Saturday, October 25, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
By: William Scott Davis | Oct. 23, 2014, 1:35 PM
This is pretty neat!
Social media is increasingly becoming a popular way to understand regional fandom in professional sports. Recently, DNAinfo found that the Knicks have more fans than the Yankees by looking at Facebook likes in NYC.
The interactive map below shows NFL fandom across the U.S. based on the number of people following the teams' official Twitter accounts. Take a look and play around with it to see where and how popular certain teams are in regions of the U.S.
It's interesting to see the popularity of big-name teams like the Dallas Cowboys or Denver Broncos and their far reach around the country.
The "compare" option is also a cool feature, especially for areas with several teams in the same region. For instance, the Philadelphia Eagles have more Twitter followers and a wider range of fans than the Baltimore Ravens.
However, the Pittsburgh Steelers have more followers and more fan regions than the Eagles. It's not exactly scientific, but it makes for fun data to explore.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/map-of-nfl-fans-in-us-based-on-twitter-2014-10#ixzz3H1SXRrWm
Rome.....North American College....Rector's Dinner 4-30-14 DANCING SEMINARIANS ARE DAVID RIDER AND JOHN GIBSON
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
One of NYPD's finest arrests a man for playing in the subway after he
recites the law word for word that allows him to perform for donations.
He continues to sing as he is being handcuffed. A "fuck the police"
chant subsequently follows.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
*************CONFIDENTIAL************* Produced by the VA Blue Button (v12.8) 31 Aug 2014 @ 1926 This summary is a copy of information from your My HealtheVet Personal Health Record. Your summary may include: - information that you entered (self reported) - information from your VA health record - your military service information from the department of defense (DoD). ***Note: Your health care team may not have all of the information from your Personal Health Record unless you share it with them. Contact your health care team if you have questions about your health information.*** Key: Double dashes (--) mean there is no information to display. Name: HARASYM, WILLIAM DANIEL Date of Birth: 18 Oct 1955
Date Range Selected: 15 Jul 2003 to 31 Aug 2014
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VA Radiology Reports
MY HEALTHEVET ACCOUNT SUMMARY
Source: VA Authentication Status: Authenticated Authentication Date: 25 Apr 2011 Authentication Facility ID: 666 Authentication Facility Name: SHERIDAN VAMC
Procedure/Test Name: KNEE 2 VIEWS Date/Time Exam Performed: 12 Feb 2009 @ 1332 Ordering Location: SHERIDAN VAMC Requesting Provider: GRAVES,CHARLES B Reasons for Study: To be done in conjunction w/MRI per DVA Clinical History: left knee pain consistent with meniscal tear Performing Location: SHERIDAN VAMC 1898 FORT ROAD, SHERIDAN 82801 Radiologist: DONAHUE,FRANCIS I -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RADIOLOGY REPORT Report: Severe medial, moderate patellofemoral and lateral joint compartment narrowing with marginal and central osteophytes and genu varus. No joint effusion. Patellar alignment cannot be ascertained on axial images. Impression: Tricompartmental osteoarthritis as described above ========================================================================= Procedure/Test Name: KNEE LEFT W/O (MRI) Date/Time Exam Performed: 12 Feb 2009 @ 1331 Ordering Location: SHERIDAN VAMC Requesting Provider: GRAVES,CHARLES B Reasons for Study: left knee pain consistent with meniscal tear Clinical History: Performing Location: SHERIDAN VAMC 1898 FORT ROAD, SHERIDAN 82801 Radiologist: DONAHUE,FRANCIS I -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RADIOLOGY REPORT Report: Maceration posteriorly horn medial meniscus with almost total displacement of the medial meniscus into the medial gutter. Opposing joint surface bone marrow edema and marginal osteophytes. There is extensive grade IV chondromalacia of the medial joint compartment. Synovitis medial gutter No tears of the lateral meniscus. Extensive low-grade chondromalacia and marginal osteophytes. Chronic ACL tear, intact PCL Medial and lateral collateral support structures intact Extensor mechanism is intact. Patella anatomically aligned with extensive low-grade chondromalacia of patellofemoral joint with marginal osteophytes about the patella. Patellofemoral ligaments intact. Small popliteal cyst. No joint effusion. Impression: Severe osteoarthritis medial joint compartment, moderate osteoarthritis patellofemoral joint ACL deficient knee, see above comments =========================================================================
========================================================================= Procedure/Test Name: KNEE 3 VIEWS Date/Time Exam Performed: 20 Apr 2012 @ 1431 Ordering Location: SHERIDAN VAMC Requesting Provider: YAPUNCICH,VICTOR P Reasons for Study: Right knee pain following injury Clinical History: National Patient Flag Reason for request: Right knee injury and subsequent pain Performing Location: SHERIDAN VAMC 1898 FORT ROAD, SHERIDAN 82801 Radiologist: WEIN,GREGORY -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RADIOLOGY REPORT Report: Comparison: None Technique: Three views. Findings: No fracture, dislocation or bone destruction. Chronic appearing 19-mm heterotopic ossification posterior to the proximal tibia. Degenerative change of the proximal tibiofemoral articulation. Severe narrowing of the medial joint compartment. Prominent peripheral osteophytes. Osteophyte suggested involving the articular surface of the lateral femoral condyle. Degenerative spurring intercondylar notch. Mild degenerative change patellofemoral articulation. Small joint effusion. Impression: Moderate degenerative change. No definite fracture. Consider MRI..
