May 31st, 2008

Dead Dog Cat

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Yesterday, I read through another comic; this was Drafted #7. The series makes a bit more sense, having read the Free Comic Book Day edition that recapped everything more clearly. Still interesting; I'm looking forward to more of this one.

Last night, we finished a disc from season one of Battlestar Galactica, and once again, I'm glad to see that they aren't falling into the trap that used to infuriate me about the old series, in that they aren't wrapping up every plotline in the last five minutes of the show, but only one or two, and leaving the rest for later. Much better stuff, especially the last episode on the disc, which leaves us with a "To Be Continued" logo. Can't wait for the appearance of the next disc!
Dead Dog Cat

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I've found myself irritated and wanting to shout at my car radio for a couple of reasons lately; this is the first.

I recall people legislating that folks of different races were not to be allowed to intermarry. It bothers me that there's now a struggle to refuse to allow two adults of whatever persuasion, whether homosexual, or whatever, to commit to each other, and mutally support each other, by trying to define marriage narrowly as only between two persons of opposite sexes.

Come on, people, we have much bigger fish to fry, here!

Let's be honest, the economy is threatening to tank, folks can't get the medical care they need, we're fighting three wars when our armed forces were pared back to only deal with a maximum of two at a time, we're in a quandry about how to deal with an influx of illegal immigrants, and to top it all off, we have the interminable NBA play-offs; why are we bothering to fight about marriage, of all things? I blame Congress; if they were willing to do the hard stuff, they wouldn't puff up these minor issues (flag-burning, also comes to mind, from an earlier era) to avoid making the hard decisions.

If I may say, more power to them. Anybody who wishes to be adult, and make a committment to their loved ones, whether or not they are the same sex, or different, should be allowed to marry, with all the responsibilities that implies. Good luck to them; it's hard work, but worthy work.
Dead Dog Cat

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The other topic that enraged me, yesterday, had to do with transplants.

Apparently, a big stink developed over the transplant given in a US hospital to a Japanese man who was apparently someone significant in their organized crime.

Listening to the discussion, it seemed that there was at least as much distress over the fellow being Japanese, and using an American organ, as there was about his life's work.

What bothered me is that the medical issue is that the man was a patient, and as a physician, his nationality, or the source of his income stream, should have nothing at all to do with his treatment, and whether or not he could receive a needed organ.

It disgusted me to hear any suggestion that the doctors should be responsible for allocating available tissues to people based on their alleged behaviors, or where they come from. I swore an oath that leads me to treat those who come to me, not to look at their backgrounds, except in so far as those backgrounds could have an effect on their well-being.

Rationing is a political action, and shouldn't be something foisted on the physicians.