Monthly Archives: July 2017

John McCain, I said that you got a lot of damned gall. I take that back.

No decent person, and I include myself as one, wishes brain cancer on anyone, least of all someone who spent time in a brutal POW camp while serving his/her country.   John McCain’s  procedure on his eye that uncovered a malignant tumor brings no joy to his political opponents.

However, there’s a bitter irony that McCain, a generally honorable guy, would rush from his procedure to get back to DC to vote to initiate discussion to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  This was is a man of some means.  In 2008 when running for President of the United States, he didn’t know how many homes his family owned.  It was 8.  He’s a man who could afford the best medical care that money can buy and got it at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix AZ, yet he voted to initiate action that would make it difficult for many Americans to get a small fraction of the healthcare that he can afford on his own and is entitled to as a member of the US Senate.

Estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, while not perfectly accurate, suggest that between 20-30 million American would lose healthcare benefits under the proposed replacements to Obamacare.  None of the members of Congress are amongst these millions of people.

John, you got a lot of damn gall.

OK, I take that back and I apologize.  

It appears that Sen, McCain actually voted against the latest attempt by the GOP to repeal the ACA.  Below you’ll see  what he said  on his website about why he did it.  One reason is purely procedural.  Process is important, but actually providing healthcare is more important.  Sen. McCain comments on how the Democrats “rammed” the bill through Congress, but fails to mention what his Republican colleagues did.  They didn’t hold hearings.  They discussed their bill in secret.  John, why didn’t you say something about that?  But, all things considered, we appreciate your support and your vote.  Thanks.

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on voting “no” on the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare:

“From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals. While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens. The Speaker’s statement that the House would be ‘willing’ to go to conference does not ease my concern that this shell of a bill could be taken up and passed at any time.

“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote. We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace. We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

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Cultural Appropriation Implications

There’s been a bit in the blogosphere about Cultural Appropriation recently.  First, a definition for those of you who are not sure what it is.   Basically, it’s the use of one culture’s artifacts by members of another culture.  Yes, this has been going on since time immemorial.   Nobody seemed to care about this much until recently and most of us thought it a good thing.   But, times change so we’re going to give some guidance on the issue.

  • No white people playing jazz, blues, R&B, rap, ska, reggae, etc.
  • No African-Americans playing basketball.  It was invented at all white Springfield College .  Dr. James Naismith was Canadian, so it’s unclear whether it should be played in the United States without the approval of some august body of Canadians. Perhaps written approval by anyone on this list will suffice.
  • But here’s the kicker.  No one of European, African, South East Asian, or East Asian descent  may use Arabic numerals.   You know them.  0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.  For those of European descent, you can use Roman numerals if your place of origin was conquered by the Romans.  Those of you of other ethnic origins can consult this list to determine what to use.

Just for giggles, let’s do some arithmetic in Roman numerals.  No fair cheating by converting the operands to Arabic, doing the computation in the usual fashion and then converting back to Roman numerals.

Let’s start with an easy one.  Let’s add forty-four to sixty-seven.   Forty-four is XLIV.  Sixty-seven is LXVII.  You know the answer is one hundred eleven because you cheated by converting to Arabic, didn’t you?

Let’s do the smaller digits first.  Take the IV from forty-four and the VII from sixty-seven.  IV + VII = (IV +VI) +I because addition is commutative and associative no matter the number system.  You remember that, don’t you?  IV+VI = X, so (IV+VI)+I = XI.  Now take the X from XI and add it to the larger digits left over.  That’s X+XL+LX, the last two terms from the forty-four and sixty-seven respectively.  X+XL+LX = (X+XL)+LX = L+LX = CX.  Of course you remember that L+L=C.  So what do we have now.  CX+I from the digits phase or CLI, which is one hundred eleven.  You’ll notice that I did not use any Arabic numerals in this description.

Easy, right?  Now please divide seven hundred three by nineteen.  The answer is XXXVII, but you can work that out easily.    Please provide your work on a clean sheet of paper with your name.

Then develop the method for doing long division when the operands are not integers, whole numbers.  Ain’t easy, is it?

By the way, I do hope you’re of Anglo Saxon stock if you’re reading this.  We’ve had so many case of cultures adopting English without our permission.  Oh, those colonies of ours.  Hmm, need to think about that.

BTW, here’s a more serious comment on the subject: