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So, can someone tell me again, why we shouldn’t tax the rich, and instead, balance the budget on the backs of everyone else?…….

I seem to be missing that little detail where that all makes sense……

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Call it temporary insanity but let’s pretend, let’s just say, …that at one moment in time, if I chose to donate my youth out for my country, to be compensated back in the form of low pay; to completely and unjudgingly offer my fate up to the will of bureaucrats, all for the loss of my own self esteem, all for unending stretches of boredom, sparsed with interludes of a few intense seconds, that fortunately thorough my reactions and training, enabled me to continue living as I do today………….

I could reasonably be expected to be honored for that service to my nation, right?

In a perfect world, that is….

One would think, that in a perfect world, as needs were being debated across the universe of public funding, that a hierarchy resembling this, would sort of be the guideline, if not the rule?

National Heroes…..

over

We, The People…..

over

LLC corporations….

After all, if it weren’t for us, there’s a good chance those LLC. corporations wouldn’t be able to do business in a free and prosperous society, you would think?….

One would think, that if one of these heroes needed medical care, with the tremendous amounts of money being thrown away by our government daily, in the forms of corporate tax breaks enabling corporations to make “record breaking profits”…. that they would be put at the top of the list.. don’t you think?

Sorry, CEO… your operation will have to wait… We have a veteran who is in dire need ahead of you….

In a perfect world….

One would think, that a voucher system would be in place, or a blank check, where any veteran could walk into any hospital, and get immediate, necessary medical attention, have his prescriptions filled as a privilege for his service, and that the bill would be willing be paid by those with monetary resources more than adequate for their own needs?

One would think, (right?)… that it would be CEO’s, those who give pink slips so they can break profit records, those who cut benefits so they can break profit records, those who don’t invest in America so they can break record profits, ….who should be the ones finding themselves regulated to CEO hospitals, where they would then have to settle in on a waiting list for the next opening to occur, where they had to endure budget cutbacks and go without life-saving medicine because there was no money left in the CEO fund, perhaps because it had all gone to Veterans to pay THEIR expenses?

In a perfect world…..

In a perfect world, veterans would need no freebies…. They would not need welfare, or a pension, or a humble stipend to eke an existence… They would be working, contributing to society, in any way they could… If they had no legs, they would be outfitted at corporate’s expense, so that would not be an issue… If they had no arms, they could be outfitted at corporate’s expense so that was not an issue. If they had psychological damage, (and who wouldn’t?) they could be treated at corporate’s expense… so that was not an issue.

If they were so badly damaged that they create an efficiency drain on society, they could be honored for their sacrifice, and a useful voluntary capacity could be created to honor that commitment once made so long ago… Perhaps speaking about serving one’s country in every class, in every school, in every county? Can you think of any better civic’s lesson?

There’s a lot that can be done…

The problem is that veterans are deemed as just another expense…. Because to corporate America, that is just what they are… An expense, an obligation to be met that gets in the way of their making more money…

Unfortunately, our Congress is owned by Corporate America….

What should and does need to happen, is this relationship needs to be exposed. We need to call them out on it…

Republicans and Democrats are both complicit in allowing corporate raiders this unprecedented power. But Republicans are the symbol of Corporate America. Republicans are the ones who championed the Corporate Takeover. Republicans are the ones who dismanteled the safeguards that had been put in place to prevent that takeover from happening. That is why they need to go. Disappear… Whoever is left, the remainder, most likely after seeing the elimination of a large majority of their peers, will think twice before following their Dark Lord, now a soul less wanderer eking existence.. ……

In a perfect world…

Unfortunately, today we need to contend with obscene amounts of money saying Corporate is Good; Government Fairness is Bad….

But we have our lives telling us the opposite… It will take courage and strong will, to override all the overload of sensory data being pipelined into our soul, but we still have hearts, and those hearts are attuned to what makes America special. great, and the best place to live on this earth….

WE can still dream….

And those dreams should include a perfect world… one we CAN make happen, at least for those without whom we would not have the freedom, the resources, the nation, we have today….

