Levels and Curves: The Health Care Debate

I am going to use this image in the near future for my new flower blog with photo tips called  Singular Sensation, but today it fits to use it here.

Clearing throat.

I am going to assume that someone loves or once loved these neanderthals who are spiking the health care conversation with talk of “death” panels and czars.  It has been roundly debunked, time and time again, by both partisans and non-partisans, but oh no– facts don’t stop them.  I suspect these are the same folks who perpetuate the doubts about the birthing of Obama as well. They give new meaning to the term “birth to death”.

I have a suggestion, birth-to-deathers:  keep on yelling and putting your contorted faces on TV and I totally swear if I can accidentally pull the plug on my way past your hospital room, I’ll try to remember this lesson from the Adobe software for photographers called “Photoshop”.

What goes into your digital camera (photo on left) can be changed into a totally different image, photo on right, through the use of “Levels” and “Curves”.

In other words, you started out in life like all humans: cute, cuddly, in need of a Binky now and then but then…well, something or someone leveled and curved you.

Most of us outgrow the Binky and others, like you, should consider buying one.  They must have adult sizes for mouths so large and gaping that planets, (as in living on another planet) fits in them.  Any time you feel another wail coming on— just pop it in and have another brewskie.

You’ll look better, for one thing.

And, you’ll definitely live longer with your cognitive infirmity– if that’s your mission– because good law abiding folks like myself won’t want to rip your ventilator plug out of the wall and be fine with manslaughter for the sheer sweetness of irony.

©Pat Coakley 2009


9 comments on “Levels and Curves: The Health Care Debate”

  1. Hi Pat,

    Your blog for today is awesome.Thank you.

  2. I’m reminded of this quote from the prologue of Hermann Hesse’s book Demian.

    “Every person’s life is a journey toward himself, the attempt at a journey, the intimation of a path. No person has ever been completely himself, but each one strives to become so, some gropingly, others more lucidly, according to his abilities. Each one carries with him to the end traces of his birth, the slime and eggshells of a primordial world. Many a one, never becomes a human being, but remains a frog, lizard, or ant. Many a one is a human being above and a fish below. But each one is a gamble of Nature, a hopeful attempt at forming a human being.”

    So from where I stand, I’d say there are a lot of people who still haven’t evolved very far.

    • What a fabulous quote, Razz. If I were a surrealist painter I would bring that quote to life. But, I have to deal with working on my own humanity while surrounded by these frogs, lizards, or ants. But, wait! I mean no insult to frogs, lizards or ants. I don’t think the birth-to-deathers have evolved that far.

  3. Nice rant, Pat. I’ve always been a news junkie of sorts, but I just can’t tolerate this crap lately — so I turn it off and can’t even stand to read Huffington post anymore. It’s just depressing that the simple minded seem to be winning.

    Razzbufnik’s quote is a good one indeed — and very visual. Why does the journey for so many become truncated and their development so stunted? I suspect our culture does not support that journey, and in fact works against it.

    • Thanks, Don. I think this is a good example of eloquent irritability with a few frills and furbelows (I just learned this phrase this morning: flounces and flourishes (as in dressmaking ) I also cannot stomach any length of exposure but simply reading and the occasional visual on TV is enough to discourage participation.

  4. This whole debate sends chills down my spine. If you can go to prison for assisting the death of a suffering loved one, then I think this bunch of death-panel junkies should euthanise each other, thus improving the species by removing themselves from it. Just because someone has had more ‘life years’ as one article called living longer doesn’t mean that we should allow the lower life forms of the human race to discard him/her as worthless. Oooh it makes my blood boil. If only we belonged to one of the planet’s societies where old age is revered. What’s wrong with us?

    • Epic, I’m confused about your boiling blood ( euthanising the non existent death panel or those who are making it up so no sane conversation about these issues can ensue?)… but don’t want to rile your blood up more by asking for clarification. This topic is so wrapped in fears that it is hard to process for me. But, when folks make crap up, then that’s when I blow my gasket. I’ve been the person to make end of life decisions. They don’t have to add ignorant scare tactics to make this life and, this situation, any more complicated than it already is. change of subject: Cooking anything good these days?? You’ve not been bloggin’ too much so wondered if you were traveling?

  5. Is this trend new? The brainwashed bullhorning of AM radio and cable news infotainers’ opinions, that is. Actually, I don’t even know if they qualify as opinions – that would assume a recognition of at least some facts. “Edicts” may be a more accurate word. Commandments shouted down from the “heavens” of AM radio and cable news, relayed with the panache of door-to-door salesmen, accredited by the mystical, ingrained in minds by the fear of being burned alive like the straw man they just heard go up in flames. Ack… If there’s one thing I fear it’s anti-intellectualism becoming mainstream.

    Thank goodness for Jon Stewart and the Daily Show.

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