mugglechump: (Uncheck be an Asshole)
( Feb. 6th, 2009 10:12 pm)
Stimulus Plan my ass. The American people deserve better than pork spending in sheep's clothing. How many generations are going to pay for special interests and socialism in this country? This is change I not only do not believe in, it's change that makes me ill.

Fuck you very much, Congressional Democrats and wussy, weak-willed pseudo-Republicans.

In other news that makes me see red, I read this article: Doctor's License Revoked Over Botched Abortion That Led to Live Baby Being Thrown Out

Great big, ugly rant. Lots of swearing. )
(Apologies to friends who have already seen this on [ profile] therightfangirl.) Italicized sections are taken from an article on

I've always been slightly on the fence about euthanasia laws. I believe it's wrong to commit suicide, but there's a little part of me that has a hard time telling someone in constant pain with no hope of relief that they need to suffer because it will make me feel better. In all my internal debates, though, the real reason 'death with dignity' laws are BAD (and I say that now unequivocally.) didn't really enter into it. The reason they are bad is because it allows suicide to be encouraged, even suggested, by the health care industry in place of treatment that could allow patients to live longer. Patients who had no thoughts of doing themselves in, and just want to be treated.

Case in point:

In May 2008, 64-year-old retired school bus driver Barbara Wagner received bad news from her doctor. She found out that her cancer, which had been in remission for two years, had returned. Then, she got some good news. Her doctor gave her a prescription that would likely slow the cancer's growth and extend her life. She was relieved by the news and also by the fact that she had health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.

It didn't take long for her hopes to be dashed.

Barbara Wagner was notified by letter that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn't cover her prescription. But the letter didn't leave it at that. It also notified her that, although it wouldn't cover her prescription, it would cover assisted suicide.

After Wagner's story appeared in the Eugene Register-Guard, the Oregon Health Plan acknowledged that it routinely sends similar letters to patients who have little chance of surviving more than five years, informing them that the health plan will pay for assisted suicide (euphemistically categorized as "comfort care"), but not for treatment that could help them live for months or years.

A similar law is now being considered in Washington, but it goes a step further. The Oregon law requires doctors to report when they've assisted a suicide. The Washington proposal actually requires them to falsely list the cause of death as the underlying disease, not the overdose of drugs that put the patient out of their supposed misery.

The Washington proposal, in a major departure from Oregon's law, adds a layer of unprecedented deception by forcing doctors to lie about the cause of death. It requires that, when a patient dies after taking the prescription for assisted suicide, the physician "shall list the underlying terminal disease as the cause of death." Washington State Medical Association president, Brian Wicks, M.D., described the requirement in a WSMA press release opposing the initiative:

Under I-1000, if a physician prescribes a lethal overdose, when that physician completes the death certificate, he or she is required - actually required - to list the underlying disease (say lung cancer) as the cause of death, even when the doctor knows full well that the patient died due to the suicidal overdose he or she prescribed. To my knowledge there's no other situation in medicine in which the death certificate is deliberately falsified - and in which this falsification is mandated by law.

Is anyone else sick to their stomach, or is it just me? Thankfully, I live in Virginia, where they can't suggest I off myself rather than go take an antacid.
These are a few things that have been on my mind lately. It's mainly political, so feel free to skip.

Under a cut to make anyone looking for a reason to wank have to work for it )

And now I need to shower and go to the DMV. *whines* I don't want to.
Saw a fabulous bumper sticker on the way home today:

Hope is not a foreign policy. Just ask Neville Chamberlain.

Odd occurrences of late (note the common denominator of Meredith):

- Meredith drove to Quizno's, parked the car, and waited for another car to pass before she crossed the parking lot to get to the store. As she crossed, the car she'd waited for stopped and backed into her, then drove off. Yes, she's fine. I did get a very incredulous call, though. "Someone ran into me!" Then she opted for the comfort of Coldstone over the numminess of Quizno's.

- Saturday night around 10:30 I heard the door to the apartment open. Assuming it was Meredith, who'd spent the evening visiting her friends from our old house, I called, "Hello." A very male, "Hi, Mom" was the response. I recognized the voice as belonging to Mer's ex-boyfriend Derek, and assumed that they'd hooked up somewhere over the course of the evening and she'd brought him home to hang out. As I was running around in my jammies, I started for my bedroom door to tell Mer I wasn't dressed for company and I'd rather she took Derek home. Just before I got to the door, Derek asked, "Is she back there with you?" He wasn't with Meredith at all. The boy had just walked into my home like he lived here!

- Around 11:00 Saturday night, Mer called to tell me she'd locked the keys in the car. In Leesburg. (Read: 30 minutes away.) We only have one working car at the moment because I haven't gotten the convertible fixed from her little run-in with the curb several weeks ago. Fortunately her dad was able to bring her home and James took me to get the car on Sunday. We had to jump start it because Meredith had locked the keys inside with the radio on.

Other random things:

- Went to see Prince Caspian with James and Sheridan yesterday. Had a good time. Sheridan liked it, but was disappointed that it didn't remain faithful to the book. A hard lesson to learn at the age of 10.

- Speaking of Sheridan, she amuses me. (I know, not exactly news.) The other day I went over to Richard and Tracey's to pick up the lasagna and barbeque Richard had saved for me - Have I mentioned my love for my BIL? - and Sheridan was slicing up a Japanese persimmon. She'd never had one before and wanted to try it. She cut a piece for me, too, and after I'd eaten it she asked my opinion. I told her that I liked it, it was sweet. Sher said, "I like it, too. It's subtle." And it was. I smiled and Mer gave Sher the 'Could you be any freaking smarter?' stare.
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( Feb. 20th, 2008 06:58 am)
I went to bed before midnight last night. I can't remember the last time I did that.

It's very sad when this sort of news is journal-worthy. The annoying thing? I'm still tired. Probably because I woke up around 4:00 and it took me awhile to get back to sleep. Middle-of-the-night brain function is irritating. I'd rather be sleeping, thanks very much.

Oh! A few nights ago I had a very odd dream. It involved mail-in votes for the next presidential election, which were written on large pieces of posterboard in multi-colored marker, that [ profile] water_jade and [ profile] stellarlyssa had sent to me to send in on their behalf because I was the only one still in Montana. Yeah, I don't know why Montana, but there you are. Delaney and Lys will be pleased to know that I can't even convince them to vote conservative in my dreams. *snicker*

Speaking of Lys, I've not spoken to her in a long time, even on LJ. Hi Lys! I miss you!
I am already tired of political commercials, and there is still a year to go before the next presidential election. The AARP commercials are playing everywhere, all the time. *bangs head* It's running neck and neck with the 'Truth' anti-smoking commercials (that are put out by tobacco companies) for Most Annoying Advertisement Ever.

Despite the irritating commercials, I'm really giggly tonight. It's a product of the D/Gness that is now officially going on in [ profile] caliga_rpg. Naked Draco makes me happy. Taunty Ginny makes me happy. Whatever will I do when the fandom dies out? D/G forever!

There is the slightest chance that I'm just giggly because at this time last night it was midnight and I'm really tired. That sentence sounds like it doesn't make sense, but it really does.

Does anybody else watch Next Iron Chef? Who are you rooting for? I think Chef Simon will win, but I'm pulling for Chef Besh. Gotta love the southern boy.

Ok, the guy on Ace of Cakes is located in Baltimore, so I could totally order a cake from him. His cakes are incredibly cool. There are two problems with this. One - His cakes start at $500. I don't have any occasion that necessitates that kind of cake expense. I don't even think I spent that much for my wedding cake. Two - I hate fondant. To do the kinds of kick ass cake designs he does, you really need to use fondant. That is such a bummer.

Tomorrow is my busy accrual day at work. I have those every four weeks. I hope the subcontractors get their stuff to me on time. I'm not trying to be there all night.
Ok, not really so much with the pontification. Is that a real word? I'm not sure, but I like the sound of it. Pontification. Yeah, that's a fun word. I'm very tired, by the way. Now, on to the point of my post.

[ profile] mynuet wrote a really informative and articulate essay(?) on separation of church and state, the basis and the reality of it. You can, and should, go read it here:

There is good debate over it going on in commentland, so check those out as well. *eyes you beadily* Well, go on!


I don't really have anything else to share that's exciting. I both some new notecards and a rainbow colored legal pad (or 4) that was on clearance at Walmart. Yay pretty paper. I also bought pretty pens because mine have all but disappeared.

WTF am I listening to? *goes to select a new song* I love The Wombats, but they can be a little overly quirky at times.

That's all for now, I think. It's very nearly time for me to crawl under the covers. Have a good night, everybody!
mugglechump: (Charlie Brown: applause)
( Aug. 29th, 2007 10:41 am)
Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard wrote an excellent article on the way the U.S. abandoned Vietnam which highlights some of the reasons we cannot cut and run from Iraq.

Like a pig in muck, the left loves to wallow in Vietnam. But only in their  )
Mike Baker's column amused me and I thought I'd share part of it. Fair warning, this is political snark. It relates to a couple dumb comments recently made by Barack Obama and Tom Tancredo. (Separate comments, just to clarify for those of you wondering when BO & TT decided to become pals.) Obama is the main focus of the piece.

And now… let’s play another round of “Hey that’s just crazy talk )
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( Jul. 3rd, 2007 11:22 am)
So the Dems are up in arms over Scooter Libby's sentence commutation. Boo hoo. I don't recall them getting worked up over Clinton's frantic last minute pardons.

Let's recap:

Here is a list of most of the folks pardoned or with sentences commuted by Clinton:

It includes Marc Rich, who fled to Switzerland in 1983 rather than stick around to face charges of tax evasion and illegal trading with Iran during the hostage crisis. His wife, incidentally, is a big time financial supporter of the Dems.

You can read a fairly innocuous article about Marc Rich here:

So, the Dems didn't care about that, but commuting the jail time for Scooter Libby's part in the B.S. Plame affair is a travesty of justice? Please. Give me a break.


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