Daily Archives: August 26, 2009

Monica: Would you Guys do it with her?

bclinton-lewinsky2[1]Another poll to boost our numbers.  I don’t think I would.  But I also don’t think I would ever get the opportunity.  What do you folk think?

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Close to a Record Tonight…

cheney_short_of_breath[1]Given that we are close to beating a record, thanks to the very great work of one fnord, I have a poll shamelessly devoted to that goal:  Would you bloggers rather 1) see Dick “Darth” Cheney violently sodomized by an angry alien, or 2) all U.S. citizens having healthcare?  One or two?

Love you all…

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The Senate’s great lion

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In a recent article written by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and published in Newsweek, he explains why he fought to make health care available for every mother or father who hears a sick child cry in the night.

In 1973, when I was first fighting in the Senate for universal coverage, we learned that my 12-year-old son Teddy had bone cancer. He had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. Even then, the pathology report showed that some of the cancer cells were very aggressive. There were only a few long-shot options to stop it from spreading further. I decided his best chance for survival was a clinical trial involving massive doses of chemotherapy. Every three weeks, at Children’s Hospital Boston, he had to lie still for six hours while the fluid dripped into his arm. I remember watching and praying for him, all the while knowing how sick he would be for days afterward.

During those many hours at the hospital, I came to know other parents whose children had been stricken with the same deadly disease. We all hoped that our child’s life would be saved by this experimental treatment. Because we were part of a clinical trial, none of us paid for it. Then the trial was declared a success and terminated before some patients had completed their treatments. That meant families had to have insurance to cover the rest or pay for them out of pocket. Our family had the necessary resources as well as excellent insurance coverage. But other heartbroken parents pleaded with the doctors: What chance does my child have if I can only afford half of the prescribed treatments? Or two thirds? I’ve sold everything. I’ve mortgaged as much as possible. No parent should suffer that torment. Not in this country. Not in the richest country in the world.

fnord

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Armadillos in Kansas?

Armadillo[1][1]I hesitated to post this so soon aftwe fnord’s excellent Kennedy post [I will see if I can back date it], but on North Oliver a little south of 29th Street North, yesterday, I saw an Armadillo who had been on the unfortunate receiving end of some contact with a motor vehicle.  I had heard that Armadillos were showing up in Kansas, but this one was the first one I’d seen ino our state.

I wonder if them showing up here is in some way a reflection of global warming?  What do you bloggers think?

An interesting bit of trivia, all Armadillo litters of babies are made up identical quadruplets.  This is supposed to be some sort of selective advantage, though I am not recalling what that was.  Anyone else know?

A bit of advice I’ve heard: it is a good idea to not drive over an Armadillo if you can avoid it.  They jump up and can really wreak havic on a car’s undercarriage.

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Wednesday, 08/26/09, Public Square

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It’s the middle of the week, hump day!  Did it go as quickly for you as it did for me?  So we’ll slide to the weekend.  Anything you’d like to talk about?

fnord

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