A little music, and a little perspective

It’s been a rough if interesting week in the world of politics and here on the blog as well. Emotions have flared, expectations have been dashed. Time for the healing power of music, I would say.

But as important as politics might seem to some, a little perspective might be in order. I’ve got a couple of folks in my personal life — relatives by marriage, technically, but over the years they’ve become much more than that description could ever imply — who are facing health issues. One of them has already gone through the fire, so to speak, and has emerged safely on the other side; the second is about to begin that voyage, and we’re gonna make sure she comes through it as well.

So … this one is for Wendy, and for her best friend Ted.



– Jay Bookman

449 comments Add your comment

St Simons - he-ne-ha

June 30th, 2012
12:29 am

just got in – you need The Healing Song – native instructions in condensed
form – hear it with your head and let it travel to your feet. The guy playing
it is Robert Talltree. He’s really good at this, you’ll have to trust us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFwKHME2Fy8

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

June 30th, 2012
12:34 am

St Simons - he-ne-ha

June 30th, 2012
12:37 am

just got in – you need The Healing Song – native instructions condensed
– hear it with your head and let it travel to your feet. The guy playing
it is Robert Talltree. He’s really good at this, you’ll have to trust us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFwKHME2Fy8

G Mare 71(PLEASE VOTE NO ON TSPLOST)

June 30th, 2012
12:43 am

Thanks to all for the Elvis tunes. For me, best FNM ever! Am going to go back in the morning & enjoy all over again.

G Mare 71(PLEASE VOTE NO ON TSPLOST)

June 30th, 2012
12:46 am

And, thank you Justice Roberts!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

June 30th, 2012
12:51 am

Oscar

June 30th, 2012
1:33 am

Johnjay

June 29th, 2012
11:38 pm
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Roberts ruled correctly. Congress has the power to tax. And he upheld that power. And he avoided the explosive question of whether people could be forced to buy a commercial product.

Orange 12

June 30th, 2012
6:24 am

Obamacare gives every US citizen a JEEP because when this bill shakes out everybody will have to – Just Empty Every Pocket.

Recon 0311 2533

June 30th, 2012
8:11 am

0311/8541,

Your 10:41 post is essentially correct on all counts except that the states who opt out of Medicaid expansion will still have to set up exchanges. The federal government will need to subsidize the premium payments in the exchanges for those that the states who opt out won’t otherwise be placing on an expanded Medicaid. Because the Fed then will have to foot the bill for insured expansion in those states who won’t be expanding their Medicaid roles it will mean that all taxpayers will be footing the bill and that will mean raising the tax burden for all income earners who pay tax including the middle class. This will become a huge tax increase that Obama won’t be able to hide from the public as he and his supporters are still attempting to do by referring to it as only a penalty on those who won’t purchase insurance. Romney now has a huge campaign issue placing the Obama campaign on defense right up to November. Additionally, because of the confusion associated with this huge 2700 page law and the S.C. ruling there will be many court challenges ahead including some that could go once again to the SCOTUS.

carlosgvv

June 30th, 2012
8:37 am

Recon – 8:11

So, you believe Obama is dumb enough to think he can impose a “huge tax increase” without the public knowing it?

This is an election year and Obama knows anything he does will be closely examined by the public. This “huge tax increase” is nothing more than Republican propaganda, designed to fool those, like you, who are desperate to keep Obama from getting re-elected.

Recon 0311 2533

June 30th, 2012
8:47 am

carlos@8:37

I’d debate this with you but it appears you know very little about the Supreme Courts upholding AHA on the basis of Congress’s ability to tax and not on the basis of the Commerce Clause along with the implications of striking down the state mandate. It appears that you go no further than believing propaganda from the far-left. Enjoy your weekend,
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carlosgvv

June 30th, 2012
9:08 am

Recon

Liberal voters like myself tend to go beyond “implications” and what ifs and wait for facts to present themselves before yelling “the sky is falling”.

I’d debate you but you’ve alrady convinced yourself all these possible bad things that might or might not happen have, if fact, already happened.

carlosgvv

June 30th, 2012
9:16 am

Recon

Here is something that might make you feel better. Obamacare is not scheduled to go into effect until 2014. Two years can be a political lifetime in our current ideological climate. Almost certainly, by 2014, Obamacare will either have been repealed or considerably modified.

emz

June 30th, 2012
9:44 am

Thanks for sharing this with others. I’ve been enjoying their cd. Hoping for best for all of your family.

