Sunday, November 27, 2005

Bruce Willis will boost troop morale with film based on their experiences

Bruce Willis comes out fighting for Iraq’s forgotten GI heroes. I can't do the article justice. Read it. Go, Bruce!

Girl with no face speaks first words

Faceless Girl Speaks First Words
A toddler with Treacher-Collins Syndrome, born missing half the bones in her face, spoke her first words after surgery to begin building facial bones for her. Doctors hope she will eventually be able to speak, eat, and breathe normally. The original story of little Juliana is here.

Juliana's parents consider her a gift from God not just to her family, but to the world. Students who raised money for Juliana were enchanted with her, one girl commenting, "She's just the cutest little thing!"

When I worked at an institution for the mentally retarded, I learned that the people hurt most by institutionalization aren't the people who end up in the institution, but those who never get to know them because they're hidden away from the world. Maybe part of why Juliana is with us is to teach us what we lose when we reject people because they're different in ways that make us uncomfortable until we get to know them.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Doc kills self after euthanizing depressed woman

Euthanasia Doctor Commits Suicide after Finding Patient He Killed Was Not Terminally Ill
ZURICH, November 21, 2005 ( - A doctor acting for the Swiss euthanasia group, Dignitas, has committed suicide after learning that a German woman he euthanized was not terminally ill. .... The 69-year-old woman contacted Dignitas with a medical report stating she had terminal liver cirrhosis; an autopsy conducted later in Germany revealed the woman was in good health other than depression, and that the medical report was falsified. The woman, whose name was withheld, allegedly convinced her German GP to falsify the report so that she could get sick leave from work.

What's also disturbing is that the founder of the euthanasia group defended the whole incident: "The doctor's report that I was given indicated the woman was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver as well as hepatitis. And in any case every person in Europe has the right to choose to die, even if they are not terminally ill." What powerful compassion this guy has for people with depression! Last year this same guy told the Telegraph that Dignitas would kill anybody who asked for death, "irrespective of medical condition. It does not matter what people are suffering from, we do not refuse anyone."

Friday, November 18, 2005

Phantom AIDS Epidemic?

African AIDS: A Phantom Epidemic?
[I]t is possible to suggest not only that the AIDS "epidemic" is vastly overstated and overrated, but also that resources spent fighting it might better be employed on more basic, and more general, infrastructure and health needs. This is not to deny the reality or the tragedy of this disease or the many other diseases rampant in poor parts of Africa. It is to point out that, when medical realities collide with scaremongering and false realities, the latter too often triumph.


Proper diagnosis can require trained medical people, medical history, physical examination, blood tests and sophisticated facilities. [In Africa, diagnoses are made based] on "points" .... Because of this lack, the meeting participants concluded that AIDS in Africa could be diagnosed without a blood test by scoring 12 points out of a possible total of 50, based on symptoms and signs alone.

People having the first three (10 percent weight lost, protracted asthenia [weakness] and repeated attacks of fever for more than a month) have already racked up a score of 11. A cough scores two more points, and "the diagnosis of AIDS is established."

Many other non-specific signs are worth points, such as diarrhea, lung disease, signs consistent with herpes virus infections, generalized lymph node enlargement and "neurological signs." In other words, many Africans diagnosed with AIDS would not carry the diagnosis in the developed world. And many people have these qualifying symptoms from the many other diseases prevalent in poor regions.


Committing resources to fight a non-existent epidemic makes no sense, except to those making a living off the funds generated by the scares. Resources fighting phantom epidemics can't be used to improve basic sanitation and nutrition, the foundations of health.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

CPS fails again

Baby Dies After Breast Feeding Incident
OSHKOSH, Wis. — A 4-month-old girl died when her inebriated mother fell asleep on top of her while breast-feeding, prosecutors said. ....

Hawkins was charged Friday with one count of child neglect causing a death. If convicted as a repeat felony offender, she could be sentenced to 29 years in prison and fined $100,000. ....

The 27-year-old — who was on probation for child neglect — had consumed six double-shot alcoholic beverages at a bowling alley, the criminal said. A toxicologist estimated her blood alcohol level ranged from .15 to .27 percent. ....

Hawkins was on probation for neglect of the same child, and was prohibited from drinking alcohol and from having unsupervised contact with all four of her children at once, court documents show.

Is it just me, or does it seem that the more appalling the parents are, the more likely CPS workers are to let them have custody of their kids?

Saturday, November 12, 2005

I want to deserve a man like that

Even if God never sends one to me, I pray he make me into a woman who deserves a man like C.S. "Jack" Lewis, a man described vividly in this interview with his stepson.
Jack was a man who was always available, and I think this is the crux of Christianity. .... His message is, "Stop talking about it, stop studying it, just get out there and do Christianity." Jack did it. .... A guy approached Jack on the street one day and asked him if he could spare a few shillings. And Jack immediately dove into his pocket and brought out all his change and handed it over to this beggar. And the chap he was with—I think it was Tolkien—said, "Jack, you shouldn't have given that fellow all that money, he'll just spend it on drink." Jack said, "Well if I had kept it, I would have only spent it on drink."

Kansas AG to address statutory rape

The Kansas AG is going to review birth certificates for children born to underage mothers in order to prosecute men who were victimizing the mothers. It's about time!

Girl with 16-lb tumor on face needs help

Marlie Casseus, age 16, has a disfiguring and life-threatening 16-lb tumor on her face. If we each chip in a bit toward her surgery and pass the message on, it'll mean so much to her!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Woman asks for help - Father being Schaivoed

Read it here.

Another call for DDT

Let's kill the malaria mosquitoes now

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Tolerance and Diversity

Black Dems pelt Black Republican with Oreos

Yup, the Democratic Party is the party of tolerance and diversity, as long as you are exactly like them.