Here’s to a perfect world?

Definition: Where American spending was brought up to the level where it should be, without the necessary revenue to support it.

(As evidenced by 154,000 private sector jobs being created in July.)

The problem is not with spending. The problem is the lack of taxing of the top 1%. The spending seems to be doing its job.

She says so herself.

Johnson & Johnson plans to eliminate 900 jobs at Ortho-McNeil-Janssen unit

That plant manufactured children’s Motrin and Tylenol. McNeil Consumer Healthcare ran the Fort Washington plant for Johnson and Johnson, and they have just laid off 300, or two thirds, or their employees.

From: Department of Health and Human Services: Food and Drug Administration
To: Hakin Erdimer Vice President of Operations, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Div. of McNeil -PPC Inc. 7050 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, PA.

I first became aware of this story earlier this summer when I went to buy some Motrin at my local Happy Harry’s.. I walked up and down the shelves and was perplexed why I didn’t find some. I assumed that Walgreens must be becoming like Walmart and picking the brands they sold based on who could give them the best sweetheart deal. I went to Rite Aide instead. What, they’re out of Motrin too? They don’t even have a tag or slot on their shelves for it. Is there a recall? No one knew of any. After 4 hours, I finally found one bottle, still on the shelf of a chain grocery store, and snatched that baby up. Finally… R E L I E F…

Then I forgot about it… and I saw this….

The FDA has said it is weighing possible civil and criminal action against J&J for its actions. J&J’s CEO Weldon is expected to face sharp questioning over the manufacturing issues and also whether the company had FDA permission to conduct a soft recall of Motrin in 2009 from 4,000 stores across 40 states. It hired a contractor to send out employees posing as buyers for an eight-caplet package sold at convenience stores.Last week, lawyers for J&J said the purchases were legal and that FDA knew about them despite the lack of a formal agreement. But the FDA has said that is not the case. “Right now, there is no independent evidence that showed anybody at the FDA approved it,” said a congressional source familiar with the committee investigation. More documents submitted since the May hearing, including several released on Tuesday, show J&J directed the buyback, the source said, adding that the contractors have also submitted numerous documents.

Why were they buying back their own products? Were they trying to cover something up, or, prevent a mistake from becoming public? Is that the normal method of recalling a product, and if it is not, what was normal procedure not followed in this case?

In January, the FDA identified problems at a Johnson & Johnson plant in Puerto Rico after the company recalled Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl products made there. The company said a chemical leached from wooden pallets into the products, imparting a musty odor that later made some consumers ill with temporary gastrointestinal problems.

Now I work around pallets all day. They do have a musty oder. But that oder stays in the wood. When I come home and take off my clothes, the same clothes which were in close proximity to those wooden pallets, they have no musty pallet oder. They may smell like BO, but they don’t smell like pallets. And you expect me to believe that tiny little pills inside a glass container, vacuumed sealed with cotton packed on top, surrounded with printed intructions, placed inside individual cardboard cases, which themselves are bundled 48 on a wooden pallet, upon opening,… carry that musty pallet oder in amounts so strong, that it gives consumers temporary gastrointestinal problems? Bullshit.

The human symptoms point to bacteria on the pills. For some reason, the line about the pallets, whether sanctioned by the FDA or not, is a dodge to deflect the true story.

It was the first of four recalls of Johnson & Johnson products in the past year, including the April 30 recall of 136 million bottles of infant and children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. Those products were recalled after FDA inspectors found widespread manufacturing problems at the Johnson & Johnson facility in Fort Washington, Pa., the only plant where they were being made.

In the FDA report, linked above, the closing of the Fort Washington Plant was because the Fort Washington Plant did not ensure….the rejection and withholding from approval any raw material product that contained a “known” contamination of gram negative organisms. Translated: they knew it was contaminated with deadly bacterial organisms and sold it anyway!

Raw material lots had known contamination with gram negative organisms and were approved to use for manufacture of several finished lots of Childrens and Infants Tylenol drug products, which remained within expirations dates on the market.

