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Monday, December 20, 2010

Our buddy Zach sticking it to the Conservatives

I read with great dismay Zac Wamp's comments regarding Fox News. I have known for a long time MSNBC, for whatever viewers they have, has been Obama's Network, all Obama all the time.

Zach has claimed conservative roots, principles, and such. Now, to speak out against Fox News. the one voice in the wilderness, shocks me.

I know now the Governor's Race turned out exactly as it should. I cannot imagine if he had won and then turned into a Obama Liberal before our eyes.
Below is a quote from the Chattanooga Times Free Press
He knows how to burn bridges, he seems very bitter for his age.
"The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that Wamp told the group that views expressed on "MSNBC and Fox News — we’re right and they’re dumb — is not good for the country."

He said shows on those outlets are ratings-driven, with a "he said/she said" perspective that is "divisive."

"We are not looking at what the real problems are and what the solutions are," the 53-year-old Wamp said. "We’re an alienated culture now. Americans know that at a certain point we have to cooperate."

Representatives from MSNBC and Fox News did not return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

Wamp said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he is in discussions with television network executives about possibly becoming a moderator of a new show that would take an "unbiased and unvarnished look at the issues of the day."

He said the show would be modeled after "The McLauglin Group" that airs nationally.

There is a need for a "mature, responsible dissection of the anatomy of policy," Wamp said.

Wamp said he wants to provide an alternative to news shows that fail to provide insight about "where reasonable people can disagree on major issues and still cooperate."

"We’re not cooperating enough with each other," Wamp said.

He said MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" with Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, is "the closest thing to that kind of a show" and there is nothing similar that airs weekly or during evenings.

Wamp said he recently participated in a yet-to-be aired ABC World News show with several other outgoing members of Congress.

"I didn’t pull any punches about the mistakes both parties have made," he said.

Wamp told the newspaper that he’s committed to working in the private sector and "being on television" is a possible career choice."


I hope conservative Republicans will read this and see how duped we were and how Wamp is turning on us because he was not elected.

If he does a show on MSNBC I guess he wants to speak to the lowest rated audience.Fox has more than MSNBC,CNN, and all the others put together. They will welcome his conversion and " fresh outlook " Ha-Ha.What a career choice for a man I once supported in his first term. He sure talked a good game.

Mitchell Thurmer
Signal Mountain
mthurmer4300@comcast.net
from an undisclosed non-descript location

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

FOOD POLICE, Give Me My BIG MAC AND STEP AWAY

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McDonald’s chief attacks children’s meal ‘food police’
By Greg Farrell and Hal Weitzman in Oak Brook

Published: December 13 2010 22:33 | Last updated: December 13 2010 22:33

The chief executive of McDonald’s has described critics of the company who have tried to curtail the sale of Happy Meals aimed at children as “food police” and accused them of undermining parents in making decisions for their families.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Jim Skinner responded to last month’s vote by the San Francisco board of supervisors to forbid restaurants from offering toys with meals unless the food complied with limits on calories, sodium, sugar and fat.

EDITOR’S CHOICE
McDonald’s vows to keep it simple - Dec-13EU pays McDonald’s in Sweden - Dec-01“We’ll continue to sell Happy Meals,” said Mr Skinner, in the face of a ban that does not become effective until December 2011. The new rule “really takes personal choice away from families who are more than capable of making their own decisions”.

Mr Skinner’s message was aimed beyond San Francisco, at the growing legion of “food police” who blame McDonald’s for contributing to an epidemic of obesity in the US and other developed nations.

“We’ve seen many years of someone trying to dictate behaviour through legislation,” he said. “Our Happy Meals have been supported by parents since the 1970s. The nutrition of Happy Meals, which include apples, meets FDA guidelines. We sell choices on the menu that make our customers feel better about their lifestyle.”

In the past 20 years, McDonald’s has moved beyond hamburgers and Chicken McNuggets to offer healthier options ranging from salads and wraps to fruit-based smoothies.

However, as the world’s largest fast-food restaurant chain with 32,000 stores in 117 countries, McDonald’s remains synonymous with junk food in the eyes of many, in the way that Altria became a proxy for the tobacco industry.

McDonald’s thus often finds itself in the crosshairs of ­regulators and activists who portray it as everything from the root cause of the US obesity epidemic to the primary culprit behind the problems associated with globalisation.

The company might win some battles over Happy Meals, but the larger direction of the “healthy food” war is not in its favour, said Eric Dezenhall, a communications consultant.

“Even though I think their approach to pushback is a good one, in the long run, it’s hard to fight what is really a cultural movement,” he said. “As with cigarettes or Humvees, that ­never-ending drumbeat takes a long-term toll that will force a company to be more nimble about its product offerings, which they are doing.”

US should stop funding FALSE GLOBAL WARMING studies

The global warming prophets and propagandists, who enjoy living in style on other people's money, gathered last month in the plush resort of Cancun, Mexico, where January temperatures usually hover around 80 degrees. God must have a sense of humor because Cancun was hit by its coldest temperature in a hundred years.
The first day of the conference featured an address from Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, who spoke with much concern about global warming and the damage that humans are perpetrating on the planet.
He cited the deaths of 60 people in Mexico because of weather extremes, but didn't mention Mexico's 22,000 deaths caused by the illegal drug trade.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that "we need to fundamentally transform the global economy, based on low-carbon, clean-energy resources." Barack Obama's announced goal of fundamentally transforming the United States has morphed into transforming the world.
This 16th annual conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), called COP 16 (Conference of the Parties 16), attracted some 20,000 delegates from 194 countries.
It had little to do with any science about climate change and everything to do with trying to get the United States and other industrialized nations to redistribute their wealth to the poorer nations under the supervision of eager United Nations bureaucrats.
Like previous climate change conferences, COP 16 deliberately pitted the poor countries against the rich countries, encouraging the poor countries to demand what the rich countries have without earning or paying for it.
This is the internationalist version of the basic Marxist tactic called the class war.
COP 16 propagandists blame every human tragedy on the high standard of living enjoyed (and earned) by the rich countries.
Our over-consumption is alleged to cause global warming. We are guilty because we are prosperous, so we supposedly owe reparations to the poor nations.
At COP 15 in Copenhagen a year ago, the poor countries ganged up on us and agreed that the United States should create a $30 billion "Fast Start" global climate fund by 2012 and reduce U.S. greenhouse gases by 17% below the 2005 levels.
This Fast Start climate fund would be committed to grow to $100 billion by 2020.
Fortunately, the Copenhagen proposals were never formally adopted. President Obama came and left empty-handed, Communist China refused to limit its emissions, and the Third World dictators didn't get the $100 billion handouts they expected.

STILL STAYING ON TOPIC

As I told in one of my previous posts, I had been chastised for not Staying on Topic. Well, if you have Multiple Sclerosis or any other disabling disease in this day and time, I am on TOPIC. We are under attack from the Government, period. We are not going to receive a SSDI cost of living increase in 2011. he notice I received stated that the Cost of Living had not increased.

When you take out Gasoline and Food, then calculate, what exactly is left. I don't know where these people get their numbers. The average Gov't employee has received high raises in the last two years, now they talk about freezing their wages. That would be OK with me if I had gotten into the 6 digit brackett, freeze it, please !

Read the Drudge Report daily, investigate everything that has something to do with you.

I received my yearly anal exam from Met Life last week. They administer my U-Haul disability policy, which pays less than $ 300 per month. This year they want to know how much Deanna is receiving from Social Security. What business of their is it if she makes $ 10,000 per month ? Which I assure she does not. I am awaiting a call from my case manager as I type to protest this, of course, don't ask questions, they could just cut me off..


More to Come from an undisclosed location, Mitch

Glenn Beck supports my theory on Shortwave Radio

This morning, while listening to our Brother, Glenn Beck, he brought up Shortwave Radio. I could not beleive my ears.

For three years, I have stocked up on Shortwave Radios. I have purchased 5 over E-Bay. I have Radio Shack's older units, the DX-160. One of the best Shortwaves ever built. Heavy, made of real metal, lights that have not burnt out in over 30 years service. I have older tube units, small electronic units. I have shortwave antenns ran to a tree as in the U.S. Army Ranger handbook.

I have 4 CB Radio Base Stations. Base Station Antenna, a good one. CB Radio in my pickup and a Radio Shack 800 MHZ Scanner as well, fully functionable. I can pickup Weather Alerts direct from the National Weather Service while Mobile.

In short, I AM NOT PARANOID, I AM PREPARED.

I have expressed my theories with other friends on the mountain. Several have followed my ideas and we now have a radio net in which to work. I can monitor SW and re-broadcast on CB as needed, to less informed citizens.

In short again, There may come a day, when our true information may come across SW. The Obama Adm efforts to take control of the Internet and Talk Radio may force some information underground.

Get Ready

Mitch Thurmer
From an undiclosed location

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I re-wrote this trying to get it on Chattanoogan, did not work, Rome Burns

The Wikileaks revealing all types of sensitive information on the Internet has played into the hands of the Obama Administration, who would love to regulate the Internet, Cable News (FOX), and Talk Radio.

Obama and his Minions in his Administration has made it no secret they would love to silence Fox News.

