What do you get if you cross Hillary Clinton with a poodle?
Or, for the few Democrats who read my blog:
What do you get if you cross John McCain with a bulldog?
She was left alone in a holding cell at the airport and subsequently died, accidentally strangling herself while trying to escape her handcuffs.
The claim accuses the Police Department of using "excessive and unreasonable force" on Gotbaum and failing to follow its own procedures in handling people who are obviously disturbed.
"Good people here made lethal, unreasonable mistakes, with catastrophic results for Carol, her three small children and for her husband," the claim says.
Gotbaum was treated "as if she was a dangerous criminal, rather than as a sick, intoxicated and vulnerable person she was," it says. "She had no weapon and never threatened anyone."
City attorneys responded to the claim, saying that police officers acted properly and responsibly in restraining Gotbaum.
"The Gotbaum family has publicly admitted, not only that Carol hid her medical and mental condition, but that the officers responded to Carol exactly the way her husband knew they would respond because they did not have critical information known only to the Gotbaum family," city attorneys representing the Police Department wrote.
Gotbaum, the stepdaughter-in-law of New York public advocate Betsy Gotbaum, became agitated after missing her flight when gate agents were unable to seat her on a subsequent flight. Airport surveillance video shows Gotbaum's arrest, with police officers struggling to handcuff her.
Police reports say she was "uncooperative" and resisted arrest, screaming during their attempts to escort her out of the airport terminal.She was accused of disorderly conduct and placed in a holding cell at the airport, where she continued to scream for several minutes after police left the room. Shortly after she stopped screaming, an officer found her unconscious, and rescuers were unable to resuscitate her. The Maricopa County medical examiner ruled that her death was an accidental hanging.
TO THE FIRST ROBIN
by: Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
Congratulations to both of them.
Since I won’t be here to post on Monday I will give the punch line now.How do you keep a Leprechaun in suspense?
I was very apprehensive about Weight Watchers yesterday, considering that I missed last week because I was sick and I have been on steroids for most of this week. Everyone told me I was going to gain weight, but I stepped up on the scale and was very pleased. I lost 2.6 pounds for a total of 11.2 pounds so I finally earned my ten-pound blue ribbon. I am one happy girl!
YUMA, Arizona (Reuters) - Most plans to gain control of the porous U.S.-Mexico border focus on some combination of fence. But this city in far west Arizona is looking to build a moat.
Faced with high-levels of crime and illegal immigration, authorities in Yuma are reaching back to a technique as old as a medieval castle to dig out a "security channel" on a crime-ridden stretch of the border and fill it with water.
"The moats that I've seen circled the castle and allowed you to protect yourself, and that's kind of what we're looking at here," said Yuma County Sheriff Ralph Ogden, who is backing the project.
Curbing illegal immigration and securing the nearly 2,000 mile (3,200-kilometre) southwestern border are hot topics in this U.S. election year. Washington has pledged to complete 670 miles of new barriers by the close of 2008, despite resistance from landowners and environmentalists.
The proposal seeks to restore a stretch of the West's greatest waterway, the Colorado River, which has been largely sucked dry by demand from farms and sprawling subdivisions springing up across the parched southwest and in neighboring California.
The plan to revive the river, which drains from the Rocky Mountains through the Grand Canyon and runs for 23 miles (37 kilometers) along the border near Yuma, seeks to create a broad water barrier while also restoring a fragile wetland environment that once thrived in the area.
"What you are building is a moat, but it's bringing the life and the wildlife back," said Ogden, an Old West lawman with a handlebar mustache, explaining how the project differs from other plans to fix the border.
"It's innovative thinking. It doesn't take much brainpower to build a 12-foot high fence around something, but this is unique."
The project is starting with a desolate 450-acre patch of scrub and thickets known as Hunter's Hole, a once-thriving wetland on the border a few miles southwest of Yuma that has become a haven for drug smugglers and illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico and a headache for local law enforcement.
"It's in the United States, but it's become a no-man's-land, an area where bodies were dumped, where people and drugs were smuggled over the border," said Ogden, whose deputies share much of the responsibility for tackling border-related crime with federal police.
Engineers plan to dig a "security channel" up to 10-feet (3 meters) deep and 60 feet wide through the problem area, which lies a short way inside the border. The dirt removed would be used to create a levee along the outside to give U.S. Border Patrol agents an elevated patrol road overlooking the line.