Nate

June 30th, 2012
9:45 am

No worries Jay. Everything will begin to be healed come November

Nate

June 30th, 2012
9:47 am

The “huge tax increase” is only Republican propaganda? Seems the Supreme Court disagrees with you

Tundra Dude

June 30th, 2012
9:49 am

G Mare 71 wrote;
And, thank you Justice Roberts!

You’ve just been Boinked, but you don’t know it yet.
Hope you’re reading some commentary on this ruling.
Here’s a couple from fellow Liberals to get you started:

M. Angell is the former editor of New England Journal of Medicine.
She was opposed to Obamacare from the git-go.

Did John Roberts Give Mitt Romney A Gift?
Marcia Angell, M.D., Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-angell-md/roberts-romney-health-care_b_1637397.html

Big Win for Predatory Healthcare Giants
http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/

ermy

June 30th, 2012
10:03 am

Next Big Brother will decide every family should possess 3 government made tvs. Everyone should always have a particular kind of food on hand. Everyone should have a GM car. Everyone should have a job, etc. Socialist utopia here we come!!!

carlosgvv

June 30th, 2012
10:04 am

Nate

Are you aware that Romney put into place a healthcare plan for MASS almost identical to Obamacare? Was that a “huge tax increase”?

Jay

June 30th, 2012
10:05 am

No, Nate, the Supreme Court said nothing of the sort.

First, Roberts wrote that while ” the statute reads more naturally as a command to buy insurance than as a tax,” the mandate penalty could still be construed as a tax constitutionally. He said nothing about the size of said tax/penalty, which will be paid by an estimated 1 percent of US taxpayers.

Furthermore, as Politifact points out, the GOP claim that ObamaCare in general imposes “the largest tax increase in history” is total pants-on-fire bunk:

“… the tax increases resulting from the health care law would be about the size of tax increases proposed and passed in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush and in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

The health care-related tax increases are smaller than the tax increase signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and a temporary tax signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.”

As a percentage of GDP, ObamaCare taxes are roughly 37 percent smaller than the increases signed into law by Reagan in ‘82. But to conservatives, “a tax increase considerably smaller than that signed into law by President Reagan” doesn’t quite have the same ring as “the largest tax increase in history.”

It does have the virtue of being much more accurate, but in these debased times accuracy has little or no value compared to a useful lie.

Normal, Human Rights Thug...and liking it!

June 30th, 2012
10:18 am

Good morning all y’all…

Paying homage to the temperature today…and perhaps puilling Jay’s string… :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQbTmW8JASs

carlosgvv

June 30th, 2012
10:18 am

“has little or no value compared to a useful lie”

Unfortunately, in these distored political times, that is all too true.

1984 seems to be getting closer and closer.

G Mare 71(PLEASE VOTE NO ON TSPLOST)

June 30th, 2012
10:18 am

Thanks, Jay.

And I’m holding good thoughts for your family members.

Normal, Human Rights Thug...and liking it!

June 30th, 2012
10:24 am

Get of the health care thing. It’s a done deal an d won’t be repealed. Even if Romney does get elected, he will just make it his and brag about he did it all along. It’s done, over finis… learn to live with it.

Recon 0311 2533

June 30th, 2012
10:29 am

Jay,

If the states say all 26 that brought law suit decide to opt out of expanding their medicaid roles to accommodate the expanded income means test of up to 133% above the poverty level what will the Federal government do to ensure health care coverage for those people? The Fed will have to place these folks in the exchanges at taxpayer expense. Also there’s the tax’s within AHA that aren’t discussed such as the tanning tax, cadillac health insurance tax along with several others. Sorry but this is a tax increase that will effect the middle class.

getalife

June 30th, 2012
10:32 am

The economy is improving, health care bill is law and fast and furious is over.

cons have nothing else but to keep fighting on a law that is legal.

Game over.

Recon 0311 2533

June 30th, 2012
10:37 am

getalife,

The latest GDP report shows economic growth at 1.9% that’s down from 3%. The economy is not improving.

Jay

June 30th, 2012
10:38 am

Not sure I get your point, Recon. Why would it matter whether those people are covered through Medicaid or through subsidies in the exchanges? It’s federal money either way.