For a change of pace, here's an MRI of my brain tumor!
========================================================================= Procedure/Test Name: BRAIN W/WO IV CONTRAST (MRI) Date/Time Exam Performed: 01 Jun 2012 @ 1015 Ordering Location: SHERIDAN VAMC Requesting Provider: YAPUNCICH,VICTOR P Reasons for Study: Follow up brain tumor Clinical History: National Patient Flag CREATININE 4/19/12 13:59 1.2 *************************** Collection DT Spec CREAT CR-eGFR 04/19/2012 13:59 SERUM 1.2 66.6 Reason for requesting MRI: Follow up brain tumor - Pt has follow up appt with Denver neurosurgery on 6/13/12 @ 0830 Does the patient have ESRD? No Does the patient have an eGFR < 60ml/min in the last 30 days? No Does the patient have acute kidney injury and/or significant liver disease? No Does the patient have a liver or kidney transplant? No Performing Location: SHERIDAN VAMC 1898 FORT ROAD, SHERIDAN 82801 Radiologist: WEIN,GREGORY -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RADIOLOGY REPORT Report: MRI of the brain with and without contrast Comparison: 1/24/11 and multiple earlier studies.. Technique: 20 cc Multihance utilized. Findings: Increased T2 signal identified in the left superior medulla oblongata, left side of the pons, left brachium pontis, inferomedial left cerebellar hemisphere and superomedial left cerebellar hemisphere sparing the vermis. In addition there is mild prominence of the left brachium pontis which effaces the left side of the fourth ventricle. this is not enhance. No change in the size and distribution of the abnormality compared to studies dating back to 5/3/7. Scattered areas of increased T2 signal identified in the flair pulse sequence throughout the white matter tracks of the cerebral hemispheres. These are stable. In a patient of this age this may represent chronic microangiopathic ischemic white matter change. No evidence of abnormal enhancement. Corpus callosum, optic chiasm , pituitary gland and clivus normal for age. Mild volume loss not advanced for age. No acute infarction. Signal abnormality involving the inferior medial right frontal cortex is noted which is stable compared to prior exams and may represent evidence of remote posttraumatic encephalomalacia. Prominent perivascular spaces in the inferior basal ganglia redemonstrated and unchanged. Perivascular space versus small lacunar infarction right periventricular temporal lobe white matter is stable.. Impression: Increased T2 signal identified in the left superior medulla oblongata, left side of the pons, left brachium pontis, inferomedial left cerebellar hemisphere and superomedial left cerebellar hemisphere sparing the vermis. In addition there is mild prominence of the left brachium pontis which effaces the left side of the fourth ventricle. This may represent a low grade glioma. No change from prior studies. No new findings.
