January 1, 2008

The Mittster Mash: Romney Was a Tax-Raiser in Massachusetts

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:00 pm

From “The REAL Mitt Romney” Video (which is really a “view the whole thing” creation) –

At 4:45 of the vid, former Boston Herald reporter Virginia Buckingham is talking to MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson, at about the time Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney announced his candidacy, about his fiscal record while he was Governor of Massachusetts:


The Mittster Mash: Romney Was Against the 2003 Bush Tax Cuts Before He Was For Them

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 pm

(To the tune of “The Monster Mash“)

This is to be the first of quite a few posts,
That will show why Mitt Romney and his bid should be toast.

This man is much more scary than any mere ghost.
And thus should be rejected by the voters coast to coast.

We’re doin’ the Mash.
We’re doin’ the Mittster Mash.
The Mittster Mash.
It’s fueled by tons of cash.
The Mittster Mash.
Of his credibility we will make hash.
The Mittster Mash.
We’re doin’ the Mittster Mash.

Mittster Mash posts will go up periodically between now and just after midnight on January 3 ahead of the Iowa caucuses.


Jan. 1, 8:00 p.m. Mittster Mash — Romney “did not agree with” the Bush tax cuts of 2003, yet criticizes opponents who opposed them now.

From the April 11, 2003 Boston Globe (ProQuest database article saved to BizzyBlog hard drive for fair use and discussion purposes; HT EyeOn08) — two days after the fall of Baghdad, Romney would not endorse the proposed Bush tax cuts on dividend income and capital gains (bolds are mine):

Positivity: Man beats 1% survival odds after artery bursts

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:57 am

From Rochester, NY:

(December 23, 2007) — Trying to save Bruce “Spud” Szpakowski when his main blood vessel burst in August was as dramatic and messy as any ER episode.

His 17-year-old son, Alex, rushed him to Rochester General Hospital. Szpakowski had felt a severe, stabbing side pain at their Irondequoit home and told Alex to get him to the hospital. On the three-mile trip, the father collapsed in the front seat and turned a deathly gray.

Szpakowski’s wife, Eileen Halloran, whom Alex had frantically consulted by cell phone for directions, also raced to the emergency department entrance.

“Spud is being pulled out of the passenger side, looking dead, and I was screaming, ‘Is he breathing? Is he breathing?’” Halloran recounted.

Inside, a bedside ultrasound by Dr. Bryan Gargano, emergency room physician, revealed an aortic aneurysm had ruptured in the abdomen.

Dr. Patrick Riggs, chief of vascular surgery, alerted the operating room crew to get ready as he approached the 49-year-old patient’s side.

Riggs felt no pulse.

Szpakowski received chest compressions as he .was rolled to the operating room.

“For all intents and purposes, he’s dead,” said Riggs. But the team — including vascular surgeon Kevin Geary, anesthesiologist Jeff Rosenberg and scrub nurse Ginny Thomas— went to work.

Riggs cut down the middle of the abdomen and blood spilled over the table and their shoes.

“You have to reach in and operate on feel,” said Riggs. Szpakowski’s aorta, not pulsating, felt like everything around it. Riggs found and clamped it off..

Sewing the graft in place was like fighting underwater, said Riggs, a surgeon since 1994.

Until bags of blood could be hung and secured to pressurized devices, the anesthesiologist held and squeezed the bags in the air.

A cell-saving device sucked the spilled blood from the abdomen and strained out and returned the red cells. He received about 10 units of blood that way, as well as transfusions of 23 units of blood, 10 units of fresh frozen plasma and 10 units of cryoprecipitate to help restore blood clotting factors. The average adult body contains 10 pints of blood.

An hour of hectic work had gone by. The odds of survival kept dropping.

Szpakowski was so swollen that his abdomen couldn’t be sewn shut or he wouldn’t be able to breathe. So his incision was covered but not closed for days. His anxious family was able to see him in the surgical intensive care unit.

The next day, members of the medical team high-fived in the hall, amazed that Szpakowski was still alive. Griggs estimates that less than 1 percent of people in Szpakowski’s situation — ruptured aneurysm, major blood loss and needing chest compressions — survive. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.

Happy New Year to All!

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:03 am

To a blessed 2008: