Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of October 21, 2016. Good news and bad news. Good news? With my adjusted medication regimen, my hypertension is under control … averaging 120 – 130/70 – 80. The bad news? Susan got her latest Kidney Function test results this week. She is down to 16%. 15% triggers dialysis. We knew that dialysis was in her future … we had hoped it would be in the distant future. It isn’t. Susan has an appointment with a surgeon, to schedule vein preparatory surgery for a Hemodialysis Catheter. There are 3 transplant clinics in the area … the closest being in New Orleans. We have a trip to New Orleans planned. Just a reminder: “In life you play the cards you are dealt … and if you are a person of faith, (we are) … you trust The Dealer!!” There are no other options.
Watched the final Presidential Debate this week. Two very, very different persons and two very, very different visions of where our America needs to go. As noted by a dear Friend: “American jobs, American borders, American babies, American constitution vs. outsourcing, open borders, partial birth abortion and executive orders circumventing the balance of powers.” When Obama took office, January 2009, the National Debt was $10 Trillion … as of January of 2016, it is $19.3 Trillion. Do you really believe we can continue to borrow to pay our bills? At what point do we say “ENOUGH”, bite the bullet by cutting spending and having EVERYONE pay taxes on the income they have earned, rather than just 52% of us.
And another victory for the Obama/Clinton Administration’s foreign policy! (CNN) — Duterte’s split with the US? Not so fast, say Philippines officials. “Philippines officials have gone into damage control mode after controversial President Rodrigo Duterte said the country’s long-term alliance with the United States was over. Philippines Trade Minister Ramon Lopez told CNN the country “would not stop trade and investment with the US.” “(Duterte) has decided to strengthen further and rekindle the ties with China and the ASEAN region,” Lopez said, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. There was widespread shock after Duterte announced his “separation” from the US, suggesting he would cut both economic and military ties, in favor of moving closer to Beijing. “America has lost now. I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow,” President Duterte told business leaders in Beijing on Thursday. “And maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way.” How did this Administration manage to alienate one of our oldest and strongest supporters?
I remember Obama making fun of Romney during one of the 2012 Presidential Debates, when Romney’s response to “What is the greatest geopolitical threat facing America?” … was … “Russia”. Obama’s response was Al Qaeda. London (CNN) — Russian warships sail down British coast, likely en route to Syria. ” A fleet of Russian warships and fighter jets, including the flagship aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov, has reached the North Sea and is headed for the English Channel, the UK’s Ministry of Defense told CNN in a statement. The flotilla is believed to be on its way to the Mediterranean and eventually, most Western defense analysts believe, to Syria.” If Al Qaeda, which has now morphed into ISIS, was the greatest threat facing us in 2012 … why wasn’t it nipped in the bud? As for the Russians? While this Administration was downsizing our military, pulling back, making ‘Red Line in the Sand” threats … creating power vacuums, the Russians built up their military, developed new weapon systems, opened bases in the Middle East and filled the vacuum. Do we need 8 more years of the same failed policies?
The medical news: (BBC NEWS) — Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs. “Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers. The marsupial’s milk contains important peptides that appear to be able to kill hard-to-treat infections, including MRSA, say the Sydney University team. Experts believe devils evolved this cocktail to help their young grow stronger. The scientists are looking to make new treatments that mimic the peptides. They have scanned the devil’s genetic code to find and recreate the infection-fighting compounds, called cathelicidins.’ Found only on the Australian Island, Tasmania … sadly, Tasmanian devils are an endangered species. Course, doesn’t it make you wonder how you milk the little critters?
Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan is in bed, covered by her fur babies, watching TV, while sipping on a glass of red wine. She has to work tomorrow. I plan on cleaning house in the morning … and going to the beach in the afternoon. Tomorrow night? Just a quiet Saturday Night with my Lady.
Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi … and the Editorial Staff)