The area would also be replanted with native sedges and rushes to provide habitat for threatened local species such as the Yuma Clapper Rail, a secretive marsh bird. Backers say it would also provide a space for residents of Yuma, a farming town popular with winter visitors, to walk and fish.
The organization behind the project would like to extend it the entire course of the Colorado River, which marks the U.S.-Mexico border, in what it sees as an environmental recovery program that complements the Border Patrol's task.
"It doesn't replace the Border Patrol's efforts, it supplements them. At the same time you are restoring habitat in a secure environment and creating a place to relax," said Charles Flynn, the executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Corporation.
PROMOTING SECURITY AND FRIENDSHIP
Curbing illegal immigration and securing the border are issues that frequently confront both presumptive Republican Party nominee Sen. John McCain and Democratic rivals Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who are campaigning to be their party's pick for the November election.
The U.S. government has sought remedies including boosting police numbers, adding surveillance technologies, and, controversially, constructing hundreds of miles of vehicle and pedestrian barriers along the international boundary, which has drawn fierce opposition from some quarters.
More than a hundred border landowners in south Texas have resisted a government bid for access to their lands to build new fencing, which they see as a meddlesome and unwelcome intrusion, while environmentalists say fences may sever key wildlife corridors for animals including the jaguar.
The planned revival of the Colorado River, where it carves through desert peppered with fertile farmland, is something of a standout.
It has won the backing of the federal Bureau of Land Management, which owns the land; the Bureau of Reclamation, which has provided a grant to drill wells and pump groundwater, and a letter of support from the Border Patrol. Also on board are Yuma City Council and local residents including the Cocopah Indian tribe, who have farmed the river's flood plains for centuries.
Perhaps more surprisingly, it has also won support across the boundary in Mexico, where plans to build border fences are eyed with suspicion. Local environmentalists there have embraced the project and plan to work in tandem to restore the wetlands on the Mexican side.
"Instead of putting up walls and promoting division, we can promote security and friendship," said Osvel Hinojosa, the director of Pro-Natura, an environmental group in northwest Mexico, of the proposal.
"Moreover, instead of damaging the environment, we can improve it."
To link back to the article clink on http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080313/us_nm/usa_border_moat_dc
I think this is the best idea I have heard of so far. Not only does it protect our boarder but also it makes the environmentalist happy because it is restoring the habitat back to its natural state before the water was diverted. Every one wins. We get a secure boarder, the environment is returned to a natural state and the wild life will return. I hope more boarder towns will consider doing the same thing.
As a mother of a young daughter, I have been very interested in the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. I have heard information on both sides but I think this article taken from CNN best describes a mother’s thought process about whether or not to have her daughter vaccinated.
Cervical cancer vaccine not a simple choice
By Linda Saether
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- I'm the mother of two daughters, a teen and a tween. So every day, I tiptoe through hormonally laced minefields hoping to avoid emotional carnage in response to any of my random comments or actions.
So given this background, you might understand why, when I chose to broach the subject of the latest vaccine for young girls, I was braced for a fight. Oddly enough, for once, the battle didn't come.
I told my teenage daughter I wanted her to get the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine the next time she went to see her doctor.
"I don't want to."
"Well, sorry. You have to."
"I heard it hurts."
"Well, that's too bad. But it might prevent you from getting cancer later in life."
"Oh. (pause) OK."
If you were keeping score, you might chalk that one up as a Mom win.
The only problem with that is after winning over my daughter, I now had to convince myself. This drug has its own emotional battlefields.
The HPV vaccine has been available to the public for almost two years. When Merck launched it in 2006 under the name Gardasil, many people enthusiastically embraced it as a wonder drug. Dr. Kevin Ault, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University's School of Medicine, says the vaccine helps women avoid an assortment of ailments, some not too serious, but others that are potentially deadly.
"There are about 100 different types of human papillomavirus," he said. "Some of them are pretty common and not dangerous, like plantar warts or warts on your hand. About 30 of them infect the genital tract, and about a dozen of them are associated with cancer."
In this case, the cancer Ault is talking about is cervical cancer.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2008, there will be over 11,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed and almost 4,000 women will die from it in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that at least 50 percent of people who have had sex will have one type of HPV at some time in their lives.
Given those stats, this vaccine would seem like a pretty good thing, right?
The hitch is that the vaccine is suggested for adolescent girls, but the viruses in question are sexually transmitted. And that is one of the big reasons the HPV vaccine has divided parents in the question of "to give or not to give."
