Archive for October, 2006
Okay, so I stop by to see what trouble is going down, tricks, given the day and all at Iowahawk–he of many brewskies, manliness and testosterone-induced dull-wittedness. Well, I see at the bottom of this post a guy dressing up like the Mohammad Cartoon. Go over and have a look. Huh-larious. Also, there is a link there to a charity helping soldiers with lost limbs get voice activated computers. How cool is that?
Can you live without your computer or internets thingamabobby? Nope, neither can I.
Oh, and boys, don’t miss his Hoosegow Honey. She’s a keeper.
UPDATE: Go see more of Chaika as the Mohammad Cartoon here. Thanks for stopping by Chaika!
Didn’t you know, ladies, that’s what a liberated woman is these days? A two-bit ho and proud of it!
My husband brought up this very issue. I studiously ignored him. He said, “You know, my patients are saying that Halloween is the day that a girl can dress up like a tramp and get away with it.” I rolled my eyes. I know. I had been to Target.
Then, to emphasize the point, on the news that night a bunch of grown single women went shopping for the sluttiest outfits ever and proclaimed, “It’s the only day we can do this! It’s so much fun, ya know?!” Giggle. Giggle. Actually, ladies, you could dress this way full time and probably make a lot more money for your trouble.
It is bad enough for women to do this…now we have pole-dancing kits for youngsters. You’ve read about it, which is why I haven’t posted about it. Still, please tell me how this toy builds society? Hmmmmm….
MaxedOutMama says that sometimes women are ridiculous. One small step for slut-kind, one giant leap back for women.
Count on John Kerry to clarify the Democrat’s stance on the military. Here it is:
John Kerry’s words beg so many questions. He has contempt for the military–that much is clear. I wonder what, exactly, he did over in Vietnam, what guilt and shame he carries with him into his civilian life. Did he go to Vietnam for the express purpose of undermining the military forever? Is he that calculated?
Most people who have experienced war, come back quite certain that war is hell. Many come back ambivalent. Some come back and decide that pacifism is the only way. Some come back and hate war and become timid when power is need. Colin Powell comes to mind in the last instance.
It seems to me that in this too-smart world, that there is no justifiable use for force if you’re a Progressive. The Democrats seem to believe that it is unfair that America is the lone super power. I always felt that Clinton giving away the secrets to the Chinese was about leveling the playing field–making things fair. In Clinton’s case, he looked conflicted and pained every time he attempted a salute. He just couldn’t do it. The military made him queasy. The military after all symbolizes a line in the sand–this side is right, this side is wrong. That is very uncomfortable for relativist, secular intellectuals.
Where there is no morality, or the morality is skewed to what feels fair, it can make sense that all people should have access to what American’s have access to. If we are decimated by nuclear weapons in the hands of psychopaths–well, it’s our own damn fault for making them to begin with. We’re lucky to have survived this long. Nuclear weapons are dangerous. (Not crazy people wielding nuclear weapons are dangerous.)
This moral equivalence will be the West’s suicide. I shudder to imagine what the world would look like with a President like Kerry in charge.
A note: I tried to find the Kerry clip on YouTube, went to Instapundit where he had just posted on it and then found it via Gateway Pundit. Gateway Pundit also has the statistics about today’s military recruits. Don’t confuse Kerry with the facts, though. He wants to lie and make it seem like urban kids make up the military. Nope, it’s the children of the conservative suburban and rural voters who make up the military you ungrateful snob.
For his part, Glenn Reynolds says this about Kerry’s unconscionable remarks:
Kerry’s suggestion that the troops in Iraq are dumb failures is not only reprehensible, but false on the facts. In other words, a typical Kerry performance, just in time for the elections. Democrats must be wondering what they were thinking to nominate him in 2004, and why he won’t go away now.
He also notes a release from John McCain’s office:
The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn’t live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.
Ace says: Report for Duty, Idiots!
Michelle Malkin has more, including great letters from the dumbbells serving our country.
On a related note, Dr. Santy proposes how to win, even when you lose. The Democrats and Press are employing the full court press. Will it work?