"Fox News pushes a point of view that I disagree with. It's a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world," Obama said.

Now what exactly does his opinion of a vibrant middle class allude to. This exactly, class warfare. He is cloakingly saying that you have it this good with things like they are. If you keep watching Fox News and listening to Conservative Talk Radio, those of you in the "middle class" will suffer. Obama is insinuating, fall in line, keep the status quo, be quiet, don't question, listen to what we want you to know, thats enough !

The December 21 meeting of the F.C.C. is going to mark an opening salvo across the bow for Internet Bloggers. Online outreaches of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and other Conservatives whose revealing of Obama's true intentions is a thorn in the side to Obama and Company. Freedom of Speech is at risk with the attack on the Internet. Countries such as China and Venezula are prime examples of being able to pull the plug on "risks to the Regime".

I never thought as Americans, we would ever see the President of the United States and his "supporters" try to save their Regime by shutting down Media, Internet, and Radio. Believe me, This is happening, Now.

Will we one day have to listen to Talk Radio on underground Short-Wave Radios, broadcasting late at night from an undisclosed location.
A plain non-descript building in a rural area. This brings back visions of the French Resistance during WWII, broadcasting information in code. I do have some Short-Wave Radios I have purchased that can operate on 110 Volt or a Car battery. Be prepared.
What darkness awaits us cloaked under the title of "National Security".

Mitchell Thurmer
mthurmer4300@epbfi.com
Signal Mountain
From an undisclosed location ?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Conspiracy Theory or just maybe possible

Before you write this off as a complete conspiracy theory, read and say, what if.

You, are the President of the United States. Your approval numbers are plummeting. There are groups such as the Tea Party rising up, communicating and organizing as never seen in past administrations. Your every move is under a microscope. Your'e party just took a butt-whipping in the mid term elections, and partly due to instant communications. Your'e entire circle of advisors are nashing teeth and some are abandoning ship, without a life preserver.

The Cable News outlets are on your case 24/7. Hope and change have transformed into just maintain what you had. You have passed Obamacare, raised the deficit beyond human comprehension. Millions, Billions, Trillions and beyond are not able to be visualized.

What is the key to your regaining control ? The Internet, Talk Radio, both Am and FM, Bloggers with more followers than some Newspapers have got to be reined in
and the boot put on the neck of Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Liddy, Palin, and others.

What major event can help get you get this under control ? Sensitive information released on the " Uncontrolled Web ". That is the key. I find it extremely hard to believe that a Private, Corporal or some unknown NCo can get access to these sensitive materials. And Think, they have to be outrageous, embarassing, damaging, Top Secret,
and where were they leaked ? On the evil and uncontrolled WEB. Is it such a far fetched idea that Government would not put this together ? Yeah

The more severe, the more acceptable to Congress ! In Joint Session, The President comes forth and demands that the Web, Anti-Administration Talk, and Underground newspapers must be gotten in control and silenced, all in the name of National Security. This is the Perfect Storm against free speech and thought in this country. If by the Administrations's leaking these sensitive paper a few CIA, and other operative are in danger, the end justifies the means in the eyes of the Administration.

It will appear that the Administration is outraged, obtaining warrants for Wikileaks staffers, but how hard will they really look ? And a senario is in play already as to how the staffers will be handled if apprehended.

Shutting down Free Speech thru the FCC, making the Internet a tool of the Administration, keeping the Voices of the Right silenced, Only the State run Media remains.
We will be fed just what we are determined we need to know, not too much and not to little.

Before you write this off as nuts, re-read and think, please

Mitch Thurmer
mthurmer4300@epbfi.com
Signal Mountain

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Everything going on in America and the World

I don't think I am being paranoid or a doomsday observer. It seems everthing is going the wrong way at once.

Our Country, in 2 years under the Obama Regime, has spiraled out of control. We all know about the TARP, Stimulus, Son of Stimulus, Government Motors, etc. Even our President said there were things being done we don't know about, how comforting.

Social Security Recepts are getting hammered. The cost of living does not include energy and food, well what else matters ? Social Security recepts are going to shoulder the cuts more than most. Government employees wages are higher that ever, with many, many, making more that $ 100,00 per year. The class warfare is not between the rich and poor anymore, it is govt employees vs private sector. If history were to be studied, these type of circumstances existed before the rise of the Nazi's in Germany and before the revolution in Russia.

The searches, groping and other insults the flying public are going thru has a much more sinister purpose than just safety. The American public must become numb to government intrusion. Loss of freedom, "Present your Papers" is going to become accepted. Who are you going to complain to, the Government ? HA !

Top Down and Bottom Up strategies are being used in the internal remake of this nation. We are in Peril.

In the World, North Korea and South Korea are ready to go at it 50 years later, et al, China vs USA. But now thing are very different, we owe China MONEY. DO we dare upset the nation that holds our Mortgage ? Would you go to your Mortgage Banker and kick him in the Groin, Don't think so. The USA is impotent when it comes to any Chi-Com problems, believe me on this.

There is one hope, Belief and Trust in GOD and Jesus Christ. Pray, Pray Deeply for help. All the problems of this world are just that, of this World. It will all end one day soon, and I personally know I will not be here to endure the Tribulation, Praise be my Lord and Savior. Amen and Amen. Mitch Thurmer

Thursday, November 11, 2010

THEY DON'T CARE, THEY ARE RICH !

A plan offered by the leaders of President Barack Obama’s commission to reduce the federal deficit might work. It just won’t happen.

The co-chairmen proposed a $3.8 trillion deficit-cutting plan yesterday that would trim Social Security and Medicare, reduce income-tax rates and eliminate tax breaks including the mortgage-interest deduction. It would reduce the annual deficit from $1.3 trillion this year to about $400 billion by 2015 and start reducing the $13.7 trillion national debt.

“Mathematically it apparently works,” said Stan Collender, a former Democratic House and Senate budget analyst and managing director of Qorvis Communications in Washington. “Politically, it is going to have a lot of trouble getting support from more than just the two co-chairs.”

The plan would raise the gas tax, slash defense spending and farm subsidies and bring down health-care costs by clamping down on medical malpractice suits. The Social Security retirement age would rise to 68 in about 2050 and 69 in about 2075.

Its release created instant opposition from Democrats, some Republicans and groups such as the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Aerospace Industries Association.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the targeting of Social Security and Medicare “simply unacceptable,” and Republican Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas expressed opposition to proposals to raise taxes.

Obama Reaction

Obama, in Seoul as part of a 10-day tour of Asia, said he had yet to read the plan and that critics should withhold their judgment until the final report. He urged congressional leaders to match rhetoric with action and join him in making difficult decisions about taxes and spending.

“So before anybody starts shooting down proposals, I think we need to listen, we need to gather up all the facts,” Obama said at a press conference with South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak. “If people are, in fact, concerned about spending, debt, deficits and the future of our country, then they’re going to need to be armed with the information about the kinds of choices that are going to be involved.”

Panel co-chairman Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, joked that he and co-chairman Alan Simpson, a Republican former Wyoming senator, would have to enter a “witness protection program.”

‘Harpooned Every Whale’

“We have harpooned every whale in the ocean and some of the minnows,” said Simpson. The plan, he said, is sure to be unpopular. He and Bowles said should the proposals should be viewed as a starting point for negotiations. The panel meets again next week to consider changes.

“Is America ready for an adult conversation on the deficit?” said Representative Jim Cooper, a Tennessee Democrat. “It’s ‘put up or shut up’ time.”

None of the proposals would take effect next year to avoid disrupting the economic recovery. The savings would come between 2012 and 2020, cutting the deficit from the current 9 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product to about 2.2 percent in 2015, exceeding Obama’s goal of a reductions to 3 percent of GDP.

$8 Trillion

The government is projected to run $8 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years, which would push the national debt to more than $20 trillion. If the proposal were adopted without change, the government still would have deficits of $350 billion a year.

“It puts out there how big and real the problems are,” said Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn, a member of the committee.

Under one option, income-tax rates would be reduced to three levels: 8 percent, 14 percent and 23 percent. Now there are six tax levels ranging from 10 percent to 35 percent. The corporate income-tax rate would be cut to 26 percent from 35 percent.

The plan includes two less sweeping alternatives to ending all tax breaks, including one in which a pared back mortgage tax deduction would be retained. Under that proposal, homeowners could not take the break for second homes, mortgages worth more than $500,000 or home equity loans.

Wiping out all tax breaks, including the home mortgage- interest deduction, while lowering rates would cost taxpayers $100 billion a year. Members of the panel could decide to keep some of the breaks by offering offsetting cuts, Bowles said.

‘Not the Time’

John Courson, chief executive officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington, said eliminating or reducing the mortgage deduction would drive down home values.

“Of all the times to do it, now is not the time,” he said in an interview.

Still, Michael Ettlinger, vice president for economic policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, said the fact that the deduction disproportionately benefits wealthier homeowners might create political will to revise it.

Overall, yesterday’s proposal would raise taxes by $751 billion over 10 years, including a 15-cent increase in the gas tax that would be phased in starting in 2013. Farm subsidies would be cut by $3 billion a year.

