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”Hospitalist” 21 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

A monkey holds a 'Krathong', a raft made of coconut shell decorated with flowers, candles and incense, on the occasion of the annual Loy Krathong festival at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand

A monkey holds a ‘Krathong’, a raft made of coconut shell decorated with flowers, candles and incense, on the occasion of the annual Loy Krathong festival at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand

Picture: EPA

During my sojourn in the land of needle sticks, switchblade (my nickname for the instrument used) attacks on my finger tips (even as as my glucose tested normal day after day) and other alarming events, they sent in a “hospitalist” to try to sell me, a second go at as it were, on an invasive procedure.

Hospitalist?  We have a crisis in health care in the country, esp at the clinic level, rural health care delivery, all sorts of health care…………..

 So I wondered, WTF is a hospitalist:

[A] hospitalist is a general physician who cares for hospitalized patients. The hospitalist’s only concern is with patients in a hospital, they do not work out of a clinic or a private practice. Basically, the hospitalist assumes a hospitalized patient’s care in place of the patient’s primary care physician.

The hospitalist definition was coined by Drs. Robert Wachter and Lee Goldman in a 1996 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. Since that time, the field has exploded into popularity and has revolutionized the way patients are treated. By having hospitalists look after hospitalized patients, the primary care physicians can spend time more efficiently looking after patients in their own offices. This reduces the amount of hours primary care physicians work and may also improve preventative care.    ….

Whatever.  I still declined the needle to the heart fandango they wanted…. to perpetrate.




1. catnip - 21 November 2010

Glad to see you back!

marisacat - 21 November 2010

Thank you!

2. diane - 21 November 2010

I just witnessed the “Hospitalist” thing (though it wasn’t named that) recently; though I was visiting, versus a patient …Have been since wondering whether there is a “manual” of sorts enabling a person to understand what, if anything at all, a person has a right to expect, when admitted to a hospital.

I’m so glad you’re out of there!

3. marisacat - 22 November 2010

Enh… this thing was never on track, never on track to be on track… but ooooo the knives…………….. are out.

JERUSALEM — Vowing to change a region that has resisted the best efforts of presidents and prime ministers past, Barack Obama dove head first into the Middle East peace process on his second day in office.

He was supposed to be different. His personal identity, his momentum, his charisma and his promise of a fresh start would fundamentally alter America’s relations with the Muslim world and settle one of its bitterest grievances.

Two years later, he has managed to forge surprising unanimity on at least one topic: Barack Obama. A visit here finds both Israelis and Palestinians blame him for the current stalemate – just as they blame one another. [not exactly nooo either… ]

Instead of becoming a heady triumph of his diplomatic skill and special insight, Obama’s peace process is viewed almost universally in Israel as a mistake-riddled fantasy [Not new neither!… ]. And far from becoming the transcendent figure in a centuries-old drama, Obama has become just another frustrated player on a hardened Mideast landscape. …

Toss him on the pile.

Read more: PoliticoPeopleMag

4. BooHooHooMan - 22 November 2010

Well, if you survived the hospital….

(you know) (unsolicited bear hug)

marisacat - 22 November 2010

well I”d like to say, “you should see the other guy…” but they looked undamaged, as I wved buh bye

5. catnip - 22 November 2010

Obamalama should get a Presidentalist. Maybe that would improve his performance. Or not. Probably not.

BooHooHooMan - 22 November 2010

Well they’re all derivatives now.

Presidentialists, Hospitalists, hell, even the Socialists. LOL.

Everything went to shit when they came out with the Eucharist. A derivative. ‘nother derivative. LOL.

marisacat - 22 November 2010

Everything went to shit when they came out with the Eucharist

that made me laugh.

One thing there shall never be, CatISTs.

Won’t be happening.

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 November 2010

if the Eucharist is a derivative, does that make the other stuff priests deposited on kids’ tongues credit default swaps?

marisacat - 22 November 2010

Good one!

