Blood: The Gift that Keeps Giving

 

ALBUQUERQUE – January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, so it should come as no surprise when volunteers and employees alike at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center continuously step up to the plate and donate much needed life-saving blood. Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services, is a nationwide organization that draws and […]

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More Generous Health Care, Less Government

 

Pope Francis marked World Day of the Sick this week by meditating on Matthew 10:8: “Freely you have received, freely give.” Some of his thoughts: Volunteer work passes on values, behaviours and ways of living born of a deep desire to be generous. It is also a means of making health care more humane. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America think President Trump did alright in his speech and agree that his presentation was better than the stiff stares of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They also shake their heads in wonder as more Democrats embrace huge tax increases and government-run health care and Jim breaks down the truly radical ideas contained in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. And speaking of the new congresswoman, Jim unleashes a fantastic rant after Ocasio-Cortez suggests on national television that the people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are more American than people who want a border wall.

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An Observation Made Over the Holidays

 

My In-Laws Discussing Their Medical Issues: “Well, I had to check in at Johns Hopkins last week because of my blood pressure, and the doctor there told me my enzymite levels were off and they told me the Diamethysizpam that Doctor Tiramisu prescribed for me was reacting with Ectozamprom that Doctor Smithsonfrinjinson prescribed for me, and that caused the cytosine levels in my blood to get too high. They were going to prescribe me some Sodacan if they didn’t get down, but after the results of the Osterman Test came back, they decided to try me on Dawberpam instead on account of my last bone density scan they said was abnormal because I’m not absorbing calcium on account of the Juniorprom they gave me when my leucocytes tested high, so instead, they sent me to doctor Narwhal and he put me on two different things, Stopitol and Lexluthor and took me off the Damitol and told me to come back next week so they could run a Heinecken-Schlitz test because I might have too many Type-D proteins in my arteries. But the real problem is the inflammation in my bowels that was caused by the Rataplan I’ve been taking for my Epicondylitis, let me tell you about that…”

My Family Discussing Their Medical Issues: “Did I tell I had cancer last year? Yeah, I’m over it, now. We got any more beer?”

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Who Would Want to Become a Doctor?

 

To become a medical doctor in the coming years, a person would need to be extremely dedicated—and a glutton for punishment. I’m beginning to wonder how many people will decide that becoming a doctor is simply not worth the sacrifices.

Many of us already know about some of the costs that a student faces to go to medical school:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America embark on the second half of their six-episode saga known as the 2018 Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, Jim and Greg offer up their selections for the best political idea, worst political idea, and boldest political tactics for 2018.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 17, 2018 it’s the Angry White Men edition of the show #204 with your bitter clinger White Hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa (the handsome one). This week we ask: if the Dems are the party of inclusion, then why is it that the top three candidates for the Dem Presidential nomination for 2020 are, so far, three gnarly white guys? We say: amend the Constitution so that Ocasio-Cortez can run!

Then, the Dems are planning what next to do with healthcare. Status quo? All out socialism or something in between? Who knows. We will discuss.

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TOD = Tr*mp Obsession Disorder

 

Does it seem like the Ricochet site is all T-r-u-m-p all the time? It is just post after post after post. And they are very popular. I think some folks around here have TOD (T.r.u.m.p Obsession Disorder) and cannot help but start a conversation about Tr?mp. He is living rent-free in the heads of many. […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a federal judge’s decision to strike down Obamacare now that Congress has repealed the individual mandate. They also cringe as President Trump’s digs his legal holes deeper and deeper with more impulsive, ranting tweets. And they react to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren admitting she’s not a person of color just weeks after trying to score political points with her DNA test.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and and Greg Corombos of Radio America find themselves drowning in crazy martinis again today. They slap their foreheads as a new GOP congressman from Tennessee – who is also a doctor – appears to tell a constituent that he’s hesitant to accept the government’s denial that childhood vaccinations cause autism and says he thinks the Centers for Disease Control have “fraudulently managed” data on the issue. They also rub their hand with glee at the possibility of political inroads with young people as Democratic regulators in California consider a tax on text messaging and then consider some far more annoying aspects of modern communication that ought to be taxed. And they can only smile as Nancy Pelosi somehow jumps on the bandwagon for term limits in the Democratic leadership in exchange for four more years as Speaker of the House.

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Why not IRA to HSA transfers?

 

My wife and I have an HSA from when she was working for an institution of higher education. Since she retired we no longer have any contributions going into it, but it continues as an HSA. Once you are retired (as I understand the law) you can move the balance of an HSA into an […]

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The Democrats Eliminated Health Insurance

 

What “health insurance” means–or used to mean, or at any rate should mean–is something like this: a financial product insuring against future medical problems, and having enough money to cover them at fair prices because it does not insure against past and current medical problems for the same price.

Democrats banned health insurance in America. (To be fair, some Republicans helped move things in that direction; see comment # 19 below.)

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Ice Cream

 

While reading RA’s conversation about embarrassing moments (I am blessed with forgetfulness) I was scooping a cup of “Music City Fudge” ice cream. As I put the container back in the freezer I noticed a sticker on the front – “no artificial growth hormones”. Oh, naturally. More

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Welcome lil’ chil’ren to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 7, 2018, the day after the day (election day, that is)! We are bringing you episode number One-Nine-Nine of this venerable podcast. Who are we, you ask? We are East Coast radio guy Todd Feinburg and West Coast AI guy Mike Stopa. We are here every week and we hope you are too!

This week it is wall-to-wall elections! The Blue Wave! Was it transcendental? Was it a mere ripple of its promised self? Was it mitigated or enhanced by Le Grande Orange? We will discuss.

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Typhus outbreak in LA.

 

There has been a typhus outbreak going on in LA county this year, it has just crossed the 100 known cases mark. Most sufferers endure headache, fever and rash, however, in severe cases, typhus can lead to life-threatening hepatitis and internal bleeding. More

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While I wasn’t paying attention . . .

 

. . . this happened: Planned Parenthood Is Helping Transgender Patients Access Hormone Therapy Learned about it from friends who have a 13 year old gender-confused daughter and no money. Thrilled to see one of our great American institutions broadening their impact. Our tax dollars at work. More

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A Question of Birth

 

This is an honest question.

For many years, before we even heard about the LGBT movement (with increasing letters added), we heard from the gay community that being gay was a matter of birth. The reason a person is gay is because they were “born that way.” There was an assumption there is a genetic disposition to gay orientation, so it is wrong to even suggest that a gay person could change. California legislators came to believe it was necessary to pass laws against “conversion therapy” because it would be wrong to try to change how someone is “born.”

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Bring Your Own Sheets

 

and a waterproof mattress protector to the hospital. The “good” news: Hospital laundering reduces the Clostridium difficile spores on contaminated sheets. By a whole 40%. More

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On today’s Daily Standard podcast, deputy online editor Jim Swift and reporter Andrew Egger discuss President Trump’s handling of the disappearance of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi and take a look at how the issue of preexisting conditions is shaping Missouri’s toss-up Senate race. Plus, proof that President Trump calls his television surrogates to discuss… Charlie Sykes?

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