Friday, February 6, 2009

Most Unintentionally Funny Video Ever

Always with a keen eye for the humorous the folks over at Creative Minority Report: have posted this video which settles a mystery for me. I've always thought those squirrels that launched themselves in front of my car were part of some bizarre rodent hazing ritual. Now I know they were just depressed.

An Open Letter to Obama from Father of Serviceman Killed on U.S.S. Cole

From Dr Bulldog

Fireman Gary G. Swenchonis, Jr. Denied Justice Here in the Country that he gave his life for.

President Obama:
Do you know how much it hurts to see you drop the charges against our son’s killers?
First the Dictator of Yemen
freed our son’s killers. And now you sir.
We had hoped for some justice here in our own country. But now it appears that politics are more important than justice and the truth.
President Obama I refused your invitation to meet with with you because I knew what you were going to do. Drop the charges against al-Nashiri, and stop the trial which we were getting ready to leave for today.
I want you to know that your actions broke my wifes heart. I sat and watched her cry all nite long out of frustration, anger, and emotional pain. Again. I should be used to this but I am not.
I have had to watch her cry before when Saleh of Yemen freed our sons killers. When President Clinton refused to take any action against the killers. And when President Bush refused to quit our country’s support of Yemen. And when the Justice Department refused to honor the Federal Court Ruling Against the Sudan which helped to murder our son. And numerous other times when our government ignored our plight.
Will the Cole Victims and their familes ever recieve justice?
I am begining to realize now that we never will have justice unless that justice is politically convenient.

“Badly botched” doesn’t quite cover it

From GetReligion:
Written by the Associated Press’ Christine Armario, the story is actually rather well done:
Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.
Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.
Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.
What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.
Almost too painful to read isn't it? But isn't it the ultimate hypocricy for someone who is pro-abortion to be "outraged"? The death of that child was after all the sought after result was it not? And if you are pro-abortion and find something here to be outraged with, shouldn't you ask yourself, why?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Job Qualifications

For what job do the following resume items prepare you:
  • Provided legal representation for Playboy
  • Provided legal representation for Penthouse
  • Opposed the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000
  • Gone on record to state that for a porn company to verify its models were over 18 would “burden too heavily and infringe too deeply on the right to produce First Amendment-protected material.”
  • Led a lawsuit to allow Playboy to print braille versions of its magazine
  • Has argued “Abortion rarely causes or exacerbates psychological or emotional problems. When women do experience regret, depression or guilt, such feelings are mild and diminish rapidly, without adversely affecting general functioning. The few women who do experience negative psychological responses after abortion, appear to be those with pre-existing emotional problems.”
  • Has argued that requiring a 13- or 14- year old girl to notify her parents before getting an abortion is “an unconstitutional burden.”

Apparently they prepare you to be the new deputy Attorney General of the United States of America. Read the article here.

Can't Fix the Roof

It would seem that if a religious group exercises its right to equal access of a public facility, that facility will not be eligible for funds from the stimulus package with which to make repairs. Read the article here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lessons Learned

Some lessons (some obvious) that I've learned over the last week or so.

Gas pains do not last more than a few hours.

You can push on your stomach when you have gas pains and it will hurt. If you let up and let your belly pop back into place and it hurts, it's not gas. It's called rebound pain. Rebound pain is not good.

If you are a woman and have pain in the lower right quadrant of your belly there are many possibilities. Women have more stuff than men. (Viva la difference')

If you are a man and have pain in the lower right quadrant of your belly there are a very few possibilities as to why.

Diarrhea, feeling gassy, crampy or nauseous and having abdominal pain may mean you ate something that didn't agree with you. Or it may not.

Having all of these in one day is a classic appendicitis picture. It can also be spread over four days.

If your gassy, crampy feeling causes you to remain hunched over after getting up from a chair and this goes on for more than a few hours then its a good idea to go ahead and go to the doctor.

Your white blood cell count does not have to be highly elevated to be indicative of trouble. Even a slightly elevated count can be an issue.

Appendix pain can range over the entire portion of your lower belly (below the navel) from hip to hip.

Your appendix is located between the point of your right hip and your belly button (aka navel)

None of the above will necessarily mean you are about to have a ruptured appendix (but it could so go sooner, rather than later to the doctor) but it may mean that the situation has been a chronic feature for some time.

When you have your appendix removed via laparoscopy you will have three incisions, none of them on your right side.

The incisions will be below your navel and one a couple inches below that and one forming a triangle to your left

When you go to the emergency room in February you may find that the ER and the hospital are full and you must do a lot of waiting. Not to be seen, just to get a room.

If the hospital is full you may find that you have to share a room.

There is a limit to how much Spanish language television you can listen to and/or watch when you can't speak Spanish. Actually, it's not very long at all.

The day after surgery you will be sore but your right side won't hurt when you go over speed bumps anymore.

The day after surgery you will still feel gassy but this time its because they've pumped you full of it for the surgery.

You may lose all embarrassment at passing gas in a room with strangers.

You must keep all relatives informed daily on progress even if the last report was positive (e.g. he just got out of surgery, everything went well and he's getting discharged tomorrow)

Failure to do so may lead to terse voice-mails from mothers who "since they haven't heard something today, can only assume the worse," followed by the attempted guilt of "you're not a mother you'll never know what its like."

The above may lead to reuniting siblings, who are not otherwise on speaking terms with each other, in shared agreement with their mother.

This may lead to a fond desire to return to the less stressful times of Spanish television.

None of the above either before or after is conducive to posting to blogs.