UPDATE: For those who think that Kerry’s babbling was a “little nothing”, Glenn Reynolds has more of a round-up. You know, the longer I think about it, the angrier I get. The man has absolutely no shame. The thing is, he’s not alone in his opinion that anyone deciding to be a soldier is an uneducated hayseed deluded by some misplaced American sentimentalism.
That’s really it, isn’t it? America isn’t worth fighting for, those over in Iraq aren’t fighting for America’s interests, if only everyone was as smart as me (John F. Kerry), we’d be a socialist nation like France trying to stop “youths” from burning the suburbs–at least we’d have paid paternity leave and six weeks of paid vacation. Oh, and we’d speak French. Je suis tres intelligente, tu es tres stupide les Etas Unis.
While most Democrats were convinced, CONVINCED!, that the Republicans would not vote Republican because they’re hate-filled homophobes so repulsed by Mark Foley’s ill-advised IMs, what they miss is the real offensive stench in Washington: a whole political class who put politics and power before everything. They put it before principle (I thought they loved gay people), before family (callously calling out Cheney’s daughter), before Country (undermining the war and the soldiers). They have no shame and no conscience.
The moderate, conservative Democrats are crying tonight. They don’t deserve a vote and here’s why: Democratic leaders like John Kerry would ostensibly lead our country if enough of the conservative Democrats win. A little advice for guys like Ford: move to another state and become a Republican. You’ll get in and you’ll make a positive difference.
UPDATED II: LaShawn Barber thinks this is much ado about nothing. She stands by her words, which are these:
Think about it, people. Do you really believe that John Kerry, a war veteran, thinks American troops are dumb or would say so publicly during a war in the midst of an election cycle? When I first heard about his remarks, I knew instinctively that he couldn’t have meant that. And I can’t stand the man!
Calm down. Get a grip. Take a pill. Blog about something that makes sense. Kerry’s mangled remarks aren’t worth it, in my view. So you rally your readers against him and enjoy the thrill of yet another blog swarm. But it’s based on nothing.
Are there any voices of reason on the Right???
Well, I stand by mine. I see her point. I just respectfully disagree. No one gave Mel Gibson a moments peace when he uttered offensive words under the influence of serious liquor. Rightly so. The reason? “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Had Gibson not made a film where people suspected he was anti-semitic he might have received more leeway, but many people feel that his words revealed his true feelings on the matter. Likewise, Kerry has undermined the soldiers multiple times over the years. Lots of people have a sneaking suspicion that he not only dislikes America’s presence in Iraq, he dislikes soldiers no matter what the war.
I heard the remarks, too, and realized Kerry was trying in his dopey way to make a joke. He thought it would play well with a friendly crowd. Even the remark he was supposed to say is offensive:
“I can’t overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.”
Enough already! Enough bashing the President and the half of the country who voted for him. Enough of bashing the military who supports the President. Enough! I think Kerry’s ad-lib was exactly what he intended to say.
Either way, I agree with LaShawn on this: He needs to apologize and if he had quickly said, “It was a gaffe and stupid” it would have died faster. Also, if the press had given this the same attention to Kerry, it gives Republican’s verbal missteps, maybe people would dismiss it as “nothing”. Given the hostile environment these days, the imbalance in media, it makes for the imbalanced reactions LaShawn sees in the comments at her blog.
Sudan: 200,000 dead. 2.5 million displaced. Sudan is a mess and the powers that be are serious this time: stop or else! Once the Christians are dead, the conflict will end. The cause of the conflict is their existence.
Bush spoke to reporters after meeting with Andrew Natsios, the United States’ special envoy to Sudan. Bush said Natsios delivered a “grim report about the human condition” in Darfur after a 10-day trip to the area.
“The government of Sudan must understand that we’re serious, when you deliver a message to them on behalf of our government, that we’re earnest and serious about their necessity to step up and work with the international community,” the president said.
The U.N. is such a nice cover for all moral timidity. Does Bush lack the will to put a dog in this fight? Is he afraid of being accused of making a war against Muslims? Or, is he just okay with genocide as long as it’s Christians dying?
