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Blogger Arrested for Sneaking into Mississippi Nursing Home to Snap Pictures of Senator's Wife


Senator Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi

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VIDEO: Gay man handcuffed, forcibly removed from Missouri hospital for refusing to leave sick husband’s side


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What's the matter with Missouri? This:

Roger Gorley went to visit his partner, Allen at Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Tuesday afternoon.

He says when he got there, a member of Allen’s family asked him to leave.

But he refused, so hospital security was called and he was forced to leave... in handcuffs. Even though he and his partner have been in a civil union for nearly five years, Gorley says he "was not recognized as being the husband... wasn’t recognized as being the partner."

He wasn't "recognized" as being "family."

Here's the statement from Research Medical Center (which swearstogod it does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or race) that was shown in the video:

We believe involving the family is an important part of the patient care process. And, the patient`s needs are always our first priority. When anyone becomes disruptive to providing the necessary patient care, we involve our security team to help calm the situation and to protect our patients and staff. If the situation continues to escalate, we have no choice but to request police assistance.

Yes, according to the hospital, the "patient" (loved one, husband) had to be "protected" from the "situation" (loved one, husband).

Marriage equality makes a difference, equality matters. Civil rights matter. People matter. All of us, every person, we matter.

But in that hospital in that state, apparently, some of us don't.

Despite the fact that this man had a civil union with his partner and also share power of attorney, he was still discriminated against. He was still treated as less equal than a straight person.

Welcome to Lee's Summit, Missouri's 2013.

Source: Fox4KC.


Note: Edited. The article referred to the couple as "partners," but "husband" is more accurate.


Video Mid Day Distraction- AC/DC: Jailbreak -Paddy's FREE!


Five days later, but it's finally over. I really can't grump, but it feels wonderful to be home and the dogs went apesh*t when I walked thru the door. Boo doesn't want to stop licking me and won't leave my side and even Beamer seemed happy to see me. Never thought I'd be happy to see a pile of bills! Everyone at St Joe Med Center was wonderful and all the well wishes from ya'll helped I'm sure. Wheeee!!


Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people... for legal reasons.


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A Catholic hospital in Colorado argued in a court of law that fetuses are not people. Yes, you read that correctly.

Whether or not you agree with that position is one thing. Whether or not you agree that they look like blatant hypocrites is another.

Catholic Health Initiatives, the nonprofit that runs that facility, St. Thomas More Hospital, and 170 others, says their mission is to “nurture the healing ministry of the Church” and to be guided by “fidelity to the Gospel.”

Non-natural birth control and abortions are forbidden. “Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death,’” the [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] directives state. “The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn.”

Via The Colorado Independent:

Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled into an examination room. Medical staff tried to resuscitate her but, as became clear only later, a main artery feeding her lungs was clogged and the clog led to a massive heart attack. Stodghill’s obstetrician, Dr. Pelham Staples, who also happened to be the obstetrician on call for emergencies that night, never answered a page. His patient died at the hospital less than an hour after she arrived and her twins died in her womb.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Stodghill’s husband Jeremy, a prison guard, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit [...]

But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

So since the fetuses were not "born alive," they were not considered to be "persons." So much for all that personhood talk. These particular fetuses were not given the same legal status as the ones in the Sanctity of Human Life Act, a bill that Paul Ryan co-sponsored that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.

But only because they couldn't win a court case.

The legal arguments presented will undoubtedly spark a new round of endless debate, mainly because the hypocrisy of their legal defense is pretty jaw-dropping.

Moral of the story: Self-serving, cover-your-ass legal solutions trump religious beliefs and piety, even though money is supposed to be the root of all evil... except in cases where you stand to lose a major lawsuit. Then all that Cells, Zygotes, and Fetuses Are People Too talk goes right out the window.

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"Go to one of those [VA] hospitals. Look around. See for yourself. See what war does."


Via KEN HELLE | Times

Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

War's casualties

Re "Iraq veteran suspected in O.C. killings," Jan. 15

I invite readers to visit a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. Just walk around outside first for a bit with your eyes peeled. Then walk in and look around in the main lobby. Then make your way to the four or five or six primary care waiting rooms. Just look around at the patients. And see what war does.

The VA health system is the largest healthcare provider in the U.S. It also runs the largest psychiatric treatment system in the world. The VA prescribes more psychiatric medications than any other healthcare network; it has to.

Go to one of those hospitals. Look around. See for yourself. See what war does.

Rodger Garrett

Grover Beach, Calif.



Moment of Happy: Gabrielle Giffords released from the hospital


Today's big fat Moment of Happy is brought to us by the Arizona Daily Star. After five long months, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords goes home from the hospital and will begin outpatient treatment at TIRR Memorial:

"The Congresswoman is elated," said CJ Karamargin, her spokesman. "This is a major step in her recovery and she’s feeling very good about it."

She'll be living at her husband’s house in Texas, and will have a 24-hour home health provider with her. She'll go back to the hospital for regular therapy.

Dr. Gerard Francisco, the hospital’s chief medical officer:

“We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment. We have no doubt that she will continue to make significant strides in her recovery.”

Welcome home, Gabby!


Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner hospitalized with kidney stones


Just announced on MSNBC saying minor surgery, should be out by tomorrow.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will undergo surgery today for a kidney stone, a spokesman at the agency announced this morning.

Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske said Geithner was admitted to a Washington hospital for surgery on the problem.

“Secretary Geithner was admitted to George Washington University Hospital this morning for treatment for a kidney stone,” Adamske said in a statement. “He will have a minor surgical procedure this afternoon to remove the kidney stone, and his physician expects that he will be discharged tomorrow with orders to rest this weekend.”