…..well folks BIG NEWS!!!    its the 7th and final choice for my theme song…..and thanks to all of your feedback and voting….thousands of people writing in!!!!    Better Things will now be the song played before each of my Posts. written by Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks….I think the last line of the chorus says it all ” I hope tomorrow, you’ll find Better Things”   I like the sentiment, I Love the song….Its official…..I would like to get someone to record a new version for me, so if you have a band, like I did up till about 2 years ago, i will accept all submissions for great cover versions of this song!! get to Work!! Before I do it myself and i already know I cant hit some of the notes in the chorus anymore!!!

ive got a potpourri, if you will of things to talk about tonight…..none of which are tattoos!!!    Man I took some heat on that one…….But its ok, I got it….alot of you love your tattoos……dont regret any of them….I find it interesting I only heard from guys with tattoos…..I didnt hear from one woman with a tattoo……i heard from women, but they were all on my side….just saying…..I have to say this for my friend DS…..Youre right…Nobody should do or not do anything to themselves because of what I say here. I wasnt here to tell you not to do it. I was here to tell you…..you’re dead to me if you do!!!!    Im kidding im kidding….everybody relax!

ok Lets start with samuel jackson……ok …so if you didnt see his promo video or read about this…..Sammy is challenging all the celebrities who did the ice bucket challenge to now step up to the plate one more time and videotape themselves singing this song…..I will write the lyrics….theres not a whole lot of melody, trust me:   “I can hear my neighbor crying ‘I can’t breathe,’ now I’m in the struggle and I can’t leave, calling out the violence of the racist police. We ain’t gonna stop till people are free.”       so, yknow…if you havent figured it out by the “I Cant Breathe” line…..this is about Eric garner, the man in New york who was choked to death on camera for selling non taxed cigarettes.   yeah yeah, obviously theres alot more to it than that, especially the fact that the white police officer who choked this Black man to death has no charges against him.   And Im not saying this was racist….Trayvon Martin, what happened in ferguson….I think theres a better case there for racism of some sort……..but 6 cops on this guy, eric garner….hes screaming he cant breathe about 6 times and 10 seconds later he was dead……..somebody does have to be accountable for taking this guys life, right?     Now….I have a hard time seeing Jimmy fallon singing this song, or Taylor swift or many other people….i think alot of pr people and publicists are gonna beg them not to do that…..maybe travolta will step up, definitely Al sharpton……Im outraged sam…I am…sam, I am…..but dude….i think you just need to stand up and say this:

There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.” Now… I been sayin’ that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You’d be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here… he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.

(Pulp fiction)

Im sure most of you knew that, Basically i guess what im saying sir, mr jackson…I have Mad respect for you, and I get that youre really pissed….But singing this song is just not gonna fix the problem……but having said that……Thanks at least for trying Sam.

I want to talk about Health and Health Care…..its been on my mind. Lets start off with the General topic of peoples health:  People in this country tend to be less and less healthy while more and more of us seem to say we are eating better and exercising…..why is this? Im not just talking about us 40 and 50 year olds, but people in their 20’s…..i know them, some are close to me……diabetes, arthritis, bad backs, heart issues, hernias…….so?!!   whats going on??   I dont have an answer, Im curious if Im the only one around here noticing this….and as for us a little older…..How many of us feel 5-10 years older than we are??? Im raising my hand! I think our parents generation for the most part felt more vital and healthy later in life…..so it just puzzles me that with all the growing awareness about bad foods, and how important a healthy weight is and exercising and how bad smoking is……..why are we SOOO unhealthy. We rank last out of 17 affluent countries when it comes to our health!   I read 3 articles just today confirming that.  Something to think about

And while Im on the subject, I want to talk about Health Care….AGAIN>>>>In General….Not in Political terms….not About Obamacare……just about the system!

I noticed this when i was back in New york going back a few years…i had a family doctor who I grew quite close to and he basically took care of everything, very rarely sent me to specialists and was just an all around great guy……he would only rarely bill me for a copay when he sent me to the desk when we were done (I think my co-pay at the time was 25 dollars…maybe 30.00)  but I would always look at this convoluted sheet of things that were checked off that they were billing my insurance company for(at this point in time my doctors office had been taken over by Pro health….like pretty much everybody by now I think….down south its Wellstar!)  I could have just a regular ol checkup with a blood test thrown in….and there were 16 things circled on the sheet with specific codes for each that they were going to send to my insurance company to pay.   Now we happened to be in a very good situation when it came to insurance. im not going to name the employer my wife worked for, but when they thought that perhaps she was about to show too much as her wages after working there 17 years……they gave her increases(merit raises) by absorbing most of our premiums…….a really good deal with a really great insurance company ….so we never got hit with insurance premiums going up….especially you would think…..with all the health issues I started having after turning 40………But when people want to know why the system has been so broken…..and they start blaming the Insurance companies….i would take a step back and look at what all these doctors are doing to make making a profit for these insurance companies incredibly difficult, without them raising premiums (disclaimer***** I do not, nor ever have work for any part of the health care network….and never will)