Procedure/Test Name: KNEE RIGHT W/O (MRI) Date/Time Exam Performed: 13 Feb 2013 @ 0842 Ordering Location: SHERIDAN VAMC Requesting Provider: YAPUNCICH,VICTOR P Reasons for Study: rt knee pain Clinical History: National Patient Flag CREATININE 2/7/13 08:53 1.4 H ******************** Collection DT Spec CREAT CR-eGFR 02/07/2013 08:53 SERUM 1.4 H 55.5 L Reason for requesting MRI: Right knee pain Does the patient have ESRD? No Does the patient have an eGFR < 60ml/min in the last 30 days? No Does the patient have acute kidney injury and/or significant liver disease? No Does the patient have a liver or kidney transplant? No Performing Location: SHERIDAN VAMC 1898 FORT ROAD, SHERIDAN 82801 Radiologist: MOUBRY,RONDLE M -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RADIOLOGY REPORT Report: MRI right knee: As demonstrated on plain film radiograph there is medial compartment space narrowing with degenerative changes of the knee. There is some increased signal within the anterior cruciate ligament suggesting partial tear. The posterior cruciate ligament is intact. Quadriceps tendon and patellar ligaments are grossly intact. Heterogeneous marrow is seen in the distal aspect of the femur suggesting some hematogenous marrow. Clinical correlation recommended i.e. does patient have chronic illness. The medial and lateral retinacula appear intact. Small suprapatellar bursal joint effusion is seen. There is some thinning of the posterior patellar cartilage consistent with chondromalacia patella. Medial and lateral collateral ligaments are intact. There are degenerative changes of the anterior and posterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci with horizontal tear of the posterior horn medial meniscus. There is thinning of the anterior and posterior horns of the lateral meniscus. Impression: Degenerative changes. Heterogeneous bone marrow signal. Does the patient have a chronic illness? Degenerative changes of the knee with tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus. Partial tear/tendinosis of the anterior cruciate ligament. ========================================================================= Procedure/Test Name: KNEE 2 VIEW RIGHT Date/Time Exam Performed: 13 Feb 2013 @ 0841 Ordering Location: SHERIDAN VAMC Requesting Provider: YAPUNCICH,VICTOR P Reasons for Study: to be done in conjunction w/MRI per DVA Clinical History: National Patient Flag Reason for request: rt knee pain Performing Location: SHERIDAN VAMC 1898 FORT ROAD, SHERIDAN 82801 Radiologist: BEST,ALAN C -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RADIOLOGY REPORT Report: Comparison: MRI right knee from the same time, and radiographs 4/20/2012 Findings: Since prior exam there has been progression of medial compartment joint space narrowing, now severe. Mild lateral compartment and moderate patellofemoral compartment joint space loss. Increased patellar osteophytes. Unchanged 1.8-cm heterotopic ossification posterior soft tissues of the proximal leg. Impression: Progression of severe medial compartment degenerative changes and joint space loss. ========================================================================= Procedure/Test Name: KNEE LEFT W/O (MRI) Date/Time Exam Performed: 22 Aug 2013 @ 1339 Ordering Location: SHERIDAN VAMC Requesting Provider: YAPUNCICH,VICTOR P Reasons for Study: knee pain Clinical History: Reason for requesting MRI: knee pain CREATININE 2/27/13 08:33 1.4 H *************************** Collection DT Spec CR-eGFR 07/02/2013 12:52 PLAS 51.3 L Does the patient have ESRD, an eGFR < 60ml/min in the last 30 days, acute kidney injury or transplant and/or significant liver disease or transplant? No National Patient Flag Performing Location: SHERIDAN VAMC 1898 FORT ROAD, SHERIDAN 82801 Radiologist: WEIN,GREGORY -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RADIOLOGY REPORT Report: MRI of the left knee. Technique: Routine noncontrast MRI of the knee performed. The study is limited due to patient motion Findings: Osseous structures: No acute fracture. Gross narrowing medial joint compartment with bone-on-bone appearance and complete denudation of large areas of medial femoral condyle and medial tibial plateau cartilage. Severe grade 2 and 3 chondromalacia lateral compartment. The multiple large peripheral osteophytes. Moderate joint effusion.. Cruciate ligaments: The anterior cruciate ligament is severely degenerated but probably not torn. The posterior cruciate ligament intact.. Menisci: There is severe maceration of the body and posterior horn of the medial meniscus which is displaced into the medial gutter. Moderate degeneration lateral meniscus without tear.. Collateral ligaments: The tibial collateral ligament is effaced by the large medial osteophytes are grossly intact. The tibial collateral ligament intact. Patella and extensor mechanism: Diffuse grade 2 and 3 chondromalacia and patella with a superficial blistering and fissuring. similar chondromalacia of the trochlear cartilage with multiple large peripheral osteophytes. Patellar retinaculum intact. Quadriceps tendon and patellar tendons grossly intact with tendinosis of the distal patellar tendon. Edema of Hoffa's fat pad.. Surrounding soft tissues: No cyst or mass. Posterolateral corner: Degenerative change. No acute fracture. There is popliteus tendinosis.. Impression: Advanced degenerative change detailed above. Maceration medial meniscus. Please see report for additional body/details. ========================================================================= Procedure/Test Name: KNEE 2 VIEW LEFT Date/Time Exam Performed: 22 Aug 2013 @ 1338 Ordering Location: SHERIDAN VAMC Requesting Provider: YAPUNCICH,VICTOR P Reasons for Study: knee pain Clinical History: National Patient Flag Reason for request: x-ray to be done in conjunction with MRI Performing Location: SHERIDAN VAMC 1898 FORT ROAD, SHERIDAN 82801 Radiologist: MOUBRY,RONDLE M -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RADIOLOGY REPORT Report: Left knee: Medial compartment space narrowing is noted. A collar and then spurring is seen. Posterior patellar spurring is also noted. No fracture or dislocation. Bone mineral density is grossly normal. Impression: Degenerative changes. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- There you have it, yet the VA refuses to do a damn thing except give me pain meds.