Honestly, I don’t get it. This has to stop.
Over 100,000 people die per year in hospitals due to human error. People make mistakes. Tired people make mistakes. People who won’t listen to valuable input make mistakes. People who don’t recheck their work make mistakes.
Mistakes happen in all professions, but when the potential result of a decision is death, mistakes cannot be tolerated. Period.
Pilots know this, obviously. They care for hundreds of people each day. They have found ways to minimize mistakes and now teach doctors in hospitals what they know.
“The culture in the operating room has always been the surgeon as the captain at the controls with a crew of anesthesiologists, nurses and techs hinting at problems and hoping they will be addressed,” Dr. Smith said. “We need to change the culture so communication is more organized, regimented and collaborative, like what you find now in the cockpit of an airplane.”
This will be easier said than done. While the military churns out future pilots, with pilots used to a top-down, yet collaborative approach, doctors are lone guns in a sea of sycophants. Taking on the doctor, surgeon, or whoever is in charge earns the challenger future scorn. One doctor questioning another doctor’s decisions? Hahaha! Doesn’t happen, except in the most egregious cases.
Let me give just one tiny example that probably happens multiple times a day in multiple hospitals nationwide. While with my preemie sons at a well-respected Children’s hospital, I saw a surgeon about to examine a patient whose abdomen was open (he was born with double organs and his abdomen never closed). No one, not the other doctors (some 3rd year residents, some fellows), not the nurses, no one was saying anything. I told the nurse, if she didn’t stop him I would. The lazy doctor was stopped.
There are many things that must change to prevent these episodes. Hospitals must break down the worshipful hierarchy. Doctors must give underlings permission to contribute. Doctors and staff must be held responsible for negligence by the system. Between happy experiences and lawsuits, a lot of bad things happen that get swept under the rug. Transparency must be expected. Another example: a friend was admitted to the hospital for severe dehydration secondary to an intestinal infection. The admitting physician was nowhere to be found. Her personal physician visited once a day. Who was in charge of her discharge? What was the plan? When do you call for a specialist? The (thankfully) conscious patient didn’t know what to do. This unfortunate episode happened on the weekend–when all bad things happen at hospitals. Some ONE must be responsible for the patient’s care.
Technology must be embraced. Every time a patient is interacted with, a health care worker should scan a device. Recommendations, drug choices must be scanned so that the results are type face instead of hand-written. All prescriptions should be computerized so an adult dose doesn’t end up in a child. Or, like my sons, two doses of a med get put in one son and the other son gets none of the med. Happened, and was very likely implicated partially in my one son’s death. And no, we didn’t sue. Most people don’t.
A doctor’s success and failure statistics must be made public. There are bad and good doctors. There should only be great and good doctors. Anything less means harm is done.
Each of these decisions strike fear into participants at every level of the system (except for the patient). Doing this will result in more mistakes being revealed. Doctors will fear (and all do) more lawsuits. Tough nuts. Change is always uncomfortable. Once the changes are made, better information will back up the doctors.
Most importantly, patients won’t be dying in catastrophic numbers.
How do you think a doctor concerned about health will come down on this issue? You might be surprised. First, the article from the Washington Post:
For Emily M. DeSantis, the battle lines were drawn over meatloaf and stuffed green peppers. “My mom would not let me leave the table until I had tried a bit of whatever gross thing she was making,” DeSantis noted in a recent e-mail. “So I fell asleep at bedtime in my chair more than a few times.”
As an adult, DeSantis tries to even the score: When she dines out with her mother, she chooses a sushi restaurant. “My mother despises it and I love it,” DeSantis notes. “I feel I deserve revenge for all that meatloaf.”
Epic tales of food struggles between parents who want their kids to eat healthfully and children who want to exert their independence are familiar to Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, who studies adolescent eating at the University of Minnesota. “I hear many, many stories like these,” she says.
