, he was flown to a hospital in Columbia, Mo., for a little over a month before being sent to a rehab center in Mount Vernon, Mo., where he awakened.
Lindquist's recovery amazed doctors. His right arm remains in a sling, but he has use of the hand. The eye that was temporarily blinded has full sight. He moves slowly and has short-term memory loss, but speaks well.
Baldwin said the insurance company's decision is unfathomable because if her brother hadn't been at work, he wouldn't have been hurt. He also could have jumped in his van and driven away from the group home as the tornado approached.
Lindquist said that thought never crossed his mind.
"I could have abandoned them to save myself, but I would never do that," he said.
Jahn Hurn, CEO of Community Support Services, said the agency has asked Accident Fund Insurance to reconsider Lindquist's case. Insurance company spokeswoman Stepheni Schlinker said she could not discuss an individual claim or whether the company would reconsider.
Lindquist also could seek relief through the Missouri Division of Workers Compensation but has not done so because he is weighing legal options and still dealing with health issues, Baldwin said.
Amy Susan, a spokeswoman for the division, said the state could help facilitate settlement talks with the insurance company, or Lindquist could ask an administrative law judge to hear the case. That judge would decide if the company should pay the claim.
Susan said that 132 workers' compensation claims were filed after the tornado. Only eight were denied by insurance companies.
Since word of Lindquist's plight spread, people around Joplin have pitched in, donating a few hundred dollars. Baldwin said her brother was touched by the kindness, even if it barely paid for the prescriptions, much less the medical costs.
Despite lingering pain, financial strain and uncertainty about whether he'll work again, Lindquist sees good things happening in his life.
Earlier this year, he was contacted by Carolyn Stephenson Mckinlay. They met 31 years ago in her Montana hometown, where he was helping to build a water tower. He was 21, she was 16. After a brief courtship they parted ways. Both married others, then divorced.
Mckinlay found Lindquist on Facebook earlier this year, and the two decided to meet in Joplin. The tornado hit first, but Mckinlay still came. He proposed in August, and they plan to wed.
All things considered, Lindquist said he's a lucky man.
"I'm a walking miracle," he said.

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I just got off my sickbed, man do I have alot on my mind.

 Last week I was going back and forth between Michael Medved and Tom Hartman. Their was a commercial on the Hartman show explaining too the listeners, who the 99%'s are. Two of the statements caught my ear. The mortgage crisis, and health insurance. While my opinions on the matters do not reflect EVERYONE, they are based off of personal experience..........

  1- Uninsured Americans. How many Americans fall into this category by choice? I know 2. One is a twenty seven year old white male who lives with his parents and pays no rent. He takes home $650 a week. His job does not offer health insurance. So what prevents him from purchasing his own policy? Maybe it's the fact that he wears $500 Gucci sunglasses, or $600 designer shoes. Not too mention that he paid $3000 for rims to go on his $1800 car. His parents bought him the car. But hey, at least he's "keepin' it real". .........Asshole
The other, a little bit more expensive. A married white male with 3 kids, and homemaker wife. Owns his own business. Purchasing his own policy is probably alot more expensive. So what does he do with the money he saves on health insurance. I'm not really sure. But hey, his home arcade collection is insured for $350,000.........Retarded Asshole.

  2- The mortgage crisis & people losing their homes. Now don't get me wrong banks, you motherfuckers should burn in hell for what you did. But seriously, when did it become so acceptable to be retarded, that the President defends your right too be retarded. Let me put it this way, If a man & woman have a combined annual income of $70,000. What made that couple think that they should purchase a $400,000/2500 square foot home. Was the mortgage lender that convincing, or did the consumer bite off more than they could chew?
       Personally, I don't think the general consumer gets enough of the blame. Then to make matters worse, the newly elected President makes us an offer that the retarded consumer just can't refuse. Nice try Mr. President, you almost got my wife too trade in her perfectly running SUV, and purchase a brand new car. Just for the tax break. Should the banks have been practicing the predatory lending, of course not. But let's reward them for their deceptive practices, with federal bail-outs.
       BTW, the $400,000 home I wrote about. It wasn't purchased with a 20% down payment. 10%? Nope. 5%? Wrong again. Try zero down payment. That's right, sweat equity is what it was called. Just paint your own house. Oh, and when you get into some financial hardships, no worries. Your home will most likely be worth $600,000, and you can borrow that money. So, when it gets too the point that your monthly take home is $4500, and your mortgage is $3900, don't worry, just blame the bank.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Johnny O'Bloggin's Funny Ass Friday

Why doesn't Mexico have an Olympic team?

Because the Mexicans that can run, jump, and swim, are over here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

"I love auto racing", "The crashes are spectacular..."

This is the usual response when I ask people how they can watch NASCAR, or INDY car racing. Finally, you have pay-off. A firey crash resulting in the death of a young man.

R.I.P...........Dan Wheldon.

LAS VEGAS — Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnared in a fiery 15-car pileup, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2.

The 33-year-old racer was a two-time Indy winner, including this year's race.

Three other drivers, including championship contender Will Power, were hurt in the pileup during Lap 11.

Wheldon was airlifted from the track to University Medical Center; about two hours later, his colleagues were told of his death by IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, who said Wheldon's injuries were "unsurvivable."

"One minute you're joking around at driver intros. The next, Dan's gone," said Dario Franchitti, whose wife, actress Ashley Judd, had to bring him a box of tissues. "I lost, we lost, a good friend. Everybody in the IndyCar series considered him a friend. He was such a good guy. He was a charmer."

With the race cancelled, drivers, many sobbing openly, took part in a five-lap salute around the oval in honour of one of the sport's biggest stars.