The plan calls for discretionary spending to be cut by $1.4 trillion over 10 years, while mandatory spending -- including Social Security, Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor -- would be reduced by $733 billion.

John Rother, executive vice president for policy at the senior citizens’ group AARP, said his group would oppose the plan because it would be “dramatically lowering benefits over time” in Social Security and Medicare.

‘Drop Dead’

Bowles and Simpson “just told working Americans to ‘drop dead,’” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “The very people who want to slash Social Security and Medicare spent this week clamoring for more unpaid Bush tax cuts for millionaires.”

The plan spells out $100 billion in defense cuts, including freezing Defense Department salaries and noncombat military pay at 2011 levels for three years, cutting overseas bases by one- third and doubling proposed cuts in defense contracting.

The Aerospace Industries Association, the trade group for U.S. defense contractors, said it had “grave concerns” about proposals to reduce funds for purchasing, research and development. “We cannot abandon the security of future generations,” said the group, which represents Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co., and Northrop Grumman Corp.

Bowles said about three-quarters of the savings would come from spending cuts, with the remainder from tax increases.

Freeze Federal Salaries

It would reduce congressional and White House budgets by 15 percent, freeze federal salaries for three years and cut the federal workforce by 10 percent. House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio, who will become speaker in January, said before the plan’s release that he supported a freeze on federal hiring and government workers’ pay.

The proposal would also end government funding of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, begin charging fees to visitors to the Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington, raise fees at national parks and merge the Department of Commerce with the Small Business Administration.

It would eliminate the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, whose budget Obama proposed more than doubling from 2008 levels. The plan said that “while school safety should be protected, violence and drug abuse are problems that occur far less on school grounds than elsewhere.”

Agreement Needed

The panel needs agreement from 14 of its 18 members before a plan can be sent for an up-or-down vote in Congress.

Dan Seiver, a finance professor at San Diego State University, said the plan’s strength is its attack on many budget areas long considered untouchable. “You’re not really going to get fiscal sanity without goring everybody -- everybody has to sacrifice,” he said.

Orin Kramer, general partner of hedge fund Boston Provident Partners LP and a Democratic Party fund-raiser, said he doubts an agreement can be reached.

“The most central question that somebody should ask is: ‘What are the prospects for a grand bargain that will change the path of federal fiscal policy?’” Kramer said. “And the chances of that under current conditions are zero.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Heidi Przybyla in Washington at hprzybyla@bloomberg.net; Brian Faler in Washington at bfaler@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva@bloomberg.net
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Adding a NEW NAME to my list of Suff

I have decided to give a name to what I have been trying to do !

Welcome To !

Signal Conservative Studies Institute

I guess that will give me a better way as an introduction sometime instead of that of a BLOGGER.

Thank You , Mitchell Thurmer, Director,SCSI

WOW

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Would we have wished Hitler Happy Birthday ?

I have had this on my mind since it happened but was afraid my message would be lost in the Election comments.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley sent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ( Iaminajihad ) a birthday greeting on the occasion of his 54th Birthday. He used the greeting as a chance to ask for the freedom of two American hikers who have been held since 2009. He sent this message by what I guess is the newest diplomatic channel, Twiter.

I look back through history and yes, British P.M. Chamberlain made some very bad mistakes in his handling of Hitler.He thought, as does our current administration, that if he was appeasing, Hitler would be nice.

A-jad, as I call him, has threatened to remove Israel from the map. He is thought to have Nuclear weapons. If we could have the true information from our government, I feel he already has them. He is currently awaiting the 12th Imam, who is said to defeat all the Muslim non believers. He has spoken to the United Nations and spoken of how the United States is the great Satan. Iran is known to be a State sponsor of Terrorism. Human Rights in Iran does not exist. Women are stoned in the streets, Barbarism is everywhere.

Yet, thru a Social Networking Internet Website, our frail and impotent Government is using this as a delivery system for a request to release American Citizens. Where is the backbone in this country ? Where is Roosevelt's speak softly and carry a big stick ?

Birthday Greetings ? Happy Birthday thru weapons released by a F-22 Raptor Fighter. Birthday Greetings to your Nuclear Sites via Cruise Missles and B-52 Bombers, if we still have any that work.

The day will come, with very deep regret, that what I have tried to communicate in this posting will be re-read with saddness. The time to act is now. Stop A-jad's steady march to being a full blown Nuclear Power, Now !

The sad reality is that I am sure, in the highest command of our armed forces, these leaders know what I say is true. They know the clock is ticking, they feel the sweat on their brows, nervously wiped away before a meeting with the
President. He does not nor will not accept the facts before him. He is more concerned with a 10 day junket thru the far east. This reads like a travel brochure, 10 days in historic India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

Whre else could our Government spent $ 2,000,000,000.00, Yes 2 Billion Dollars. 35 Warships will travel with Obama, countless secutiry, every room at the luxurious TajMahal in India is booked (580).

And what do we do here, He would prefer we watch The View and other mind numbing entertainment, I will NOT ! Pay attention, we have one a battle for Conservatisim but we have a Very Far way to go.

More to Come.

Mitchell E. Thurmer
mthurmer4300@epbfi.com
Signal Mountain

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The way things "really" are.

I spend alot of time listening to talk radio. Not because I am a right wing nut locked in his basement in his underwear. Because, I cannot seem to get enough information about our country, our lives, and our futures.

The main stream media spouts the Obama agenda, the Kalifornia way of life. More money spent equals a better government is their mantra. I remember growing up as a kid, I thought Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, and the other guys on ABC were really telling the truth. We only had three channels and I thought they all told the truth. Walter Cronkite was "Uncle Walter", he reminded us all of a family member who knew the truth. Back then I did not even know what a Liberal or a Conservative was. I do remember that when Barry Goldwater was running for President, the Big Three protrayed him as a raving lunatic, and I believed them.

This is the way it was in the late 60's and 70's.

I finally woke up in the early 80's. I was already retired with the MS and was spending alot of time listening to radio. I did not care for some of the music and by a miracle, I stumbled upon AM talk radio. I heard Rush Limbaugh for the first time. I could not believe what I was hearing. You mean to tell me that Bill Clinton is something called a Liberal ? What was a Liberal. I began my education in Government that Maryville High School never touched upon. Even now, As I type this, I am listening to Rush via Inernet Radio, thru some station I have never heard of, What a deal.

Now to the way things Really are.
There is a rebirth of Conservative Government that is going to make 1994 look like Kid's Play. Tha American people have had it and are standing up, speaking out, and will not be denied. Average Americans, who never dreamed about being in Politics, are jumping into the fray. They are average people, they are just like you and me. If I would not get in extreme trouble with Social Security I would run for something, anything. Maybe the Hamilton County School Board, I can see it now, Thurman and Thurmer are going crazy.

The Imaculate Conception of Barrack Hussein Obama caused Americans to think, If he can be President with no experience, I can be a U.S. Senator too. Obama has crammed "stuff" down our throats for 20 months and we are now sick to our stomachs. Americans are going to vomit the residue of Obama's Cram down November 2, right in the faces of Obama and his minions. You know what a Minion is, it is a Demon that assists Satan, at his beckon call. Obama has bowed down to Muslim leaders in the Middle East and turned his back on Israel. Israel is God's chosen people, If you want God's blessing, back Israel. Turn your back on Israel, God will turn his back on you.

We are in a Holy War with Muslims. There is a potential right now for a Mumbai type attack in this country. Is our Government all over these potentials, no. Let's just make nice and they won't hurt us. These people want us Dead, Period. According to the Quarn, ot however they spell it, If you don't convert, you die. There is one solution to this threat. Turn Iran, Afghanistan, Irag, Syria, and a few others, into another Ocean, The Cruise Lines need somewhere new to go anyway.

The Seasoned Citizens, you know, us folks on Social Security, we are the current cash cow for the Obama Administration. Keep taking money away from us, more to spend on Stimulus and Obamacare, which they still have not read.

I pity the less educated of our population. Those Senior who don't know how to negotiate thru the rough waters that you just daily work just to survive. I spend 20 hours a week working on either Medications, Bills, Benefits, and doing other peoples work. When I say other peoples work, correcting mistakes that Doctor's Offices and Fed Ex and other make and they leave it up to you to fix the mess.

I don't have the solution for any of this, but I know, the first step is cleanout the swamp called congress. The rest will follow.

Remember, Listen to Boortz, Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Thompson, and Karl Rove.

More to Come, Have to go work on some problems that someone else caused.

Mitch

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Erlanger North Er Problems

On August 19, My wife flipped our Jeep Cherokee on the W Road. Thank God she was not injured. She drifted off the right shoulder and over corrected, striking the rock wall and then flippling. She was not entrapped but could not get out of the vehicle on her own. Walden's Ridge Emergency Service (WRES) responded and Jody Clift and another member went inside and cut her down.My Sincere Thanks for these gentlemen. When I arrived, she was sitting on the gaurdrail, shaken but no cuts and bruises. Regardless of her appearance, she could have suffered some internal injuries and myself and other family members thought she should be checked out. She refused an ambulance ride because we were about 5 minutes from Erlanger North and she did not want the added expense.

