November 10th, 2018

#6412: Another person asking to remain unemployed.

Ambulance driver says Trump supporters will die in his ambulance. He hasn't worked for the city since June, but if he is working anywhere else in that capacity, he needs to be de-employed.

This isn't about his political opinions, or not exactly. You see, even as a medical professional, you're allowed to have whatever political opinions you like. You can love Trump or hate him, or be completely indifferent, and that's 100% fine. You can even have an intense dislike for Trump voters. But that intense dislike starts to be a problem comes when you say (particularly in public) that you will refuse treatment to Trump supporters.

That goes in all directions. You may hate black people with the heat of a thousand suns, but you can't go around saying "black people will die in my ambulance", let alone actually make good on the threat. Anyone saying something like that would find himself dis-employed soonest, and no one in the industry would touch him with 10-foot pole thereafter.

If nothing else, it's a matter of liability: if a Trump supporter were to die in "his" ambulance, the victim's family could sue, sue, sue. I know what my answer would be to that situation.

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Most people don't get 38 violations in twelve years. The guy has five cars, which have been booted because he apparently hasn't paid any of his parking tickets. And he's whining that he now can't afford to pay the eight grand in fines that he owes, and claims he'll have to file for bankruptcy.

The post cites a CBS news article:
Some might believe that if you follow the law and adhere to the penalties if you break it, you won't get into hot water with the city, but that's not the case for everyone.
Except that the guy who owns these five cars is not adhering to the penalties. If he were, he wouldn't owe eight grand in past-due fines.

The closing paragraphs of the post offer the best advice: sell one of the cars and use the proceeds from that sale to pay the fines. Problem solved.

But no, this is just more racism in a racist world, isn't it? It's not happening to this guy because he's ignored the tickets and the law, oh, no! It's because of racism!

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The flipside of the "opioid crisis" is that lots of doctors now refuse to prescribe pain medication at all. Seems to me there ought to be some kind of middle ground, here, between "prescribe Vicodin by the case!" and "it's just a broken leg, have a couple aspirin when you get home."

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Yes, they are stealing the election down there. Salient point:
On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on Election Day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night.
Strange how there's a Democrat bias in all these newly-discovered ballots. No?

Whenever this stuff happens, this is the way it always goes, and it always results in a "narrow" Democrat victory. There's a lot going on in Broward County, and it's all shady--I mean, how do you just discover an additional seventy-eight thousand uncounted votes?

I mean, this is a big problem, isn't it? Assume that the ballots are real. 78,000 votes is not a minor omission. If the Democrat had won, initially, those 78,000 votes would have gone uncounted, and that's 78,000 people you've just disenfranchised. Even if we assume the ballots are real (which they almost certainly are not) this means a staggering level of incompetence by the agency charged with collecting and tallying those votes!

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18° last night. Yeesh.

...but I stick to my prediction that this will be a relatively warm and dry winter.