Let's face it. Parents don't like thinking about their daughters having sex at all. Ever. Now a new drug comes along, and not only are parents told they should embrace this new vaccine for their young daughters, but it's also part of the set of routine vaccines that doctors are strongly encouraged to give their patients.
Merck says the drug has been safely tested for girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that girls get the vaccine at age 11 or 12.
Ault explains why youth is key. Human papillomavirus is sexually transmitted, "so one of the advantages of giving it to adolescents is that they are unlikely to have been sexually active, so they will not have been exposed to the virus before getting the vaccine." Another reason to do this early, Ault points out, is that "our immune system is a lot better when we are 11 than when we are, say, at 22."
Ault also suggests that parents could use this experience to teach their children about sex and, even more important, about the realities of life, such as sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
These arguments aren't convincing to some parents, the ones that are choosing not to have their daughters vaccinated. There are several reasons for doing this, including religious beliefs. Some faith-based groups feel the vaccine is inviting their young daughters to become sexually active.
Others believe the drug is just too risky. CDC spokesman Curtis Allen says the vaccine is constantly being monitored by a joint CDC /FDA hotline. Parents, patients and physicians can call the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, to report any adverse reaction to the vaccine.
Through a Freedom of Information Act petition, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch got records from VAERS that showed three deaths in girls who'd had the vaccine in March-April 2007 and over 1,600 adverse reactions reported from June 2006 to April 2007. All said the response came after getting the HPV vaccine.
Allen cautions restraint in considering the reports. "Most of these reactions were minor," he said, and the deaths "were linked to circumstances not related to the vaccine." The CDC and the FDA are constantly monitoring the VAERS hotline and won't hesitate to act should they see any dangerous trends due to the HPV vaccine, he said.
The vaccine does have some known side effects. Ault has seen his share. "I certainly hear from women who get the vaccine that it's painful, and I think some dizziness has been reported."
In fact, fainting has been added to the list of potential side effects to watch for. Allen says doctors are now recommending that girls stay in their doctor's office for a short period after they get the injection for just that reason.
Three injections are necessary to get the full benefit of the vaccine. The shots need to be administered over a six-month period and at this stage are guaranteed to work for at least five years.
All of this information leaves me confused. Frankly, I'm not really sure I have won myself over when it comes to the "shot or no shot" decision for my daughters. However, in the back of my mind, I hear the words a father spoke when he thought about not giving the vaccine to his still-young daughter.
He said, "How am I going to be able to turn to my daughter when she's older and tell her, 'When you were younger, I had the chance of making sure you never got a certain type of cancer, and I decided not to do it' ?"
That's an emotional minefield I truly don't think I'm emotionally equipped to walk through. To link back to the article click on this link http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/family/03/07/hfh.gardasil.parents/index.html
At this point I am leaning towards getting her vaccinated against the virus, not because I think she is going to become sexually active when she is older but because I don’t know whether her eventual partner when she chooses to become sexually active with (on her wedding night of course) may be a carrier of the virus due to his past activity. I would want to protect her from that exposure. As a mother, I can do nothing less to protect my daughter’s health and well-being. Fortunately, we have a very qualified pediatrician who I trust and we will definitely consult with her prior to any vaccinations we may give to our little tornado.
Definition: the ability to understand and assess situations shrewdly and to come to logical conclusions.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s perspicacity lead him to the conclusion that he was in a heap of trouble and not going to be governor for very long.
This month I will be show casing Irish poets for my Wednesday’s poetry corner. While searching for Irish poets I stumbled across James Joyce. He’s name sounded familiar so I looked up his poems and found several very nice love poems. His imagery is both beautiful and sweet. If you like, what you have read here you can find more of his poems at http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/in-the-dark-pine-wood
In the dark pine-wood
Thy kiss descending
Definition: A traditional Irish dish made with potatoes and cabbage or other greens boiled and mashed together and seasoned with butter.
On St Patrick’s Day, I will be serving my family corn beef and colcannon.
Especially after seeing Wyatt’s post about the heinous rape of a five-month-old baby, I thought this would be a good time to post this as well. From Kim Komado’s web site,(picture at right) she asks that we post the following on as many web sites and send it to as many people as we can.
I thought you might be interested in the Web site: Test your kids' knowledge of MySpace.
It is a great resource for children and parents to be better aware of how to avoid attracting predators on MySpace profiles.