When we arrived at Erlanger North we informed the lady at the counter that she had been thru a rollover. She did not show any sign of concern. There was no Triage, no pre qualification, just have a seat and we will be with you. The waiting room had several patients ahead of her, even though you would think a rollover might move her up thru the Triage System. She waited and waited, watching the "patients" ahead of her. Most were complaining of back pain, others anxiety. They exhibited systoms of withdrawal, extreme sweating, agitated and such were obvious. We watched as the steady parade of patients entered an came out rather quickly with a script in hand. One Anxiety patient, after one hour, started cussing and stormed out of building, I am sure to enter the traffic flow with a pre set case of road rage.

One patient was so alarming, my daughter in law called my son, a Hamilton County Deputy and had a Deputy dispatched to the Hospital. He was standing outside and beating his chest like Tarzan. When we left, the same Deputy was still talking to this gentlemen. After 3 hours, Deanna was called back to see a Doctor. This man was a wreck, totally overwhelmed. He was in the room maybe 2 minutes. He listened to her chest and when Deanna commented on the groups outside as drug seekers, he said "Yes, he knew". Deanna was discharged and that was it.

No security was visible execept for an elderly black man in uniform without a weapon and really he did not stay around much. The news shows shootings at Hospitals on a regular basis, These individuals do pose a risk and my wife and family felt at risk. This was Erlanger's responsibility, to provide a safe environment for patients and workers alike.They have failed.

After my wife communticated all this to me, I tried to wade thru the maze of upper management, to find someone to complain to. Finally I got a name , Mickey Lilitta. I called his number 2 times and his secretary stated he wasn't in the office much, to try his cell. One eveing about 4:45 PM I contacted Mr Lilitta on his cell, he advised he would be home in about 15 minutes and would call me then. No Call. I have tried sveral times to contact Lilitta or just someone to listen to me.

I now have the bills, so far.$ 350.00 from Erlanger and $548.00 from Emergency Physicians. I have NO intention of paying these bills. Now exactly what did we receive from these people, nothing. Just a trip to Erlanger North and an exposure to the Drug Seeking world we live in. An Emergency room out of control. I was not satisfied that she walked out of there safe. She could have dropped dead from an internal injury, NO Thanks to these people. To my knowledge, Triage has been around a long time, but not there. It appears Erlanger doesn't not provide an avenue for Customer Complaints, Maybe the Court of Public Opinion will wake them up. Access to upper management should be very simple, an open door policy, unless Upper management simply does not care.

If they cannot secure the ER, have a Triage in place, and give quality patient care, close the ER !

Mitchell Thurmer
mthurmer4300epbfi.com
Signal Mountain

Friday, September 24, 2010

What every American should read !

Six months ago, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed Obamacare down the throats of an unwilling American public. Half a year removed from the unprecedented legislative chicanery and backroom dealing that characterized the bill's passage, we know much more about the bill than we did then. A few of the revelations:

» Obamacare won't decrease health care costs for the government. According to Medicare's actuary, it will increase costs. The same is likely to happen for privately funded health care.

» As written, Obamacare covers elective abortions, contrary to Obama's promise that it wouldn't. This means that tax dollars will be used to pay for a procedure millions of Americans across the political spectrum view as immoral. Supposedly, the Department of Health and Human Services will bar abortion coverage with new regulations but these will likely be tied up for years in litigation, and in the end may not survive the court challenge.

» Obamacare won't allow employees or most small businesses to keep the coverage they have and like. By Obama's estimates, as many as 69 percent of employees, 80 percent of small businesses, and 64 percent of large businesses will be forced to change coverage, probably to more expensive plans.

» Obamacare will increase insurance premiums -- in some places, it already has. Insurers, suddenly forced to cover clients' children until age 26, have little choice but to raise premiums, and they attribute to Obamacare's mandates a 1 to 9 percent increase. Obama's only method of preventing massive rate increases so far has been to threaten insurers.

» Obamacare will force seasonal employers -- especially the ski and amusement park industries -- to pay huge fines, cut hours, or lay off employees.

» Obamacare forces states to guarantee not only payment but also treatment for indigent Medicaid patients. With many doctors now refusing to take Medicaid (because they lose money doing so), cash-strapped states could be sued and ordered to increase reimbursement rates beyond their means.

» Obamacare imposes a huge nonmedical tax compliance burden on small business. It will require them to mail IRS 1099 tax forms to every vendor from whom they make purchases of more than $600 in a year, with duplicate forms going to the Internal Revenue Service. Like so much else in the 2,500-page bill, our senators and representatives were apparently unaware of this when they passed the measure.

» Obamacare allows the IRS to confiscate part or all of your tax refund if you do not purchase a qualified insurance plan. The bill funds 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure Americans stay in line.

If you wonder why so many American voters are angry, and no longer give Obama the benefit of the doubt on a variety of issues, you need look no further than Obamacare, whose birthday gift to America might just be a GOP congressional majority.

Mitch Thurmer

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Glenn Beck's Honor

Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor 2010 was a call for America to return to our roots.

Glenn spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where as Sarah Palin said " Two Score and 7 years ago " MLK Jr. made his exceptional " I have a Dream " Speech.
What more honor could Glenn and Company have paid to MLK Jr. than to speak about America's return to God on this date and at this sacred place.

Every Public School in this Country should Re-Play this entire event to the student population. Conservatives wonder why our Country has veered so far off course and then elected a Radical President. The removal of God from our Schools was a major contributor. Our Youth has no direction, no moral compass. There is a small minority, who thanks to their parents, know the truth and follow God in their lives. They will be the leaders and new cornerstones in this Nation.

All is not lost. Brave men like Glenn Beck who will stand on Government Property and proclain the need for God in our lives and Country will lead the way. Who will be the next Ronald Reagan or John Wayne ? These Patriots are out there, seeking direction. The future will see a rebirth of citizens placing God back in our Country, as it was founded.

Many thanks to Glenn Beck and all the others who stood up on those steps and told the truth !
November is Coming !

Mitch Thurmer
mthurmer4300@comcast.net
Signal Mountain

Chrysler Finance Expects Churches to make Payments.

Every Day I cease to be amazed. My Brother in Law called this morning. He is battling Cancer and cannot work any longer. He has a Dodge truck financed thru Chrysler Finance.

Chrysler Finance called last week, he is 1 month behind on his payments. He pleaded with the caller that he needed a refinance, some help, any help, to keep the truck rather than let it go back. The caller next dropped a bombshell. He recommended he go to a local Church and ask for assistance. My Brother in Law could not believe what he heard. He asked what do I do next month, go to another Church and repeat. The called said yes.

My Brother in Law told the Caller he would go to Church for only one reason, to worship God, not to beg for money.

It appears this is where we have gotten to. The Financial Sector, suffering thru a Recession, is expecting people to turn to Churches to keep them afloat. My Brother in Law reminded the caller that Chrysler had had recieved Government/Citizen's Money and now they were looking to Churches to fund them. The caller stated that Chrysler Finance did not recieve any Government/Citizen's Funds. I have not yet taken the time to research this claim as I am too upset.

Where in the world are we headed when the Financial Sector tells us to bleed money from the Faithful. This is an outrage. My Brother in Law told the Caller before he would do as they said to come and get the Truck, Period. The Caller reminded him he was on a taped line which he replied, Fine, Bring it to Court and let everyone hear this outrage.

I always welcome feedback. I am interested to know if this is becoming widespread with the economic downturn or is this an isolated incident perpatrated by an overzealous irrelegious libertine.

Mitch Thurmer
mthurmer4300@comcast.net
Signal Mountain

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Somebody's got to Say it !

First, to my Brother in Arms, Johhny Franks, Hubba. Now let's get to the point.

Many of us are disgusted by the actions of President Barrack Hussein Obama. He continues to show his allegiance by Ramadan Celebrations and all things Muslim.
To my knowledge, and I am sure I will be corrected if possible, he does not attend a Christian Religious Organization. As for myself, I now believe that he is of Muslim faith. I know that as others have stated, the attention this current scandal has attracted is probably disguising more sinister actions hidden from the light of day.

Americans, most anyway, have a sore spot when it comes to the World Trade Center Attacks. Speaking for myself, I believe that the United States is in a Religous War. A war that is anchored in the most sacred of feelings. If an enemy is so deeply devoted to the point of Suicide Bombings, does anyone besides our President that we can make nice and get along. These people understand one thing, conquer or be conquered.

We have got to call this as it is. President Obama is promoting the advancement of Muslims in this country. Take for example the denied mission of NASA, to bring more Muslims into the Agency and show their credits and strengths.

If you are at War with a belief, which few will admit, you make it difficult for them to promote their ideas here. I am sorry, we don't need to make the United States
a nice place for these people to be. Even today, with our President's grand plans to pull out of Iraq, those people are showing what the future will be there. They are already blowing each other up. Wait till we really are out, Civil War and the rebirth of an Islamic Militant State. How do you say another IRAN.

The scattering of Mosques around this country reminds me of a statement by Premier Kruchiev, " We will bury you from within ".

Mitch Thurmer
mthurmer4300@comcast.net
Signal Mountain

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Obama Battle in Chattanoogan.com, ( I Love this Stuff !)

