Thursday, August 31, 2017

Random Musings

Aetna is in hot water this week after several groups filed a class-action lawsuit against the health insurer saying they violated the privacy of customers by sending many of them letters through which the phrase "filling prescriptions for HIV" was visible through envelope windows.

The lead plaintiff is listed by the pseudonym Andrew Beckett—a nod to the Tom Hanks character in Philadelphia—and is described as a "52-year-old Bucks County [Pa.] man, whose sister learned from an unopened large-window envelope that arrived in their mail that he was taking HIV medications."

He was, in fact, HIV-negative but on a regimen of prophylactic medication meant to guard against getting HIV.

An Aetna spokesperson did not comment on whether the company was aware of HIV-negative individuals who are not currently taking medication and who received the letters, nor did they comment on the class-action lawsuit.

I understand their privacy being violated, and any time your personal health information is made public in any way is awful, but I cannot help but be saddened by the fact that almost forty years into this epidemic there is still this stigma over HIV, a completely manageable condition.

Still, Aetna should be ashamed of themselves for the error.
Wasn’t it great how “President” _____ could take a visit to a disaster area and turn it into some sort of political reelection rally?
“What a crowd! What a turnout!”
That’s what he said to people who stood on the streets; people who’d been rained and flooded out of their homes. And later that same day he took the time to tell people that his response would be the best response ever:
“Nobody has seen something like this. We won’t say congratulations. We don’t want to do that. We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished.”
And yet he never spoke to one single victim of the hurricane.

PS He was selling his USA hat through hsi personal business website for $40 because if anyone is to make money off a devastating hurricane, it should be Donald _____.
I just realized ... because I’m slooooooow ... how much I love Stevie Nicks.


See this week it hit me that every time a Nicks song comes on the radio, I turn it up and sing along loudly and, probably, badly all the way through the end, and then sing it in my head for the rest of the day.
Ah, a bit of good news coming out of the Charlottesville hate rally ... One of the alt-right thugs who viciously assaulted a black protestor has arrested in Ohio.

Yup, police arrested white supremacist Dan Borden, the white supremacist who was identified as assaulting Deandre Harris, through pictures posted to social media. Borden has been charged with “malicious wounding” and awaiting extradition to Charlottesville.

As with all alt-right thugs who feel they are in the right in their hatred, Borden began running like a little bitch after he assaulted Harris; he had his little band of thug-friends busted open Harris’ head with their wood switches, broke his wrist and chipped a tooth.

I hope he gets a nice roommate in prison.
Look here, another Hate Baker ... Tastries, a Bakersfield, California bakery, was exposed on Facebook as being a discriminatory company ...because God ... by Sam Salazar, a customer who was refused service by the bakery after he said the cake he was ordering would be for a gay wedding:
“Tastries Bakery… so we just went with some friends to do a cake tasting for a wedding cake and we were referred to another bakery. Apparently they don’t “believe” in same sex marriage, so they refused to make the cake. I’m not even sure how to react or feel right now. So just be aware if you choose to spend your money there.”

And now Tastries owner, bigot baker Cathy Miller is speaking out:
“Our family are Christians. We love everyone. God created everyone … There are certain things that violate my conscience and my conscience will not allow me to participate in things that I feel are wrong. Our business is God’s business. We work for him…Participating in a celebration of a same-sex marriage goes against my conscience. I shouldn’t be picked on because of my beliefs.”
Once again, you dumbass, you cannot say you “love everyone” and then say “God created everyone” and deny services because they’re gay; that isn’t love, that’s discrimination and hate, m’kay?

And, again, as I’ve said to you bakers and florists who won’t serve The Gays, you are not participating in the wedding; you are not invited; you are not family—well, some of you might be ... wink wink; you are a business doing a job for which you are paid.

What you are doing is hate, and if you’d ask God, you’d know She isn’t happy about that.
Speaking of Christian Love ... mega-church pastor, and multi-millionaire, Joel Osteen didn’t open his huge church to victims of Hurricane Harvey this week even though he says his ministry is dedicated to helping the needy. But then, to Osteen, wealth is the gospel he preaches about, and the dollar is his God, so, you know, helping poor people, displaced people? Ick.


But once folks on social media began taking him to task, wondering why his Lakewood Church, which has room for 50,000 congregants, with additional open spaces for beds and cots for many others, wasn’t open, Osteen, first, tried to deflect.


And by deflect I mean lie.
“We have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center to those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm.”
Oh, so once every other facility gets filled, you’ll open your doors?

