Thursday, December 09, 2010

All I Want

And so this is Christmas

For weak and for strong

For rich and the poor ones

The world is so wrong

--Happy Christmas
, John Lennon

All I want for Christmas

is my two front teeth,

my two front teeth,

see my two front teeth

--All I Want for Christmas
Don Gardner


Below is a perverse inversion of Mr. Gardner's happy little tune.

Whilst perusing the "Barter" section of the Tallahassee Craigslist I happened upon the following (unedited):

barter ? 4 dentist to do dental work. (tallahassee)

Date: 2010-12-04, 9:55PM EST
Reply to: sale-jwqrt-2095738470@craigslist.org

I am in need of a good dentist i have a few bad teeth that need to be pulled yet i have no money or incurance i am willing to barter if you know of a good dentist who would work with me please contact me by e mail with the much needed info please and thank you. i have called all the dentist around gone to the health dept. as well as er thats how much i am in bad pain yet no one will do anything for me this is really bad and i do not want to be in pain for christmas please help . merry christmas. all i want for christmas is my few teeth pulled. good day

This is a slice of how the other half lives. It is a humble request: Not for tooth repair -- neither filling nor crown -- simply, tooth extraction due to pain.

I replied, informing him that the local neighborhood health center offers free dental extractions a few days per month to indigent clients. No other services are offered -- no prophylaxis and no repair. Obamacare will do nothing to reach the needs of such individuals and yet, if a society wishes to largely eradicate what it terms "indolence", it will need to have its workforce ready to work. Hungry and otherwise blighted individuals are not ready to run the race. Many people are out of the entitlement loop.

This individual is probably not thinking about the phony wars and their deleterious impact upon our society, eroding access to even the meager resources which might quell his nagging burden of pain.

All I want for Christmas ...

[The next three days will be a battle analysis of one of the Medal of Honor engagements, that of Staff Sergeant Robert Miller. We hope you are able to participate.]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think it was st.Thomas Aquinas who said, "it's hard to love God with a tooth ache".

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 12:04:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Brooklyn Red Leg said...

Barter and local exchange is going to be the new medium in the future unless something is done to stop the train wreck that is our monetary policy. Its sick that our government has been cracking down on local farmers for selling unpasteurized whole milk, for frakk's sake. Local grow co-ops are going to be increasingly the way people get fresh food. Monsanto and other greedy corporate slime don't like that at all and are using the government to strongarm farmers. Expect more crackdowns on any kind of barter economy since the IRS and their goon squad are denied funding from that sort of setup.

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 5:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a local church? They might set up a collection for the needed dental work.

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 12:29:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


For everyone's needed dental work? I don't have dental insurance -- can I apply?

There are a lot of people who go without needed dental care because they cannot afford it. It is a widening gyre, as we know that periodontal disease leads to heart disease and any other number of afflictions.

If we were sincere about having a "shovel-ready" workforce (with shovel-ready jobs), we would be concerned that our citizens were in fit form.

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 1:27:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Obamacare pay for my dental work?

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 1:42:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Obamacare won't pay for beans.

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 3:33:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For everyone's needed dental work? I don't have dental insurance -- can I apply? "
Join the/ a church. Get the gov't out. And, yeah.

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:24:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous basilbeast said...

"To each according to his dental needs, from each according to his ability to barter"

The new Marxist/Leninist Manifesto, folks.

Fuckin' Socialist, he deserves his pain.

I don't recognize my country anymore. Nothing works.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 8:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous basilbeast said...

Shute, my sarcasm thingy didn't show through.

The last half is sarcastic, tho the last line is sorta the truth.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 8:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

This is not my post and i hate to jump in, but you are wrong.
My dick still works.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 11:25:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous basilbeast said...

I would not know that!

No Sir, I would not, Sir!



Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 12:38:00 PM GMT-5  

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