Translated: Medicine for infants running a fever, with immune systems being down for other reasons, were knowingly and willingly, given a bacterial infection organism known to cause severe gastronomical problems. Is Hakin employed by Al Qaeda? Surely that could be the only reason such a callous act could occur. Or is this the new standard today’s corporate America now upholds?

In fact, Food and Drug Administration inspection reports going back to 2003 chronicle a build up of problems at the now-shuttered plant in Fort Washington, Pa., at the center of the widespread recall of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other over-the-counter drugs. But it was only after a political change in Washington, that consumer protection stepped up.

Just recently, at an inspection of the Lancaster plant, inspectors wanted to know why some consumers found maximum-strength tablets in regular-strength Pepcid bottles, or mint-flavored tablets in berry-flavor bottles.

The problems were compounded by having to repeatedly ask for documents, and waiting days to receive what should have been readily available, including things as basic as an organizational chart.

Inspectors found that the plant could not ensure that drugs produced there were up to standard. Laboratory controls do not include the establishment of scientifically sound and appropriate test procedures designed to assure that drug products conform to appropriate standards of identity, strength, quality and purity,” the inspectors wrote.

(It should be noted that the newest report does not give any examples of product quality being affected by the litany of carelessness. Nor does it advocate a recall of any of the plant’s products.) What the report does note, is that no one is monitoring the operation. Records that should be accessible at a moments notice, simply aren’t there.

One common theme of the FDA report is that J&J employees frequently took days or weeks to provide records to the FDA inspectors, sometimes despite multiple requests. When the records eventually were provided, they sometimes were wrong or incomplete, the report said. “Organizational charts were requested on 06/23/10 and requested approximately 10 times before receiving full information … on 07/01/10,” read one example.

Another key point of the report was a finding that the plant failed “to thoroughly review” how product quality was affected by equipment problems that occurred during the manufacturing process.

The report tells of cases of “multiple manufacturing deviations” occurring without J&J checking for any impact on the product batches or recording what was done to fix the problems. “There is a failure to thoroughly review any unexplained discrepancy …,” the report said. “Equipment failures were not trended … to determine the scope … and the overall impact on the manufacturing process and products produced.”

The report said J&J displayed a similar lack of vigor in probing the Berry Tablets problem and looking into consumer complaints that products made at the plant were ineffective. The report said a J&J employee used the wrong testing sequence to see how Imodium EZ Chew Tablets dissolve and used the same filter and syringe to take multiple samples of the dissolved tablets. WTF?

Ok that’s the small problem. The big problem is that all corporations are doing the same thing. Why?

Could the previous years of Republican policy of instructing the FDA to turn a blind eye to malpractices in companies that were large Republican donors have anything to do with it? Could the philosophy that businesses need to be freed for endless taxes and bureaucratic red tape be the core of the problem, and not the solution?

The problems were noted as early as 2003 but no action occurred until 2009.

The approach being advocated by Delaware’s Republican Senate Candidate is dangerous to the health and safety of every American. When businesses are not regulated by our government, then we have no knowledge or method to reckon against their harmful acts. In this case, the company was just lazy. They made a conscious decision not to comply with acceptable methods of testing, and assumed no one could hold them accountable for it. In this case, your tax money was used by the Federal Drug Administration to go into a facility, investigate it’s methods, and finding several contamination issues, use it’s authority to close it down. This is a prime example where government is good. This is a prime example of why we need more government, not less. This is what happens when you don’t mind the candy store, which is exactly what Christine O’Donnell is proposing when she says do away with bureaucratic red tape. We need someone minding the candy store. We just need it.

So how does Christine O’Donnell, Republican for Senate, feel this problem should be taken care of? What is the official republican response to having bacterial infectous diseases knowingly placed in bottle of infant Tylenol drops and sold to unsuspecting consumers?

