Forecast and Faery Finder
Healthcare Reform: the Republican Agenda
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit (Bitwit says she is a Republican. Whatever you have, she wants.)
According to Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac, today’s color is white and the incense is geranium. Passover begins today.
Astrologically, for a couple of days, social events cure old wounds. The morning brings more irritation with finances. I think we will all be coming down from the Full Moon yesterday and cleaning up the mess.
Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.
Today’s Tarot Card is the Page of Wands: equivocation. It is going to take a lot of patience and luck to decipher the ambiguity today.
Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
It will be hard to move forward fearlessly today, since you aren’t sure which way forward is.
Today’s Cat Comfort Card is:
Democat: “Stand up for what you believe in.”
Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
Ffaff the Ffooter is running around. I swear, he shows up after every good rain just hoping to find some fungus between your toes or dirt under your toe nails. The problem is you can’t get him to wash those little hands of his and if he spies something amiss on your feet, he inspects and you get the fungus from him! Not only that, but he will lift both your feet at the same time and wonder why you hit the ground. You can fly, can’t you? He can.
Today’s Lo Shu Number is 4 and the Element is Earth. The Rooster finds conflict today but the Horse has ease. Today is not an auspicious day for haircuts or births.
Today’s Message from the Universe is: “I acknowledge the light within every human being. I love, respect and accept each person as the manifestation of the Divine Will on earth. In so doing, I allow those around me to manifest the best of their being. Together we bring healing, beauty and freedom into our world for the highest good of all.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.
COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER
In the contest of rainy days, Monday took the whole darned bakery. I think George swam to the RedWitch Van. I waited as long as I possibly could as I had a doctor’s appointment. Finally I gave up, kept my completely plastic sandals on, put on my free water resistant jacket I got last year and went for a pair of pedal pushers. The entire front yard was under water. As you can guess, I found the one hole the armadillo had dug last night and sank up to my ankle in muddy water. It was steadily, but not to badly, raining so I decided to put my purse in the passenger side after I picked up the newspaper. As soon as I opened the door, it came down in buckets. By the time I made it to the driver’s side, it was abandon all hope time, so I stopped and picked up all the garbage can lids and threw them at the fence before dragging myself into the van. I was dripping wet meeting in the middle. I managed to wiggle out of the jacket before I passed out from heat prostration and get the purse unhooked.
The doctor’s office is not that far away in Florida terms, just down 441 at the hospital By the time I got there, it was lightly raining. That is the kind of rain Floridians don’t even both with umbrellas in. So here I go into the doctor’s offices looking like a drowned rat, squishing. Everyone else was making squishing as they walked. The only part of me dry was my head because I am super protective of those 5,000.00 hearing aides! I bought rain hats that tie under my chin. Someone forgot to tell the doctor I had a really bad reaction to the cortisone shot and he was planning another one in a few weeks. That is off. However, I am ready for physical therapy starting Wednesday if I have nothing but a cough at that time. Three times a week I get therapy and 4 times a day I have to ice the shoulder as there is really nothing else I can do. I can’t even take aspirin now. If I don’t stop clenching my jaw from the pain, I am going to have to have all my teeth pulled. I also have a teeth ache from it.
The bad news is the medical offices are practically next door to Lowes and that one has a gorgeous garden center. Since George drilled the holes in the bottom of my tubs yesterday, I have been deciding what to do with them. I have determined one must become an herb garden. I put some fresh parsley in my chicken soup and it was beyond delicious. I have a pot of parsley going. Now I must have more fresh herbs as this will be the spring of soup and salads in this house. Lowes had just gotten a nice shipment of herbs in and I went wild. Then I got several buckets as I have no idea where all my buckets go around here. They are probably holding all the socks I am missing in the other dimension. We wound up putting the herbs in the buckets as the garden department registers had ceased to work and I had to check out in the front. I also got a yellow monkey’s paw! I wandered around and picked out my stones to complete the front patio/garden area under the window.