Spending Spree In Spain - And Response (4)
posted August 9, 2010

Another 131,000 people lost jobs in July. The recovery has stalled and the nation is in deep debt. The recovery would probably be turning around and jobs being created if the administration had chosen another path other than government spending. But this regime is so out of touch with the nation, its problems, and any good solutions.

A good example of being out of touch is the glitzy, posh, expensive vacation Michelle Obama is taking in Spain. The luxury resort in Costa del Sol has turned over about 50 rooms for the Queen of America. She took 40 of her closest friends with her on this extended spending spree.

The American people paid for the transportation of Queen Michelle’s entourage, are footing the bill for security and who knows what else. So, instead of vacationing here and spending all that money on American businesses and tipping American workers, we are benefiting Spain. I guess this is the Obamas’ idea of Spanish stimulus checks.

Some are calling this insensitive, but I say it is par for the course with this administration. Since coming into the White House this family has treated the presidency just like Tony Heywood treated his job with BP - as a privileged CEO.

So as the Queen relaxes from all her hard work fighting obesity she probably giggles when she hears that more people are on food stamps than ever before by saying if they are hungry, then let them eat cake.

Why am I paying my taxes to get this kind of leadership or the lack thereof?

Johnny Franks

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I really hate to burst Johnny Franks's bubble with the truth, but here goes:

According to a website, the trip consisted of Mrs. Obama, two other women and four children. It specifically states, "not 40 as has been reported by some news outlets." It also states that she was asked by one of the women to join them on the trip, she is paying for her own spending, and the friends flew commercially, not on a government plane.

Much of the criticism comes from the fact that any president or first lady must, whether at home or abroad, follow Secret Service protocols. Since the assassination of President Kennedy after his override of Secret Service protocols, presidents no longer have that option. That means that they must fly in a government plane (reimbursing the taxpayers for the cost of a first-class ticket) and have full Secret Service protection.

High-end resorts are generally more secluded and thus, have better security, so that's why they use those. And, obviously, no one expects the Secret Service agents to work for free or pay for their own food, so they are provided rooms and a per diem. They would be paid the same, regardless of where the vacation is.

The same rules applied to Reagan and both Bushes. It is nice to know that the hateful are bipartisan and consistent; I remember when Nancy Reagan was being bashed as "Queen Nancy."

You might also learn that President Obama has taken fewer vacation days than any of his recent predecessors. Or to learn that former Vice President Cheney requested an extension of Secret Service protection when it expired, which was granted.

Check your facts, double-check your sources (don't believe everything you read in an email).

Kim Kinsey

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Great post Kim. I was just about to submit the same “facts” after reading Mr. Franks’ posting. I could not have stated it better. It still amazes me that President Obama’s critics continue to blast him with clearly biased and untrue attacks. So now I guess it’s not OK, in their opinion, for Mrs. Obama to take a vacation? I suppose when all of the previous First Ladies traveled they all went to Gatlinburg, flew commercial and took a pocket knife for protection.

Glenn Scruggs
Harrison

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No matter what fact we critics of the Obama's provide we will be attacked in mass by the Kool-Aid Shooters.

Johnny Franks recently wrote a fair and balanced account of the Queen's jaunt to Spain to console her oby-gyn whose father recently passed. I had an opinion piece in my mind but after Johnny submitted his, I was so pleased I just let his ride.

Someone, maybe the Pope, needs to compile their total excursions, on your dime. But even then, he would be attacked. These people from Barack, Michelle, the Kids, Michelle's Momma, and whoever else has moved in, seem to be pinching themselves in disbelief that they have hit the jackpot. I mean wow, she doesn't even have to put on her on make up. Her staff's annual salary is in excess of $1.3 million.

George W. refused to play golf while we are at war, as to not project an image that he was not fully engaged. I guess BHO is so brilliant he can play basketball with his celebrity friends and still manage the war, our dying economy, the $13 trillion deficit and ObamaCare. He is so amazing the rest of us just stand in awe.

No not really...we are getting the shaft and some of you will never know it or even admit that it is happening.

May God please watch over our country while it is being destroyed from within by Socialists.

November is coming - 85 days to go. Mark your calendars.

Mitch Thurmer
Signal Mountain
mthurmer4300@comcast.net

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In response to Mr. Thurmer – First, a simple internet search would have shown you that it is a lie to say that President Bush didn’t play golf after pledging not to play during the Iraq war. You can find the proof here - http://mediamatters.org/research/201004190054. If you have proof showing otherwise, please let us all know.

Second, did you criticize Mr. Bush for mountain biking during the war as you criticized President Obama for playing basketball?

Third, all First Ladies have staffs. Did you look up how much Mrs. Bush staff cost? Was it more or less than $1.3 million a year? Did you criticize Mrs. Reagan for how much she spent to change the china pattern in the White House? Or are you just looking grasping for any reason to criticize and administration whose policies you don’t support.

With all the problems facing our country, you’re concerned about golf, mountain biking, and the First Lady’s staff? Really?

Robert Pregulman
Seattle, WA

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wow !, I have so much to talk about..It's all good !

If you remember, I was miserable, Period. Everything simply sucked. Confused and dazed, did not remember what I had for dinner before. I guess you get the picture.

I go to Nashville, To Vanderbilt Medical Center's Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. I had the attitude this was my last chance. I had been to Neuro's, some never even laid a hand on me the first time they ever saw me. Looking back, MS patients are a cash cow. Think about it, from a Dr's stanpoint you come in every 60-90 days and get a pat on the back, refills for whatever Tranquilizers you're on and thats it.

Not at Nashville. They listened. They Listened to Deanna describe me when I appeared to have drunk a 12 Pack. After much consideration, Dr. Moses (yeah, that's his name Thank God whips out his script pad and writes me Tegretol. Tegretol is an old Epileptic Med. He said he thought this might stop my MS brain from going to these cocktail parties I was not invited to.

For two weeks, last Tuesday (knock on wood) I have not had a single problem, period.
Praise God ! Everyone says I look differently, really. My eyes feel wide open.

Now for the second part of this change in me. A few months ago i decided I had enough. You have heard the song, "Jesus take the wheel", that was how I felt. I have fought MS for 20 years. I thouht you could be a Christian and not go to Church. We had looked over the years, wasn't really feeling right. David Clemons, a dear friend of mine and fellow Lodge member kept telling me to come to his church. Well. we knew the time had come. Deanna and I went to Sawyer's Missionary Baptist Church and found our home. A small little white church in the country,a wonderful Pastor named larry Miller. Great members, never a stranger, In fact, Deanna and I joined the church last Sunday. Life is different now. God sent me to Vanderbilt and co-ordinated this entire turnaround.

Life is wonderful. MS has met it's mach, God is healing me and beleive me, I know it..

Everyone please pray for Deanna and I, we have finally found the path.

Praise God in the highest and may each reader of this be touched by his power, Mitch

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Regime Diversion

I truly wish all Americans would back up and think. Our President and his Minions in both houses of Congress have a stategy of Diversion. Remember the old saying the Hand is quicker than the eye ? Where it applies to regime is as follows.

They are using their abilites to write bill after bill after bill. They Vote, Vote, and Vote. When the State Controlled Media points out one paticular Bill for scrutiny, there may well be another 25 running under the Radar and all more outrageous than the State Media Target.

The Wall Street Overhaul bill, currently being voted upon is a classic example. ABC NEWS (State Run Media) has just given their update at 3:07PM during the Introduction to the Sean Hannity Radio Show. They have announced that even Democrats are unhappy with some of the wording as well as no controls over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This Headline is drawing more attention to this (another) 2700 page bill and draws attention away from the suprises that are yet slowing bubbling to the surface regarding Obamacare. Which I also would add, Bubbles as slow as a Gulf Oil Well.

BREAKING NEWS: Just announced, The Regime has given US TAXPAYER funds to support a YES Vote in Kenys, regarding a Constitutional Rewrite.

So now we are using our Taxpayer funds to influence voters in Kenya. But remember, we could not afford a Cost of Living Increase for the Social Security Recipients. They could not afford the $ 250 one time payment for the lack of a COLA.

Here again, this just breaks and the Financial Overhaul moves from the spotlight. Of course no other News agency beside FOX will report the Kenya story.

More Bad news which the State Controlled Media won't touch, the Congressional Budget Office announced today that 2010-2011 will have more foreclosures than the last 2 years. 1 house out of every 78 homes in the United States will go into Foreclosure.

Do you, Dear Reader see this pattern. While I am trying to write this Opinion Piece, the "Breaking News" Muddies the waters.Just a note, trying to keep up with this Regime's management of the News.

Please, Let's Fast Forward to November !

Mitch Thurmer
mthurmer4300@comcast.net
Signal Mountain

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Quote of Lincoln all Politicians should follow

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves"- Lincoln

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bill Haslam as the Next Republican Governor of the Great State of Tennessee

First let me say I like Zach Wamp, always have. His office has helped me on a couple of issues and were always prompt and courteous and got the job done

I have decided that Bill Haslam will be the best choice for Governor based on very important point. He has ran a very successful business. His father, Jim Haslam started Pilot Oil Company with small Service Stations. Gas, Cigarettes, Coca-Cola Machine, Tom's Peanuts, and Someone to pump your gas. His vision into the Self Service Market helped catapult Pilot Oil Company into what is today. Travel Centers, Convenience Stores, Multi State Operations.