They call for an investigation of the FDA.. No shit. When bacterial contamination known to cause gastro-intestinal problems is knowingly sold to very sick and hospitalized infants… their reaction is to call for an investigation of the FDA…

Chistine O’Donnell says so on her website.

To promote jobs, we need to do away with bureaucratic red tape…… Meanwhile babies die. (But no. … we can’t kill the unborn. Let’s wait till they’re delivered,.. then kill them with bacteria knowingly left in their medicine bottles by one of our big contributors…..)

If we get caught…… we’ll spend a $1000 dollars to pay off a congressman who will then call for an investigation of the FDA ..

So if your reading this, you’re human. Let me ask you,.. how do you want your tax dollar spent? Do you want it spent on someone investigating the actual manufacturing plants to determine whether what’s popped in your mouth is clear of feces and bacterial contamination? Or do you want it spent on investigating the motives of the watchdog organization that is looking after your best interests…?

Christine is wrong on this one… Her Republican Party is out of touch with America and this: the willingness to look the other way when bacterial containments are knowingly put into infant’s medicine, and sold;…. proves it without a doubt.

Hyperbole. It gets people’s attention. In this case it is warranted. Of course, most of you would know I speak of Delaware Liberal’s School Board Election rundown.

A most simple idea, but amazingly,…. no one has thought of it, … till now…

Today we vote, and usually finding anything valuable on School board candidates, is absolutely impossible. We might get an endorsement page from the teacher’s union. That doesn’t help our kids. We might get one or both of our political parties’ endorsement, That doesn’t help our kids. We might get a photo chopped picture and pure bullshit in the News Journal… That doesn’t help our kids….

Taking a page from how the League of Women Voters compares candidates, by asking questions and publishing each candidate’s responses, Delaware Liberal has broken down the doors that have been closed and locked up to now so voters would have NO idea of what their school board candidates stood for…

Today, they do.

And by reading the comparisons, one can further deduce the experience quotient, the educational capacity, and the fervor that each candidate brings to the table… Just by reading their answers.

There is no filter of the News Journal slanting information so they persons they want picked, get favorable coverage. In Delaware Liberal, we see from their own words just who they are…

It could be called the “idea that grew“. Some commentary has been critical of the limited scope of the races covered. The explanation is that only one, then two, then three races were planned to be covered, but as candidates started emailing in their responses, the list grew…

ANY CANDIDATE WHO DID NOT RESPOND, DOES NOT DESERVE THE POSITION…… Such a candidate is obviously in the pockets of someone who has advised them not to “rock the boat“… The election of one of those candidates who failed to respond, will be bad for all those kids who just want to learn… If they are willing to ignore a simple questionnaire before election day, most certainly if elected they will feel no remorse if they ignore a pesky parent, an overworked teacher, a cash strapped principal, or a failing student crying out for help.. Such callousness cannot be allowed to take office..

So click here; find your school district; read all the candidates posted in your district, and then go to a nearby school and vote.

(I was going to do endorsements too, but after reading the answers provided by those candidates with enough genuine concern over education to respond, I don’t have to. The best answers stand out on their own… Since you can all think rather well for yourselves, for myself to restate the obvious, is a deprecating waste of time… )

So it’s on you. Let’s get our schools up and running again, shall we?

Thanks to Delaware Liberal, we for the first time in history, have the opportunity…..

Today’s intellectual allotment was strewn throughout comments on a multiplicity of posts.

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Ok, my spouse slipped in this sentence during a mundane call to work on Monday….

“I invited some friends for Thanksgiving…is that ok?”

My reply was “if its done… it’s done…”

So as we approached that time I began to worry how it would go over… Usually Thanksgiving is the one time our family pulls together in hectic-world. Now it looked like that would have to wait another year…. “If it’s done…. it’s done….”

My next surprise was “you have to pick them up… while I make dinner”…. So much for our time table… My spouse was so far behind, that without my assistance.. Gee, dinner by Monday?….. Great.