Here is my advice: don’t make food a struggle and keep healthy food available. How to do this? If a child loathes eggs (like I did), don’t force them. There are other forms of protein available, choose them. Arbitrary rules that make chicken for lunch or steak only for dinner or cereal only for breakfast, can make getting good nutrition into a kid difficult.
Another piece of advice: I keep a full bowls of fruit around the house. Anyone, my children, a guest, whoever, can grab what they want. This inhibits the junk food pilfering. We also keep junk food in the house. I know, horrors! But have you seen the children who are deprived of this sort of thing when they go to someone else’s home? They’re like starved scavengers.
In fact, some family members (who shall not be named) would go to the local store, buy junk food and sneak it into the house. This makes for fat, guilty kids. The food is associated with shame. Parents, do you really want to make this connection for your children?
I also know parents who purposefully keep the kitchen bare–as if that will ensure skinny kids. No, that will ensure hungry kids who will likely overeat in the presence of food.
I also know parents who limit portions–as if that will ensure skinny kids. Children, who don’t have health or psychological problems, eat when they’re hungry. So some weeks a toddler can eat like a lumberjack and then seem to survive on crumbs the following weeks. It’s amazing that they survive, but they do survive.
So, ease up on the food Nazi bit and make healthy, yummy (carob is NOT yummy, neither is squash) food around. Save the wars for just saying “no” to drugs and cigarettes. Now, winning that war is non-negotiable. Hold your parental fire for those battles.
This case is insane in the membrane. The families of the accused, heck the accused, must feel like they are living in a parallel universe. What the hell?
I’m no lawyer, but is there such a thing as summary judgment, or can the judge thrown this case out? This case already makes the O.J. case look positively temperate.
If this case interests you (and who isn’t interested?), you need to bookmark K.C. Johnson’s site (CORRECTION: is Durham in Wonderland), Liestoppers is another site altogether, one that I have referenced before. KC Johnson is working, without pay, as a reporter. His reporting puts the MSM to shame. It is accurate. It’s up-to-date and gives huge amounts of background. Please visit both Liestoppers and Durham in Wonderland for up-to-the-minute news.
My question about Kim, the other stripper at the Lacrosse party: What the heck is she doin’ yammering her way across America? Doesn’t she have a lawyer? Is she being paid by someone? (Update: Obviously, I know she has a lawyer. And I have read her comments in the press. What I don’t understand is why she is talking so much.)
Seeing Whitney Houston looking back like herself after all the years of self-destruction and sorrow is very hopeful. What a talented woman. It was disheartening to see her follow the sad path that far too many women travel. Clive Davis promises a great new album. I look forward to it! She’s a young woman with the rest of her life ahead of her.
A toast to second chances!
Speaking of the Pill, this meta-analysis shows a HUGE increase in pre-menopausal breast cancer in women who use the pill before their first child. My comments in Red:
A meta-analysis published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicts oral contraceptives as putting premenopausal women at significantly increased risk for breast cancer, especially women who use them prior to having a child. Who doesn’t use the Pill before having kids? That’s when a woman uses the Pill.
The meta-analysis builds on many studies with similar findings. But even as the findings stack up, many women are unaware (because Doctors out-right tell patients that there is NO RISK. You wouldn’t believe the number of women we see on the Pill who have headaches[a contraindication], a family history of heart disease [a contraindication], high blood pressure [a contraindication]. )of the risks posed by oral contraceptive use prior to pregnancy, says lead study author Chris Kahlenborn, M.D., of Altoona Hospital in Altoona, Pa.
Dr. Kahlenborn says the discrepancy between risk and patient awareness prompted the meta-analysis, which involved extracting data from 34 studies on whether oral contraceptive (OC) use is associated with premenopausal breast cancer. Included in the studies were women who were premenopausal or younger than 50 and who had been, in most cases, diagnosed with breast cancer during or after 1980.
“As I studied the medical literature, I noticed that a trend appeared,” says Dr. Kahlenborn. “Namely, OC use prior to first-term pregnancy seemed to consistently increase the risk of premenopausal breast cancer. Although the trend was apparent, premenopausal women have continued to hear that OCs are basically safe.”(Again, this is the accepted medical dogma. Find me one, ONE, ob/gyn who lays out this risk to women.)