6. marisacat - 22 November 2010

hmm listening to the early morning news, htere does seem to really ba TSA backlash… a cancer survivor whose urine bag was spilled while his underwear was pulled down during a “pat down”.


marisacat - 22 November 2010


Administration to Seek Balance in Airport Screening

New York Times – Scott Shane – ‎2 hours ago‎

Ted S. Warren/AP A sign in Seattle informing travelers about full-body scanners. Those refusing a scan are subjected to a thorough pat-down. By SCOTT SHANE Caught between complaints that airport screening has become too intrusive and threats of new …

hmm Maybe Roger Ailes can help?

The entire fucking administration is a joke. No longer in the making, but fully realised.

And don’t miss this charming headline:

TSA Promise: No Cavity Searches

U.S. News & World Report (blog) – Paul Bedard – ‎40 minutes ago‎

The flying public has won a small victory in the fight over airport pat downs and more intrusive searches with the Transportation Security …

Promise? Really?

Full scale joke. Him his wif his administration, his headlines his useless everything. It is actually stunning. Will he last the months to come.

marisacat - 22 November 2010

I do enjoy how hapless and amazingly dumb and not ready for Q and A is our Mr Pistole (Maybe he and Baby Foundling are related?)

[C]ontinuing a P.R. offensive today, he told reporters that there are ways to detect explosives in a body cavity other than a strip search. “Even if it is a body cavity [bomb], you still have to an initiator, you have to have some external device to cause that initiation,” he said. “There’s got to be something external that you can then initiate the device and that’s what the advance imaging technology machine will pick up: Any anomaly outside of the body.”

Still, he said, not taking the next step is risky, even though he hasn’t seen any evidence that terrorists are trying to carry explosives in their body cavities. “We are taking some risk by not doing any screening, but it’s the balance of what is the appropriate level of risk versus screening,” he said

BP shoulda had a cavity search, but gee they are a FUCKING GLOBAL BANKER and heavily covering US Treasuries. Aside from DOD cosyness and hugeness.

ts - 22 November 2010

I’m just glad I moved back to CA where my family is. If we were in DC or OR, I would never come home.

In fact, the only flight I’ll be taking ever again is when we flee this fucking country.

ts - 22 November 2010

And BTW, welcome back Marisa. Glad to hear you got out of hospitalist purgatory.

marisacat - 22 November 2010

thank you… less bravado here than last night, but holding on………

marisacat - 22 November 2010

IMO the country is finished. It’ll drag on, dragged thru the US ISraeli Whirled Domination Wars…. every insurgent anti government person or movement a Terrist.

Fuck Bush Fuck Obama.

May they congeal. (of course they have already, along with Bug Tussle Arkansas and hardscrabble, more liplessness, fake Kennebunkslop)

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 November 2010

there was also the prosthetic breast pulled out of a bra, and video that has serviced of the TSA forcing a father to take his young son’s shirt off.

marisacat - 22 November 2010

both were horrifyingg… I caught an interviw with the woman with the prosthetic breast and the vid of the kid is just simp[ly freakish.

Over at SMBIVA, they just call out Pistole as a groper. I have harsher words for that failure with feet, Janet Napnothing. She is really appalling. Big dumb payoff for being a Dem gunsel atty operative all these years

AND moving the useless woman from AZ is directly responisble for the ascent of Brewer. Dems, born brain dead…

7. brinn - 22 November 2010

Glad to see you, MCat!! You were missed!

marisacat - 22 November 2010

thanks brinn…. 😉

CSTAR - 22 November 2010

Yeah, I second that, I just noticed. I’m happy to see you are back.

marisacat - 22 November 2010

I look back at the week in the hospital and I think I just barely made it out. And stumbling around the house today, remembered how fucking much I hate cardio guys… and now I am in their clutches.

ugh… not a good thought.