So I drove to pick them up… Perhaps this would be a good place to mention that one of that couple, suffered from severe depression… almost to the point of sort of being comatose…fading in and out of our world, would be the best way to put it.. Her spouse, since last Thanksgiving, had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer, and as soon as he became ill, his insurance, carried over since his retirement from Dupont, dropped him… The hospital forced foreclosure on his house to cover some of the medical costs… But it was probably worth it, at least according to my value system, because on this day here he was alive, and moving around…

So I brought them to our home, hoping a miracle had occurred while gone, and that the frozen turkey we had popped into the oven… was done… It wasn’t.

The china, not used since last Christmas…. still needed to be hand washed, and sterilized as well…

Dinner was great when we got it… Actually it was wonderful.. Perfect turkey.. (frozen turkey, in bag, cooked at 550 degrees for less than 2 1/2 hours… don’t ask me how the internal temp. was over 165 degrees)….

And we talked, listened, the usual sharing of stories… then sat down and watched the military channel on television… He was glad, since they had lost cable with their recent move… Even highly appreciative of a cup of coffee he was, because during the move… their coffee maker had cracked and without funds, there was no way to get one… it was his first cup of coffee he had in months…

So when she stood up and said it was time to go… we got everything together and went… I took some leftover food to their apartment and placed it into their almost empty refrigerator….

I bit my tongue because I know pride is important to people, and thanked them for giving us their company during the afternoon…

As I drove back in the dark, I thought of all my other Thanksgivings,… they seemed selfish in comparison… I imagined spending that day in a darkened apartment, a day like every other, and for once, I indulged myself that I may have made a difference… a small one perhaps…

So it was this morning, the day after, my spouse was relaying the story…”I was just having a normal conversation, and accidentally said ‘why don’t you come here for Thanksgiving’ before I even knew I had said it”… He said “We’d love too”. Then his wife said she didn’t think so… Then he came on again and said, “She needs to get out, we’ll do it…”

I guess in the large scheme of things… I really do have something wonderful to be thankful for.

To be honest, I never thought I would live to see a Democrat take the fourth district… Never in my wildest dreams.   I hope my previous thoughts were wrong for I certainly do not want to die within 15 days….

Most of it has to do with the candidate, himself..  Dr. Michael Katz.  If one were to wave a magic wand and say that political parties no longer existed, and every man could represent himself if elected…. Dr. Katz would be a shoo in…  Here is why: He is better educated than his opponent, and he thinks before he acts, something Clatworthy is not prone to do. Clatworthy follows the other political tack, you know the one which was quite popular over the past 8 years, that of falling in step with the party and not straying out of bounds….  Both philosophies have their times and places…

But if one had no concern whether he was represented by a Democrat or Republican, then Dr. Katz would be the next representative of the Fourth Senatorial District….

I will show you why Dr. Katz is better for that district during the next term…..

Health Care… we will create a new way of doing health care in Dover sometime during the next term. That is a given, based on the current status of Health Care today.  Am I the only one who thinks bringing a doctor to the table would be a good idea?  Wouldn’t he be the better choice to explain to us, all that gobblygook those insurance reps like to throw our way?  Has the good doctor’s opponent ever had to work with today’s insurance companies to get paid?…..  ” your call is important to us….  Please hang on until the next operator is available….. You have been holding 39 minutes….. music

No doubt you too have seen those same insurance commercials, telling us that national health-care will drive our doctors overseas…. Instead of taking it hook, line, and sinker, should we not instead, ask the good Doctor?

What does his opponent bring to the health care table,….other than a bundle of beliefs?  And it is probably silly at this late point to remind you of just where that bundle of beliefs, which are not new but were spouted afresh during one presidential campaign a full 8 years ago…. winning George Bush the presidency…..  Just where has that bundle of beliefs led this country over the past 8 years….?

When Delaware looked into building a wind farm off Rehoboth’s coast, both sides spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultancy fees.   But when it comes to health care, citizens in the Fourth District currently have someone spending thousands of his own campaign money just to apply for that consultancy position… One of these two candidates will be deciding our health care issues for us. It actually makes sense to vote to the Doctor in.  Let’s tap in and get his expert advice for free….

