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Killing because you can
From the pen of Norman Ray Fitts
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Save the Planet? The Planet doesn't care

I keep hearing people say "Save the Planet" well, we can't destroy the planet only the sun can. We can destroy to environment we need to survive but the planet doesn't care. We are just parasites on its skin and occasionally it scratches the itch.


Posted by nrfitts at 6:34 PM CDT
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Sunday, 1 September 2013
Poison Gas
Topic: Killing because you can
We keep hearing about the use of poison gas on the population. Well the way I see it, you have to look at it like this. You do away with the borders and look at humanity as a single group. Is it okay for any group to just poison helpless men, women and children. I say no. This is black and white. You are against it or you condone it. If you're against it you do whatever you can to stop it. If you condone it you simply look the other way. Those are your only choices.

Posted by nrfitts at 4:05 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, 2 September 2013 8:45 AM CDT
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Thursday, 1 December 2011
School lunches
You know the government, state or national, keeps trying to modify the lunch menu for our kids at school. No matter how healthy it is, it has calories. What they need to do is make PE (Physical Education) mandatory again with a credit for it, and not to just sit around for an hour. They have to participate in a physical activity if nothing else jogging around the track and for younger kids, Tag or something, but something. It needs to be K-12. What it will do is form a habit that could last a lifetime.

Posted by nrfitts at 10:44 AM CST
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Why we didn't get a space shuttle, what were they thinking...
New York was given a shuttle and they did nothing to earn it. We did everything to earn it and we got a toy shuttle and a used 747, but there is one thing that we have that can never be taken away. When the Eagle landed on the moon the first words spoken were "Houston, Tranquility Base, the Eagle has landed" The very first word ever spoken from another world was "Houston"

They said we are not enough of an attraction to get the shuttle. Well, don't you think that the opprotunity to see the city whose name was the first spoken from another world, and the place where every American manned space flight was controlled from and all of the astronauts lived and trained, would be an attraction if it were advertised to the world.

Posted by nrfitts at 10:31 AM CST
Updated: Monday, 2 September 2013 8:52 AM CDT
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Monday, 22 June 2009
Public Health Plan Solution

Federally run healthcare let’s see: Right now we have one. It’s called Medicare. If you ask it’s very popular. Yes it needs to be refunded. The premise is, you pay into it while you’re young and let it help look after you when you’re older. Let’s just take the structure they have in place for that and expand it to cover everyone.

 

Paying for it, well let’s see. Medicare shows up on your paycheck every payday. Let’s rename it “Patientcare.” I think the average deduction for the private health care provided by your company for a family is about $150 a payday. You also pay for Medicare each payday. Let’s just combine those together and fund a National Health Care System. If you’re out of work and qualify for unemployment put in place a requirement that the same premium can be withheld from those payments at the worker’s choice. If you are retired you will still continue to receive a Medicare form of coverage that is deducted from your social security payments and perhaps from the payments people receive from pension funds as well.

 

Now we get to those that don’t fall into any of those categories. The emergency room networks set up across the country generally take care of those. If you want to help supplement those facilities allow a tax credit to the hospitals that treat those individuals as long as they are delivering verifiable, good quality, basic services.

 

Let’s say including Medicare and what they would pay for company sponsored insurance the average worker pays about $400.00 ($200 each payday) a month. Let’s say we have a work force of about 90,000,000 so the private sector would contribute $432,000,000,000.00. The government would create a reserve fund of let’s say $100,000,000,000 the first year to get it started and then to back it up. Make that fund untouchable for any other purpose. Each budget year they would adjust the fund back to that level. The average person is basically paying for it on month-to-month bases, but it’s nothing they aren’t paying for anyway so the government does not have to foot the entire bill. You could still have a co-pay in place of let’s say $35 and the same standard deductibles in place.

 

As for drugs, generics only cost $4 to $10 without insurance and the others would be covered at 80%.

 

Drug companies could be allowed a tax credit if they supply their products at reduced prices to the program. Allow the federal government to determine the level of services that will be delivered since they are administering the program, but they have to be accountable for their decisions.

 

The pay out system would work the same as it does with the insurance companies. Providers would bill the fund for their services. This would also mean that the Federal Government would have to become as versed with health industry as the insurance companies are. They would have to review new things coming into the system and decide how to handle them. With this huge customer base research and development could be stream lined to allow products into the system at a better price point.

 

As always if someone elects to not carry the coverage and wants to go with private coverage that will be between them and the insurance companies. With this as an alterative it will certainly stimulate competition in the private sector. They would however still be responsible for Medicare since they will draw on that when they retire.