Thanks CSTAR… 😉

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 November 2010
9. CSTAR - 22 November 2010
10. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 November 2010

Japan hand Chalmers Johnson dead at 79

American author and scholar Chalmers Johnson, whose views on postwar Japan angered American academics and Japan experts in the late 1980s but influenced a generation of students studying the country, died Saturday in California at age 79.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

Born in Arizona in 1931, Johnson served in Japan with the navy during the Korean War. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and taught there and at other UC institutions between 1962 and 1992.

Originally a China scholar, Johnson used his knowledge of postwar China’s planned economy to analyze Japan’s postwar economic transformation.

Johnson and the others became known as revisionists, seeking to change fundamental assumptions about Japan’s economy and its people that the U.S. had held for decades.

Johnson, in turn, fired back by dubbing his fiercest critics, experts on Japanese politics and economics at Columbia and Harvard universities, critics, as well as many within the Washington policy community as “Chrysanthemum Club” members.

This club, he wrote in several books and essays, consisted of corrupt academics and others more interested in keeping their jobs than in challenging the traditional post-1945 view of Japan as a free-market economy.

Debito Arudou, a columnist for The Japan Times, was a student of Johnson’s at the University of California at San Diego in the early 1990s. He said that in the classroom, Johnson was the voice of Zeus.

“He never suffered fools gladly, but everything he said was meticulously researched. He presented his ideas with verve,” Arudou said.

By 2000, many of Johnson’s ideas about Japan’s economy had become more widely accepted as economists sought answers for the economic stagnation during the 1990s.

By then, though, he was turning his attention away from Japan and toward U.S. foreign policy.

Johnson, who once worked as a consultant to the Office of National Estimates, part of the CIA, began writing about U.S. post-World War II foreign policy failures.

“Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire” was published just before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, and became a best-seller afterward as Americans attempted to understand what was being done in their name abroad.

That was followed by “Sorrows of Empire” and “Nemesis,” two works that criticized the U.S. response to 9/11, detailed U.S. foreign policy actions in the 2003 Iraq war, and analyzed how the U.S. military operates abroad.

All three books became hugely influential among Americans who not only opposed the Iraq war but also called for scaling down the U.S. overseas military presence, which includes some 700 bases and facilities worldwide.

“Chalmers Johnson rivals Henry Kissinger as the most significant intellectual force who has shaped and defined the fundamental boundaries and goalposts of U.S. foreign policy in the modern era,” Steve Clemons of the Washington D.C.-based New America Foundation wrote Sunday in his blog, The Washington Note.

marisacat - 22 November 2010

oh no… what a pity.

Clemons has so completely fallen apart… a few years ago I saw tiny, admittedly very tiny, glimmers from him. But just another Neo Lib Rightie. New Washington Gay Elite.


Kissinger,who fell ASLEEP at the WH table a few days ago, hauled in with the others (I did nto see Stansfield Turner tho, I noticed) to buttress Dying Foundling. Diapering won’t save that squalling baby.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 November 2010
BooHooHooMan - 22 November 2010

Which reminds me…same m.o. in Ireland:
Send in the wrecking crew.

with Bertie Ahern in 2008.

Same shit different asshole. Now with Cowen.

Irish PM defiant as coalition cracks

By John Murray Brown

Published: November 22 2010 13:05 | Last updated: November 22 2010 20:40

Brian Cowen, Irish prime minister, defied calls for a snap election, but said he would trigger a poll in the new year after passing an emergency Budget designed to stave off further financial turmoil.

Entering Year 11..
of the Cataclysmic Klepto War Millenia.

12. catnip - 22 November 2010
13. diane - 22 November 2010

This sniffs like sadistic revenge to me … especially since CFOS are, generally, NEVER, EVER, layed off:


Velma Hart, the chief financial officer for Am Vets, a veteran services organization based in Maryland, said Monday in an interview with CNBC that she was laid off as part of the nonprofit’s effort to cut expenses.


