Friday, October 24, 2014

Your Medications Could Kill You

When I was younger I didn't know anything about medications and I don't think too many other people did either. When you went to the doctor he gave you some medicine, which you hoped would take care of what ailed you. Most likely you didn't even know the names of the medications and didn't worry about side effects.

All of this has changed in the past few years with drug companies advertising their products. Every day we are bombarded by ads for medications for conditions including hay fever, ED, bronchitis, diabetes, atrial fibrillation and a myriad of other diseases. I think these commercials go right over the heads of most viewers, unless they are suffering with one of these conditions. So basically they are ignored by most of us. But what about those people who have a disease and may benefit from taking one of these advertised drugs?

The commercials always show patients,  who are supposedly taking the medications, as happy go lucky, smiling and sociable and without pain. The announcer suggests that you could be helped by these wonder drugs and tells you to ask your doctor about them. Then after you are told how wonderful the drugs are the announcer goes on to warn you of the possible side effects. These warnings include the possibility of stroke, heart attack, blindness and my favorite, "even death". The announcer even warns you not to take the medication if you are allergic to it. How in hell are you going to know if you are allergic to it unless you know the patented scientific name of the ingredient or unless you give it a try to see what happens?

I have breathing difficulties and have seen ads for medications that might possibly help me, but I admit that the possible complications would be much worse than having some difficulty breathing. I would think that a lot of people would be terrified to try these medications, for fear of death. I previously wrote a post on the high cost of drugs in this country, I've Been Ripped Off  by the Big Drug Companies, which leads me to make a point on that high cost here.  Drug advertising is extremely expensive on TV, the Internet and in magazines. So who's paying for this expensive advertising? We are, through increased cost of the drugs we buy! Every time you see one of these ads, just remember that even though you aren't suffering from that particular disease, you are paying for that ad when you buy another medication! Now that should make you sick!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Worry About Ebola

In the past few weeks we have been inundated with news about the ebola virus, most of which has been false and politically motivated. We've all heard a little something about ebola, the deadly disease that every now and then breaks out in Africa killing most of those affected. Most Americans didn't care because it only killed Black people in Africa. For Americans it was out of sight, out of mind. But not this time. Someone from Africa, who was infected by the ebola virus, came to the US, where he was hospitalized and subsequently died. Two nurses were infected, but are doing fine now under care.

It has been a slow past few months for the news media, so they all jumped aboard the bandwagon to flood the airways with myths, propaganda and outright lies to terrify the American public. CNN hasn't had this much fun since the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17. Twenty-four hours a day they broadcast the same nonsensical dribble and untruths about ebola. Every newscast was exactly the same, with the same breaking reports every few minutes. And of course Fox News chimed in and turned a deadly disease into a political issue. Politicians who knew absolutely nothing about the cause of illnesses were criticizing the CDC and the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect the American people. Naturally the morons at Fox  News and their Republican lackeys blamed President Obama, as they always do whenever it rains or something else goes wrong. Ironically they blame Obama for not letting the Surgeon General take care of the situation, when there is presently no Surgeon General, because Republicans in Congress have blocked the nomination of a surgeon general  simply for being  nominated by Obama. Also with the last shutdown of the  government by Republicans the CDC lost a great deal of funding for such epidemics.

Since the midterm elections are just a couple of weeks away Conservatives are calling for the banning of direct flights from infected areas of Africa, even thought there are no direct flights from these areas. Some Conservatives want to shut down the country and stop all flights from Africa, which would naturally cause an economic catastrophe. The Tea Party has once again taken a situation, this time a public health concern and turned it into hate filled, ignorant rantings to blame the President, hoping to scare the hell out of Americans before the elections, so the Republicans can win in November. Even though the true facts regarding ebola are out there for all to see, the viewers of Fox News and others of their ilk choose to panic instead of learn the truth. This is so reminiscent of the early days of the AIDS crisis!  The difference being that back then Ronald Reagan ignored the epidemic because it was only killing gays, whereas Obama is actually doing something!

One person, infected in Africa and flown to the US, has died. In the following months tens of thousands of people will die with the flu, hundreds will die as the result of gun violence and hundreds more will dies in automobile accidents, but Americans could care less! Why? Because these deaths do not serve a purpose to the media, such as Fox News, CNN and others.