Rather, patients should know that sustained oral contraceptive use prior to pregnancy increases a premenopausal woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, says Dr. Kahlenborn. He says physicians should better inform their patients of the risks associated with oral contraceptives and calls it a “clear-cut informed consent issue.” (Yes it is, but doctor won’t tell patients this information because it is politically incorrect to say anything. They view a woman on the Pill as the lesser of the evils, even when unattached women have increased risks of STDs and other long-term problems with Pill usage.)
The study noted that 21 out of 23 retrospective studies have shown an increased risk of breast cancer in women who took oral contraceptives prior to pregnancy. It also showed that those women experienced an increased risk of 44 percent. (44%–can you imagine if it was found that carrots increased the risk of blindness 44%. What would doctors say?)
These are staggering results given that more that more than 45,000 women each year develop breast cancer prior to menopause, Dr. Kahlenborn says.
“My hope is that physicians will provide more detailed information to their patients about hormonal contraceptives,” he says. “The authors of our meta-analysis believe that women deserve to be fully informed.”
Finally, have you seen this information in the news? No? Why not? Well, The Pill enjoys cult status among the sexual liberation set. Feminists view the Pill as the great equalizer. I’ll grant that the Pill has probably been the most significant factor in our cultural change, I vehemently disagree that is a good thing. When the illusion of “controlled” sexuality became the defacto dogma, many things happened:
- Unprotected sex increased the spread of STDs
- An increase in out-of-wedlock births because of the reliance on an unreliable contraceptive
- An increase in abortion–again for those “surprise” births
- The expectation that a man would not have to support a woman who got pregnant. Her birth control didn’t work. She didn’t take precautions. She should get an abortion.
- Lower birth rates. The birthrate in the United States has diminished, and it is being buoyed by Mormans and Mexicans. That’s great. And all the narcissistic Boomers will be glad that at least someone is procreating to keep them in the style they’re accustomed to.
- Disease. Heart disease. High blood pressure. Migraines. Emotional imbalance. And now breast cancer. The Pill trades transient pleasure for long-term pain.
The fact that Ob/Gyns still push these things as if they are actually good for young women is just wrong. The same goes for recommending condoms when they don’t prevent HPV infections and women end up sterile because of latent infections. Sure, there is a vaccine now, but that can do nothing for the thousands of women who have already suffered with cervical cancer and infertility.
The Sexual Revolution was a joke. Ultimately the biggest losers are women. A woman is often in the unfortunate position of “choosing”, lucky her–she gets to choose!–single parenthood or an abortion. She gets the nasty surprise of a devastating STD’s effects years down the road in the form of scarring–sorry, no children the natural way for you, honey. You’ve been liberated! And I haven’t even mentioned AIDs. Have we forgotten the ravages of that disease? Seems like far too many have forgotten–to their own destruction.
Parents are not wrong to scare the hell out of their hormonal teenagers. The possible outcome of indiscriminate sex are scary, heart-breaking and can be lethal. The only sensible recommendation is for doctors and parents is to tell their kids to abstain before marriage and marry someone as circumspect as you have been. Of course, that recommendation is tough to make when you’ve been promiscuous yourself. You know what? All parents are hypocrites. Tell them anyway.
It is also a tough recommendation to follow. I can guarantee you: STDs, abortion, single-parenthood, AIDs, and cancer are tougher. The physical consequences of a little pleasure last for such a long time. The psychological and spiritual consequences can be even more devastating.
My favorite headline to describe the male pill that’s in the works comes from Australia. Reminds me of the “bunker busting” bombs. Very manly sounding–“sperm busting.” So far, no long term side-effects.
This is very good news. Men have a less sensitive system than women–it just doesn’t change as much throughout the cycle. I’m wonder though, what if a “half-busted” sperm makes it out of the gates and into the egg? Is it possible? Will it make a mutant?
Those would be my questions, anyway.