Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Here’s part of my Yard Sale…

No one around here would seem to need these, but I’d like to sell them,

These are 2 30-year-old (or so) TV Camera rolling tripod/stands… before rolling up the heads they are about 4 feet tall. The heads need new handles, which appear to be rods set in a hole with a set screw.

I’d like $50.00 each for these (or both for $75.00). These are awfully big for shipping, but if you can pick them up here in Harper’s Ferry they will fit in a station wagon.



Drop me an e-mail here if you are interested.

House budget eliminates nursing home funding through Medicaid

1% of us think this makes America Better.

Under the proposed budget resolution passed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, nearly a million nursing home residents could immediately lose coverage for nursing home care. Further, all of the standards that govern nursing home care today could disappear.

Republicans are saying that their Budget Resolution does nothing to change Medicare for new beneficiaries until 2022. However, for current Medicare beneficiaries living in nursing homes, the overwhelming majority of whom rely on Medicaid, the impact of the Budget Resolution would be immediate and devastating.

If you have an elderly parent whose nursing home care is being paid through Medicaid, in 30 states — so far — the legal responsibility for those bills would then fall on you.

Since 1965, the Medicaid program has kept nursing homes from requesting or requiring contributions from residents’ families. Adult children have never been legally responsible for their parents’ nursing home care under Medicaid. That provision disappears if Medicaid is repealed.

If this gets through the Senate and becomes law, so many years of positive protection of the elderly disappears. And let’s not even get into the elimination of Food Stamps!

More here:



(and it sums up my generation!)

With great thanks to StarshipCunductor.

British Playwright John Arden Dies at 81…

I just saw this announcement in the New York Times that a playwright whose work I admired died last week (March 28).

John Arden was the author of”Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance”,Live Like Pigs“, and “Armstrong’s Last Goodnight” among others and helped make the career of such actors as Albert Finney. Arden was strongly influenced by Bertold Brecht and his work had the same kind of working class political motivation.

During my college years, Arden was one of those playwrights that every drama student wanted to be involved with… his plays were considered equal to John Osborne’s and other members of the “Angry Young Men” movement.

During his career he came into conflict with the theatre establishment – with his wife and co-writer Margaretta D’Arcy, he picketed the RSC premiere of his Arthurian play The Island of the Mighty; and together they wrote several plays highly critical of British presence in Ireland, where he and D’Arcy lived from 1971.

The Humor of Mitt Romney…

Picked this off the Daily Kos. Listening to Mitt’s actual words over the cartoon is a gas:

News that makes America wince…

BrickTeeVee reports at the Sam Seder Show:

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States.

I'll bet this makes Cheney ecstatic...

Dick Cheney's home state Wyoming House 
advances doomsday bill  
(Wyoming Trib.com) 

CHEYENNE — State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States. House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government. The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

What in Hell would Wyoming do with an aircraft carrier?