Archive for March, 2006

Reverse hugging

2006 March 22

This is a silly thing but symptomatic to our age.

In my daughter’s school (Junior High) children are forbidden to hug each other. The teacher crowd, not being satisfied by simply announcing this rule, it sinks to actually defining what a hug is. Apparently a hug is the crossing of arms behind another child’s back while the fronts are touching.

So what ends up happening?

The children are now standing back to back and hug each other that way. Guess what parts of each other’s bodies do they touch?

I wrote a letter regarding this to the principal. This is how it went.

Dear Ms F---,

My daughter is S---- a 6th grade student in your school. She is
telling me that the school is considering a policy of outlawing hugging
or that it tries to regulate it somehow.

Please tell me that it is not so.

Thank you


Her response:

Public displays of affection is not acceptable at most middle schools including L---. This is not a new rule.

That was all, no dear Mr So-and-so, no Sincerely.

So I wrote back:

Can you please explain why?

Thank you again.


Her reply (no Dear Mr…, etc, just this:)

Are you serious?? Hugging that leads to fondeling, kisssing, groping etc is never acceptable

Yes, “fondeling” she wrote, “kisssing” she wrote.

Repeal! (both the stupid rule and the principal)


Grandma in jail

2006 March 14

I met a lady today, she is in her 60s, half blind and suffers from depression. She just came out of jail where she was thrown in for 18 days because her son, who is 37 years old, brought a bag of some dope into her home as he was going thru town trying to evade the cops.

The lady had been trying to adopt a child who lived there, of course the child was taken away and is now in foster care. The reason for that: “She” endagered the child’s life by letting drugs into her house.

The Law was gracious enough to allow her to plead guilty for aiding a fugitive (her own son!) and get released. Her extortionary other option was to stay in jail until she goes to trial.

She was considered guilty of some drug related crime for the actions of another person. Whatever law is behind that charge, that law should be repealed.

Eventually she was convicted for aiding her own son and she served 18 days in jail for it. Another law to repeal.

Paving the Roath to Hellth Care

2006 March 12

This is the situation that prompted the opening of this blog.

I spoke with someone in the medical field who, on occasion of a company purchasing a very old anti-cancer drug and increasing its price by an order of magnitude, with the lame excuse that they want to use the money for research, cried out for MORE REGULATION against the EEEEEVULLLL pharmaceutical companies.

I said, NO!

There is one tidbit the reader needs to know to understand the situation: Medicare is prohibited from denying coverage for drugs just because they are expensive.

Here it is, regulation in action.

This one regulation, created with good intentions obviously, paves the road to the current hell because it gives the drug companies the leverage to charge any price they want.

If some company bought the right to manufacture Tylenol and suddenly increased the price of a box from 6 to 60 dollars to “bolster research”, it would be out of business before a lawyer can say “ka-ching!” Why?

You know why, I won’t insult the reader by spelling it out.

Another regulation: — actually I’m not sure of the regulation itself but there has to be a regulation, or a set of regulations somewhere as a result of which only certain (American?) drug companies can submit pharmaceuticals for the FDA to approve.

Get rid of these 2 regulations, and Medicare, or any InsCo, will be able to (1) tell the drug Co, sorry pal, I’m not paying that much for the stuff and (2) any drug company on earth can submit their version of a generic drug for approval to the FDA.

So here it is, the first 2 laws, or regulations, submitted for repeal, by yours truly.