Monday, February 22, 2010

The trouble with John Mayer... - Keka - Open Salon

The trouble with John Mayer... - Keka - Open Salon

Well, OK, maybe Mayer's not quite the giggadouche he sounds like.

Burlefest 2010

Burlefest 2010
Benny "Burle" Galloway is one of those guys that has all the talent and damn little of the luck. An excellent songwriter, damn fine bassist and really nice guy, he's facing lots of lost time & revenue. "Burlefest" is meant to help him through this really rough patch.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wiley Drake Misses the Irony

Praying for Obama's Death - Page 1 - The Daily Beast: "if they continue to deny God and do unrighteous things to our country we then agree with God that He take them out."

Here's the thing: this crazy Baptist preacher prays for the deaths of public figures, and takes credit when someone he doesn't like dies. Not that he personally takes a part, but he & his cult pray for the deaths of those he dislikes, most prominently Barack Obama.

Under federal law, of course, threatening the life of the President is a crime and will get you a personal visit from the Secret Service. You may recall the fuss last year over a Facebook poll asking about the desirability of an Obama assassination. Rev. Drake has been spared arrest and prosecution.

The conclusion is inescapable: nobody believes this crap, except Wiley Drake and a handful of his co-loons. By holding forth about his faith so publicly, he has also clearly demonstrated just how ineffectual and irrelevant his religion actually is. Judging by the lack of law enforcement attention to his fringe threatmaking, the government thinks so, too.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Them Catholics Are Amazing

Some days the stories are so, fitting.

Pro-Life Billboard Campaign in Poland Links Abortion to Nazi Occupationn

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

POZNAN, February 17, 2010 ( - A new billboard campaign by the Polish branch of the U.S.-based Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) links the introduction of abortion in Poland to the Nazi occupation of the country during the Second World War.

The English translation of the sign says: “Abortion for Polish women introduced by Hitler on March 9, 1943.”

A 1942 Nazi policy statement on "racial hygiene" said, "In view of the large families of the Slav native population, it could only suit us if girls and women there had as many abortions as possible. We are not interested in seeing the non-German population multiply.

Meanwhile, in Rome, we find this fascinating statement by former Nazi Pope Benedict:
ROME, February 17, 2010 ( – Pope Benedict XVI told a group of visiting Romanian bishops on Friday to resist the “scourges” of abortion and artificial birth control.

The pontiff said the Church should set up “parish consultancy services” for young people to help them combat the “scourges of abortion, corruption, alcoholism and drugs, as well as birth control by methods contrary to the dignity of the human person

Well, I guess he'd know.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Buena Park pastor prayed for Murtha’s death - Total Buzz : The Orange County Register

Buena Park pastor prayed for Murtha’s death - Total Buzz : The Orange County Register: "Southern Baptist Pastor Wiley Drake of Buena Park sent out an email Monday night, saying that perhaps his prayers had been answered with the death of Rep. John Murtha yesterday."

If people really believed in "the power of prayer" Rev. Drake would be in jail for murder. But since it's make believe, he is free to continue accepting donations from his playmates.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pastors Challenged to 'Ordain' Every Christian, Not Do Ministry for Them |

Pastors Challenged to 'Ordain' Every Christian, Not Do Ministry for Them | "Dave Ferguson, pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicago, recounted to conference attendees a bold call he recently made to his mega-congregation.

Preaching from the New Testament, he told members of the church, 'You are a royal priesthood. ... You're a priest. As a priest there's a particular people or there's a particular place that God has called you to.'

The Chicago pastor invited those who felt God's calling to come forward to be anointed. A couple thousand people came forward, named the people or place (neighbors, co-workers, underprivileged children, etc.) they felt called to go and share Christ with, and were 'ordained.'"

Next up, comedic fun when these "ordained" people begin to start their own churches, deal with the IRS.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bill Planned to Ease In-Home Care Restrictions - Nursing Link

Bill Planned to Ease In-Home Care Restrictions - Nursing Link

Another presumably well-intended government intervention in healthcare. This time, the state of Georgia wants to shift responsibility for professional nursing activities to the least-trained members of the healthcare team.
The bill will allow an unlicensed person who is trained by a Registered Nurse (RN) to perform some services — such as administering medication and keeping watch over a home patient on a ventilator — that now require RNs.
Not surprisingly, the bill's backers share a justification. The bill, sponsored by Representative Jimmy Pruett (R-Eastman, is estimated to effect 800 Georgians who would be turned out of their current skilled nursing placement, saving the state hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. The bill has been endorsed by an employment agency that provides certified nurse assistants for as little as $10 per hour.

Provider organizations have thus far declined to comment on the bill until they've taken sufficient time to read and comprehend the proposed legislation.

As I've noted in another post, there is a reason current regulations and standards of practice require professional level skills. Patient safety is the primary and perennial consideration. Before he became known for his opposition to healthcare reform, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley made periodic headlines with hearings into the shortcomings of nursing homes. While the Senator's reports tended to inflame rather than inform, specific rules addressing real problems did result, and the safety of patient care did improve.

The Georgia proposal attempts to cope with budgetary issues but risks compromising quality of care. I hope the consideration of this bill begin to center more on the welfare of the vulnerable than the bottom line of the budget.

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