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The right way to grow old November 19, 2010

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I want to be this sharp at 80.

Guess I better start working up to it!

HT Gus Van Horn

Too Much Fun! June 13, 2010

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HT Carpe Diem (page no longer available)

I am the Tea Party Leader February 24, 2010

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The Tea Party movement has been called “astroturf” by its enemies in attempts to belie its genuine grassroots origin. Proponents of Big Government are threatened by us little guys rallying across the country in droves, protesting government intrusions into out private lives–especially since Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts.

According to BigGovernment.com, former-Presidnet Clinton and James Carville, a political commentator and Clinton’s presidential campaign strategist,  plan

“to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign.”

Wish them luck. I wonder who they will find?

In the spirit of Sparticus, the Tea Party Patriots have decided to help Clinton and Carville in their search.

Tea, any one? One lump or two?

(HT TIA Daily)

Happy Valentines Day! February 14, 2010

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This day has some special meaning for me.

35 years ago today,  Jon and I shared our very first kiss.

In remembrance of all those years, I thought I would go through our old photos and and put together a collage. I was shocked by how few pictures there are with just the two of us.  So many with friends, or family (especially with the kids)or just one of us. Here’s a few of my favorite old-but-goodies.

Center: 2009 in Yosemite
Starting in the upper left hand corner, then going left to right:
1. Sometime in the late 1970’s
2. Signing our wedding vows 1981
3. “The Fish and the Lobotomy Patient” (a wedding photo classic)
4. The “Roachanoke” apartment -Cincinnati
5. Our first home Madison Wisconsin
6. Medical school graduation 1983
7. Recouping from a climbing accident 1986
8. Our Christmas card photo 1986
9. Visiting my folks
10. “Robospouses”
11. At Jon’s folks house in Ann Arbor
12. Joshua Tree National Monument 1990

Here’s another of my favorites which I realized too late that I forgot to include:

Hope you have the sweetest day with your sweetest!

Ideas for Change in America February 8, 2010

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Here’s a cool idea using the power of the internet to tap into the resources of the general population.

Here’s the explanation for the website, Ideas for Change in America:

Ideas for Change in America is a crowd-sourcing competition that empowers citizens to identify and build momentum around the most innovative ideas for addressing challenges our country faces…

How it Works

Beginning January 20, 2010, individuals and organizations everywhere can go to http://www.change.org/ideas to (1) submit ideas for change they want to see implemented, (2) discuss these ideas with others, and (3) vote for their favorite ideas from around the country and promote them across the web.

During the first round of voting, ideas will be organized into 20 different issue-based categories. First round voting ends at 5pm ET on February 18th, at which point the three top ranked ideas in each category will advance to the second (and final) round of voting, starting February 22, 2010. In this final round, all 60 qualifying ideas (top three in each of 20 categories) will be in open competition. The final round of voting concludes at 5pm ET on March 4th, and the 10 most popular ideas at the conclusion of voting will be named winners – the “Top 10 Ideas for Change in America.”

Be sure to check out a specific freedom-based solution being offered to address the problem of health care costs and access:

Allow private citizens to associate freely and provide health insurance based on individual preferences and risk factors.

Read the essay, and if you find it sensible, please support it with your vote. It would be fantastic to see this make it to the finals.

A solution that increases access and choice while decreasing cost and preserving individual freedom. What’s not to like?

For more information on freedom-respecting solutions for increasing health care affordability, check into the following organizations:
AAPS -American Association of Physicians and Surgeons http://www.aapsonline.org/
FIRM -Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine http://www.westandfirm.org/index.html
AFCAM Americans for Free Choice in Medicine http://www.afcm.org/

Patient Power http://www.patientpowernow.org/free-market-health-care-summary/