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#69 I have been hiding a secret.

Posted by JamieLee on 06 March 2014 - 03:22 AM

First off, it is march 5th.... How r u? That is my most important question.

After that, I true lay see how much of a Naumann you are. Some things forth coming and chatty about and some things very private until your ready in your own time to tell.

Very proud of you for going back to school, secrets be damned I have been inquiring at work about the same. Figure that business management degree isn't going to make itself! You have a ton on your plate, don't forget to hug your children, kiss your wife and look at the sunset.

Bless your family for taking in Vets. Although they don't have forever with you, what time they have YOUR FAMILY has made precious and wonderful for them.

Your health, please take care Larry, you and all your family are my family. I miss you guys terribly. Make sure you do what the doctors say!
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#50 Dem's raise spending cap, Rep's do nothing

Posted by Elderban on 12 February 2014 - 12:53 AM

The GOP-controlled House has backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap and passed a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority with overwhelming support from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies.


Source: www.newser.com/article/bb74f32a7f6649299e5389cd9c358eb5/house-passes-legislation-to-raise-borrowing-cap-as-republicans-drop-push-for-concessions.html


Wow...so, the Republicans are going to sit back and do nothing, meanwhile the dollar is going to lose more value.


This proves a few things:


1. The Republicans aren't any different.


2. They know they'll have to raise it again as well if they win in 2016, and that...


3. Not raising the debt cieling would tank the economy. But then again, so will raising it, it will just take a little bit longer though.


I guess Boehner has gone soft... (sorry, had to say it...)  :lol:

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#309 Firecrackers

Posted by Hamp on 12 June 2018 - 10:43 AM

a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3: 8-9

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#300 Something happened on my way home from school

Posted by Hamp on 18 May 2018 - 12:11 AM

I had a short debate with myself, debating if I should make this post at all, and if so how I was going to tell this little tale. I have a number of perspectives by which I could tell this tale, that is the curse one has when one views a situation from as many perspectives as you can in order to get a better understanding of what is really going on. I have made my decision, I am going to tell the tale, and I have chosen the perspective by which I am going to relay the story to you. Those who know me from my website The Rant Page, will know I am very political, and I will have some politics in this story, but it also may surprise you how that is going to be done. This is a true story, one that happened today. Do not read to the end of this paragraph **Spoiler Alert** I do not know how this story ends.


This story has a few players that need some introduction, I will introduce them to you as they appear in this tale. I will be using some descriptions that I have been told can be found as offensive, I do not care, these are my descriptions and I stand by them. I also will not be using any names other than my own, for only one exception, I do not know the names of any of the other people involved, and the one other I do know I will not mention to protect his identity.


I had an Adult Health Simulation today at school. On any other simulation day, we are required to wear scrubs to Lab, but as this is the first Lab Sim of this semester we were required to wear our full Clinical scrubs, which are ceil blue pants with a white scrub top complete with school logo and badge. As I had just left the school my stethoscope was still around my neck, honestly, I often forget it is there.


 I left the parking lot and was making my turn onto one of the main roads out of the area when I noticed a large black man in what looked like throw away scrubs, standing in front of a large delivery vehicle, think very large Ryder truck. He looked to be very upset and was yelling as I turned right next to him onto the street. Looking now in my rear-view mirror I noticed he was not moving and was in fact blocking the truck, which was backing up traffic behind him. I found a safe place to pull over and got out of my car to see if there was anything I could do to help this man.


Walking back to the intersection I got a better look at him, he looked as if he had pulled out an IV as the tape that would hold such a device was still on his hand and he also had no shoes or socks on, it was in the mid-80s today and it was just before 1 p.m. and he was standing on a blacktop street. The hospital that we were next too has a Psych ward and yes I assumed this man was or is a Psych patient, but my main concern was to see if I could get the man out of the street before he gets hurt.


I called out to him, asking him to come talk with me, over in the shade on the sidewalk, mentioning his feet must be getting burned in the heat. He stared at me, but when a woman now standing next to me took up my cue and said the same thing, he yelled at her. I saw he had a bag of belongings in the middle of the street that was almost getting hit by cars trying to maneuver their way around the truck, and the man blocking it. At this point I left the sidewalk, walked to the middle of the street and picked up the bag, looking at the man saying ‘I am just going to move this out of the street so it does not get run over’ and then finished by walking behind the truck, up the sidewalk so he could see me and his belongings, and placed the bag off the side of the sidewalk. At this point I noticed that there was Hospital Security standing there.


One of the security personnel, politely asked the man to come over to the sidewalk, pointing to the belongings, to which he was yelled at by the way of a reply. I was thinking that security was here I might as well leave as there is nothing I can do that cay are not better equipped to do, but seeing the man was more upset with security, they backed away, almost a half block! I guess they did not want to make matters worse.


Another black man came up behind me and yelled out to the guy in the street calling him by name, telling me he went to school with the guy many years ago. The man in the street yelled at him as well. I felt helpless, yet I did not leave, I still wanted to help, there was also a number of people coming out of various medical office buildings to see what was going on, which only seemed to agitate the man as he started yelling at people now all around him, at a distance. In frustration, I assume, he looks directly at me, his eyes pleading and yells ‘Doctor, it is all their fault, they through me out and did not even give me a bus ticket’. It hit me, I am an older guy in a clinical uniform with a stethoscope around my neck, of course I am a doctor! I yelled back saying, ‘Lets take care of that, why don’t we stand in the shade and talk about it.’  The black man wearing a uniform from a famous water conditioning firm asked me if I was a doctor, I said ‘No, but….” He finished, ‘Don’t tell him that’ as he pointed to him. He was walking across the street for the shade of a tree.


Now for the reason for me telling this story, I am an angry white man who is fed up with the stupidity, greed and selfishness of my fellow humans. From self-righteous of farts to intitled millennials I have often said we as a race, not black or white but rather humans, are headed to hell in a handbasket.


As this troubled man black man walked to shade, those standing there gave him room, not because they were scared of what he might do, but rather as to not upset him further. As his former classmate and I crossed the street to see what we might do I noticed that a few of the white females offered him some water, not taking it they left it on the ground telling him it was there if he wanted, another white female placed a Gatorade next to the water, both backing up to give him room to take the offering.


The man took one of the sports drinks, mentioned that he just needed some money to get on the bus, I did not have my wallet on me, but I saw hands dive into pockets and in mere minutes the guy must have had twenty or more dollars in his hands. One guy came up taking off his shoes saying if he was going to get on a bus he needed shoes. The man looked at the shoes and said, “Man, I can’t take your shoes!” and he repeated it a few times, not angry, not upset almost as if he were in shock that a well-dressed young white man would take off his own shoes to give to him. He walked off a bit, a police man arrived took some simple statements from those standing around and went off to talk to him. I went to my car and left, amazed at what I had just witnessed.


These people who gathered around wanted nothing more that to help a man who was in obvious distress. They were not there to make judgments, poke fun, get mad or otherwise make the man’s pain a spectacle. Politically I am a conservative, some think that means I do not care about others, conservatives know better, liberals do not have a monopoly on caring. I have a personal belief, I believe I have an obligation to my fellow man, even if it is just trying to get him out of the street. I do not believe that the government should tell me how to care or what percent of my paycheck needs to go to help others. That is totally up to me, in my belief.


I do not know those who helped this man, I know many offered water and Gatorade, a woman also came out with a pair of sneakers, so two people offered shoes, the woman also had socks. I believe in their own way Hospital security helped by calling the police and backing off after noticing they were making him madder. Money appeared out of thin air at the mere mention of buying a bus ticket, and one man even produced a bus pass.


In this world of people hating others for the sake of hate, I saw many people from all walks of life and I assume political backgrounds come together for one simple cause, the safety of one man. There is hope for us after all.

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#227 Celebrating

Posted by Michael on 11 August 2015 - 06:26 PM

...it looks like the NFL is going to tighten up the rules against end-zone celebrating after touch downs.


As far as I'm concerned the can outlaw any celebrating. It is stupid and painful to watch grown men act like children because the accomplish something that they are paid to do.

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#222 HealthCare cost changes since ObamaCare inforced

Posted by auborn40 on 14 June 2015 - 03:28 AM

Consumer Driven Health Plans (CDHP's) have become the norm with employers thoughout the U.S..  These plans are supposed to make the consumer more dilgent and pro-active with personal healthcare.  CDHP's have a higher deductible for individuals and families, along with a higher out-of-pocket expense for any physician visits, or necessary care needs that you may have outside of routine wellness visits. 

Working in the medical field, some people believe that medical professionals have outstanding medical insurance.  I am here to say, that is not true.  Cost of insurance has risen, co-pays are no longer provided until deductible is met (we are paying full price for prescriptions, procedures, etc.), and I no longer have the option to save my money myself for medical costs. 

It is unfortunate that our government has given such open-ended control of our healthcare to the insurance companies.  These are the same companies that many people have had to fight to get their health care paid for when deemed necessary by physicians.  When did the insurance companies become more qualified to diagnose and treat patients than physicians?  Why would we as consumers give that much control over our health to a money making organization? 

Understanding that the underlying benefit to this type of health care plan is that (hopefully) individuals will become more involved and compliant with their own health care.  Is this really what we are going to see as a result?  I personally believe that we are going to see more hospitalizations from non-compliant patients that become frustrated with the system and stop taking their medications.  The mentally ill patients that will not be able to afford their medication deductibles, the diabetics that will not have access to necessary supplies, the senior citizen that decides to eat and pay his electric bill instead of buying his heart medications, and heaven help us, the young, inexperienced mothers that feel that they have nowhere to go for help. 

I agree that something needs to change in our healthcare system, but is this really the right change?  Passing over complete authority to insurance companies is not the answer, and until they bring in a qualified group of medical personnel that can intelligently make these decisions, looking at all aspects of care, not just the dollar signs, this problem will only fester into something even larger. 

We are being asked to verify that we have had health insurance for the entire year when we file our taxes.  Those who report no are being penalized and a portion of their tax return is being kept by the government.  Here is my question, Who is getting that money that they are keeping from tax returns?  It is not going to pay any outstanding medical expenses.  It is not getting those people medical coverage.  So who exactly is benefitting from this "penalty" money?  And the most important question is.... Why do individuals who have State benefits (Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc.) qualify for better, less costly, and far easier access health care than those of us who pay a majority of their income toward health care?  This is my quandry.

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#221 The Trill is gone.

Posted by Hamp on 15 May 2015 - 03:00 PM

B.B. King dies at 89, the thrill is gone.


As most of you know I do not pay much attention to dancing monkeys I call entertainers, but once in a while one comes along that needs a mention in the chronicles of history, and B.B. King is one such entertainer. I even have a King story to tell.


While I was working at Valley Heating my boss, Blair Swenson, who was a big B.B. King fan handed me two tickets to a B.B. King concert he was not able to use. The concert was at a venue called Fiddlers Green (look it up, great venue) and he paid for seat tickets instead of getting lawn tickets, so we had fantastic seats. I was really happy to get to see him in concert, it is something I will not forget.


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#188 Today we mourn the loss of a friend.

Posted by Shehatesme22 on 20 August 2014 - 06:47 PM

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; ... - Life isn't always fair; - And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies, don't spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding ...an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers - I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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#186 Robin Williams gone at 63

Posted by MzSnowleopard on 12 August 2014 - 12:55 AM

Robin Williams Dead at 63; Oscar Winner and Comedy Legend Found Dead at Home, Sheriff's Coroner Division Suspects Suicide. Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.
E Online broke the news- Article Link


I give kudos to anyone dealing with overcoming addictions but I have to ask- while they talk about him coping with severe depression- what was he doing for it? As a long time sufferer of chronic depression I can tell you that it's one thing to cope but something entirely different to deal with it and the source behind it.

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#185 Snow Leopard Cub Season

Posted by Bookie61 on 08 August 2014 - 12:09 AM

That's the 'Awwww.....' picture for the day!

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#184 My Works Online

Posted by MzSnowleopard on 07 August 2014 - 03:30 AM

I finally got brave and started to put my writings online. The site I found is highly credible. I recommend it for anyone interested in writing. The site is writing.com and my portfolio is at http://Writing.Com/a...s/mzsnowleopard

At the moment, I have 6 pieces up, the results of my work with Long Ridge Writers Group. There are 12 lessons in the program, currently I'm on # 7, so there is more to come.


So far, the most popular are Choices and The Future's Fathers


Choices is about a teenage girl who discovers that she's pregnant and the choices she has head of her.


The Future's fathers is a comparative article on Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. I also included mentions of those who have been influenced by them, over the years.


Lesson # 7 with LRWG is to revise a previous piece. I chose Choices for this. I will upload the revision once I've updated the piece after receiving my instructor's critique.


Reviews and especially reactions are welcomed and appreciated.

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#183 Snow Leopard Cub Season

Posted by MzSnowleopard on 29 July 2014 - 03:07 PM

Sadly, I haven't been seeing many images for snow leopard cubs this year. I'm certain that they're out there, I'm just not seeing the,. That said, I did find this one on my FB wall this morning. The image was taken by Kevin Milner.



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#145 Another millionaire dodges jail for beating his girlfriend 117 times

Posted by Elderban on 27 April 2014 - 04:09 AM

RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and battery charges last week, dodging 45 felony counts for the videotaped 30-minute beating of his girlfriend.