Bill worked and ran the Company for 23 years then ran for Mayor of Knoxville. He has had a very successful Term as Mayor, running Knoxville like a business, period.

After 2 Terms of Bill Bredesen and some really bad Governor's before him,( Remember Ray Blanton?),the time has come for the State of Tennessee business as usual to end. Stop the crony operations, clean out the partisan boards that create Czar type County "Governor Reps" that dole out the favors to the good old boys. When it came time to "clean up Tenncare" Governor Bredesen threw Me and others like me under the Bus.

Here's the Kick in his wisdom, We were paying a monthly premium for our prescription coverage. It never was the same, sometimes 50 dollars a month, somtime 350, but never ask those geniuses why, they would send you a letter stating your appeal is being considered and you will not lose your Tenncare now. Really makes you want to ask questions.

The reason I know that Bill Haslam has to have a keen business mind and a quick thinker, my father was an Exxon Distributor in Blount and Knox County for 30 years, AS my Dad did, the Haslam's had to deal with shortages, rationing, wild price fluxuations, Personell Issues, Federal and State and City Regulations, and the list goes on and on. My Dad's Career was cut short by Colon Cancer at 58 years of age. The Company was sold by my Stepmother and that was that.

Some have criticized the Haslam's for "Being Wealthy". I appreciate any successful business person and if they accumulate some wealth, fantastic.

If Bill Should happen to lose to Zach Wamp, I will support Zach for Governor, but as for now, I want a Successfull Business Man Running this State..

Thank You,

Mitch Thurmer

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

An appointment at Vanderbilt MS Clinic

After so much frustration with Neurologists in Chattanooga and with my worsening Cognitive problems, I decided to request a referral to the Vanderbilt MS Clinic in Nashville. The appt is set for July 20. I can't wait.

I am ready to go to someone who understands MS, as it really is. I have had too many Doctors try to minimize the symptoms and wish away the pain. Now I am on pain meds that I see no way off of. I am looking for help. The worsening cognitive issues may be due the meds as well, I just don't know. Periods of appearing "Drunk" and having no memory of these episodes is terrifying.

If I stayed in that condition, I would have to go to a nursing home, there is no way Deanna could keep me out of trouble.

I will post the outcome of this new chapter..Mitch

Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's Been Too Long Since my Last Post, And Why

I had written in the last couple of posts that I was having MS problems, it has been rough. Since my last post I had one episode that lasted three days and took two more to get over.

The new word for these I think is Complex Partial Onset Seizures. The decriptions fit what I am doing. I found that the closest MS Clinic is at Vanderbilt University hospital In Nashville. Evidently no one in East or Southeast Tenn thinks MS is a serious enough problem to devote the resources.

I have got to get an answer and try to recieve treatment to this worsening problem. I always have new cuts and bruises, Deanna is a wreck, and I fear I am really going to get hurt bad or killed during one of these if it is not treated. Usually I have no memory, but this last one I remember for a unknown amount of time trying to stand up out of my office chair and my legs not working, they would not work, period.

Deanna came home and found me in the floor, still trying to get up.

My Cognitive issues are worsening, can't remember much of anything, even the little things during the week. During one of the episodes one friend came by and stayed here three hours. In his words, I always appear Drunk. Anyway, he thought I was some better and left me in the basement with my radios, me promising I would stay there until Deanna got home. Well, you can't believe a thing I say. that was the day she found me in the floor.

I plan to write more, when I remember to...
Mitch

Friday, May 28, 2010

I have got to admit the truth about MS

I was diagnosed 20 years ago this month. I can honestly say the Doctors have done a pretty good job of managing the MS, what little they can do.

The truth is there is not a whole lot they can do. They can treat the pain with opiates, but, after 20 years the dosage gets higher and higher. The DEA and all the other government agencies have the doctors and pharmacists scared to death. I have to admit the meds all just treat the symptoms, period.

Sadly, you are judged by the others who don't have a clue as to what you are dealing with. You can't even tell your relatives what meds you are on or you will be classed as a druggy.

The last attack I had this week has till got me slowed down. Deanna had to call members of the WRES to come and lift me out of the floor, I could not stand up. I am scared what each episode may bring. If I stayed like that, she could not take care of me. I am getting worse, That is the truth.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What to do when dear friends still think you can do anything with Multiple Sclerosis.

Back in 2001, I was elected as Worshipful Master of Signal Mountain Lodge # 758, Free and Accepted Masons. I had transfered to this Lodge from My Home Lodge, New Providence # 128 in Maryville Tenn back in 1995 or 96. Since becoming a Mason in 1981, this was the Pinnacle at that time of my Masonic Membership.

Like the founders of this Country were mostly Mason's. the Masonic structure of internal Government is structured like our Governement. Each Officer is elected each year, based on his performance in his current position and his vision for the Lodge's success, within the guidlines set by the Grand Lodge of Tennessee.

AT the time, I was on Ritalin for hypersomeulence, in other words, chonic fatigue. In adults, it really turns your crank and there is not much you cannot do. I attack challeneges wide open, started a weekly School of Instruction, and did everything I could to promote the Lodge to the Community. Alot of people did not even know there was a Lodge here on the Mountain.

I also had the challenge of being WM when 9-11 Happened. I had to show the Masonic Family waas ready to step up and help others, if only just to have someone to talk too. The next year on the 1st anniversary, we handed out 500 American Flags at the local Grocery store here on the mountain, Eaach had a labed stating, " Courtesy of Signal Mountain Masonic Lodge # 758, We Will NEVER FORGET. It wwas a huge hit and for a time , we recieived some acknowledgement.

Let me clear something up right now, before anyone freaks, Masonry is based on the Bible. There is NOTHING negative, prejudicial, or otherwise wrong with this organization. The Motto is, " To make good Men Better ". The Master is a title that has been stated as such since King Solomon's time and does does show that this man is any higher up the "ladder" than any other Mason. We are all on the "Level". just someone has to lead for a year term. I had the honor of being the first Master to serve 2 years back to back, and hold that today.

The last 10 years has seen a worsening in my condition. I get tired quicker, fatigue kicks my but, The is also a Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star at the Lodge and they are experiencing a period of growth. They want the Masons to support them, of course we will. The problem I face is 1 practice/school a week and 1 stated meeting per month is about all I can handle, plus what I try to do at home.

My friends, based on my past performance think I can roll right into everything that's needed, some repaired, helping the ladies advertise a monthly breakfast open to the public every 4th Saturday. I can't participate. I may get to come and eat sometimes but I can't be the go to guy I was 10 years ago. I don't look much different, maybe a little grayer, But I am not the same fireball I was then.

MS causes this problem and I am sure there is not a one of those of us who have this mess who hasn't experienced what i am talking about. It's just something I am going to have to try to get it across. And then of course there is the feeling you are letting them down..

Just another episode in this Merry Go Round

More to come, Mitch

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spring Storms are a Coming

For the first time this Year, Severe Thunderstorms are going to threaten the Southeast. My Mother during the War was a Weather Spotter. She had been trained to read weather maps and be able to watch cloud formations as a clue as to what was coming. Being born and raised in Mobile Alabama, she had a helthy fear of storms and passed that on to me.

I have spent my share of time in a bathtub covered with a blanket and pillow. Once, there was a Tornado touchdown in Maryville, Tennessee about 2 miles from where we lived. i looked out the window and saw the funnel cloud. It did not approach our home but did damage a local Ford Dealership.

Anyway, the system that is approaching is a large cold front, coming out of the southern plains. Today the temps will be in the low 80's, about 10 degrees above normal. That heat is going to collide with the cold front and here we go. There is a myth that Tornados do not form over Mountains, such as Signal Mountain. This is False. I have seen damage during my time with the Lone Oak Vol. Fire Dept. of Twisting damage to large Oak Trees here on the mountain. It resembled taking several sheets of paper and twisted them between your two hands. The trunks and roots were wound around and round.

I have a rather large Communications System downstairs, Shortwave Monitors, Scanners, CB and 2 Meter. I will have to disconnect my exterior antennas to prevent Lightning from entering the equipment. My Homeowners does not covers the radios.

My 9-1-1 Training, SkyWarn Training and VFD Training is valuable during these events. I also received training in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which was a program after 9-11 that the Govt tried get volunteers to participate in to assist their communitys somewhat like a VFD. I tried to promote it but the Volunteers had one of two goals, either to be a kind of Police Officer, Person of Authority or Just a Follower...It did not go well. It was difficult trying to keep them from having too many chiefs and not enough Indians..

Well, Got to go, Need to check my flashlights and when Deanna gets here, charge the cell phone..

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thank You !, Bill Vick !

In response to Mitch Thurmer..right on target and I couldn`t have said it better. It's too bad anymore when you express your opinion on Obama or his left wing agenda that you are labeled a "teabagger" or a right wing kook or a racist. I am sick and tired of this double standard.

