The feast of St. Blaise

St. Blaise

All these years, and I still had no idea why St. Blaise’s day is celebrated today by blessing throats. So I looked on Google. It’s because on his way to being beheaded, St. Blaise (an Armenian physician) is said to have healed a kid with a fish bone stuck in his throat. (His own throat wasn’t in very good shape after that, though.)

Some deaths are more important than others

Ann Coulter
I apologize in advance if anyone is offended by my calling Ann Coulter a fucking cunt:

On Fox & Friends weekend edition, conservative pundit Ann Coulter told cohost Tucker Carlson that her friend’s sister had passed away over the weekend after putting off medical attention because she had lost her insurance coverage under Obamacare.

“This does have real world consequences: I got up the other morning and got an email from a friend saying, ‘My sister almost died because of Obamacare,’” Coulter said.

Coulter said the friend’s sister was kicked off her insurance when Blue Shield pulled out of California, put off going to emergency room despite having a fever because she didn’t have insurance, until she went into septic shock on Thursday. Over the weekend, the friend passed away.

“That is completely shocking,” Tucker Carlson said.

“But it isn’t,” Coulter responded. “It’s expected. We knew this would happen. It’s a horrible story, and people need to know about these stories. I emailed her and asked her if I could tweet this, and she said, ‘Julie would be very happy for you to tweet this.’”

As long-time readers know, I had not one, but two life-threatening conditions that couldn’t have been treated without Obamacare. So, you know, no sympathy here. Because Ann Coulter makes enough money that she could have paid for her friend’s sister to go to the fucking doctor — and didn’t. So.

Please help if you can

Undercarriage Subaru Forester

I had a feeling this was going to be a bad one. I just got the dreaded call from the mechanic: It’s the catalytic converter, and it’s going to cost $586. (That’s almost an entire month’s rent.)

A couple of you have already donated, and I’m grateful. If there’s anyone else who can spare a few bucks, please donate. I’d really, really appreciate any help at all.

‘s no joke

Gas Station in the Snow

I was out shoveling snow this morning. I don’t know why I did that; it’s supposed to snow all day and it’s predicted that we’ll get nine inches.

But it was so wet and gloppy, I figured I’d just do the pathway – for the mailman, I told myself.

And this is the thing about middle age: You keep forgetting you’re old now. You remember other mornings, cheerily shoveling snow, and it seems like a nice, brisk start to the day.

It isn’t. Not unless it’s that nice, light, fluffy snow. Not like this.

So I’ve pulled out my entire right side and everything hurts. All this, for the illusion that I’m young again. Oy.

Coincidence, prescience or just a good week?

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I mean, I’m sure we can rule out guilty conscience, right? So it’s either personal, or it involved losing money:

Bloomberg reported on Friday that Mike Dueker, chief economist at Russell Investments, was found dead on the side of a Tacoma highway in Washington state. Police have stated that it appears he took his own life.

“He may have jumped over a 4-foot fence before falling down a 40- to 50-foot embankment… the death appeared to be a suicide.”

A statement released by Russell Investments read, in part:

“Mike was highly respected and regarded at Russell Investments and in the broader financial services industry. In the five years that he worked at Russell, he made valuable contributions that helped our clients and many of his fellow associates.”

But wait – there’s more. Last Sunday, William Broeksmit – a former senior manager for Deutsche Bank – was found hanging in his South Kensington, London home. He was 58 years old. The Daily Mail reports that the death was “non suspicious.”

Creeped out yet? If not, this should do it.

Completing the macabre hat-trick, consider that last Tuesday, Gabriel Magee, a vice president of JPMorgan Chase & Co in London, apparently jumped to his death from a building in the Canary Wharf financial district plunging 500 feet to his death after hurling himself off the roof of the JPMorgan Chase and Co.’s European headquarters. Again, police ruled the death a suicide.

Another one bites the dust

Funny that they released it on Super Bowl Sunday:

TRENTON, N.J. — A member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration who has been subpoenaed in an alleged political payback investigation has resigned.

Christina Genovese Renna left the governor’s office Friday, the same day former Christie loyalist David Wildstein claimed to have evidence contradicting the governor’s account of a lane closing operation, apparently to create traffic chaos as a political vendetta.

Renna reported to Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly, who apparently set the lane closings in motion with an email to Wildstein.

Renna confirmed her resignation to The Associated Press through a statement Sunday from her lawyer, Henry Klingeman.

In it, Renna says she has been considering leaving since after the November election, which Christie won decisively.

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