Chahal, 31, faces no jail time. He was sentenced to three years' probation, 52 weeks in a domestic violence training program and 25 hours of community service. The Internet mogul was arrested in August after police responded to a 911 domestic violence call at his San Francisco penthouse apartment.

His girlfriend told arriving officers that she was unable to breathe and that Chahal had told her four times, "I’m going to kill you," San Francisco Officer Anh Nguyen told the San Francisco Business Times in March. “She stated she was in fear for her life.”

Home security footage reportedly showed Chahal beating and kicking his girlfriend 117 times during the 30-minute attack. Prosecutors said Chahal lashed out at his girlfriend upon learning that she had cheated on him with another man during a trip to Las Vegas, according to court documents.


Source: http://www.huffingto..._n_5201334.html


I've got nothing to say here. I've completely given up on our justice system at this point.


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#87 Question?

Posted by Bookie61 on 12 March 2014 - 06:48 PM

Yer a sweetie, Hamp.  :)

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#84 Question?

Posted by Bookie61 on 12 March 2014 - 01:54 PM

Don't want to make more work for you, like you haven't got enough going on!

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#7 Rules and Guidlines.

Posted by Hamp on 05 February 2014 - 09:50 PM

Here are some rules and guidelines to follow while on The Rant Page, new rules will be posted as additions to this thread.


  • Respect your fellow Ranters.

    Just because you opinion may differ with another member's, that does not mean their point is not valid. Find a common ground and work from there. Most times you will find that you do not differ as much as you thought.

  • Do NOT resort to name calling.

    Just because someone's point of view differs from yours, that does not make them an "idiot", a "retard" or any other derogatory name. Additionally, resorting to name calling shows that you are unwilling to have your ideas challenged or that you are not solid enough in your beliefs.

  • No pornography or disturbing images.

    This is not 4Chan or Liveleak. Do not post any pornographic or disturbing media on this site unless it has to do with the discussion at hand.

  • No Foul Language.

    Show better taste and higher intelligence by leaving gutter talk in the gutter. While it is true these foul words are just words we just prefer not to see or hear them.

  • No harassment.

    Harassment of members of The Rant Page will not be tolerated by anyone at any time. If you do not like what a member posts then ignore them, do not even comment to them at all, if enough people think as you then they will leave of their own accord.

  • No trolling.

    Trolling is posting inflammatory threads or responses to intentionally disrupt the forums or upset the member(s). Trolling will not be tolerated.


Guides for good posts on The Rant Page


I ran the Rant Page for 10 years prior to this outing, I have found out what works and what does not work, so here are a few helpful tips on how to rant, post or discuss topics.


  • Never agree to disagree.

    While this might be your only common ground it is also a thread killer. If everyone agreed to disagree nothing would ever get done. Argue your point, cite examples and allow your ‘opponent’ to do the same. Respect the difference of opinion but do your best to try to win them over.

  • Reach for the brass ring

    In Sports brass is third place, 2nd runner up. If you go for the gold you often find yourself loosing, get what you can when debating, accept concessions from the Ranter you are debating, get enough and you win them to your side, go for the kill and you find you are the one eliminated.

  • Show respect

    Nobody wants to debate a person who shows no respect. The Rant Page is about polite banter not fistfights. Also showing polite respect throws everyone off their game.

  • Own it.

    If you say it, own it, do not try to push your idea off on someone else. Be proud of what it is you said even if it is not popular. I do not take back anything I ever say, I will admit to being wrong but I still own what it is I said.

  • Do NOT link post.

    Posting a link to a news story is not citing your work when you do not say anything about it. Sorry but posting such things is a good way to find yourself on the outside looking in. If a story triggers an emotion in you write about it, what do you feel, think or react to it. PLEASE do not post to a story and ask “What do you all think?” I will simply delete such posts.

  • Do NOT post something as "fact" unless you can back it up

    If you post something contradicting what another member has posted and state it is "fact", you must back it up with citations. Just stating something it a "fact" doesn't make it so.

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#57 no more excuses...

Posted by Hamp on 15 February 2014 - 03:07 PM

And I may need you to act as my coach as well as I need to do the same thing.......

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#304 Word Autosave

Posted by Hamp on 21 May 2018 - 01:52 PM

LOL I know I rant on some of the stupidest things!

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#208 Iiiiiiiii'mmmm Baaaaack

Posted by Michael on 11 April 2015 - 07:38 PM

Wow...I had to re-register! After filling out all that paper work and then nobody is here!

I need to go drink a beer (Moose Drool I think). Be back in a bit.

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#128 Oh My... What have we here?

Posted by Hamp on 10 April 2014 - 05:19 PM

Look I was thin!

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