The dead-horse republican platform still beaten by Clatworthy, that one of stressing no taxes, is a misnomer..  Everyone knows that if you grow your economy by funding your appetite on debt, you will soon be out of money…  Eventually, some day, you have to pay it back… Of course when you do, not only do you have to pay back the money that you borrowed, but you also pay back the interest on that deal as well.  In other words you have to pay interest ON TOP OF all the goods and services you currently use and are paying for as you go… Even if you wanted your state to keep its expenditures at current levels, repair roads, fix schools, etc, you would have to slash necessary goods and services,   Since no one can function without basic government services, roads, schools, etc., taxes inevitably will be raised… So just how seriously can we take his pledge to cut taxes?

Oh,…. but Republicans don’t cut taxes…Correct, they just defer taxes down the road, perhaps giving it to one’s children to make up the payments.   If you didn’t believe it before, you should by now based on what we have all witnessed done to our national debt over the last 8 years….

Citizens of the Fourth District need also to be concerned about the education of their children… Who would better understand what it takes to make a doctor out of one of Delaware’s children….?
Someone from a fundamentalist Christian school? Or a doctor? My vote for the education of my own children (if there were no such thing as a Democrat or Republican Party) would certainly go first to someone who was a physician in anesthesiology and is an assistant professor at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, as opposed to someone whose claim to fame was that he once sat at the feet of Pat Robertson… Unlike some I am not knocking Regent University. It is just a fact of life that sometimes you need experts to do what they were specialized in… You wouldn’t take your car to a dentist…. likewise vice versa trust your teeth to an engine mechanic…..

Putting political affiliation aside (it won’t mean much this election cycle anyhow) those living in District 4, the Chateau Country, whether wealthy or not, will need someone solid representing them come January for the next two years… Someone solid…

Of course you know Clatworthy’s dad…. But you also know that someone easily bamboozled once they enter lobby heaven, will do the Fourth District more harm then good.

Dr. Mike Katz is no stranger when it comes to dealing with lobbyists…..That is why when Aetna started refusing to cover the anesthesia necessary for colonoscopies, Mike refused to stay silent. Being intimately familiar with the pain and discomfort of colonoscopies experienced by many of his patients, Mike feared that without proper anesthesia, many individuals would simply opt-out of this critical cancer screening. Refusing to let big insurance bully Delawareans, Mike took a stand—and won.

Cancer doesn’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican.. Let’s hope my fellow voters in the Fourth Senatorial District can be as open-minded.

Heaven In The Form of Food  Tony Lukes Cheesesteak

Courtesy of PhillyPhotos.

Anyone who has ever been to Tony’s for a cheesesteak, knows that until one is fed, one simply doesn’t think correctly.. Therefore for a Temple student to question our next president on whether or not we should go into Pakistan to flush out terrorists, before she has even had one bite, is unconscionable.  (lol).

No one should be asked such an important foreign policy question before they have taken a bite out of a delicious Philly styled cheesestake on a roll with carmalized fried onions….  It should be against Federal Law.

But its not, and someone did..

And Sarah in trying to get the obnoxious, ugly, pus-ridden, (see video) gag-reflex inhibitor, annoying character out of her pretty face, answered his question unprepped, speaking strictly from the heart…

It was of course the wrong answer, according to John McCain, and the right answer according to Obama….

McCain in his way of telling her, “don’t bother your pretty little head with issues, us men will handle them”….responded for her…  He spoke for her and said that she had misspoke

Of course she misspoke… she was waiting for a cheesesteak at Tony’s for heaven’s sake…  At least give her the dignity to speak for herself, instead of having “the campaign” do it for her…..

A short list of what women everywhere should be asking?

Can McCain speak for women when they don’t agree with him?

Under this cloud of Women’s issues, should McCain just “let her go” to “do her thing”?

Not being apologetic and not being defensive, would that endear McCain to more women voters?

Try as he might, can McCain ever show himself to allow women the right to think for themselves?