They even refused me physical therapy in the VA swimming pool due to the fact I
used up my limited number of billable visits, as the VA Managements rules.
It is the only effective therapy for me at this time due to severe pain,
and unable to use the land borne PT apparatus. the PT department has tried to
help as much as they were allowed to, but they had to follow managements
The folks in VISN-19 have their rules regarding weight, but I was told that
Black Hills VA Health Care System would have no problem doing my knees. I was also
told by a little bird that vets even heavier then me have had their knees fixed.
I am in pain 24/7/365, even with the pain meds. A few years back one of my primary
care docs even asked if I wanted to take morphine. M-O-R-P-H-I-N-E!!!! Like they
inject in battlefield serets.
Although I originally tore my ACL the Wednesday before Thanksgiving 2008, I didn't
get the 1st MRI till February 2009 for 2 reasons, One, I was going to NY for
Christmas to see family, siblings, parents, etc, some whom I hadn't seen in years,
so I didn't want to not go because of surgery, or whatever they do to fix ACLs.
Secondly, I had to setup an appointment with a VA over 330+ miles away, the
closest one to me that had an orthopedic department, although they could have done
it here in Sheridan WY, as they had done with other vets who had situations that
prevented lengthy travel. In my case I had a car that I didn't even leave town with
yet they wanted me to drive almost 700 miles round trip, in my old beater car,
actually a Ford Aerostar minivan, but still, it was old. I white knuckled my drive
down to the Cheyenne VA that winter, fearful of a breakdown, or blizzard, or just
the vehicle crapping out. I still have that same vehicle here today, and still
throwing money into the money pit. There is another option, the DAV Van to get
there and back is usually a 3-4 day event, so after the surgery, all the Post-Op
visits would take 1/2 week, just so they, the upper management and bean-counters
could get their performance bonuses!
My last letter and response to this issue to the director at the Sheridan VA, Ms.
Deb Hirshmann, she just blew me off anf told me to go and complain to the Chief of
Staff for the docs, as she didn't want to deal with it. Propably didn't want to
ruin her retirement/performance BONUS!
For 6 YEARS I have lived in Constant Pain, only to have it get worse with each
passing day. My physical therapist once said, when I asked about my leg braces,
and when to wear them, she said it doesn't matter, as your knees are so screwed
up, they are bone on bone now, and you'll be getting new knees soon (That was
almost 2 years since she said this comment.) so don't worry about wearing them,
as they will not help.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Fw: "South Carolina 5th Cir. Top Prosecutor Called SC Police Shooting a 'Clean Shot' & should recuse Himself and his Office from Prosecuting this Case!"
Levar Jones was shot by a (now) former member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol earlier this month. The disturbing video hit national media today, showing that Sean Groubert, the officer in question, wildly discharged his firearm as Jones attempted to comply with the officer's request to produce identification. Groubert had taken valuable time out of his day, during the middle of the capital city's rush hour, to write Jones a $25 ticket for a seatbelt violation.
After being suspended pending an investigation, Groubert was fired, and prosecutors pressed felony charges today.
One might be tempted to levy some praise on Richland County, and on the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, for handling the matter in a swift and egalitarian manner. These parties did what many police departments have not by firing and charging the officer in question.
But that ending just seems a little bit too perfect for South Carolina, now doesn't it? The state's been known for its criminal justice fumbles, and deeper digging shows that you can add this one to the list.
