My name is Doug

OK, maybe it’s my background; 37 years as a railroad supervisor fighting bogus, trumped up, lawyer inspired injury suits, but these phony commercials just get the best of me. That’s why I chose to build this blog around the most prominent one; you know the one where the guy gets on TV and proclaims; “my name is Doug and I have Mesothelioma! Well Doug before your visit to your lawyer I’m sure you had never heard of Mesothelioma much less pronounce it with such certainty!

Sorry if I step on any toes here but this is just the sort of thing that is responsible for running American Businesses overseas. Old Doug, if there really is an old Doug, and millions like him have allowed themselves to become willing pawns in the Trial Lawyers assault on American Industry. This same assault which has been eating away at the profitability of American Industry until finally left with no other choice those that could were forced to flee instead of remaining and allowing this litigious cancer to eat away at them until finally they succumbed falling victim to this atrocity.

The lesson here is that the three legged stool holding up the Democratic Party is represented in this one commercial. Doug represents the millions of victims the Democratic Party has created. You see old Doug and his victim counter parts were more than willing to do the job; accept the wages; buy a home with those wages; feed his kids with those wages but then when the disease of the month surfaces, they become the first person in line with his hand out to get something for nothing from that same company!

The second leg upholding that Union of Soviet Socialist Democrats; for that is indeed what that party has become is represented by the Trial Lawyers! You see Old Doug didn’t discover Mesothelioma all by himself; hell it probably took his lawyer weeks and weeks just to get him to pronounce it correctly. I can just see and hear the first 100 takes of the commercial before finally refining the end product; “my names Doug and my lawyer says I got Me-so-Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-leee-oooooo-ma, I don’t recon I rightly know what it is but he says it bad!” Can’t you just see some sleaze bag in a pin stripped suit with slick down hair working syllable by syllable with old Doug!

And finally the third leg supporting this unholy alliance is the Labor Unions. You see they have been at war with corporations for the past 50 years. Somehow the fact that those same corporations that provide them with jobs must be allowed to make a profit or they will cease to exist as will the jobs they support escapes them. As far as the Union Bosses are concerned Corporations exist to employ people and profit is a dirty 6 letter word! So the unions are in league with the Trial Lawyers both encouraging as well as providing assistance whenever possible as more and more Doug’s surface after years of gainful employment to bite the hand that fed them.

So my friends the next time you see this commercial remember old Doug before they refined him and how it must have gone in the early days of inception; “my names Doug and my lawyer says I got Me-so-Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-leee-oooooo-ma, I don’t recon I rightly know what it is but he says it bad and that I’ll get lots of money for saying I got it if I just sign on the dotted line and become a member of this here class!”No no, cut cut cut you’re not supposed to say that last part; that’s not part of the commercial!!!!!

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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Interesting Hub to say the least. Most of us know that class action lawsuits are currently one of the biggest rackets going in this country. The lawyers who invent these suits are getting very rich. It is rare that any of the claimants receive much if anything in compensation for their perceived injuries. Anyone who takes medication of any kind most likely would qualify for a class action lawsuit. This was a game invented by lawyers for lawyers, pure and simple. I too am quite tired of hearing from Doug every time I turn on the TV. I wake up in the middle of the night, turn on the TV, and there is Doug spouting his crap. I am glad to know I am not the only one in this world that has developed an intense dislike of Doug even though I don't know him.

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Sparrowlet 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Your hub underscores the desperate need in this country for tort reform. And people wonder why health care costs so much??

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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I agree with Sparrowlet. More and more doctors are giving up private practice and joining group health outfits because they can no longer afford the malpractice insurance. I hate insurance companies with a passion, but the have to cover their own butts under the current laws and crazy settlements juries are awarding these days.

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handymanbill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

The only person in Labor Unions that make out are the Bosses. Great hub good laugh.

Partisan Patriot 4 years ago Author

Old Pool guy

First off thanks for being out there; I’ve lost some of my inspiration over the past several months to write but it’s always nice to know there are loyal fans and fellow true Patriots such as yourself out there to support your views. Since Hub pages no longer informs me when those such as yourself publish hubs I wish you would do as I do and let me know when you publish by sending an e-mail.

Having said all that class action lawsuits are indeed a racket; the lawyers get rich while the hundreds of Old Doug’s get very little for their signature. Your point regarding medication of any kind is truly troubling; given the current Regime and their stance against the so called 1%, I’m afraid the medical advances which led to all our miracle drugs and cures will vanish because the companies will fear Old Doug more and more as we move forward.

As for your Dr. reference amen brother! I have a nephew who is a doctor; graduate from Vanderbilt Med School. He attended Ole Miss for his undergraduate work; when he graduated from med school the state of Miss practically offered him the governorship to practice in Mississippi; he said no way because the amount of Mal-Practice Insurance he would have to carry to protect himself from Old Doug would make it impossible to survive; that’s what the lack of tort reform has done to that state as well as many many others!

Partisan Patriot 4 years ago Author

Thanks for visiting Sparrowlet; unfortunately more people understand Old Doug than they do tort reform; they think tort reform is some type of desert!!!!

Partisan Patriot 4 years ago Author

Thanks handymanbill; unfortunately the Old Doug’s of the world will never realize how they’re being used by their Labor Union Bosses until those bosses run their company along with their job out of the country!!.

