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Medical Treatment Programs (A Comparison)

 Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint.

Both have trouble walking and appear to require hip surgery.

The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then pending the review boards decision on his age and remaining value to society.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The FIRST is a Golden Retriever taken to a vet.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen on Obama care..

In November, if there is no change in government, there are a lot of people that  will all need to find a good vet!

Wood Badge

In 10 minutes, I’m leaving for Beaumont Scout Reservation to start my first of two weekends for Wood Badge training. Excited, and a bit nervous, all at the same time. 

It’s going to be a very hot weekend. Temperatures are expected to be near 100 degrees all three days. I’m not quite as acclimated to the heat as I was earlier this summer when I took my Webelos to week long summer camp. This may be a very rough three days.


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Police in Ferguson, Missouri plan to release the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown.  A law enforcement source tells FOX 2 reporter Chris Regnier that the name will be released on Friday. The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of demonstrations since Brown died last weekend.

 State troopers are taking over security in this St. Louis suburb after days of clashes between local police and protesters.

Gov. Jay Nixon said he decided to put the Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge of security because “at this particular point, the attitudes weren’t improving, and the blocks towards expression appeared to be a flashpoint.”

Lately, the community of Ferguson, which has been the scene of demonstrations and a strong police response in the wake of a weekend police shooting that left African-American teenager Michael Brown dead, has looked “more like a war zone, and it’s not acceptable,” Nixon said.

Now, authorities — who’ve faced accusations that they’ve used excessive force in response to demonstrations — will be taking a different tack in an effort to calm tensions, officials said Thursday.

“We’re all about making sure that we allow peaceful and appropriate protests, that we use force only when necessary, that we step back a little bit and let some of the energy be felt in this region, appropriately,” Nixon said

Chosen by the state’s governor to head up the new security operation, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said he planned to meet with protesters Thursday.

“We are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we’re in this together,” he said.

As groups of protesters grew Thursday evening, the demonstrations were calm.

Some said they were prepared for police aggression, despite what authorities have promised.

“Gas me, shoot me, I will stand my ground,” one protester’s sign said.

Time will tell if the new police tactics work, said Patricia Bynes, Democratic committeewoman for Ferguson Township.

“Things usually tend to turn once the sun starts going down. … I think the test is going to be this evening,” she said.

Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who was arrested at a demonstration in Ferguson Wednesday, said he’s already noticed the new tone.

“Really, it has been the police presence, the heavy-handed presence, which has escalated the situation and I think led to the violence each night. And so it’s good to see this new approach,” he said. “Already there is a different attitude and a different interaction between the crowd and police, and I am very hopeful for a peaceful night.”

For once, there’s some good news coming out of Ferguson


The Highway Patrol of St. Louis has taken over for the St. Louis PD. Their captain is from Ferguson, and has been marching with the protesters. 

From Reddit’s Live Feed:




This is the first thing I’ve seen from our law enforcement, and government leaders, that has made a lick of sense since this tragedy began.

Praying that the MSHP can finally bring a night of peace and security to the people of #Ferguson.

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