Enter Dan Johnson, the solicitor of South Carolina's fifth circuit. For the uninitiated, South Carolina has its citizens elect the top prosecutor in each part of the state, with that prosecutor hiring a team of assistants to handle most cases.
In the immediate wake of the shooting, having viewed the video tape, Johnson called the incident a "clean shot." FITSNews and the DailyBanter have both reported that Johnson told the chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) that the use of force was warranted.
Dan Johnson has been accused of sexually harassing "multiple women" in his own office. He's been accused of using a firearm to threaten the life of an FBI agent. He's also alleged to have had an affair, then used his position to make difficult the life of the man married to his mistress.
Johnson's questionable background not withstanding, his past employment sheds some light on why he might claim that this shooting was "clean," and it also suggests that he may be unfit to prosecute this particular case.
According to his bio:
He served as Chief Deputy and Legal Counsel for the Richland County Sheriff's Department, where he worked for eight years. While there he assisted the Sheriff in directing the county's law enforcement programs and performing various legal and administrative duties to ensure the strict enforcement of state and local laws relating to the public's safety and welfare.Johnson is an eight-year veteran of the Richland Police Department, and while prosecution personnel and local police often have a cushy relationship, that past, combined with his statements on this case, call into question his ability to oversee this particular case.
Rogue cops and lone actors are scary, especially if you're a black man in America. Johnson, who himself is black, presents perhaps an even greater problem. When the chief executor of the law in one of South Carolina's largest counties provides his personal stamp of approval to an incident so clearly unlawful, what does that suggest about the system?
After reviewing a report from SLED, and under tremendous pressure from local and national forces, Johnson's office did press charges against Lance Corporal Groubert.
But Johnson, and potentially his office, should recuse themselves from this case. His judgment has been compromised, and his credibility to prosecute this crime has been undermined by his public statement on the lawfulness of the act.
And for the love of God, fine people of Richland County - it's time to vote out the alleged sexual harasser who believes that the officers patrolling the streets of your country should have open season on young black men. It's far past time to eradicate this disease.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Another Official Message, filled with LIES & Bullshit from Dirty Energy's Congressperson, Cynthia Lummis!
September 19, 2014
200 Smith Street
Sheridan, WY 82801-3857
Thank you for contacting me regarding production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy manufacturers. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, since 1992 the wind energy industry has enjoyed a unique tax credit that allows them special tax treatment for each kilowatt hour produced. Then, in 2010 under the stimulus bill, a new program was established that paid wind energy companies a cash payment roughly equivalent to what they would have gotten with the tax credit. Since then, 205 recipients have received more than $7.8 billion tax-payer dollars in direct payments to support their wind energy business. The cash payment program expired on December 31, 2011, and the PTC was set to expire on December 31, 2012. The program was extended for one year, and expanded to include any projects that begin the process of construction this year, in the fiscal cliff deal passed in early January.
While I believe that an "all of the above" energy strategy for our country is laudable, the Solyndra case highlights that we must pay careful attention to the amount of tax-payer dollars we funnel to inefficient and ineffective sources of energy that cannot survive absent government subsidies. Data shows that each time the PTC for wind lapsed since 1992, wind energy production declined, suggesting that the wind energy industry simply cannot stand on its own as a marketable business. However, that may be changing as recently many in the wind energy industry have now publically supported a phase out of the PTC. I support that idea.
Every source of energy has a trade-off, and I believe those trade-offs must be recognized if we are to honestly assess our nation's energy portfolio. We certainly need a diversified energy portfolio, but we deceive ourselves if we believe we can solely depend on one source or another. Instead, we must focus on finding ways to use traditional energy resources in a cleaner and more efficient manner, while smartly investing in research and technology that will help us bring viable alternative energy sources to market. To that end, I will certainly take your opinion into consideration should the issue come before me for a vote.
Thank you again for taking the time to write to me. I value your input. If you haven't done so already, I would like to encourage you to visit my website at www.lummis.house.gov. There you can sign up to receive my newsletter, and have access to a wealth of other information. I won't flood your email box, but I will provide you with updates once in a while about activities in Washington that affect our lives in Wyoming. I hope you will sign up so that we can stay in close touch, and I look forward to seeing you in Wyoming.
Cynthia M. Lummis
Member of Congress, Village-Idiot and Slave To Dirty-Energy
Tuesday, September 16, 2014