1) In Tuesday’s (1/14) NYDN, there was a story about a mom, Shanell Mouland, and her 3-year old daughter, Kate, who were about to embark on a plane trip from Philadelphia (PA) to Bangor (ME). The child is autistic and according to the mom, “Whenever you go on a plane and you have a child with autism, it’s kind of unnerving.”
So,when the two took their seats on the plane, Shanell saw a potentially difficult trip about to become a clear cut hard time… a passenger, a man with a briefcase and important looking docs, sat next to Kate. Shanell told the NYDN, “I thought, ‘This is not the kind of person who is going to want to interact with a 3-year-old with autism.’”
But a funny thing happened on the way to Bangor…
When the business dude sat next to Kate, the child started rubbing his arm and Mouland steeled herself for the soon to come chastisement from the guy. Kate then looked up to the man and said, “Hi Daddy, that’s my mom.” Mouland waited… but, the man simply smiled at Kate. And, throughout the two hour trip he tried to engage the girl in conversation never once appearing as if the child was a burden.
Shanell Mouland was so grateful, so enthralled that someone could show kindness to strangers when none had to be given that she wrote on her blog, Go Team Kate…
I don’t know your name but Kate called you ‘daddy’ for the entire flight last week and you kindly never corrected her. In fact, you didn’t even flinch as you could probably tell that she was not confusing you with her own ‘daddy’ but instead making a judgment regarding your level of ‘safety’ for her. If she calls you ‘daddy’ then you better believe she thinks you are alright… For a fleeting moment I thought we might have a free seat beside us and then you walked up and sat down with your briefcase and your important documents… I had a vision of Kate pouring her water all over your (important documents)… The moment you sat down, Kate started to rub your arm. Your jacket was soft and she liked the feel of it. You smiled at her and she said: “Hi, Daddy, that’s my mom.” Then she had you.
You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her. You could have given me that ‘smile’ that I despise because it means; ‘manage your child please.’ You did none of that. You engaged Kate in conversation and you asked her questions about her turtles. She could never really answer your questions but she was so enamored by you that she keep (sic) eye contact and joint attention on the items you were asking her about. I watched and smiled. I made a few polite offers to distract her, but you would have none of it… The interaction went on and on and you never once seemed annoyed… Not long before we landed Kate had reached her limit. She screamed to have her seatbelt off, she screamed for me to open the plane door and she cried repeating, “Plane is cwosed (closed)” over and over. You tried to redirect her attention to her toys. She was already too far gone at this point, but the fact that you tried to help your new little friend made me emotional.
In case, you are wondering. She was fine the moment we stepped off the plane. Thank you for letting us go ahead of you. She was feeling overwhelmed and escaping the plane and a big, long hug was all she needed.
So, thank you. Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic sentences that I so often say in public. Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most successful plane ride, yet. And, thank you for putting your papers away and playing turtles with our girl.”
The blog-post went viral; someone saw it and told business dude and he contacted Shanell Mouland and now Eric, the business dude,and Shanell and her family (a husband and another child, besides Kate) are friends.
“People like Eric, that’s who I want my kids to interact with… I want people to raise their kids with that kind of understanding.”
Amen to that… but more importantly why is that we, if not all of us, then many of us, are inured to fear the worst from people? Why is it that we mistrust and are conditioned to judge books by their covers and not have the patience to wait until the book opens up to reveal its pages… its truth? Yeah, business dude could have been a dick, a dumb ass… (And truth be told, if I were Ms Mouland, I probably would have felt the same way she first did when business dude sat next to Kate)… but he wasn’t.
On her past encounters with folks when she was on a trip with Kate, Shanell Mouland had always been met with agitated consternation, mean-ass looks and then caustic comments… but now… kindness and warmth and caring… to a stranger in a strange land from no less another stranger who came to visit that very strange and different place… but not with fear and loathing but with empathy and love.
And why is this news? Why isn’t this the norm instead of being something that is the exception… newsworthy?
But, maybe the final thing to understand is that we can be “humans”, after all is said and done, we can transcend our animalistic instincts of “I got mine and fuck the rest.” Because when the truth is told whoever has the most toys doesn’t win shit.
2) Another piece in Tuesday’s NYDN had the story about an Irish mountain biker who suffered an embarrassing seven-week erection after crashing his bike and landing into the bike’s crossbar. After five weeks, he finally decided to visit Dublin’s Tallaght Hospital.
WTF!!!!!!!!!! And, excuse me????? Listen up peeps… it says right on every damn commercial, that even someone like me who almost never watches TV, has heard… that you should call a doctor for an erection lasting more than four hours… and this dumbass waits five weeks before he thinks it is advisable to go to the emergency room?
Now on those rare occasions when I have been very studly in bed and my member has stayed erect for a long period of time… I mean an exceedingly long period of time but less than four hours… I gots news for you, it can begin to hurt. But, five weeks? This dummy waited five weeks?
The end result was that after doctors checked him out it was determined that he had “no signs of injury, but penis was erect.” Keen insight into the obvious, by the Ben Caseys and Jim Kildares…
The diagnosis was Priapism, or in other words the blood flow to his dinky was abnormally high and that caused what seemed to be a permanent woody.
This treatment and that treatment was tried until one proved to soften the blow, so to speak, and, after two weeks in hospital, the man is now “enjoying satisfactory erections and intercourse.”
This dumbass better hope there is no truth to the words that you can’t fix stupid.
3) By now ya’ll know that Alex Rodríguez has been suspended for 162 games, or, effectively for the duration of the 2014 season and the 2014 post season. However, a quirk in Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, aka the Joint Drug Agreement, (btw, has anyone ever wondered why they called this agreement the “joint” drug agreement, I mean the irony of that title is very strange to say the least) between MLB and MLBPA allows Rodríguez to attend spring training and be eligible to play in preseason games AND he intends, at least he says he intends, to be at the Yankees spring training camp… My problem with this?
This is no ordinary situation and throughout all of this, through all his whiney sniveling bleats of victimization… ummm… I mean… entreaties of being unfairly treated; he said he only wanted to be with, and, have what was best for, his beloved teammates, and, only to help the team to win another championship.
“I’ve been on the field for the last five and a half hours, I haven’t heard anything,” Rodriguez said. “My focus is playing baseball. Excited to play tonight and I’m even more excited about Monday. I can’t wait to see my teammates. I feel like I can help us win, I can help us be a better team and I haven’t seen a lot of my brothers in a long time.” 1/11/14
“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court… No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players’ contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining, and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently being used to unjustly punish me.”
“I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship.” 8/4/13
And… he now thinks he should be at spring training in another four weeks or so… Like his being there with all the attendant media/paparazzi sound and fury that will accompany him will make for a well formulated and disciplined spring training that the players can get ready for the regular season… like the team, both as individuals and as an organization, doesn’t have enough problems adjusting to life without him at third, without Cano at second and adapting to a new catcher and a new center fielder…. Like he really cares about his “brothers” and still wants to bring Hurricane Alex into the Yanks’ Florida preseason camp… Yeah, this is the sort of problem, or, should I say problems, that I have with him thinking he just up and plunk his ass down in the midst of the Yanks team as they try and sort out all their position issues and then get into a well rounded and functioning team trying to compete for MLB’s post season tournament.
Then, on top of all that stuff, he has just issued, through his legal staff, a court declaration that he intends to sue the MLBPA… now, if he thinks the union didn’t defend him correctly in his arbitration case that is his right, but, suing the organization that was the reason that players like him can make gazillion dollar contracts is not really gonna go over big with his brothers right now, if my opinion be known. And, while I doubt any one player will say they just don’t want him around, or, that he is stupid and a dumbass jerk for suing the union, I do think the atmosphere might just be a tad colder than the Antarctica in the middle of its winter season. And that my friends is freaking cold!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But just this week, I saw this little piece in the NYDN, “… A-Rod is still technically allowed to participate in spring training and he reportedly plans to do so. And here’s where the story takes a rather humorous turn (unless you are A-Rod): If he does go, the Yankees might just relegate him to minor-league camp. Considering that he’s not on the 40-man roster while suspended, the club doesn’t have to allow him into major-league camp. According to ESPN New York, this is a distinct possibility, per ‘baseball officials’. And here’s the funniest part: One official said the Yankees could go as far as to have Rodriguez on the minor league side but instruct their coaches to basically ignore him — to not hit him grounders or throw him batting practice.”
As the writer of that piece said: “A cruel thing about which to laugh? Possibly, but if A-Rod shows up at spring training… surely bringing a media circus with him, a huge distraction to his teammates… he pretty well deserves any negative attention he gets.”
I agree… just when does the story become not about him and he just lets the situation play itself out, one way or the other… He still has years left on his contract after his suspension is over. So, even if he loses all of his court battles (which, I think will happen) he can still, either come back in an attempt to regain his place on the Yankee team, or, the team would be forced to cut him… either way, he will get paid many tens of millions of dollars.
But, nope the narcissistic dumbass is more concerned about appearances and his perception of his place in baseball history than he is with reality itself.
But, the bottom line is once upon a time he declared something about the “pink elephant” being in the room… now it seems he doesn’t understand that he is the “pink… or, the grey, or even the polka dotted… elephant” crashing the party if he shows up during spring training and that he can do no one any good whatsoever… especially, his beloved union brothers.
At least Barry Bonds would just ignore everyone, especially the media, and just walk away…
4) Mike Axisa, a writer for CBSSports.com wrote back on January 9, the Washington Nationals first baseman, Adam LaRoche, spent part of his off season from baseball hunting mountain lions. And, he did it without a gun because he uses a bow and arrow. Now, that’s all well and good, and, I hope he feels really manly about all of his testosterone laden activity, but, I am not a big fan of trophy hunters. Soooo… unless he intends to butcher up that cat into steaks and chops and burgers… then why in the fuck ya’ll wanna go and kill a beautiful creature of nature that for all intents and purposes just wants to be left to its own devices wandering around in the mountains?
Yeah, I am sure he broke no laws doing his manly thing but unless a person eats what he kills, then I am dead set against him doing the hunting thing.
Sylvie, a 13-year-old husky, was on a morning walk and either got free from her leash, or, was let loose of her leash… either way she took off like dogs will do… running around… only problem is she ran right onto and through the ice of Pleasure Bay off Castle Island in South Boston.
Enter one Firefighter Sean Coyle who inched his way out onto and over the ice ever so slowly and carefully so as not to join the pooch as another icicle in the frigidly cold waters. When Coyle got to Sylvie he says the she was trembling, near exhaustion and was about to be a demised drowned dog. He reached out, grabbed her and hauled her icy butt out of the ice filled waters and eventually both he and the dog were pulled back to a safe haven on land.
Once the dog was safe, word has it that the look in the Sylvie’s eyes when fireman Sean Coyle patted her head said it all.
Damn… five stories and two feel good stories, already? This shit done need to stop… post haste… what the hell, we becoming Caspar milquetoasts round here?
6) On Saturday (1/11) it was reported that a jailed pimp in Portland (Or) who was convicted of viciously attacking a john who refused to pay one of his prostitutes took a page out of ARod’s playbook and filed a $100 million lawsuit against Nike in Multnomah County Circuit Court that states the shoe company should have warned customers that the extremely popular Air Jordan brand shoes could be used as a dangerous weapon.
Uhhuh… you read it right…
In 2013, Sirgiorgiro Clardy was declared a dangerous offender in court and given a hundred years sentence after he was convicted for doing the badass two-step upon his victim’s body, particularly his head, while wearing the Jordans. Clardy also beat the 18-year-old woman he forced to work as a prostitute… just for the fact that he got his Jordans dirty, I guess. Who knows what goes on in an asshole bully’s head…
Any way… Clardy, who is self representing his case, filed the suit from the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton and said “Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be up-held by
potentially dangerous product… Do (sic) to the fact that these defendants named in this Tort claim failed to warn of risk or to provide an adequate warning or instruction it has caused personal injury in the likes of mental suffering.” He is also asking a court to order Nike to place warning labels to all their “potentially dangerous Nike and Jordan merchandise.”
Now I sincerely doubt this suit will go much past the filing stage as it is obviously entirely without merit… shoes on your feet that make you kill… now to be considered a dangerous weapon and unless there is a warning label stating that fact, I can go stomp on anybody’s head I so chose and do so with impunity … You has gots to be kidding me…
If after a complete reading of the field papers, a court even takes two seconds to consider his lawsuit then the judge needs to be held in contempt of his own court and disbarred… and, I mean he should be disbarred yesterday, and, not tomorrow.
Heck, ya’ll think that if by some extremely weird circumstance he actually wins his lawsuit that everybody will have to get their Jordans licensed?
I can see it now… punk goes into a liquor store… “Give me the money… I got Jordans on my feet!!!!”