(hat tip to jawbone’s comment here)

diane - 22 November 2010

and yes, she is the same:

… woman who told President Barack Obama that she was “exhausted” from defending him and his economic policies and waiting for the change she expected after voting for him has another reason to be put out

marisacat - 22 November 2010

I thought it stank a bit too. Not Obbie’s sort of black person.

diane - 22 November 2010

truly,…and wondering which one of the lovely couple demanded it first, …. odds on baby fat hunter or obster?

marisacat - 22 November 2010

she was basically an ”unmasker”. that vid and his sick grinning is very potent. Ob fanatics worked so hard to discredit her. Like maniac gnats they were.

diane - 22 November 2010

…his sick grinning….

between that, and that fiercely malevolent look that has slipped through in a few shots (my mind always conjures up one I saw when he was salivating over colonizing Mars, but this one, prefacing this Black Agenda Report: ”Psycho-Babbling Obama,” certainly suffices), not sure which is worse.

marisacat - 23 November 2010

speaking of his grin… madman posted this up thread and I am just getting to it…


marisacat - 23 November 2010

The pic at corrente leads back to this UK site… It’s a UK “Onion” like site but hell it is all converging now…

“He has done more damage to the USA than even Bush and that’s saying something. I have to say though, he’s achieved what he was put in place for, as was Bush. Obama’s job was to take America into the quagmire further and he has done a stellar job of it. One must realise that for the introduction of a true world government and new world order, America cannot exist in its present form. This is why it has to be broken up, so that the new world government can take full control. Of course, we have countries like Afghanistan, Iran which are still slightly out of the world order, but this is why we are conducting special operations within these countries to bring these rogue states under our control. As for America, a wasteful country like that can never be allowed to happen again, it must never be allowed to exist again. Obama has done a very good job for his masters and this is why we, his controllers, commend his wonderful work,” a Brussels politician told the Novus Ordo newspaper yesterday. ….

diane - 23 November 2010

thanks for that Daily Squib link honey! Goes well with my second 24 ouncer….

those FUCKERS …..

(and “NO, I’M NOT FUCKING DRIVING ” for any sanctimonius liver kneed lurker)

diane - 23 November 2010

in fact, the 24 ouncers are part of my HCR Medical Program, as are my Benson & Hedges ….[FUCKERS]

marisacat - 23 November 2010

I ate everything today I was denied in the hosptial (called Real Food)… well, except full fat milk/dairy… as it will cause congestion and they plan to see thru my heart and lungs tomorrow.

gah. One ”meal” I called “dog food that I wouldn’t serve a dog and sawdust”. Thankfully I had almost no appetite.

diane - 23 November 2010

If you like pomegranate juice, I’ve heard it might help heart problems sweetheart (except: watch it if potassium levels need to be watched).

marisacat - 23 November 2010

so little juice in the US has any flavor… I love pomegranats…

for potassium, a half a banana a day does it.

diane - 23 November 2010

yup, …pomegranates ..force thought

I love concord grapes too, raw, have you ever lived anywhere where it freezes honey (they grow best there, but, even there, you don’t want to chew on that center or skin)?

diane - 23 November 2010

by the way sweetness, as mostly usual, I absolutely love that prefacing picture to “this thread” ……

diane - 23 November 2010

….For two years we watched Barack Obama undercut the left wing of his party at every turn, with a disdain so palpable his minions could not resist insulting leftists in the most juvenile terms. For two years we watched the First Black President facilitate the greatest transfer of wealth in human history – $12 to $14 trillion – to Wall Street, and we watched as he put the U.S. war machine back on the offensive in the world. ….

diane - 23 November 2010

yeah, that pic was certainly apropos of the sickly grinning Mother Fucker…….

diane - 23 November 2010

link for:

….For two years we watched Barack Obama undercut…

same as link for Psycho-Babbling Obama)

14. marisacat - 22 November 2010

wow. Just fucking wow. If accurate….

at a Seattle PI blog:

The Transportation Security Administration is expected to announce Tuesday that they will escort away passengers who refuse a pat down, travel blogger Steven Frischling wrote Monday.