There are some idiots out there that still haven`t had enough of blaming Bush. Anything that Obama does is somehow connected to a mistake that Bush made. Obama is having to clean up Bush`s mistakes. OK, we have heard that quite enough and frankly are growing tired of the same ole same ole all the time.

Yes, November does come every year and when it rolls around this year the libs are going to be a little surprised to see that they have to pack their bags and leave their gravy job.

When will supporters of the left agenda see that they are not in it for you? They claim to be for the small man, for the poor man, for the one with no healthcare.

They haven`t a clue what it takes to make $8 an hour and raise kids.

They think the answer that serves everyone is to take my tax money and hand it over to someone that never even attempts to get a job or go out and try to make an honest living.
How many of those so-called people without any healthcare are the very ones ridin' dirty down the streets with their "sounds", their cell phones and their drugs for sale? How many of those ones I just named are across the country and they never have any intentions of going to work, yet they are included in the 30 million without healthcare.

I`d dare to say that across the country the "gangstas" and the do nothings and the just plain "handout" junkies are primarily the ones that clog up our emergency rooms and cause insurance rates to go up to begin with. Of course, the insurance companies have to raise rates, someone has to pay for all the freebies that the do nothings get all the time. But God forbid if we point them out, huh?

Obama is making a mockery out of this country, making us weaker and incrementally tearing down the bricks that built our Constitution and our moral background.

Dicky, do you even know what TEA party stands for. Well, it means Taxed Enough Already. What about that offends you? If you want to pay more and more taxes, go right ahead. Make a donation to the federal government. As for the majority of Americans that do their job and pay their taxes, we have had enough of being taxed everywhere you turn.

I, for one, want this country to get back to pre-60`s thought. Where you bought a house or a car that you can afford and actually pay for it. You don`t expect the government to come along and bail you out because you can no longer afford it. Thats nonsense and, as for me, I`d feel guilty always having my hand out wanting something that someone else earned.

Bill Vick
Crown Point, Ind.
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tn.
spanky777_1999@yahoo.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The OBAMA REGIME

In Studying all the Day to Day activities of the Obama Administration, I have come to the conclusion that Rush Limbaugh's labeling as a Regime is on Target. The Following Definition Describes Obama's Agenda to the Letter.

In politics, a regime is the form of Government, the set of rules, cultural or social norms, etc. that regulate the operation of government and its interactions with society. For instance, the United States has one of the oldest regimes still active in the world, dating to the ratification of its Constitution in 1789. Although modern usage often gives the term a negative connotation, like an authoritarian one, Webster's definition clearly states that the word "regime" refers simply to a form of government.

The term is also used to distinguish what is actually being enforced from what is considered legitimate. Enforcement of an unconstitutional statute would be a regime but not a law.

State and statute: In general where people are made to statute and salute the government on a daily basis or live under the government's guidelines where idealism took dictative roles is a regime. In a regime, over time, ideological warfares dogmatize thought, replace politics with its own interests, and carries a large presence of hardliners in top positions. The dogmatism of the ideology outwhelmes all other interests

It appears every aspect of our lives, even down as to how much salt you have on your home grown Tomato, will be dictated by the Regime. Today's announcement regarding Salt intake and The FDA moving to regulate useage is simply the latest brick in the Wall. Every day, there is not just one regulation or announcement, proclamation, outrage, whatever. Senator Chuck Schumer, Expressing extreme displeasure with Spirit Airlines over charging $ 45 for a carry on bag. At face value, it does sound bad, but, the rest of the story. This moring, the Spirit Rate for a Round Trip flight from New York City to Miami and back, $ 69 each way. Other Competitors, between $ 350 to $ 500. What is really upsetting Schumer is the fact the Spirit is "Unfairly" being successful. Their rates are much lower period. In Schumer's eyes and in the Regime's World, They are Unfair.

The daily barrage of change, both seen and unseen in the Regime, is designed to confuse us. If there is so much going on, so fast, the American people, they hope, will simply get lost in the shuffle.

Please, Everyone, Keep Tabs on everything and remember, November is COMING



Mitch Thurmer

mthurmer4300@comcast.net

Signal Mountain

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Time to Take Back Our Country

I have written numerous articles regarding the state of our nation. I have written about Obama, Biden, the Clintons, and the liberal Democratic Senate and House.

I have been told I have no right to complain. I am on Social Security disability from a 20 year battle with multiple sclerosis. I am a registered Republican and a Conservative, proudly.

Being that I am part of the system, doesn't that mean I have insider view of all this? I can speak as to the pitiful cost of living increase, or the lack of one. I can give you the real feeling of "those people."

The Medicare system, the plain old Medicare has served well. Yes, I get hammered at the first of the year with deductibles, and let's not forget the prescription donut hole.

I remember being healthy, on the corporate ladder, climbing quickly, chasing the American dream. I was bulletproof and I looked down on people like me, the undeserving. I was one of the critics of the disabled and retired.

Now, I see through a glass, clearly. I am under the control of the government, they think. Well, let me assure you, I still have the right of free speech and I will make use of this glorious blessing.

Therefore, all of you must not take this right lightly. You have the power to change this spiral of destruction we are in. It is never too late to fight and speak the truth.

The United States must be saved and there is only one way to do it. This primary season and on to the general elections we must qualify each and every candidate. Study their history and positions. The best cure to fix our ills is to rebuild from within.

We must repeal this crazy health care bill and try to overturn other mistakes, such as the upcoming VAT tax and cap and trade, which is on the horizon.

I support Tommy Crangle for the Third District House of Representative seat. He has passed my test and is qualified. Study for yourself, and make the right decision.

Mitch Thurmer
Signal Mountain
mthurmer4300@comcast.net

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Why Does No One pay Attention to the Senate Throwing the Seniors and Disabled under the BUS..

I have laid out the information to the best of my ability. The previous post explains everything, What more proof does anyone need to have that the Seniors/Disabled are going to bear the brunt of Budget Cuts.

For those of you who wanted Change, well BY GOD you got it. This is only the Start. President Obama and His Minions have worked their way around everything the American people do NOT WANT. They are making plans to not even have a vote on Healcare Reform (Destruction).

America, your very survival is at stake, Wake up, Tell your Senators and Congressmen to have some guts and act like a Patriot, not mind numbed Zombie that falls on their Sword for the Fearless Leader.

Mitch Thurmer

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wanting to write about MS but everything else is Bad

When I started this Blog, I had followed some great bloggers, such as Tara,(Living Day to Day with Multiple Sclerosis), who really has a great site and stays on topic.

Before being diagnosed 20 years ago, I was in the corporate world, Typa A all the way. I still have alot of that in me, can't help it. When I see something in the news or on Talk Radio that cranks me up, I have to let it fly.

Here is todays, REALLY PISSED ME OFF.
Senator Bernie Sanders, (I) Vermont, wrote a bill giving each of us SSDI recipients $250, to help with the increased cost of living since we are not getting a cost of living allowance (COLA) for at least the next 2 years. The Senate, In their divine wisdom, voted this down 50-47. Damn these people. Senators, at my last count earn $ 176,000 per year, and after 2 terms, have retirement for life. They stated they were holding down the deficit. Crap. If the Govt can pass Porkulus, bail out banks, buy Car Companies, Fly Air Force 1 to Hawaii for vacation, I think they can spare a small $ 250 for us. The cost of living has gone up, dramatically. I challenge anyone, to prove to me their cost of living has not gone up, period.

$250 is what these Senator probably pay for a family steak dinner at one of DC'S finest Steakhouses. The Health care plan calls for cutting Medicare by 500 Billion dollars, who does that effect ? ME and others like me.

I called the Senators office in Vermont and praised him on his attempt to help us. I also requested a list of the 47 gutless porkers who voted against this bill. The Staffer, who was great, is going to send me a list of the no voters next week.

I am going to email these patriots. I am going to make them famous. I want to know how their standard of living is. I want them to go on Medicare. I will hit the Donut Hole in April/May and will have no prescription covrage. One medication I take for the MS is $ 1800 per month, but thanks to the manufacturer, I pay $ 75.00 every three months, but thats not even easy.

I am a Conservative Republican, kind of an oddball on SSDI, Medicare, and all the other mess. I feel our taxes should help the people and this wonderful country we live in. Instead of denying SSDI a small check, They spend 1 million dollars sudying the mating habit of fruit flies, and crap like that. I am going to list the pork as well. These people waste money like there is no tommorrow. I have been told it takes $ 22,000 per hour to operate Air Force 1, Obama uses it like a Taxi, 2 trips to Copenhagen which was crap. Trying to get the Olympics for Chicago which would have enriched his buddies and then the trip for the fake Global Warming Summit, which was a flop.

Stand by for more, I am not going to let this drop. I am going to make some Senators famous. I hope they sleep well at night after living the lavish lifestyle of semi royalty they live.

Mitchell Thurmer
mthurmer4300@comcast.net
Signal Mountain

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Drug Stores forced to become a Drug Police

It has been a Busy Day. Having to deal with Truck Payments, Power Bill payments, Gas prices here going up 20 cents overnight, I was not in a good mood when it became time to refill my Medications.

