Poem for the Soul

A Psalm of Life

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist.

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

   Life is but an empty dream!

For the soul is dead that slumbers,

   And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!

   And the grave is not its goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

   Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

   Is our destined end or way;

But to act, that each to-morrow

   Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,

   And our hearts, though stout and brave,

Still, like muffled drums, are beating

   Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,

   In the bivouac of Life,

Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

   Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!

   Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act,— act in the living Present!

   Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us

   We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

   Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,

   Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

   Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,

   With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

   Learn to labor and to wait.

The Mish and the Mash

The political climate in America right now is playing havoc with my stomach so I’ve decided to post about other stuff today.

Like this picture of my neighbor’s cat.  I didn’t have my glasses on so from across the street I thought this was a racoon sitting on the front step…

I also see a beaver in this picture.  It’s not…it’s still a gray cat, lol.

Our Rose of Sharon are starting to bloom.  I’m thankful for this because our backyard was looking like a green wilderness.

We recently went out for Linner (Lunch/Dinner) at the Texas Roadhouse.  The food was super delicious.  I got the steak kabobs but the Mrs. got the Prime Rib which was incredible.

I also learned it was normal to put marshmallow on Sweet Potatoes.  I love learning new things, lol.

So, even if Fredo (Donald Trump, Jr.) is being stupid again I will move on to non-political stuff…I hope, lol.

Healthcare In America

My Senator responded to my email to him.  It doesn’t happen often.  Senator Pat Toomey is in the forefront of this debacle in our country concerning healthcare.  Although we agree that ACA or as it is commonly referred to as Obamacare isn’t perfect it was needed.  The Republican leadership spent the last 2-1/2 years trying to dismantle ACA because they didn’t like it.  They couldn’t exactly say at the time why they didn’t like it but they were sure if President Obama and the democrats were involved it was bad for Americans.  It turned out not to be as bad as they made it out to be.

I’ve never agreed with the aspect of ACA that everyone was forced to buy insurance.  But let’s take a look back at how this all stood.  Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (Conservative) saved ACA many times.  Proving he is more pro-business conservative than people conservative.  The mandate that is backed by a financial penalization is what makes ACA not “socialized medicine”.  It’s a business, insurance.  Everyone gets paid.

The exchanges are going bankrupt in some states.  Let’s take a look at that.  Those states where ACA is bankrupting the system are states that refused to partake in the government subsidies to help offset costs to the state and the exchanges.  Thus their failures.

So the Republicans jumped on the band wagon that people were forced to spend their money on health insurance against their will.  Then Donald Trump became President.  We then discovered in the 2-1/2 years that Mr. Ryan and Mr. McConnell were whining about ACA that was all they were doing.  There was no discussion on what or how they would handle the dismantling of ACA.  Then Trump gave them a chant “Repeal and Replace”.  Oddly enough those who voted for Trump actually didn’t know what it meant “Repeal and Replace”.  They also (my opinion only) believed that the replacement wouldn’t cost a dime and their Medicaid would remain intact.

Here we are now in 2017 with a Republican plan to mostly Repeal and not so much Replace ACA.  AHCA or colloquially known as Trumpcare is more of the same problems but with a tax cut for the wealthy 2%, who by the way, can afford to pay for their own healthcare.

Obamacare was destined to have issues based solely on the fact it relied heavily on healthy young people to buy the insurance (this is why the mandate was forced).  If they didn’t buy insurance they couldn’t fund the other side of Healhcare in America.  Our aging (hi baby boomers) population and the fact Americans are becoming sicker and the cost of treatments is larger than ever.  The young and healthy Americans said “I’ll just pay the fine…it’s cheaper” and didn’t want to pay for the mandated insurance premiums.  They are young and healthy and do not need medical care…right now.  Thus flipping their noses at the idea of “Forced Healthcare Premiums”.  This created a giant void in the dollars needed to sustain ACA.

Here is the biggest problem with the AHCA/Trumpcare.  It hasn’t the support needed from Healthcare professionals, insurance companies, etc.  A handful of Republicans who want to force it through under the cloak of secrecy are all for it though.  Because we all know what we don’t know won’t hurt us…unless we do find out and then the poo hits the fan.  Senator Toomey explained in his letter to me that this was all done for the good of the legislation and once it was revealed and sent to Congress that Amendments could be made, etc.  We’ll see, sir.

