Archive for the ‘Sarah Palin’ Category
Imaginary ‘Death Panels’
Sarah Palin’s lies about ‘death panels’ are worse than fanciful exaggerations. They are more than just untrue. They are harmful. They cause people to be afraid. They make people afraid to think about end-of-life planning.
We All Need to Plan
What person does not think ahead during pregnancy to the birth of the child? What parents do not plan for providing for their child’s needs? As children, we aimed for the next year, and the next, and the next. All of our lives we look ahead to birthdays, school milestones, weddings, births, anniversaries. Why do we put up a wall and refuse to think about dying?
Education Leads to Better Decisions
If I make no plans for the end of my life, I will probably some day end up in an ICU with IV lines and bags of medicines and fluids. I might be on a ventilator. I might have a feeding tube. I might unconscious for weeks before I die. Why? If I do not make any plans, those who have to decide what to do will probably “do all possible” to keep me alive, even if I am beyond the point where there can be any quality of life.
What If I Decide How I Will Die?
Who among us would not want to make our own decisions about what will happen in the last months, weeks, days and hours of our lives? Why would we leave those decisions to strangers or family members? Why not think about it now, just for a little while, and decide what is important?
Noise, Lights, Intrusion vs Quiet, Peace, Loved Ones
If I am in the final stages of a progressive disease, and I have pain that will not stop, do I want to be hooked to machines and kept alive for an extra few weeks? What if I could have my pain managed and spend my last few weeks with the people I love? What if I could be at home, or in a home-like setting, and spend my last few days in a peaceful, quiet environment without people sticking me with needles and taking my blood pressure and feeding me through a tube and breathing for me with a machine? Would I choose the quiet and peaceful route, with pain controlled, and leave this earth a few weeks earlier than the ‘life-saving measures’ route? Yes.
Last Days of Life
I have been acquainted with death since I was a child. My first personal experiences were the deaths of a classmate’s mother and the death of my great-grandmother. I was in elementary school. My friend’s mother died. She must have been very young. I have no idea why she died or where he (my classmate) is now. I wondered what it would be like to lose someone I loved. Too quickly, my great-grandmother died. I doubt either of them had made plans for their deaths. One was probably in her thirties. The other was in her nineties. But, people did not talk about death and dying when I was a child, at least not their own death and how they would like to die.
I Believe In Hospice
I almost wrote about hospice a few weeks ago. For some reason, I put it off and let the topic drop. This is the article that nudged me to write about this topic today. Few Americans make end-of-life wishes known
I have plenty of thoughts about end-of-life planning, palliative care, and hospice care, so I am glad that people are writing about it. Hospice is definitely not used often enough. It is a treasure that is available for people who are nearing the end of life. It offers medical and nursing care for those who are dying. It offers supportive and emotional care to those who are dying and for those who are caring for them. Hospice is a wonderful resource.
Breast Implants Are Natural?
The California pagent committee funded surgery for a young woman, so she could surgically alter her body in order to win the Miss USA title. What did that say about honesty, integrity, poise and charm? Is it all about breasts?
Are Same-Sex Couples Unnatural?
What is more natural, two adults in a personal, loving, committed relationship or surgically altering one’s appearance in order to win a public contest?
Who Is The Victim Here?
NOM (National Organization for Marriage) Invited Spoofs
I’m sure they did not intentionally invite people to spoof their ad. But, they should have known that posting a melodramatic, lie-filled video on youtube would provide hours of hilarity for people who see how ridiculous their claims are.
Miss Prejean, Do You Think You ‘Nita Play the Palin Card?
Miss Prejean, you can do better than to play Sarah Palin and Anita Bryant. You’re a beauty queen. You’re pretty. You speak well. Why not use those assets to do good in the world, rather than using your voice to encourage bigotry and deny equal rights to tax-paying citizens of the USA?
*Thanks to an unnamed friend for the title to this post.
Meet the Raisins, HYSTERICAL RAISINS
I’d like to introduce you to HYSTERICAL RAISINS. It’s a political site with an obvious slant. I’ll not tell you which direction it leans, because I hope you’ll check it out for yourself, and see what you think.
It’s creative. It’s timely. It’s all about the image AND the content. Take a look.
Step on over to Hysterical Raisins and join the conversation! 🙂
The story now is that Sarah Palin is in line to cash in on her 15 minutes of fame, one quarter-hour she’s not yet been willing to give up, and has been offered SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS to write a book. If it’s anything like her interviews, every page will say the same thing as the page before.
I like 23/6’s take on the story better than the real story
Related:Chris Matthews On Palin Book Deal: “What An Embarrassment”
Why is this woman still campaigning? THE ELECTION IS OVER! Why are they still interviewing her all the time? She talks so fast, with words spinning around and around in no clear direction, and she almost never answers a question. Everything she says sounds like a canned speech. Yet, she’s still out there talking and talking and talking and talking and talking. I’m glad I don’t have cable.
So, how did I find this Wolf Blitzer interview with Sarah Palin? I went to the Mudflats, of course! 🙂 Sarah Palin Can Be Damaging to Your Mental Health.
Check out Mudflats. AKMuckraker is a good writer. She’s from Alaska. And, she’s more knowledgeable about politics than the one who just ran as the Republican candidate for Vice President.