The race was only minutes old when Wheldon, who started at the back of the 34-car field and was in position for a US $5-million payday if he had won, couldn't steer clear of a wreck that started when two cars touched tires.

Within seconds, several cars burst into flames and debris covered the track nearly halfway up the straightaway. Some points of impact were so devastating workers had to patch holes in the asphalt.

The deadly realities of racecar driving
Fellow drivers remember Dan Wheldon
Read Dan Wheldon's May, 2011, interview with CBS' Early Show

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My paper anniversary

I will be leaving tomorrow for an extended "1 year anniversary" weekend. I will be back Sunday night. Have a good weekend everyone, and please, play nice with each other..........;)

Beat-off of the month of October

Don't forget too get you suggestions in. I got you down CS for A.G. Holder. Liberals, please feel free to put in your suggestios as well. I am very unbiased when it comes to Beat-Offs.

Johnny O'Bloggin's Funny Ass Friday..........(Early edition)

A married couple is driving along when they see a wounded skunk on the side of the road.
They stop, the wife gets out, picks it up, and brings it into the car.
She says, "Look, it's shivering, it must be cold. What should I do?"
Her husband says, "Put it between your legs to keep it warm."
"What about the smell?", she asks.
The husband says, "Hold it's nose." ....................................:)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thank You CS

Even though we are at an impasse on the NFL, I do enjoy a spirited debate, and for that I thank you.

But just so you know, don't go too hard on your neighbors, because the NFL is a wonderful escapism. And the Washington Redskins are a wonderful story thusfar. They are in 1st place in the NFC East, but what makes it special for your neighbors, is the fact that no analyst or sportswriter predicted them too be where they are now. Dallas, Philly, and the NY Giants............ Noone even mentioned the Redskins.
Everyone loves an underdog...............................................

Thanks for the E-Tool info TGP, and H/Nox

TGP- I just finished looking at everything I could find on your Father, and I must admit, it's very impressive. He may just be one of my heroes now, second only too my Father.

He never served, but he is MY Father, so I'm sure you'll understand.

Thank again for the info, and a special thank you too you also H/Nox

The only thing better than welcoming home a young soldier, is celebrating the heroism that runs in the family

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    Corporal Robert Kunz, U.S. Army, (left) has a word with his grandfather Robert G. Dannowitz, who served as a sergeant with the U.S. Marines in Korea, Sunday afternoon October 9, 2011 during the welcome home ceremony for Kunz in Frankfort, Illinois. Kunz served in Iraq. | Art Vassy~Sun-Times Media

    Updated: October 10, 2011 2:05AM

    Being a soldier was something Cpl. Robert Kunz dreamed of since he could walk — and Sunday, his service was celebrated in a homecoming party at Jenny’s Steakhouse in Frankfort. Kunz, 23, returned to the United States Oct. 2 after a yearlong deployment to Iraq.
    Kunz was surprised with a full Patriot Guard Riders procession that his mother, Sherry Spero, organized.
    “It’s been wonderful to have him home,” Spero said. “With all the support and the prayers that we’ve had from everyone around us, I knew everything was going to be fine. I have a picture of him dressed up when he was 5 years old in all his Army gear. I always knew he’d be in the military.”
    Kunz’s wife of three years, Heather, 23, said she was thrilled to have him home again.
    “I was really scared and just praying for him and he was always on my mind, but God brought him home safely,” Kunz said. “He had a lot of people praying for him, and he made it.”
    “I’m so proud of him — it’s amazing to me that he’s only 23 years old and he’s already done so much,” she said.
    Sunday’s celebration was not only for Kunz but for his grandfather Robert Dannowitz. Dannowitz, a retired Marine, served during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, and was honored for his service.
    “I’m glad someone done something for the soldiers coming back from the war,” Dannowitz said. “I think these people have done a beautiful job. It’s been a great day, a great birthday. I was very proud of him. I was worried about him, but he’s done a good job, and I’m very proud of him.”
    Cynthia Barr, who organizes homecomings for the Soldiers Guardian Angels, said it was important that Dannowitz’s war “was not forgotten.”
    “The Korean War is often called the forgotten war,” Barr said. “It’s important that we let (veterans) know they will never be forgotten.”
    The man of the hour, Robert Kunz, said “right on” when he and his grandfather drove up and saw the Patriot Guard waiting for them.
    “My mom made comments she was going to throw something, but I didn’t know what to expect,” Kunz said. “It’s definitely a good thing (being a civilian).
    “I definitely miss being overseas with my brothers,” Kunz said. “It’s what I wanted to do since I could walk. I wouldn’t trade what I did for the world. I thank everyone for coming out here, it’s definitely great,” Kunz said.
    “I’m glad to be here (at Jenny’s Steakhouse) because it’s where my wife and I had our wedding reception. I thank my family for putting this together. I was fortunate enough to have a great chain of command; we came back with no injuries,” Kunz said.
    “You guys are definitely being protected by the largest volunteer army in the world. More or less, everyone doing their job is more than happy to make a better lifestyle for everyone,” Kunz said

    Welcome Home Soldier.......................................

    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    Happy Columbus Day

     My wife, Daughter, and I will be starting a new Columbus Day tradition tomorrow, and I hope you can all join us.

    Just go to your neighbors house. Let yourself in, and have a seat on their couch. When they ask you what you're doing there, tell them it's O.K. You live there now......................................................................................................................................Happy Columbus Day.

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    Professional Sports

    Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production are privately owned and operated for profit, usually in competitive markets.[1]

    I think this definition fits professional sports to a tee

    The winner is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Drumroll please..................

    President Barrack Obama. You have once again won the popular vote.