We knew this day was coming. Our beautiful Sophie was diagnosed in early March with squamous cell carcinoma of the jaw. It is almost always fatal to cats when it is in the jaw. Cats can't tolerate having enough of their jawbone removed to remove the tumor, and those who do usually only live a year or less--often with a feeding tube. Radiation was another option, but we were told that it would destroy much of her mouth, would be very painful and she would likely not eat which would also kill her. We were told that cats usually only live three months past the diagnosis.
Losing a pet is never easy, but this was harder than I thought. Magic came into our lives in January 2006 after we had to put our 21-year-old cat Zoe to sleep. This is Magic's story.
We received our 2010 US Census form in the mail a couple of days ago. The instructions say:
If your enclosed postage-paid envelope is missing, please mail your completed form to: [address given]
Now, surprisingly our postage-paid envelope is missing.
Let me preface this by saying I am not an economist. I probably know less about the economy than John McCain. But I still have a lot of questions about what is happening. So here goes:
Have you wondered why Osama bin Laden, or any of his counterparts, haven't attacked the US since 9-11? Oh come on! Surely you don't believe it is because George Bush has protected us so well. That he has prevented explosive toothpaste from coming into the country.
I think that there are two possibilities: first, bin Laden hasn't done anything because we are doing it to ourselves. Second, perhaps he is doing something, but it is economic, not physical.
This is the headline for David Brooks' column today in the New York Times. I looked at it and said "WTF"? Well, of course, the implication in the headline is not really borne out in the story, but how many people actually read the whole story. In fact, the truth doesn't come out until the last paragraph. "Obama Admires Bush"
Why not begin impeachment proceedings and investigate Bush and Cheney? So what if there is only a year left to Bush's term? Do we let teachers who have been alleged to be child molesters keep teaching until the end of the semester or the end of the school year? Do we say "It's not worth investigating him/her because there are only two weeks of school left"? Suppose we had a teacher who was within two weeks of retirement. Wouldn't that teacher still be suspended and investigated?
What about all the Senators and Congressmen who have resigned as soon as they were alleged to have committed some sort of unapproved sexual acts? They haven't been saying "Just let me stay until the end of my term." Well, except for Larry Craig. Maybe they resign so they won't be investigated, but if they refused to resign, wouldn't the investigation be demanded?
Or football players? No one says "It's not worth investigating this guy. It is only three weeks until the end of the season and he will be traded or dropped from the squad then. Let's just leave him alone and not look into the allegations." No one would dare say that anymore.
If we want to put impeachment on the table for the holidays, I was wondering what other dishes we should serve with it.
I assume that Impeachment is the main course. Do we add a cold dish of Revenge? How about a side serving of Crow? If we are serving this dish to Bush and Cheney, should we have a large serving of Words for them to eat?
I can think of a few scatological dishes for them, but I would like to exclude those from this holiday table. I know there are lots of creative readers out there. What dishes would you add?
And now, behind door number three we have -- Alberto Gonzales. Direct your attention there. Don't look behind door number two -- terror alerts. Don't look behind door number one --Iraq. Just focus on door number three.
What has happened to our level of outrage in this country. The Bush administration has been responsible for so many terrible things in our country. Why aren't more people outraged?
Perhaps the answer is that our capacity to be outraged is being desensitized. Just like the villagers began to ignore the little boy who called wolf, just like your body can turn off pain after a while, just like your brain can cut out noise or can convince your optic system to flip images from upside down to rightside up to accommodate, perhaps our brains cannot absorb the continual assault of outrageous events and we end up no longer able to be outraged by them.
Is this something the Bush administration understands, and they are able to get away with outrageous conduct because they know that the more outrageous actions they take, the less likely people are to protest because their capacity for outrage has been desensitized.
BAGHDAD - The American military did not count people killed by bombs, mortars, rockets or other mass attacks - including suicide bombings - when it reported a dramatic drop in the number of murders in the Baghdad area last month, the U.S. command said yesterday.[http://www.newsday.com/...]
Wow! What a surprise!
MR. SNOW: No, I'm doing it to you because the second part was factually tendentious, okay? Now, when you were talking about the fact that it failed to adapt, that's just flat wrong. And you will be -- there has been -- there have been repeated attempts to try to adapt to military realities, to diplomatic realities, to development of new weapons and tools on the part of al Qaeda, including the very creative use of the Internet. So the idea that somehow we're staying the course is just wrong. It is absolutely wrong.
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