October 20, 2012

We're Good For Now

All it took was a cortisone shot and a strong anti-inflammatory prescription and we're good to go for a while. My visit to the bone doc yesterday went well.

About thirty years ago I arrested some drunk for punching out his girlfriend. There were no further incidents on the way back to the station but as we walked into the booking area, he suddenly stopped and drove his cowboy boot heel into my right knee (hyper-extending it backwards as I later found out). I had an interesting floor level conversation with that young man and a full canister of Mace. It's amazing how much of that crap you can have sprayed up your nose and down your throat and not die. My concomitant trip to the hospital ER to have my knee x-rayed did not reveal the soft tissue damage. MRI's didn't exist back then.

I am rather bow-legged and this also puts pressure on the interior side of my knees. Over the decades there were other injuries which have also given me problems. And now once again I am limping pathetically like Obama's Presidential campaign.

So yesterday the bad news is that after two arthroscopic procedures in the last twenty years I am just about out of cartilage. As the above x-ray suggests, There is little to no cartilage left on one side, bone spurs on both sides and the femur (the top of the knee joint) is displaced to one side. And the patella (knee cap) also has spurs.That's pretty representative of my right knee's condition.

The good news is that the joint is stable, strong and the connective tissue is good. A knee replacement is still in the picture, but not right now. I went down the stairs this morning without pain for the first time in over six months. And deer season starts on November 17th.

Now I gotta ask myself, "Why did I wait so long?"
Hopefully this will last a while, if it gets bad again - and it will - we'll just go from there.

October 18, 2012

Just A Quiet Concession Dinner For Two

Obama's Election Night Suite at McCormick Place

Apparently after the elections, Obama, Michelle and Reggie's kids are planning a permanent vacation at their TARP sponsored, banker-supported Hawaiian get-a-away. The reasoning for this is partly due to the venue selected by the DNC where the Obama's will spend Election night. From Hill Buzz:
[...]if Democrats really thought Barack Obama was going to be reelected, then they would have planned a massive rally in Grant Park again; the fact this is not happening is proof that, despite what you hear coming out of the Ministry of Truth that is the national media, the Democrats really do not expect Obama to win this election. Campaign operatives in Chicago are, thus, making appropriate preparations for his imminent defeat.

Instead of Grant Park, Obama’s apparently going to have his election night event at McCormick Place…the convention center here in Chicago.

[...]Despite being within sight of the Museum Campus and Soldier Field, McCormick Place is a fortress-like island surrounded on most sides by freeways or railroad tracks (with the lake on the other side). This is where the G-8 summit was held, so the dignitaries could be isolated and kept as far away from the public as possible in downtown Chicago. Because the only realistic way of reaching McCormick Place is by taxi (or car, if people drive themselves) this is clearly not a place Obama would be holding an election night event if he really thought he was going to win the election. How on Earth would his throngs of supporters be able to reach him if he won and the event was held here of all places?

McCormick Place is not a spot to hold a victory rally, folks…but it is the ideal spot to give a concession speech.

JK, JK - just kidding, this is McCormick Place.

No, this is the retirement community reserved for Obama and Mooshell.

THIS is McCormick Place.

October 16, 2012

Erection Theft

Come on now. This is what they offer for a moderator in tonight's Presidential debate?

Ole Candy's gonna show up in a t-shirt with a pack of Marlboro's rolled up in the sleeve.
How about something a little easier on the eyes. Like...

In The Belly

The notion that America needs a good spanking from God keeps me sleepless at times. God is not mocked. His laws are immutable and inescapable. Just as the physical laws of our universe are not violated without risk, the moral boundaries that God has established have their own penalties if transgressed.

We are seeing those laws and penalties in action. America has stopped being a moral agent in this world and has become simply another immoral actor. Instead of a million bloggers recapturing the role of Paul Revere, perhaps we need a million Jonahs.

The Redcoats/Communists/Socialists/Atheists are not the problem. We as a nation are the problem.

Our Strength was never really in guns and ships. Pray for revival before we end up in the whale's belly.

The Book of Jonah

Jonah's Prayer in the Belly of the Whale

“In my distress I called to the Lord,and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,and you listened to my cry.

You hurled me into the depths,into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.

I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you.

What I have vowed I will make good.

I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

October 14, 2012

The Wheels Continue To Come Off The Benghazi Bus

"Go ahead. Piss me off again."

From the UK Daily Mail. Hillary provides another lugnut loosening wrench:
The State Department has said that it never believed the September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was the result of a protest over an anti-Islam movie - directly contracting the rest of the Obama administration.

By trying to distance her department from the inept and deceptive handling of the Benghazi attack, which left U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials dead, Hillary Clinton could help herself politically for a 2016 presidential run.

A dramatic new account by the State Department reveals that Stevens was locked inside a 'safe room' choking to death from diesel-heavy smoke as the building around him burned to the ground.
Hillary neither forgives nor forgets. She is throwing the entire affair right back onto Obama's lap. Oh, and what did grinnin' Joe Biden have to say about this?
Vice President Joe Biden claimed that the administration wasn't aware of requests for more security in Libya before the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi during Thursday night's debate, contradicting three State Department officials and the former head of diplomatic security in Libya.

"We weren't told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there," Biden said.
This is going to be in play right up until Election Day, probably longer.