And yes, there are taxes to support the program. Would you prefer the approach taken by Bush and the Republicans who passed a major Medicare expansion without bothering to fund it, simply adding it to the deficit? Is that what you want?

Finally, in terms of policy, ending the tax subsidy for Cadillac plans is a good idea. Why should taxpayers subsidize — through a 100 percent deduction — overly generous plans that require employees to pay nothing for their own health care, no deductible, etc.?

getalife

June 30th, 2012
10:38 am

“Mitt In 2008: Massachusetts Health Care Plan Does And Should Impose A Tax.. ‘Either Buy The Insurance Or Pay Your Own Way. Don’t Be Free-Riders’” Aol.

There goes your tax argument del.

What else is bothering you today?

getalife

June 30th, 2012
10:40 am

del,

Compared to losing 9 million jobs, I will take steady job growth any day.

Anything else?

Recon 0311 2533

June 30th, 2012
10:49 am

“It’s federal money either way.”

Jay, only 100% Federal taxpayer dollars for a few years and then a portion, I believe ten% will have to be state funded. Regardless the taxpayers will be footing the bill for all of it, so adding it all up this will be a huge tax increase for all not a penalty tax for only 1% of the population.

getalife

June 30th, 2012
10:50 am

How do you get the economy to grow at 4 %?

A massive job proposal like Germany on green energy?

Jay

June 30th, 2012
10:51 am

Add it all up, Recon, it’s a much smaller tax increase than Reagan signed AND it lowers the deficit.

getalife

June 30th, 2012
11:03 am

del,

Good to see you are in the weeds of this bill.

The dems are seizing the opportunity to sell the good things in the bill again.

I like the new electronic medical records after visiting the doctor.

That is the only change I have seen so far.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

June 30th, 2012
11:04 am

You’ve just been Boinked…

Is that anything like getting “Borked”?

Recon 0311 2533

June 30th, 2012
11:05 am

Jay, lowering the deficit is very much in dispute. Errands to run as we will heading out of town middle of next week. Have a great weekend and Happy Fourth of July.

getalife

June 30th, 2012
11:07 am

Ah, the debt.

We balanced it before and we will do it again so the gop can blow it again.

Next.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

June 30th, 2012
11:10 am

mrsstsimons has read it several times, and here’s the bad news –

chronic poked-out-lips are NOT covered, cons heheh

Orange 12

June 30th, 2012
11:11 am

“We balanced it before and we will do it again so the gop can blow it again.”

The 2nd funniest post I’ve ever read on this blog.

getalife

June 30th, 2012
11:16 am

orange,

I submit for your consideration that President Clinton balanced the budget and had a surplus until your hero w blew it.

Your retort?

getalife

June 30th, 2012
11:25 am

I guess orange finds the truth funny.

The key to a balanced budget is never ever let the gop blow it again.

Basic common sense.

getalife

June 30th, 2012
11:33 am

Thomas Heyward Jr.

June 30th, 2012
11:34 am

Federal money?
.
Public schools…………………sheeeesh.

Orange 12

June 30th, 2012
11:47 am

“Basic common sense.”

The 3rd funniest post I’ve ever read on this blog.

Paulo977

June 30th, 2012
11:49 am

Jay, wish you all the best as you ’stand by’ them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1bZzZYmNR4

Thomas Heyward Jr.

June 30th, 2012
11:50 am

The collectivists at MoveOn.org are trumpeting yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare as “a huge victory for people power.” On this point, I agree with them: It is a “victory” for “people” who enjoy “power” over others! The “people” who savor this enormous tax increase are not those who have to pay additional money to the federal government, but the “people” at Big-Pharma, insurance companies, government bureaucracies, and other special interests who will be on the receiving end provided by such increased revenues.
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The image of this group that comes to mind is of people with a leash in search of a dog! You will soon be directed to roll over on command, or to sit up and beg. You will then be rewarded with some tasty morsel, and led to believe that your obedience is evidence of how you are controlling the system to your ends!
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The repubtards repealing it????????????????????
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Ha Ha…………right after they repeal everything else they promised for the last 20 years.
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DemoRepubDummies.
TPTB loove ya’ll.

G Mare 71(PLEASE VOTE NO ON TSPLOST)

June 30th, 2012
11:54 am

Kam @ 11:04, good one. :)

Jay

June 30th, 2012
11:57 am

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

June 30th, 2012
11:57 am

“I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.”