Day 138

May. 18th, 2017 08:27 pm
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May 18, 2017  Farce 

Today, I found out the real reason we're working such long hours and getting money in the door. 
In 2014, a physician didn't have his contract renewed over some pretty petty stuff, e.g., a sexual relationship with a coworker, questionable prescriptions for controlled pain medicine, etc.  After his dismissal, he turned whistleblower, accused our healthcare system of ordering unnecessary treatments for patients, incorrect billing to Medicare and other insurance companies, and stated the reason he was fired was because he kept talking to his superiors about the issues. 

He filed a wrongful discharge suit against my employers, then testified in two separate cases for the Department of Justice. 
The subsequent investigations determined there was no fraud on our part, we were completely cleared of that charge, but there were a few incidents of incorrect billing – totally benign, not fraud.   
The physician's wrongful discharge suit was thrown out as unsubstantiated, but we had to refund quite a bit of money to the insurance companies and the DoJ assessed penalties of $34,000,000. 

So, there you have it... in a nutshell.   

Day 137

May. 17th, 2017 08:25 pm
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May 17, 2017 Precipice 

Again, at my place of work, we're working long hours and not having much success.  There are thousands claims totaling millions of dollars, just sitting.  I was asked to jump in and work on them, but when I saw they're all federal payers – Veteran's Affairs, Indian Nation Health, Active Military, I knew there was nothing I could do. 

We have a team dedicated to these claims, which have to be worked in a very specific way.  If they're sent incorrectly, we're not given a chance to appeal, we have to start over from scratch.  It's a complicated, time consuming process and I am not about to mess anything up. 
The hierarchy are flogging us to get claims out the door and money coming in, but we're working with one hand tied behind our backs, getting closer and closer to the edge of the precipice.   

Day 136

May. 16th, 2017 08:22 pm
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May 16, 2017  Qualm 

Leslie's car is in the shop – a couple of weeks ago when the water was so high, she misjudged how deep some standing water actually was, and drove into it.  The car hasn't run since.   

At my place of work, June 30 is the end of fiscal year, and we're trying to collect as much money as possible before then.  We've been asked to work ten hours of overtime per week.  This means going in at 6:00 am and working until 5:30 pm. 

Sharing a car hasn't been easy, getting the two of us to work and the kids to school on time, making sure everyone has a ride home without waiting too long. 

Today was a bit stressful to say the least, and qualms plagued me to the point my stomach was upset. 

Ah, well.  Everyone is home now, dinner and dishes are done, and everyone seems to be happy.  I guess I worry too much about things that will work themselves out.

Day 135

May. 15th, 2017 08:15 pm
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May 15, 2017  Collaboration 

The kids were still with their dad's family, their uncle hosted a party for Cindy's Mother's Day gift, complete with decorations, cake, flowers, and swimming. 

Leslie and I finished every bit of laundry in the house, gave the kitchen and bathrooms a good scrub, swept and mopped the floors and made a really fun Mexican feast for our dinner. 
When the kids got home, they'd made cards for both of us, and Leslie gave me chocolates. 

Collaboration = Happy. 

Day 134

May. 14th, 2017 08:11 pm
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May 14, 2017 Hospitality 

The Wiener Kids' other grandma, Cindy, offered her gracious hospitality today.  She picked up the kids around 9am and took them to her house, so Leslie and I could have a free day for the weekend.   
Thanks to Cindy's hospitality, all of the household chores were accomplished quickly and easily. Leslie and Josh went to see a movie for her Mother's Day gift early, and I had the house to myself all evening.  I ordered take out and watched movies. 


Hospitality is a good thing... 

Day 133

May. 13th, 2017 04:05 pm
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May 13, 2017 - Chapter 4 - Again, The Donald

President Trump suggested Friday he was prepared to cancel the White House's daily press briefings unless he did them himself, and only if they occurred "every two weeks."

In a bizarre interview taped hours after introducing the idea of scrapping the briefing altogether, Trump said he was serious about the possibility to "just don't have them."

"Unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself, we don't have them," he told Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" in an interview slated to air in full on Saturday.

"I think it's a good idea … you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair," Trump said.

Excerpts of the interview, taped Friday, were released just hours after a morning Twitter rant in which the erratic executive said he might cancel the White House daily press briefing and indicated the information his press office was providing to reporters wasn't necessarily true.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!.......Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" he wrote in a pair of posts.

Daily White House press briefings have existed in some shape or form for more than 100 years, after first being introduced during the Woodrow Wilson administration.

At the briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer — whose job Trump told Fox News Channel was safe amid reports that it might not be — avoided directly discussing Trump's threat to cancel the custom, saying only that Trump was "dismayed" with the news media.

"We see time and time again an attempt to parse every little word and make it a game of gotcha as opposed to trying to figure out what the policies are," Spicer said.

"I think we come out here every day and try to do the best job we can communicating what the President's done," he added. "We work very hard to get you the most accurate and up to date information throughout the day."

Trump wants to stop press briefings because they aren't fair.

Day 132

May. 12th, 2017 04:02 pm
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May 12, 2017 Chapter 3 - The Donald

President Donald Trump issued a thinly veiled threat Friday to fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently suggesting there are possibly recorded conversations between the two men that could be leaked to counter the former FBI director if necessary.

"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press," Trump tweeted.

The remark is an extraordinary development in the ongoing feud between the President and the agencies investigating alleged ties between his campaign and White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at an afternoon briefing that Trump's warning was "not a threat," adding, "The President has nothing further to say on that."

When he fired Comey earlier this week, Trump garnered comparisons to President Richard Nixon and his infamous decision to remove the special prosecutor investigating Watergate crimes in 1973. The Watergate scandal accelerated drastically when it was revealed Nixon taped conversations in the White House. Trump didn't provide further details Friday on whether he was taping conversations.

Asked whether Trump was recording conversations in the White House, Spicer repeated his statement that Trump had nothing further to add.

Comey is "not worried about any tapes" of conversations between him and Trump, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday, adding that "if there is a tape, there's nothing he is worried about" that could be on it.

Trump threatens Comey in Twitter outburst

Day 131

May. 11th, 2017 04:00 pm
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May 11, 2017 Chapter 2 - Andrew McCabe

The absence of former FBI Director James Comey loomed large over the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing with top U.S. intelligence leaders, but his temporary replacement, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, assured lawmakers he would not bend to pressure from the White House.

"You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution," McCabe said.

McCabe directly contradicted White House assertions that one of the reasons Comey was fired by President Trump on Tuesday was because he had lost the respect and support of the FBI rank and file.

"Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day," McCabe said, saying he holds Comey in the "absolute highest regard."

McCabe also said the FBI's ongoing probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections and possible collusion with the Trump campaign was "highly significant," disputing a White House characterization that the investigation "was one of the smallest things that they've got going on their plate."

"It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely," McCabe said.

Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., noted that Comey's absence was atop his mind and that he had plenty of questions for McCabe and the other intelligence leaders about the Russia probe.

"It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to the Russia investigation," Warner said, "and that is truly unacceptable."

McCabe assured Warner that he would alert the committee if anyone tried to influence the FBI probe into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. He later said he would not update the White House on the ongoing Russia investigation.

Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., made it clear in his opening statement that he wanted the hearing to be about more than just Russia and reiterated that the hearing at large was supposed to be about worldwide threats. But questions about Russia, the ongoing FBI investigation and Comey's dismissal dominated the hearing.

McCabe: You Cannot Stop 'The FBI From Doing The Right Thing'

Day 130

May. 10th, 2017 03:57 pm
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May 10, 2017 - And So It Begins - Chapter 1 - James Comey

An unexpected announcement yesterday afternoon from Washington, D.C. U.S. President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It's very unusual for a president to fire the head of the FBI, though it has happened before.

In a letter to the FBI chief, President Trump wrote: While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you were not able to lead the bureau.

