Sunday, December 30, 2007

Compartmentalized Thinking

Classroom Incident Sparks First Amendment Debate - News Story - WISC Madison

OK, so this high school kid in Wisconsin ripped pages from a Bible as part of a class presentation. A couple of weeks later, someone got offended. The outraged parent got my attention:

Paul Jacobson, Elle’s father.. . said ..."It's not about free speech. It's not about necessarily about the Bible although that was disgusting, too. This is about the vicious, vile manner in the way this kid went about this and tried to make some kind of point," he said.

It's not about free speech, it's about this kid "tried to make some kind of point".

Oh. Big difference, I guess. Bet ol' Paul runs for office soon.

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1st It's Lead in Toys, Now

Viagra Ingredient in Chinese Supplements

Now it's lead in his pencil.

(AP) -- Dietary supplements marketed to provide male sexual enhancement contain undeclared erectile dysfunction drugs putting users at risk, the Food and Drug Administration warned Friday.
The agency advised consumers to stay away from Shangai Chaojimengnan supplements sold under the names Super Shangai, Strong Testis, Shangai Ultra, Shangai Ultra X, Lady Shangai and Shangai Regular. The Chinese-made supplements are packaged and distributed by Shangai Distributor Inc. of Puerto Rico.

Product testing indicates that some of these so-called supplements contain Viagra's active ingredient, sildenafil, or a compound with a chemical structure that mimics sildenafil.

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Understanding Evolution

I'd forgotten about this.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gotta Love Them Christians

Northwest Herald - Local News and Video for McHenry County, Illinois - Man: Girl, 4, provoked me

Oh, boy. This jerk's gonna have a great time in prison.

WOODSTOCK – A retired Canadian pastor likely on track to leave a McHenry County courtroom Friday with probation for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl instead found himself behind bars after he told a judge that the girl acted sexually provocative toward him.

“I tried to avoid the encounters. On a couple of times, I thought I was being sexually harassed,” Kenneth R. Cooke, 73, told a judge. “I think there is psychological evidence today that children, even in their younger years, could become interested in sex.”

After listening to Cooke’s statements, Judge Joseph Condon sentenced him to three years in prison. Condon said the sentence was based partly on Cooke’s attitude.

“That just boggles my mind,” Condon said to Cooke. “You are willing to say whatever is convenient to you and what is most likely to release the pressure of these proceedings against you.”

What's the going rate for a 73 year old prison virgin?

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I Have a New Definition for Stress

Six days ago, I received an urgent call from my sister, seriously concerned about our father's health. She described his condition, and I advised her to take him to the ER immediately. She did. While he was there, the local hospice nurses called the ER physician and instructed him to cease treatment and return my father home.

A few hours later, Dad had a respiratory arrest and needed an endotracheal tube and a ventilator. By that time, I had, as the Medical Power of Attorney, fired the hospice agency.

Tomorrow, we will transfer Dad to a long term care facility for a couple of weeks of physical therapy. He won't be, as the doctor described it, "narcotized" to the point of fatal overdose. He will be safe from hospice nurses who routinely canceled appointments with Dad's doctors and ordered controlled drugs without calling either Dad's physician or me. He will regain his strength and muscle tone. He will do this because the local hospice nurses will not be adjusting his medications without approval from his POA (me) or his physician.

Had they had their way, I would be burying my dad. Instead, I am working to return him home to his wife of 52 years safely.

In the time frame above, I drove from Colorado to Iowa to attend to my dad. I left my wife, a mere two days post-op from abdominal surgery, to deal with this complication of hospice malpractice. I was separated from my wife on Christmas, and we each spent our first Christmas Eve alone because of the negligence of the Trinity Regional Medical Center hospice nurses, not to mention their homicidal negligence in my father's care.

I am relieved that Dad seems to be better every day that he is not receiving massive overdoses of pain meds as prescribed by these homicidally incompetent nurses. I am equally determined to see to it that every regulatory and legislative agency I can contact shares my outrage. There will be consequences. I hope careers are ruined. I will be spending considerable time, energy and talent to make it so.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What Is It with Romney and the Truth?

Mitt Romney can't seem to keep it together. After a smarmy speech all about religion and morality, he lays out pandering lies in an effort to get votes.

The latest lie concerns his father, George "Brainwash" Romney and Martin Luther King.

Boston Phoenix reporter David Bernstein
asked the Romney camp for details about that incident. They told him it
happened in Grosse Pointe, Michigan—a march briefly referred to in a
1967 David Broder book on the Republican Party. But the Grosse Pointe Historical Society tells the Phoenix King never marched there. (The Civil Rights movement leader appeared only once in town, after Broder's book was published.)

As for seeing his father in that march? Mitt was smack dab in the middle of his requisite two-year Mormon mission—in Le Havre, France.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Merry Consumermas

The Emperor Palpatine, err, Pope Benedict, bemoans the dilution of the true meaning of Christmas by rank materialism:

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday criticized "materialistic" ways of celebrating Christmas, pressing the Vatican's campaign against unbridled consumerism.

His brief comments, delivered from the window of his private studio to pilgrims below in St. Peter's Square, built on his dismay that ever younger boys and girls are caught up in consumer pursuits.

"The way of living out, and perceiving, Christmas unfortunately quite often suffers from a materialistic mentality," Benedict said.

And he should know about materialism:

Pope Benedict XVI is appealing to a new group of admirers: marketers seeking not blessings but pontifical product placements.

Since his election last year, the pope has been spotted wearing Serengeti-branded sunglasses and brown walking shoes donated by Geox. He owns a specially engraved white Apple iPod, and he recently stirred much publicity with a pair of stylish red loafers that may or may not be from Prada.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

You Can't Ask if Dollar Has a Dollar - Christian Ministry Rebuffs Senate Finances Probe - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum
A lawyer for preacher Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta has asked Sen. Charles Grassley to either refer the matter to the IRS or get a subpoena, according to a letter from Dollar's attorney obtained Wednesday by the AP.

Umm. . . Creflo Dollar won't answer questions about how he spends his tax-exempt dollars?

Can you say, "Take me, I'm yours"?

I don't care if this charlatan makes a living fronting his imaginary friends to the gullible,but he needs to at least stop fucking the rest of us with his "tax-free" bullshit. If the "prosperity gospel" means anything, it means "profitable".

I pay taxes, Creflo pays taxes. Or he gets a nice cozy bunk next to "Dr. Dino" Kent Hovind.

But that's just me, I could be wrong.

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Time for Seasonal Greetings

Doing my part for the War on Bill O'Riley.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Guess He Gets the Dobbs Vote - Mitt Romney Terminates Contract With Lawn Care Company for Hiring Illegal Immigrants - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum

Damn, guess Rudy was right about one thing during the YouTube debate.

The former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate has formally cut ties with the landscaping company that manicures his lawn, after it was reported that the company continued to employ illegal immigrants a year after the hiring practices were first revealed.

Romney wrote a letter Tuesday to Ricardo Saenz, of Community Lawn Service in Chelsea, Mass., terminating his contract with the company.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Someone Understands

I have a little side gig as a music writer, which tends to give me a different perspective on things. I get accused of snobbery fairly often - and with some justification, I guess. But I don't take it (or myself) nearly as seriously as some do. I got a giggle from this.

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