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Archive for January 19th, 2006

Tough talk from…..France???!!

Posted by Sal on January 19, 2006

Jacques Chirac spoke yesterday on French foreign policy that would include the use of nuclear weapons against terrorist states who threatened France.

Now, rather than make some predictable (if not well-deserved) comment about France’s lack of determination in the face of threats and their historical ineptitude to win any kind of war, I will just leave with two thoughts:

  • If the Bush had made a comment like this, what would the world reaction had been?
  • While I don’t disagree in principle with what Chirac said, does anyone take them seriously in matters such as this?
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Random thoughts

Posted by Sal on January 19, 2006

Bin Laden offers Truce
If a Democrat were in the White House, we’d be entering into diplomatic negotiations. Thank God President Bush isn’t so foolish.

Beer Pong World Series
The World Series of Beer Pong occurred recently in Ann Arbor, MI. A team from the University of Michigan won. If PC had been represented, I’m that there would have been a different winner. A PC team could crush the competition!

Guinness Ice Cream
In another alcohol-related post, Mrs. Sal alerted me to a recipe for Guinness Ice Cream.

Leheay to oppose Alito
Back to serious political commentary, Patrick Leheay has announced that he will oppose Sam Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Now even I didn’t see that one coming.

How’s that for the random post of the year?

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Kellogg and Nickelodeon Sued for Bad Parenting

Posted by Mike on January 19, 2006

Sub-par parents are suing children’s network Nickelodeon and Kellogg because for their own decisions to raise their children improperly. Of course, that’s not how the bad parents would describe it. Here’s how bad parent Sherri Carlson described why her children do not eat properly: “But then they turn on Nickelodeon and see all those enticing junk-food ads. . . Adding insult to injury, we enter the grocery store and see our beloved Nick characters plastered on all those junky snacks and cereals.” No mention of her inability to say “no” to the kid who wants stuff his face with Ho Hos. The problem is with the people who market junk food.

Despite the cultural backlash of recent years, some holdovers from the culture of irresponsibility remain. Every self-induced problem to these people is somebody else’s fault. Not only that, they feel entitled to other people’s money as a result of their personal irresponsibility. That attitude is so 1990s. My question is, how many judges out there are prepared to fall for this garbage? Perhaps it is time for some good old fashioned limited government conservatism to cure these people of their dependance on other people to solve their own problems. At the very least, regular Americans shouldn’t be forced to pay for whatever medical procedures are in store for these children. Maybe then the bad parents would sue for some extra pain and suffering. I’m sure some judge in Massachusetts would listen.

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Is a Persistant Vegitative State really persistant?

Posted by Sal on January 19, 2006

Yesterday we posted an update of the story of Haleigh Poutre , and the Massachusetts SJC decision to allow DSS to remove her ventilator. A day after that Decision, doctors report that she has improved and no longer requires a ventilator.

One telling quote from the story is “”The vegetative state may not be a total vegetative state.”

Contrast that with the diagnosis last fall, which led the SJC to make its ruling:

Last fall, doctors described Haleigh as being in a persistent vegetative state and ”virtually brain dead,” district court records said. Physicians said her brain stem was severely injured, leaving her unable to think or feel and in an ”irreversible coma,” according to an opinion Tuesday by the Supreme Judicial Court.

This is disturbing. The idea of a persistant vegitative state has always seemed dubious to me. Why are we making the decision to end a life based on something which is uncertain? Another quote from the article:

Many neurologists say it is rare for a patient with severe brain-stem injuries to fully recover from a persistent vegetative state that lasts for more than a month. Sometimes, patients can partially recover, such as showing increasing responsiveness to touch by frowning or moving their hand, said Dr. Steve Williams, chief of rehabilitation medicine at Boston Medical Center.

But rarely do these patients fully recover so they can communicate, feed themselves, and live ordinary lives, he said. He added, however, that the recoveries, when they happen, are more likely with children than adults. ”There’s more plasticity to their brain,” he said. ”There’s potentially other areas of the brain that can take over.”
Allison Avrett, Haleigh’s biological mother, said yesterday that she saw improvements in a hospital visit last week, but was convinced by doctors and DSS workers that hand movements that she had seen were involuntary.

This is insanity! Most people think of a persistant vegitative state as being irreversable! While it is “rare” to make a full recovery, apparently people do! I believe that the brain is an area of the human body that we still do not really understand to a great degree. Much more care should be taken with patients, and they should be treated as human beings, not as vegetables to be disposed of.

Haleigh may not ever fully recover. But then again, she might. The doctor’s prognosis that she would never breath again and was essentially brain-dead was apparently incorrect. If it were up to DSS and the courts, we would never know if she made a full recovery. If it were up to DSS and the Courts, this beautiful child would be dead right now.

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