One thing that is under investigation, formerly lead by Director Comey, was whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with alleged Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. President Trump has called that story phony, but critics say it was inappropriate for the president to fire Comey while that investigation is going on.

Another reason why Comey was a controversial figure in the government, Democrats and Republicans have criticized how he handled controversies related to Hillary Clinton's email use from when she was secretary of state. Critics say those controversies influenced last year's election when she was the Democratic presidential nominee.

CNN 10 May 10, 2017

Day 129

May. 9th, 2017 06:02 pm
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May 9, 2017 - Another Haunted House Listing.

Srsly, dood, I have no clue what to make of this one.

Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though, e.g. the sounds of phantom footsteps, a strange knocking sound followed by a very quiet (hardly noticeable, even) scream at 3:13am, maybe once or twice a week, twice a week tops. The occasional ghastly visage lurking behind you in the bathroom mirror. Even still, this occurs very rarely and only in the second floor bathroom.

1217 Marion Street, Dunmore, PA 18509

Day 128

May. 8th, 2017 05:54 pm
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May 8, 2017 - Weird House Listing

Personally, I think this sounds like The Old Marsten Place that the vampire, Kurt Barlow bought in Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot.

Please read carefully before scheduling showings. May not qualify for financing. Great "diamond in the rough" investment property or primary home needing separate apartments. Little is known about condition except that property has active roof leaks. Property is being sold "as-is" with no repairs, no clean-up, and no warranties expressed or implied. Upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances. Buyer assumes responsibility for the month-to-month tenancy in the upstairs apartment. Occupant has never paid, and no security deposit is being held, but there is a lease in place (Yes, it does not make sense, please don't bother asking.).

709 Michaelmas Avenue, Cayce, South Carolina

Day 127

May. 7th, 2017 11:11 pm
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May 7, 2017 When you think back to your childhood, what moment first comes to mind?

When I was seven, my dad purchased his first brand new car. To christen it, our family took a driving vacation to Texas. My mother had planned everything weeks a head of time, but when we arrived at the hotel, they had our reservation down for the following day, and there were no rooms available. We went to several different places, but always the same answer. No Room at the Inn.

So, we slept in the car. Dad, Mom, my sister, her husband, their year old daughter, my older brother, my twin, Cathy and me. Dad, Mom, and my brother slept sitting up in the front seat. My sister and brother-in-law wedged themselves together on the back seat, my baby niece slept on the back dash, above her parents, Cathy and I curled up on either side of the hump in the back seat floor.

Still to this day, we talk and laugh about it. Even as nightmarish as that first night was, we all think of it as our favorite family outing.

Day 126

May. 6th, 2017 11:08 pm
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May 6, 2017 What would your perfect world be like?


Everyone would have enough room in their house for everyone who lives there. Enough money to pay their bills, enough left over for doing fun things with the family, enough in case of emergency, like the car needs new tires, or the washing machine quits and has to be replaced. Everyone has enough food to eat, enough clothes and shoes that are weather appropriate, the list goes on and on.

Enough - that would be my perfect world.

Day 125

May. 5th, 2017 11:06 pm
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May 5, 2017 Write some interesting facts about yourself.

  1. I still live in the same town where I was born, I've never lived anywhere else.
  2. I work for the hospital where I was born.
  3. I have never been without a job for the past forty years.
  4. I have an unnatural predilection for red cars. The first car I bought at age 17 was bright red and I continued to buy red cars right up to the car I'm driving now. It is blue, and was too good a deal to pass up. I love it, even if it isn't red.

Day 124

May. 4th, 2017 11:04 pm
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May 4, 2017 What is your view on religion?

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. Napoleon Bonaparte

If Jesus came back and saw what was being one in His name, He'd never stop throwing up. Woody Allen

Before I start, let me make this perfectly clear. I'm speaking directly to organized religion, not how an individual interprets and practices their own beliefs and life choices.

I do believe in a God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. I do believe that we're supposed to love and take care of each other, treat others the way we wish to be treated.