The TSA requires the controversial “enhanced” pat downs of passengers who refuse to submit to a body scan (if they’re in a lane with a body scanner or are sent from a metal detector lane for supplemental inspection).

A National Opt-Out Day movement is encouraging travelers on Wednesday — the busiest travel day of the year — to refuse the scans but submit to the pat downs to draw attention to the issue, although some travelers might refuse both.

According to Frischling:

(T)he person who is refusing the pat down will be advised that they will be denied entry into the airport, and be escorted from the security screening area by TSA TSOs or police officers. If the person refuses the pat down again, they will be approached by a Supervisor TSO (STSO), who will again explain that a refusal of the pat down will result in the immediate removal from the security area by police officers. Following an escort out of the security area to the pre-security area the person will be informed that that they are being denied entry and that they may not attempt to reenter security.

In other words, you won’t get to fly, but you won’t get arrested or fined, although if police are involved in escorting you from the airport, they may ask for information about you.

Now, if you refuse a pat down and then try to move toward the gate area, the TSA will shut down the checkpoint and potentially evacuate the terminal, Frischling wrote. At that point, you’re in real trouble.

diane - 23 November 2010

we are in some seriously deep shit.

We need an out and out strike on flying, or mass airport rallies.

marisacat - 23 November 2010

We need an out and out strike on flying

that would do it

diane - 23 November 2010

before it is too fucking late

15. marisacat - 23 November 2010

via Laura Rozen, who reports on a Hill briefing to the full House:

A House staffer who attended the briefing] said that several House staffers were so uncomfortable they averted their eyes when the TSA demonstrated an enhanced pat-down in the room of 200 people.

“The dumbest part: they did two pat-down demonstrations – male on male, and female on female,” the House staffer said. And they used a young female TSA volunteer “and in front of a room of 200 people, they touched her breasts and her buttocks. People were averting their eyes. The TSA was trying to demonstrate ‘this is not so bad,’ but it made people so uncomfortable to watch, that people were averting their eyes.”

“They shot themselves in the foot,” the staffer continued. ….

LOL yeah but I have been saying thsi gang cannot even pick up the fucking gun much less shoot, straight, gay, bent or otherwise….aiming at thier own foot would be too damned hard.

And there is this… I say the WH is shitting TSA shaped hard ones. What a royal screw-up.

The briefing came as a new Washington Post poll shows that half the American public opposes the controversial enhanced pat-downs, the paper reported Monday. The poll also showed that almost two thirds of Americans – down from 80 percent earlier this month according to another poll the administration has widely cited to defend the policy — support the use of digital scanning machines at airports. ….

Good Luck ObRama and Baby Fat Hunter. And Janet Napnothing.

marisacat - 23 November 2010

From the comments.. and so appropriate as he and his wif have used those daughters… too much so, imo.

I hope a news person asks President Obama, (with tape rolling), if he would be willing to allow his daughters to go through a pat down by the TSA. I’d like to hear the evasive non-answer he would give.

Also, there hasn’t been much comment on the fact that the scanner or a pat down is a Hobson’s Choice. You can’t just refuse and leave the airport. The alternative to refusing any sort of invasive screening is to be detained by the TSA until they decide you aren’t a threat and then you face the possibility of being hauled into court and fined up to $11,000. (The guidelines suggest $500 to $1000 for a first “offense”).