But then why, “pastor”, did you and your church staff initially say the church basement and first floor were flooded, even posting pictures of the water. Only to be called out because the “flooding” wasn’t in the church but in the parking garage? The actual “stadium” part of the church is a lot higher.

And why did it take social media, and news organizations, pointing out that Joel Osteen wasn’t doing anything other than tweeting about the flood to get an ALLEGEDLY  “Good Christian” to lend a hand?

And then church officials released a statement saying that even if they wanted to open Lakewood as a shelter, “the streets surrounding the church are already so flooded … Lakewood is inaccessible.” So inaccessible that there were a bunch of cars parked in the parking lot yesterday ...

Here’s a couple of things to note ... nearly every mosque in Houston instantly opened their doors to those affected by the storm, no matter their faith, while Joel Osteen sat in his $10 million mansion in Houston’s affluent River Oaks.


While his neighborhood was affected by flooding, Osteen’s home was unaffected and yet he didn’t offer to house any of his neighbors.

Good Christian.
Kathy Griffin cannot let anything go, because all publicity is good publicity in her mind.

After that photo shoot where she stood with the severed head of Donald _____ she was fired from several jobs, including her New Year’s Eve gig with BFF Anderson Cooper.

Cooper maintained that he and Griffin were still friends, but he thought her photo shoot was in bad taste; still, he stood behind CNN’s decision to fire the comedian.

Well, Kathy wants y’all to know she is no longer friends with Cooper because he did not reach out to her before commenting publically. Griffin went on to say the _____’s were out to destroy her and she no longer has a career and boo hoo boo hoo ...

Only now she’s saying she’s not sorry she did the photo shoot.

Look, Kathy, make up your goddamned mind. Either it was a mistake or it wasn’t; it was in bad taste or it wasn’t.

And we now know you’re the kind of friend who won’t accept criticism from anyone, even your own friends, and will cut anyone off if they cross you.

You lose, Kathy. You lose.
I need a palate cleanser now, and so ...

Andre Ziehe, a Brazilian model, who wears mostly underwear and does so brilliantly, is the Hot Man of the Week. He rocks a suit, he rocks a blanket, but mostly he rocks the underwear.


Just sayin’.
In Karma Is A Bitch news ... Ashlee Marie Preston, a trans female, took aim at Caitlyn Jenner at an LGBT event for voting for _____:
“It’s really f**ked up you continue to support somebody that tears us down. It’s really f**ked up.”
Jenner said nothing.
“Nobody wants you here … it’s really ridiculous. You’re a f**king fraud.”
And as a bystander stepped in to try and defuse the situation, Preston became more angry:
“We are complicit. Taking her money and doing all that, it makes us complicit. It goes against the mission.”
Brava, Ashlee Marie, for calling out Caitlyn for her hypocrisy.

I doubt she heard you though, unless there was a television camera around. Jenner is just like those “gays” in Deplorable Pride, who stand by and support this Bigot-In-Chief while he attacks our community.

They are f**king frauds.

12 comments:

Deedles said...

Andre Ziehe can clean my palate any time!

the dogs' mother said...

Notice Anderson Cooper flying around in a helicopter today with rescue squads. :-)

anne marie in philly said...

xstains are evil individuals.

melanoma dump is no joe biden.

Dave R said...

What Cathy Miller will never understand is that if she worked for Jesus he'd tell her to "shut up and bake the cake while I welcome these people into my house."

And you can bet there will be a hot time in Hell when Osteen gets there!

Mitchell is Moving said...

I was overwhelmed with all this until your photo of Joe Biden and the outfit Melania plagiarized!

krayolakris said...

Proving once again, in so many ways, this the best blog in the universe!

mistress maddie said...

I don't mind Melania...she is beautiful and that's about it. Not the brightest crayon in the box though......

Bob Slatten said...

@krayolakris
Shucks.

Raybeard said...

I hear on this morning's news that he-who-shan't-be-named is giving one million dollars of his OWN money (own? debatable!) towards the flood relief - which his own action is exacerbating. Oh, the self-sacrifice! But credit where credit is due, so give that man a pat on the back (and then a hefty kick up the arse.)

Bob Slatten said...

@Raybeard
Perhaps it's money he raised selling the USA ball cap he wore in Houston ... with "_____" emblazoned on the back?
But then that would just be about $120 so .... he lies.

Helen Lashbrook said...

I'll believe der Trumpenfuhrer has given $1 million when he physically hands over the cash to the disaster relief fund (even then it wu9ld probably me money he scragged off some innocent tourist wandering into one of his gaudy hotels (didya see the new interior décor at the WH? Boring or what?)

I love Rhiannon!

Kirk said...

Love Stevie.