View this helpful quiz at http://www.komando.com/myspace
My husband just sent me a link to a cool site. It’s called http://www.freerice.com. When you click on this site, you are taken to a vocabulary test. For every right answer you get the site donates 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. Give it a try its fun and it’s for a good cause. Bono would be happy.
I am still feeling awful. As much as I did not want to, I had to start taking the steroids today. There go my chances for getting into the baseball hall of fame. I have to get better because we are supposed to be going to see my mom and step father during Spring break. I cancelled on her over Christmas because I came down with bronchitis and I simply cannot do it to her again. She will think I am avoiding her and that is just not true, I really want to see her and their new house. Keep your fingers crossed that a week from today I will be well and in Santa Fe with my mom.
I just found out that RT had tagged me about a month ago to list five facts about my self. A little late but her they are.
One: I once sat in the lap on James Doohan, Scotty from Star Trek, during a star trek convention. I was dressed up as the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland at the time. I still have the photos somewhere.
2. When Raiders of the lost ark came out I saw it every Friday for the entire summer and I never saw the scene where the airplane propeller chops the guy up. I always closed my eyes and I still haven’t seen it to this day.
3. I have an extensive collection of Star trek, Stat trek the Next Generation, Battlestar Galatica, Indianana Jones, And Quantum Leap paper backs.
4. I am afraid to drive on freeways so I don’t. If I can’t get there on surface streets, my husband has to take me.
5. I have never been east of the Mississippi.
I was not feeling well enough to make my Weight Watchers meeting on Thursday so I do not have anything to report. I am a little worried though because I did not exercise at all unless coughing, hacking and whining count and in that case I did. I should be over this by next week and make the meeting on Thursday and I hope to report back with good news then. Congratulations to everyone who did well this week.
I am going back to Ogden Nash this week because I am sick and this poem sums up pretty much how I feel. I spent 35 minutes waiting for the doctor who spent less then 5 minute with me to tell me what I already knew. I have bronchitis with asthma. He prescribed antibiotics and if I am still feeling bad in four days I get to go on steroids. I don’t want to go on steroids so I really hope I am feeling better. I hope you enjoy Ogden’s poem “The Common Cold.” Taken from http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/325.html
Go hang yourself, you old M.D,!
You shall not sneer at me.
Pick up your hat and stethoscope,
Go wash your mouth with laundry soap;
I contemplate a joy exquisite
In not paying you for your visit.
I did not call you to be told
My malady is a common cold.
By pounding brow and swollen lip;
By fever's hot and scaly grip;
By those two red redundant eyes
That weep like woeful April skies;
By racking snuffle, snort, and sniff;
By handkerchief after handkerchief;
This cold you wave away as naught
Is the damnedest cold man ever caught!
Give ear, you scientific fossil!
Here is the genuine Cold Colossal;
The Cold of which researchers dream,
The Perfect Cold, the Cold Supreme.
This honored system humbly holds
The Super-cold to end all colds;
The Cold Crusading for Democracy;
The Führer of the Streptococcracy.
Bacilli swarm within my portals
Such as were ne'er conceived by mortals,
But bred by scientists wise and hoary
In some Olympic laboratory;
Bacteria as large as mice,
With feet of fire and heads of ice
Who never interrupt for slumber
Their stamping elephantine rumba.
A common cold, gadzooks, forsooth!
Ah, yes. And Lincoln was jostled by Booth;
Don Juan was a budding gallant,
And Shakespeare's plays show signs of talent;
The Arctic winter is fairly coolish,
And your diagnosis is fairly foolish.
Oh what a derision history holds
For the man who belittled the Cold of Colds!
-- Ogden Nash
Examine your cough. Acute bronchitis involves coughing that worsens over time and lasts for about 10-14 days. It also generally worsens at night and often produces mucous (phlegm).
I’ve got that.
Watch for shortness of breath, and a wheezing sound when you breathe. Both are signs of acute bronchitis.
I’m doing that.
Pay attention to a rattling sound in your chest, another indicator that you might have bronchitis.
Not yet but give me a couple more days.
Note a slight fever or overall feeling of illness that usually accompanies bronchitis.
That’s me, I feel cruddy.
Expect chest pain, soreness, and tightness in the chest with bronchitis.
Like a hippo sitting on my chest.
Look for a combination of the above symptoms. When several are present, that's basically how to know if you have bronchitis.
It’s unanimous. I have bronchitis.
I used up my days off staying home with the sick daughter last week so I will be dragging myself to work. This week is so going to suck.