With everyone so frustrated and worried about the meltdown of the economy, the corporate greed, the disappointment with Obama, the prospect of worsening gridlock with the Republican’s taking over the House, and on and on,,,,we have finally had enough, and it took what amounts to sexual assault to get us off our duffs…

Posted By: Clara | November 23, 2010 at 02:12 AM

diane - 23 November 2010

love that comment.

diane - 23 November 2010

certainly there needs to be a “staffers” revolt…..

about a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a local youngster “intern”, working the “public rep.” phone, who informed that orders came from the clouds that they must announce themselves as “interns” (when answering the phone when one of us losers called our local “public reps” …obviously so said Rep could say the “intern” didn’t know what they were talking about, if said Reps Office were quoted) … they also informed, in between the lines, that they never got to speak with that “public rep.,” i.e. my concerns stopped at the interns ears.

diane - 23 November 2010

I’m out for the eve, though I’d love to hang on to those wee wee hours …kisses…

16. marisacat - 23 November 2010

whoops… when corporate media stops “loving” you…


WASHINGTON — The auto industry is providing President Barack Obama a good news story – automakers are making money, plants are hiring and the taxpayers’ stake in General Motors is dwindling. Things are looking up for the president in assembly line country – just not the voting.

Obama, fresh from claiming vindication after last week’s GM public stock offering, is joining Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday at a Chrysler auto plant in Kokomo, Ind. This month in Indiana, Democrats lost a Senate seat and two House seats and were driven into the minority in the state legislature.

While Obama is embarking on a mission to change the public’s mood, the story is much the same elsewhere in auto manufacturing states: The industry might be on the mend, but neither Obama nor the Democrats are reaping the benefits. ….

17. BooHooHooMan - 23 November 2010

The optics are hilarious on Morning Without Joe Because He’s Suspended But Will Be Back In A Ratings Stunt Like Olbermann.


MIKE ALLEN on . With engorged busted shnozzola.
From rifle recoil. 😆

No shit, he almost says, it happened while hunting with Van De Hei.
That is so US: So Uncle. So M’rka.

marisacat - 23 November 2010

a broken nose?

O my how unseemly. Perhaps gallivanting too hard.

BooHooHooMan - 23 November 2010

Hosted By Willie Scheisse today. With tired old hacks Brokaw and Barnicle.

On your worst day, dear, not even close. 😉
Not from hapless rifle recoil.


Then they had Cassidy from the New Yorker. Shocking Wall Street! Yada ya! Ya Ya Yippy Wall Street Ya! No! Of Course we should have bailed them out! And they deserve their bonuses if you look at it from a Wall Street POV! And they do a lot of good! But it raises Questions! More of which can be found in his book!

marisacat - 23 November 2010

I know!!!

…he wuz pistol whipped. If you catch my drift.

18. marisacat - 23 November 2010

BTW, there is a report at the Washpo about who gets to avoid airport scanning and invasion… among the groups is various mil, and even mil family and wuvved ones who come to meet planes. (Hi Daddy! Where is your leg? And the other one?)

BOARDING military, some, are allowed to avoid the melee.

Officers ya think?

I say Major Hassan missed his chance. Tho he sure got a full dozen as I recall.

We’re living inside a really dumb, bad, dangerous joke.

19. marisacat - 23 November 2010

Just a buncha creeps all having fun together (via Broken Nose’s email)

JOHN F. HARRIS was master of ceremonies for a roast of Sen. Mark Warner, held last night at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, benefiting the Virginia Health Care Foundation, which he co-founded 20 years ago.

People who killed: Warner former press secretary (and Pelosi staffer) Ellen Qualls, with her photo montage of scenes of Warner yawning, sleeping, and otherwise looking ridiculous. Gov. McDonnell, who took a couple of shots at RomneyCare. (Ask Bob McDonnell about the hot tub in the governor’s mansion.) McGuire Woods attorneys Richard Cullen and Frank Atkinson, who revealed their ‘secret plan’ in which Warner has infiltrated the Democratic Party on behalf of his real party, the GOP. Others: DNC chairman Tim Kaine, and studio executive and former WKRP in Cincinnati’ star Tim Reid (Venus Flytrap). In attendance: Bob and Liz Blue, Don and Nancy Baker, Mame Reilly, Joe Trippi and Ann O’Hanlon.

20. marisacat - 23 November 2010

Neue (Achtung!)


………………………. 👿

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