 

The problem we run into with insurance companies is that they handle small businesses and individuals as separate inanities. A small business with only 3 or 4 employees doesn’t have enough people paying into the system to be able to get insurance at a rate they can afford. This system would look at the total number of people contributing to system regardless of where they work and you get a rate based on the 90,000,000 paying into it. In fact as long as you can pay the premium of say $400 a month you retain your insurance. It could also cover part time employees, temps or the self-employed.  The fund would not care about anything except the premium payment. Insurance companies could do the same thing if they wanted to.

 

We think of the government as them and us, as us. Well folks I have news for you them are us. “Of the people, by the people and for the people” it’s in the constitution. Our government is easily controlled through the “VOTE”. We vote them in and we can vote them out.

 

Someone once argued, “Would you want a bureaucrat standing between you and your doctor.” Right now you have an insurance agent standing between you and your doctor and you have no control over him.

 

And last but not least anyone who is caught and convicted of fraud goes to prison forever. 

 


Posted by nrfitts at 1:45 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 23 June 2009 12:00 PM CDT
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Sunday, 21 December 2008
A Christmas Tale

 

 

It was the week before Christmas and I reported for work. I went into the office and checked my e-mail. Low and behold the first one was from my General Manager. It contained a copy of the Christmas week schedule and to my surprise my name wasn’t on it.

 

This is a story that has been repeated many times in the last few months. The one difference here was I had hired on at Garden Ridge as an assistant manager two months earlier and wasn’t told it would be a seasonal job. I had a choice of companies and chose them because there was only a sixty-day waiting time for health insurance instead of the normal ninety-day wait. My wife and I are both diabetic and really need the health insurance.They needed the extra help for the season and lied to me to get it. The way I was told reminds me of a joke.

 

 

A drill Sergeant at boot camp was delivered a message to give  to one of the recruits. It seemed the recruit’s mother had passed away. At muster that morning he stepped up and announced that the recruit’s mother was dead.  The base commanding officer overheard this and called the sergeant aside and asked him to handle it more discreetly the next time it happened. Well it happened again. At muster that morning he asked that everyone whos mother was alive to take one step back. As that began to happen he announced "Private Jones, just a minute.”

 

The e-mail  was the GM’s way of saying “Mr. Fitts, just a minute.” The Joke was certainly on me. But loosing the health insurance we were counting on has injured my wife, and myself, so I fail to see the humor in it.


Posted by nrfitts at 7:37 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, 21 December 2008 11:45 PM CST
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Saturday, 20 December 2008
Thoughts on Gun Control

I hear all sorts of conversation on gun control. Well, lets boil it down to its simplest form. Here are the terms under which I would consider giving up the private ownership of handguns. Now I’m talking about handguns because, lets face it, you can access and use handguns much quicker than the rifle or shotgun that is stored on a rack, in a closet, or in a cabinet. And in defense of yourself, or your family, speed is of the essence. So here we go, if I can be absolutely assured that no one else will ever have access to one, or an armed guard can be assigned to me and my family twenty-four hours a day for protection, I would be happy to give them up.

 

Now lets talk about the real world. First of all lets get this question out of the way. How often do I think I would ever need to defend myself, or my family, from an armed assailant? Lets face it guys, we only have one life so I’d say once in a lifetime would be enough, so back to my original terms. No one can, or would, promise or provide me with either one of the above-mentioned options.

 

Now what about laws, you can’t legislate morality, or even good sense so what makes anyone think they can legislate against the ownership of handguns or how they are used. You will make some people very rich supplying handguns to anyone who wants them. Mostly the bad guys because law-abiding citizens, even if they don’t agree with the law, would abide by it. You can’t remove the threat of handguns to the general public no matter what you do. Look at the drug trade. It’s illegal but it’s flourishing. Where does most of it come from? Even if you ban the production of handguns in this country there will always be a supplier somewhere in the world. As long as someone wants something there will always be someone to provide it. Through the entire course of human history it has always been so. What really makes the world safe from World War III? Right now, no one wants to go toe-to-toe with the United States. Why, it’s because we have the biggest gun on the block and we are the only country in history to ever pull the nuclear trigger. Fortunately for the rest of the world, as a country, we have evolved. We have learned the lesson of the ages. You can’t force your way of life on everyone else. No one country can stand against the rest of humanity.

 

That leaves one solution to the gun control problem, human evolution. Man, in general, has to out-grow his need to harm himself. You may dismiss that thought because it isn’t a short-term way out of the mess we’re in, but if you think about it, it’s most likely the way it will happen. People, for the most part, are a product of their environment so if you want to legislate something, legislate the time and technology to fix it.


Posted by nrfitts at 7:12 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, 21 December 2008 11:46 PM CST
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