So wise up America and listen to people who know what they are doing, instead of those ignoramuses with a political agenda. You are not sheep, so quit following these idiots blindly!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mind Boggling Midterm Elections

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In just a few weeks the 2014 midterm elections will take place. I have on the whole been ignoring them, as I have been preoccupied with Kevin getting his Green Card. Another reason I have not paid much attention to them and written a blog post is that the campaign rhetoric has been totally disgusting from both sides. What I do know is that in the past 2 years absolutely nothing has been done by this bunch of good for nothing, extremely partisan, hate filled, racist, Koch brother bought and paid for politicians in Congress! Looking at some of the predictions of who will control the House and Senate I just had to break my silence and post something.

Ever since Obama was reelected for a second term, the Republicans have vowed to destroy him. In an October 23, 2010 interview with the National Journal, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority leader stated, " The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." This present congress has spent most of its time trying to repeal or gut the Affordable Healthcare Act, trying to impeach Obama or trying to sue him. They have done absolutely nothing to help the middle class, the unemployed, the poor, working men and women, students under tons of student debt or to address the ever growing income equality.  There have been zero jobs plans emanating from Congress. The Republicans have offered nothing, except for suing Obama.

In all of the recent polls the favorability of Congress is extremely low. According to a Gallup Poll from September 2014  the favorability rating was 14%. This same poll puts Obama at a favorability rating at 40%. In all of the polls those people being polled say that the present Senate and House of Representatives do not deserve reelection. To the normal, intelligent sane person this would mean that there would most likely be big changes ahead with the midterm election. Oh how wrong can one be?   

The recent polls show that basically the makeup of the House of Representative will be the same after the election and there is a possibility that the Senate will be taken over by the Republicans. The same Republicans who did nothing in this congressional term.Those same Conservative Republicans, who blocked any legislation to help the poor and middle class, will be reelected by those same poor and middle class people being kept down by them.! The millions of poor people in the Red states who are now being covered by Obamacare are going to vote for those same people who want to take that healthcare insurance away from them! Those millions of people in the Red states who are receiving food stamps are going to vote for the same politicians who want to take food stamps away from them! It is interesting to note that the Red states receive the most welfare benefits and pay the least in federal taxes. Also 9 out of 10 of the poorest states are Red states with Republican governors!

The unemployment rate in the country has dropped to the lowest level in 6 years and the Federal deficit has dropped to the lowest level in 6 years. These are two facts that have been clouded over by the hateful and revengeful antics of the Republicans in Congress, who say the economy is worse. Unfortunately the very people who need help are being brainwashed by the media, especially the fantasy news of Fox News, which blames Obama for every bad situation since the fall of the Roman Empire.

I have little or no faith in the American electorate, especially in the Right Wing religious South. They are not bright enough to realize the harm they are doing to themselves at the hands of the political morons they continue to elect and reelect. They cannot see that they are getting poorer as their representatives in congress and their rich supporters are getting richer! They will  have only themselves to blame for their plight.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jills Antiques, Brockport,NY

When Kevin and I first moved to the Rochester area we had to start furnishing our home from scratch.  Needless to say buying furniture for a large house was very expensive.  We bought the basics, such as a bed, sofa, kitchen tables and chairs for the living room. As money began to run low we saw the need to economize. Both of us like vintage or antique furniture so we decided to look around the area for antique shops and garage and estate sales. One day we happened upon a quaint little store on Main Street in Brockport.  We had lunch nearby so we decided to drop in and see what was there.

Well needless to say we fell in love with the store. I think Kevin would love to have his second home here.We found Jill, the owner to be very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. We have bought many items of furniture, old vinyl records, old lamps and other antique collectibles.Jill also has quite a collection of vintage clothing, photos, toys and china.

We have also purchased an old radio and a vintage turntable from Jill, which are in prefect working condition. It is very assuring to know that when you purchase something like antique radios or other such equipment, that it actually works. And that's because Jill's father,a semi-retired radio and electronics technician, makes sure they all work. He also works there Sunday afternoons and is always willing to answer your questions about the radios etc.

I am by no means a person who knows what they are doing when it comes to antiques, but I know what I like and I can usually find it here at a reasonable price. If Jill doesn't have what I am looking for I can ask her to keep an eye out for it. Many times we go in the shop to browse or simply chat, because the atmosphere is so comfortable and we just feel at ease looking around.

I usually don't use my blog to promote businesses, as those who read this can tell, but I believe in supporting those who have supported us in our move into our new home town. If you are in the neighborhood of Main Street, in Brockport, NY, please stop in at Jill's Antiques and Collectibles at 65 Main St.. She is open Mon.-Fri. 10:30-6, Sat.10:30-5, Sun.12-4. Her website is
You won't regret your visit.