However, I do not attend a church, to not identify myself with any denomination, and feel that organized religion is a scam to take people's money and rule them by fear.

Day 123

May. 3rd, 2017 11:03 pm
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May 3, 2017 Write about high school.

High school was a pretty good time. I had a tight group of friends, we were the polite kids that teachers liked, I made good grades and didn't get in trouble. By the time I finished my junior year, I had met all my required courses, so my senior year was all elective classes, so I took every class the English department had to offer.

This summer will be 40 years since I graduated and I still keep in daily contact with three of my good friends from school.

Day 122

May. 2nd, 2017 10:59 pm
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May 2, 2017 Something that you want to do before you die.

See Europe - I would love to have the money and at least three months to spend there. If wishes came true, I'd start in Finland, work my way south to Italy and Spain, then zig-zag my way to Ireland.

Day 121

May. 1st, 2017 09:27 pm
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May 1, 2017 - The Illuminati and... well... Everybody!

You know on YouTube's home page, they offer suggestions of videos based on your viewing history? Yesterday, I saw one that said 'Sharon Tate was a Witch!'.

Naturally, I clicked on it.

It was a 90-second clip from an Oprah Show, the clothes and hairstyles look reminiscent of the mid to late 1980's, probably right after she went on the air. Joseph "Doc" Marquis (who claims that he was initiated into the dark arts at age 8yrs when someone sent a demon to him) stated that Sharon Tate had been a practicing witch for years. After she married Roman Polanski and became pregnant, she wanted out. The leaders of her coven sent Charlie Manson to kill her. Apparently, ol' Charlie is the most powerful wizard on the planet!

Obviously, I was intrigued and my research has found:
  • Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, and Wojciech Frykowski were members of the same coven. Their murders were to serve a two-fold purpose. First, to warn other witches about trying to leave the fold, and, along with the LaBianca murders, to bring about a race war, just like Charlie wanted.
  • While the Beatles aren't linked directly to the Illuminati, they're referenced everywhere. The most blatant is a VW 'Beetle' in most of the movies that were made by and are still being made by supposed Illuminati members. Maybe ol' Charlie really was on to something?
  • Whitney Houston died because Clive and the Illuminati could not conquer her inherent goodness. Her conviction, her commitment, and most importantly, her voice swayed people. She sang about healing relationships, healing the world, and people listened. For this, she had to die.
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. was a member of Anton LeVey's Church of Satan. He was also a 33rd degree Mason, had all the arcane secrets disclosed to him, and an active member of the Illuminati.
  • Sammy recruited Bill Cosby.
  • The knowledge gained from Project CHATTER and Project MKUltra are currently used by the Illuminati to control their members.
  • Basically, everyone in the movie/television/music industry is a member of the Illuminati.

No links are being provided in this post. Some of the sites I visited have extremely graphic crime scene photos that are not for the faint of heart. Others make outrageous, unsubstantiated claims that are full of hate, especially against people of color. If you just have to see them for yourself, leave a comment and I'll send them to you.

Day 120

Apr. 30th, 2017 04:35 pm
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April 30, 2017 - The Leftovers

This show just keeps getting better and better. This is the final season, so I truly hope the ending is satisfying because I'll definitely miss it.

Day 119

Apr. 29th, 2017 04:35 pm
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April 29, 2017 - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Every April, I actually set a reminder in my phone and my calendars on the computers so I don't miss the broadcast on HBO. This year, three of my favorites were inducted. Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, inducted by Dhanni Harrison, George's son. Pearl Jam, inducted by David Letterman, and Tupac inducted by Snoop. I was overwhelmed a couple of times with the touching stories, pride, and joy from the presenters, and the performances were over the top. My wiener babies even sat and watched it with me, it was truly that good.

Other inductees were Journey - I was upset that Steve Perry wasn't allowed to sing during their performance. Yes! inducted by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Joan Baez inducted by Jackson Browne, and Nile Rodgers inducted by Pharrell Williams.

I'm so glad that it's available on HBO on demand. I'll probably have to watch it three or four more times.


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