I called my locally owned Pharmacy, whose name I will hold. I spoke with one of his techs and explained I had two new scripts on file that needed to be filled. The medications these are refilling were last filled Jan 28. There are 31 days in Jan, therefore, being today is Feb 24, This was the 27th day, today. Feb 28th is on Sunday, which this local owned store is closed. I was trying to get the meds filled tommorrow, simple as that.

I am going to ride to nashville to the VA Hospital with a friend Friday. Saturday I have a gentleman coming to do some repairs on the house the landlord wants done and Sat afternoon, I am going to a Tea Party, Candidate Debate. As you see, I am disabled but I still have a life, Thursday was the natural day to get the meds filled, I am still the CUSTOMER.

Anyway, The Tech said I couldn't get the new scripts filled until Sat 2/27 or Mon 3/1. 3/1 ? That 32 days I told her. I told her I would get back with her,(Before I blew a gasket).

I stewed over this, trying to figure out what could be causing this problem. Is my hair too long, do I not dress formally enough ( This is Signal Mountain after all), what could it be. Then I called My Medicare Part D Provider, Humana.

I spoke with a delightful young lady named Kim and explained my problem. She gladly pulled up my record and said Thursday would be just fine, they have no problem with that. I asked her if it could be a State of Tennessee Problem. She went away for a couple of minutes and came back, stating the State of Tennessee stated you could get the Meds 7 days early, Uh-Huh..

Now, I called my Doctor's Office, Maybe they have "blackballed" me or something. I spoke with my Doctor's Nurse, a Great young lady named Angie, She said they had not restricted my purchases in anyway. I asked her what now, She went away and came back, saying Dr. A. had said for them to refill the meds tommorrow and if they have a problem, let them call. HUBBA

I am going to the Pharmacy in the morning, with my notes and see what happens. There is only one more answer I can possibly see might be involved, The State Of Tennessee.
A couple of years ago, The STATE established a "Clearing House" for script records, especially for controlled substances, to "Help" Doctors and Pharmacies maintain their records. Yeah Right.

I went to the Board website that controls the Pharmacy and Doctors. Every Script they write is entered into a database. Every Script, any script, can trigger an Audit, where a Pharmacist's life will be turned up side down. They are expected to enforce the laws of the state, always being fearful of their own licenses being pulled.

Life is becoming more and more complicated every day, especially for people like myself on Social Security and Medicare. Prices are going up, scripts are forcing me into the donut hole, which will force me to go to the med companies with my hat in my hand looking for help.

Why can't one simple thing as getting a perscription filled be simplified without Big Brother looking over my shoulder and the shoulders of my Doctor and Pharmacist.
Once you get involved with the Govt, i.e. Medicare, you become a servant to the govt.


Beware.

Mitchell Thurmer
mthurmer4300@comcast.net
Signal Mountain

Monday, February 22, 2010

Common Sense, Support Tommy Crangle For Congress

On this day, Feb. 22, 2010, which used to be celebrated as President George Washington's Birthday, Common Sense in Washington must Prevail.

I have been quiet the last few weeks observing the day to day rapidly changing Political Landscape, It is a full-time job. President Obama's Magic Wand has not changed anything, just because he says it did. Democrat Politicians are resigning at an unpresidented rate ( to borrow one of the President's favorite words).
Democrat resignations are a symptom of Politicans who at least can see their future carrer has been plundered by Obama. True Progressive Democrat Congressman will gladly fall on their sword for Obama. They are so enamored with him, there is no cost they will not pay. The State controlled Media reporting is full of the Obama KoolAid, never reporting a "Bad" angle. A perfect example is the continuing denial of the largest hoax in history regarding Global Warming. The UN head of the Climate Change Dept. resigned, I would too ! Can anyone age 40 or over have ever imagined a time when you not could believe your President or your Media in the United States ?

The Conservative Tsunami is gaining strength and can be seen on the horizon.
The American People are awaking from their slumber. The movement to rebuild the Conservative Agenda is building steam quicker than a Three Mile Island Reactor on Steroids. Powerful forces as a movement sweep everything clean in their path, therefore the Tsunami analogy. Washinton DC must be swept, just as you sweep a dirty kitchen floor.

After much consideration, I am putting my full support behind Tommy Crangle to serve as the next Congressman from the State of Tennessee Third Dsitrict in the United States House of Representatives. Tommy is not a career Politican, he is one of us. He knows how to run a business, set deadlines, and meet them. We met and talked at length a couple of months ago. I posed questions straight out and to the point, the answers were the same. Tommy recognizes from the start, he will be a Representative of the People, Not a Politican who will move his agenda to suit a few.

Being Elected to any Public Service position from the bottom to the top, even the Oval Office, is always a Servant to the People. Washington has forgotten this one principal. A loud and clear reminder is on they way. When the Incumbents are removed they MUST NOT be allowed to be placed in other position in the Govt, period. If Obama or any other of his "staff" move these losers into his admninistration, they should be exposed and discraced for continuing this practice. When your'e done, you are DONE.

Next Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2PM - 5 PM, the Republican Candidates for the Third District Seat are debating at Woddland Park Baptist Church. I strongly recommend attending this very important meeting. After the debate, all Candidates will meet with the attendees and answer question and quite simply, let us see the people they are.

Mitchell E. Thurmer
mthurmer4300@comcast.net
Signal Mountain

Thursday, January 21, 2010

An Email to my Cousin in Mass, who is a Conservative

Dear Joanie...

Please, Communicate to your Conservative Friends the gratitude all of us feel. A mighty blow has been struck, almost like the shot heard round the world at Concord. I saw the Bama this morning in an interview with George Stephanopolis on State Controlled Media saying the public is mad. He went on to say that the last 8 years were the root of it all. The man's ego will simply not allow him to admit he is the cause. Bush Bashing until the end, he will keep this up for three more years. He also said that he hasn't communicated enough to the American people. Crap, he hsa had 49 news conferences, 150+ interviews, even on billboards wearing some company's leather jackets.

What a load of crap. The public is so tired of seeing him, they don't even pay attention to what he says. If not for Fox news, no one could make out he is saying in his droneing on and on.

I am going to a Tea Party 1/30, where all the Republican candidates will be present to state their positions and then meet and greet for 2 hours. I have already met with one of them. Tommy Crangle, who is a retired engineer, has been to Iraq 6 times and was in charge of restoring the power grid. Because of my opinion pieces he invited me to have breakfast with him last week. After a 3 hour meeting, I am solidly behind him. You can check him out at
crangleforcongress.com

If there is a forum like Chattanoogan.com up there, get involved. He said that alot of people follow me, that's why he wanted to meet me. I had no idea that people were talking about me.

You can do so much up there you did not know about.
By the way, I am listening online to your station out of Worcester, WTAG
Glenn Beck comes on at 9AM then Rush Limbaugh at 12

Lets Roll my Deat Big Sister
From your little politically active little brother
Love Mitch

Saturday, January 9, 2010

If you use a Credit/Debit Card online, READ THIS

I feel it is my responsibility to tell everyone about what has happened.

I have used my Debit Card online for years to pay for Utilities, Comcast Bills, etc. Normal Transactions which I felt secure on. On 12/29/2009, I noticed 2 events. First, I noticed my Firewall blocking activity from somewhere. Second, I saw 2 pending transactions on my account for $1.01 each. They appeared to be from payment systems.

Further research showed they were actually Adult Website Payment Systems. After online research, I found phone numbers for these people, I use that term loosely.

When I called, 1 even had the gall to ask for my Card Number ! I told them "Hell NO". The "lady" said to "calm down", I again went off, telling her to not to tell me to calm down. Anyway, she told me the Login name used, something like Energy99 or something. I couldn't really understand her anyway.

I called the "other" and pretty much the same deal, except this time I got a "confirmation number", I bet thats a good one.

First, I swear on my Mother's Grave, I have NEVER went to Adult Sites or attempted any of this crap. I can't find any transaction that I have done that is the least bit questionable. Either my Firewall failed somehow or something was obtained, I don't have a clue.

I always have checked my Bank Account every day, seeing what pending and such. I urge everyone, check your activity daily.

My Bank has advised me not to worry. First we killed my card and ordered a new one.
They will refund these charges, Thank God. The Bank advised this happens alot. Beware, watch everything.

Those of us on fixed incomes are especially damaged by this activity. I hope that someone, somewhere, will go after these predators.

I question what I will pay online in the future, so should YOU!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Damn Bus Drivers

This morning, at 11:48 AM I met a Hamilton County School Bus heading North on Taft Highway, Signal Mtn, Dropping off kids in the snow.

The TDOT had not pre-treated the road this time, snow was laying and it was pretty slick. I met the bus about 100 yards after he had dropped of student and was still loaded, I could see the kids standing up.

This Driver was talking on the cell phone, his right hand to the ear and left on the wheel.

I want to know if this allowed, and if not, Enforce it !, If it is, somebody needs to think. This driver needed 100% concentration on the job at hand. I was driving a 4WD pickup and knew very well the road condition.

HCDE can't control the cell phones in the schools, They need to at least control what a driver with a busload of kids is doing.