Archives for February 2013

The latest Russian asteriod

First, thank goodness no-one was killed outright, though I did read someone had a spine injury. Recovery hopes for all.

Second, the whole town could have been immolated from the force of the explosion, but the detonation happened just high enough only some came to the surface.

Lastly, had that happened, and we didn’t have dash-cam video to explain it, would Islamists have been the first blamed? Russia has had a bad time with them (though the US led war has seemed to concentrate their attention on us), but there’s no love lost. Nobody predicted this asteroid, so there wouldn’t have been an extraterrestrial source to blame. A million dead (Russians, sorry I’m not good at current old-USSR nomenclature) would be motivation for reprisal…

The curse about living in interesting times has landed on us, and we dodged a bullet this time.


Update: this is at least somewhat because I have read Tom Clancy’s Sum of All Fears


From my lovely wife the other day…


I posted this to Twitter earlier, but realized I wanted it on the blog, too.

Press Ganey, meet Wong-Baker

For those not actively engaged in the practice of medicine, this will mean nothing to you. For those of us in the trenches:


I cannot wait for the day the government realizes this misguided effort is costing them Billions (and harming patients and providers).


Fort Worth Officer Shot by Drug Suspect Released From Hospital | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A Hero to me

A Fort Worth officer who was shot three times last week in Haltom City by a drug suspect left the hospital Thursday afternoon.

Officer John Bell was shot in the right eye socket, right hip joint and left hand on Jan. 29 while assisting Haltom City police.

Dozens of Bell’s colleagues stood at attention outside Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital and clapped and cheered as he got into his car with his wife, Barbara.

“A whole lot’s been made out of this, and I’m really humbled by it,” Bell said minutes after he was discharged. “Everybody’s so nice and saying, ‘You’re a hero.’ I don’t really consider myself that.”

via Fort Worth Officer Shot by Drug Suspect Released From Hospital | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.

Want to know how Fort Worth cops approach life? Watch the video.

Fort Worth designated 300th International Safe Community | City of Fort Worth, Texas

Very nice!

Fort Worth designated 300th International Safe Community

Posted Feb. 8, 2013

Fort Worth will be formally designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization during the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. With this designation, Fort Worth will become the 300th international Safe Community, the 23rd in the United States and the second in Texas.

via Fort Worth designated 300th International Safe Community | City of Fort Worth, Texas.

Read the whole article. Fort Worth has worked had, and it’s paid off!

So God made a farmer Dodge Ad

Best Super Bowl ad this year

I miss Paul Harvey.

Chris Kyle, America’s ‘most lethal’ sniper, dead in a range shooting

Odessa, TX born Chris Kyle who survived four tours in combat zones. Allegedly murdered at a shooting range, with another.

A decorated former Navy SEAL who authored the book “American Sniper” was one of two people shot and killed at an Erath County shooting range, according to a newspaper report.

The Stephenville Empire – Tribune reported Saturday that Chris Kyle and another man were shot and killed at a shooting range at Rough Creek Resort and Lodge in Glen Rose.

The newspaper reported that Eddie Ray Routh was arrested in connection with the fatal shootings.

via _storysmartredirect.

There will be more to this story. None of it will bring him back.

IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family | CNS News

“Affordable” Care act.

Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.

The IRS’s assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.

The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.

“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the regulation says.

via IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family | CNS News.

Unbelievable. Enjoy the Sticker Shock.