“What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth. That’s priority number one.”
Now, how many millions a year does this dude make? And he wants a Bud Light??? Really? Either this man is very aware of who he opens his yap to on national TV and wants to endear himself to that audience… a bunch of beer drinkers for the most part… or… he really does love himself some Bud Lights… Or, is he just angling for another commercial for the coming offseason? Nawww, he’d never go that way… He must really just like Bud Light…
Hey, no accounting for taste but if I did still drink and I chose to drink a lager beer then I think I be picking some Pilsner Urquell rather than some Pilsner Bud Light.
What’s that you say? Bud Light is the official beer of the NFL? So?
8) Now just so ya’ll know… I am not a big fan of Kanye West… in fact, I tend to think, and believe, he is more or less an idiot… Maybe in his circles, he is relatively successful and entertaining, but he is still an idiot. So when the news came over the wire services that he punched some 18-year old dude I kinda took it with a grain of salt… but curious about the particulars of the occurrence I read the wire service reports, fully expecting the usual mish mash of how this anger-challenged dude let his emotions get the best of his self once again…
However… it seems that his betrothed, Kim Kardashian, was walking into a building to go to a chiropractor appointment and a teen held the door open for Kardashian as she entered the building. The kid saw that the paparazzi were following her Kimness and he said “Fuck these faggot-ass niggers.”
The kid responded, to her by saying, “Fuck you, bitch. Just trying to help you. Shut up nigger lover, stupid slut.”
Kim was now righteously pissed as she watched the guy walk into towards an office, the entire time still yelling absurdities at her. Of course, she called Kanye on the cell and when the teen realized who she was calling, he said, “Fuck you nigger.”
By this time Kanye had got to the building and he and Kim went into the doctor’s office and found the 18-year-old sitting there. It was then that witnesses say Kanye punched the guy in the arm and the two had to be separated.
Beverly Hills police officers were called to the scene but did not find Kanye there. Officers did find the teen, who filed a complaint, and, police officials said that detectives were investigating the incident.
Now as I said earlier, I pretty much think Kanye has a temper problem can be a little stupid in the head… but… I gotta tell you if I was a black man and some shithead was saying nigger this and nigger that and being a shit to my lady and then to me… I’da done a whole hell of lot more than just punch the dumbass dick-breath in the arm…. Just saying… sometimes ya get what be called for if you don’t act with the proper respect that is due…
In other words… You go. Kanye! This time, anyway.
9) In today’s (1/15) NYDN, a story says a report the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that the U.S. government’s Medicare program paid nearly 474,000 claims $172 million for penis pumps (no, these are not shoes for your member) between 2006 and 2011, or, about twice as much as if consumers made the same purchases at the retail level. And, that the devices, also called vacuum erection systems, or VES, nearly doubled from $20.6 million in 2006 to $38.6 million in 2011.
So when someone (not me) did the math it showed that if Medicare had adjusted its payments to approximately the price non-Medicare payers pay, the government would have saved an average of about $14.4 million for each of the six years between, and including, 2006 to 2011.
Okay now this is just damn stupid… why are we spending so damn much money on keeping old folk doing the horizontal mambo? Yeah, I know if I couldn’t get it up, and I was getting my horns up, I’d want something to help me to… well, function… but, why should the government have to foot so much of the bill… like, all of it?
If there was ever a need for something to have a substantial co-pay then I think this be it.
And, for those of you who think Medicare should just open up the sourcing of the product… the VES… they can’t… Why? Because, while HHS uses a competitive bidding process to get the best possible price on some medical devices, penis pumps aren’t one of them. Instead, Medicare pays for them using a set formula based on the historical prices, and, this is by a directive of Congress.
An official said that Medicare would consider whether the fee schedule could be adjusted and would discuss seeking congressional approval to add the devices to the competitive bidding list.
So why don’t old folks just use a cheaper alternative, like the little blue pill or some similar drug? They can’t… not because it wouldn’t work for them rather its just that besides some surgical procedures, the devices are the only option the insurance plan can cover. Medicare denies beneficiaries drugs for erectile dysfunction because Congress banned them as “lifestyle” drugs rather than medical necessities in 2006. So,claims for penis pumps started to soar that same year.
Government… it even fucks up peoples abilities to have fun in the sack.
And… a picture is worth a thousand words…
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