The whole reason for Healthcare legislation was because it was becoming so expensive that a person would face potential bankruptcy or death.  Those were the choices.  Nice choices, right?  Hospitals were going bankrupt because they have to treat anyone who comes to the ER…even if it’s for a cold.  Some Senators supporting decommissioning Obamacare stiffly exclaimed that if people need medical care they should just go to the ER.  Clearly these men missed that you can’t receive chemotherapy or radiation from the ER.

Oh, then there is our President, Mr. Trump who decried that “who knew healthcare was so complicated”.  I did sir, and I’m not a person of consequence.

The Republicans/Lobbyists came up with great ideas like, removing protection of pre-existing conditions.  Well not exactly, that would only come into play if you’ve been uninsured for more than 60 days.  If you don’t lose your insurance it’s all good.  Um…okay but what if the company I work for decides not to offer insurance anymore?

Here’s the short of it.  This isn’t socialized medicine.  There can be no comparisons between British and Canadian healthcare because they received coverage regardless of paying for it.  That my friends is socialized medicine.  What we are being offered is a Legislated Business Model.

My disdain is this…we have spent $4-$6 TRILLION dollars on wars we didn’t win and aren’t winning.  They’ve done nothing but destabilize the once and always exploding Middle East region of the world.  But we could find these Trillions of Dollars because it supposedly kept America Safe (not really).  Almost sixteen years later we are still paying for these wars.  The President and the Republicans want to beef up Defense spending.  Again in the pretext it will keep America Safer (it won’t).  They can find the funds for this as well.  They can find the funds to support Tax Breaks for major Corporations in America.  The reasoning is they will take their jobs elsewhere if they don’t get them (also not true).  Companies have historically purged their people for automation.  They still get the tax breaks that hundreds of millions of American’s don’t get.

I’m not saying this is solely a Republican issue.  They just happen to be in charge at the moment.  What I’m saying is America is not longer great again.  President Trump’s slogans were just that slogans.  America puts the welfare of Corporations before it’s people.  Playing to the darkest regions of the People’s fears.  The Wealthy get wealthier.  The poor give up hope and everyone suffers.

It’s not just Affordable Healthcare we need in our country right now.  It’s affordable everything.  But since Healthcare is the forefront issue its my hope that Congress will stop acting like children who don’t want girls in the clubhouse and who want to take us back to the days of McCarthyism and degradation.

It’s time for Congress to remember that they maybe be part of the 2% but the actually have a job.  We are their collective bosses and they work for everyone not just themselves and those like them.

Happy 241st Birthday America!

On July 2, we visited the Keith House and Graeme Park.

Since the Declaration of Independence was actually made on July 2, 1776 it seemed like a good thing to do visiting a part of Colonial History 🙂

 

 

It was hot and humid but was worth the visit.  The Keith House housed both American and British troops during the War of Independence.  A lot of History passed the grounds of Graeme Park.

On July 4th I hung out with the Puppy and got our Patriotic look on!

Fireworks, bbq, family and friends…it was a great long weekend!

Out With The Minions

Ever since I first saw Minions I know I needed Minions.  So I got me some Minions to help pass the time.

It was so beautiful outside yesterday that we went for a little walk in the woods.

The fresh air was amazing.

It made us all a little sleepy.  This was bad because we had to go back to work.

All in all it was a wonderful hour 🙂

Goodbye Adam West

This weekend Adam West passed on and with his passing he took the best part of television with him…The Caped Crusader!

It was West’s rendition of Batman that made me want to be Batman when I was a child.  Alas, I only got to be Batman on Halloween but it was a start to a life love of the 1966 version of Batman that I held all other incarnations too.

Who could forget Shark Repellent?

Or the Bat-tusi?

He was 100% West!  The best Batman ever has died 😦

FOS Project: John & Molly’s

This weekend we were took time to visit Air Victory Museum.  It was fun.  it’s a small Museum in Lumberton, NJ.  Totally worth the visit.

After our visit I used Trip Advisor to find a good place to have lunch.  John and Molly’s was rate #1 for the area.

 

 

It didn’t disappoint.  The portions were huge.  The food was good and best of all they had French Onion Soup on the menu.

This FOS was super tasty.  I’m always excited when I see a place has prime rib on the menu because they tend to have the best FOS.  This soup was super awesome!  I was prepared to move it to the #1 FOS I’ve ever had.  I now think it’s tied for # with the Rio Station in Wildwood, NJ.

Check out John & Molly’s for some tasty foods!