Archive for September, 2009

Because there’s no way these whiners are native Texans.

A Dallas woman has filed a lawsuit seeking six figures from a former neighbor and landlord for damage she says was caused by cigarette smoke wafting through adjoining walls of her high-end townhome.

“Smoking is not a right, it’s a privilege,” said Chris Daniel, a retired nurse. “I’m sorry that people smoke. I think it’s foolish, but when it comes into my house and hurts my health and my daughter’s health and our belongings, it’s a different issue.”

The case is being watched by townhouse industry groups across the area.

A manager and attorney for Estancia Townhomes, a 52-building community near Prestonwood Country Club in North Dallas, said it’s unlikely the Daniels sustained any smoke damage. There is a solid, two-hour fire wall from the foundation to the roof between each of the homes.

And even if some smell did seep through, the Daniels renewed their lease at Estancia – where smoking is permitted – six months after they say the problem began.

The photo of the mother-daughter whiners is priceless.  This story reminds me of something that happened to my wife and me in Ithaca, New York.  She was attending Cornell getting her Master’s degree.  We had no money, but did the best we could trying to maintain 2 households (I was still in NYC in my residency program).  We had rented the basement of a 3 unit rental property (cold and dark and dank – but cheap).  One weekend while I was up visiting, we went to a “discount superstore” and bought a tiny little barbeque pit.  It was cheap (and cheaply made), but big enough to cook a couple of burgers or a few hot dogs.  We went to the store, got some hot dogs and some charcoal, went home and set up “our” first barbeque.  We put it together (some assembly required, of course), got the briquets lit, and went inside to prepare the grand feast.  A couple of minutes later, there was a knock at our door.  It was our upstairs neighbor, telling us that she had “environmental syndrome” and was very sensitive to smoke of all kinds.  She wanted us to put out the barbecue, and move the pit at least 50 YARDS away from the house before relighting it.  The kicker?  She was smoking a cigarette while delivering this pronouncement to us.  I, in a very neighborly way, told her I would move my barbeque when she gave up smoking, but until then would she please get out of my apartment and let me go back to cooking hot dogs?  She responded in a most unladylike way, and left.  The hot dogs were really good, btw.


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From Little Green Footballs, that is.  I have had an active account there for about 3 years, but rarely commented.  Tonight I find myself blocked.  My offense?  I had the temerity to “down click” one of Charles Johnson’s disingenuous posts about Robert Stacy McCain.  What a hypocrit and mental lightweight – no dissent allowed in the LGF camp, lest poor Charles be upset.

Meanwhile – after accusing the right wing tea partiers of resulting in the death of a census worker by stirring up anti-government sentiment – I can’t seem to find any mention of the real violence being done by the G20 protestors.


Oh no you didn’t!  You ain’t banning me – I is banning you! Best rant ever – and oh so true.  No, I’m not excerpting – just go read the whole damn thing.

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So you’ve got a sore knee and may need surgery?  Well, you better book your MRI now – for August, 2010.

Last week, VIHA confirmed that there will be a 20 per cent cut in the number of MRI scans done by the health authority this year as part of an effort to write down a projected $45 million deficit.

Last year, the health authority budgeted 18,100 MRIs, but actually performed 22,567. VIHA plans to return to last year’s budgeted level, a drop of more than 4,400 MRIs.

The cuts are already being felt. Patients needing standard MRIs are now being booked for August 2010. {my emphasis}

Of course, before you can have that MRI, you need to find a doctor that will refer you for one.

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Bush Era:  Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

Obama Era:  Dissent is the highest form of Racism.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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No, in fact, you cannot.  Well, at least not right away, you can’t.  Look at the original source for the wait times for imaging in Saskatchewan – you only have to wait 390 days for an MRI to investigate dementia.  If it’s a brain or lung tumor they’ll rush you right in – does a month from this Tuesday work for you?  Who knows how long it will actually take to get you into the OR once the MRI is performed and interpreted.

Even more enlightening is the map of available MRI facilities in Saskatchewan – there are only 6 for a province of 1 million people spread out over 591,000 square kilometers.  Compare that to Texas – with a population of 24 million spread out over 696,000 square kilometers.  Here’s a map of private MRI facilities just in the Houston area – which does not even include the large hospital complexes, many of which have multiple MRI units available.  And to make the comparison even more uncomfortable for those staunch advocates of rationed health care health insurance reform – let’s look at the MRI facilities for a city of between 250 and 350,000 in one of the poorest states in the US – Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

So, if I need an emergency MRI in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – there are 17 facilities all within a quick ambulance ride of availability.  If I live in rural Weyakwin Saskatchewan – well, let’s just say if it’s a real emergency and the outcome will be decided by my access to MRI/emergency medical care – you may want to start notifying the next of kin – 290km and 4.5 hours between me and the closest MRI might be a bit much – especially in February, if you know what I mean.

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Look what those redneck right wing extremists have done – blowing up communications towers in a racist attempt to silence Dear Leader, no doubt.  Oh, wait a minute.

Detailed report of left wing domestic terrorists to be released by the Department of Homeland Security in 5, 4, 3, 2……..aww – why even bother?

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