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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

PP - I have pretty much stopped writing hubs and just offer occasional comments. It seems I am too stupid to understand the hub rules, and get challenged on hubs that have been published for many months. Not worth spending the time to write a hub that will have to be deleted in the near future.

It would be interesting to know who is actually paying for old Doug's ads on TV. You can bet your butt Doug is not paying any of those huge expenses. I'll bet it is one or more law firms putting up the money for these ads. That fact alone should tell us everything we need to know about the Doug ads.

I appreciate the email heads up when you publish a new hub.

Partisan Patriot 4 years ago Author

Old Pool guy

I know what you mean; before my last 2 hubs I attempted to publish 2 others, both were rejected outright; it seems they are tolerant of just so much criticism of this Regime.

As for who’s financing Old Doug; you can bet your sweet bippy (you’re old enough like me to remember that line from Laugh In) it’s an amalgamation of these class action firms. Most likely old “You Mean Business” is in on Old Doug also!!!!!

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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I wonder if old Doug knows he is just being used to make lawyers rich?

Partisan Patriot 4 years ago Author

Like most Union Lug Heads he is too stupid to know when he’s being duped. Case in point; when I arrived in my present home town some 21 years ago there was a big ongoing dispute between Ford and Firestone; remember the Explorer roll over dispute. Ford claimed defective tires from Firestone while Firestone claimed the vehicle had too high a center of gravity which allowed for the roll over at certain speeds.

Well every night Old Doug and his counterparts would go on National news and make Ford’s case claiming the reason the Explorers were rolling over was because of the defective “scab made tires”; Firestone was on strike at the time.

Well guess what; following the settlement of the issue Firestone closed down that plant and moved out of town. Shazaaaaaaaaaam Old Doug and his cronies were out of work but “BY GOLLY THEY SHOWED FIRESTONE”!

That’s the mentality of Old Doug………………….

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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I have worked in many different jobs in a great many industries. A Ford assembly plant on a spray paint line, a open pit Copper Mine, climbing creosote treated poles for the phone company, and on and on. I'm sure that while working for these companies I was exposed to many things that would now be considered extremely hazardous, but at that time we didn't know these were lethal. Any one of these places could now be sued for making us handle these hazardous material they didn't know were hazardous at the time. Somehow or other, I have made it to the age of 74 in reasonably good health in spite of my exposure to all these so called hazardous materials. Some of the items on the extremely hazardous list would require a person to drink 10,000 gallons of the stuff, or sleep in a pile of hazardous material for many years before the ill affects showed up. Like many things, warnings are good, but not when carried to extremes. I guess I could sue any one of my previous employers because I can't see or hear as well as I did when I was 20 years old. But, some of that may be just age related? Perhaps I could even get some of these companies shut down and everyone would lose their job. And this for something that wasn't even on the hazards list when we were working there. This is a strange world we live in.

I even served some time in the Army where our biggest fear was lead poisoning. Not from handling ammunition, but from having guns pointed at us and the enemy pulling the trigger attempting to give us a serious case of lead poisoning. Most of these ads today are just pure BS making the big law firms rich, and that is all it is about.

Partisan Patriot 4 years ago Author

Old Pool Guy

The reason you, I and hundreds of thousands of others like us haven’t sued and will not sue is we have one common ingredient missing in Old Doug and his colleagues; INTEGRITY!

You are also soooooo correct when you state “some of the items on the extremely hazardous list would require a person to drink 10,000 gallons of the stuff, or sleep in a pile of hazardous material for many years before the ill effects showed up.” That’s where we’ve come to in this society; McDonalds has to print “DANGER HOT COFFEE DO NOT SPILL ON YOURSELF” on the side of its coffee cups or sulfuric acid manufacturers must print “DO NOT DRINK” on the side of their bottles; just look at what happened in the great tobacco settlement where for years the manufacturers had been printing warnings on the side of their packages, the so called victims were awarded millions because THEY CHOSE TO IGNORE THE WARNINGS! Unless we reign in the Trial Lawyers there will not be any business left in this country to sue!

We are of like mind my friend but unfortunately there are more Old Doug’s than there are Old Pool Guys or Old Patriots!!!!!!!!

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Loved this Hub -- thanks for being the voice for many of us who think it but just can't get the words right. Voted Up! Best/Sis

Partisan Patriot 4 years ago Author

Thanks Angela; this one commercial encapsulates the entire Democratic Socialist Party; it’s constituencies and what it stands for; hope to see you around here again!

old guy 2 years ago

Douglas Karr from the Mesothelioma commercials is still alive. Douglas Karr served as an Electrician's Mate 2nd Class, Surface Warfare Qualified, from 1986 to 1992. He served on board two ships, the USS Coontz DDG-40 and the USS Spartanburg County LST-1192. On board the Spartanburg County, Doug was the Electrical Safety Petty Officer and awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his work during Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

Hope you heartless bastards never get it because it's clear you put the almighty corporate dollar above your own life.

chris 2 years ago

Doug Dellinger died in April of 2012. He is the Doug from the commercials and died of mesothelioma for real.

Doug Karr is a different guy who is on the board for Mesothelioma. He did not make any commercials

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