When I got home, the shovel was laying in front of the door. I have no idea how it got there or where it came from, the fence was locked and I would have fallen over it when I left, but I think the hint was given. This week, the front bed must be finished. I have to dig out one inch of dirt to lay the stones. Normally I am a really traditional, pastel sort of garden person. I am going with almost black irregular stones and to fill in the edges: some black and white marble stones they have in bags. The two tubs are celery green! How’s that for contrast? I left all the buckets out to collect rain water.
George spent most of the weekend clearing the front yard and the area around my altar. So I put all the herbs on the altar in honor of the Full Moon along with my triple goddess sort of pot pouch. Unless I find a really tiny plant, there is no room in the pouch. The yellow Monkey’s paw sits to the side. I have to get this shoulder fixed as I have a lot of work to do.
I spent the early afternoon perusing the Thompson and Morgan seed catalogue. If I plan my planting right, I can grow pole beans with red, pink, salmon and orange flowers. They will be ornamental as well as edible. This shall be interesting. I am looking for seeds from the Seminole climbing pumpkin. I have been down here for 50 years and I never knew such a creature existed. It is cucurbita moschata. If anyone knows a source of the seeds, let me know. I have to try it, though I am no fan of pumpkins. I did learn about micro greens and am going to try some along with salad leaves, the latter will wind up in the other tub. They have a lot of “exotic” seeds which to us are normal plants that will grow outside and not in a greenhouse.
Of course of all this was done under adverse conditions. The black Microwit contingency was ready for their petting. Boogaboo drove me nuts. If you don’t scratch his chin, he finds something to scratch it on and knocks that over. My stack of mail is his favorite thing. He is a stretcher, so he easily takes up two laps. Once I evicted him, Fiona attacked. She does summersaults on your lap.
It seems the required health insurance part of the healthcare package is what is inciting all the violence from the nut jobs. I guess having to have insurance for their psychiatric meds is upsetting them. The thing is, I was absolutely certain this was not the first time this idea has been brandished about. The question was when and who. Well, a reporter for the Miami Herald apparently had the same thought and did some research and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry but I have one thing to say to the Republican Conservatives and Tea Partiers: SHUT UP!
Why? Because it was your idea! Yes, it was the idea and mandate of your Tea Party Darlings. The mandate was developed by Mark V. Pauly, an economist during the first George Bush administration. Senator John McCain, yes, none other, first promoted the idea in a Miami speech in the 1990’s as an alternative to “Hillarycare”. Mitt Romney as governor of Massachussets picked it up in ‘06. The rationalization being the uninsured are paid for by the tax payers anyway because they must, by law, be treated by the emergency rooms which they use for routine medical problems instead of a family doctor or even specialist regardless of their ability to pay.
The idea was not mentioned in the ‘08 campaign, but was picked up by Tommy Thompson, secretary of Health and Human Services to be “deradicalized” under the Bush administration in September of ‘08. Just after the election, America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group, issued an announcement that they were for universal coverage and non-rejection of those with pre-existing conditions with one condition; all individuals had to have coverage or face stiff penalties. This is not a liberal group. It is a conservative trade group for insurance companies.
Their reasoning is that the largest group of uninsured are young and healthy and would spread the risk around for insurance companies. The Obama administration saw adding this provision was the only way to get reform passed or the all godlike insurance company group would swat them like a fly. He added subsidies for those who could not afford insurance.
So cry in your tea cups idiots. The idea was your leaders’ from day one of inception to the final passage. SHUT UP!
Thanks John Dorschner for a wonderfully researched article.
By-the-way, the lawsuits don’t have a chance of succeeding unless you want to take down Medicare and mandatory car insurance and can erase 30 years of legislation. So save your donations to the Florida Attorney General’s election fund. He knows it has no chance. He is just yanking your chains and collecting money for his campaign. The question is whether you are stupid enough to let these liars lead you around by the nose every time they push a hot button issue and claim the Liberal Nazis are taking over. You do know Liberal Nazi is an oxymoron. Oooops…talking down to you again. They ain’t no such thingie as a Liberal Nazi, Communist Nazi or Socialist Nazi. All Nazis are conservatives. You is them. Oh, and Pauly wants credit for his idea. Frosted yet?