Sunday, July 8, 2007

Nomads

A thought came to me today. I know, they seem to pop up once in a while. :)

Maybe it's because I suffer from wanderlust also, but I think that maybe humans are inherently (sp) nomads. This could be why there is so much violence and crime, people are just bored being in the same place for too long.

People should move at least every couple of years.

I wish I was more of a writer so I can express my opinions better but this is as much as I can muster this time. :)

Monday, July 2, 2007

CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS

Dorothy A. SeeseJune 29, 2007 NewsWithViews.com
The United States' "drug czar" has quite an extensive web site online, all of it sounding as if the feds really have a handle on reducing drug usage by minors, illegal use by everyone else. It's nicely organized, written by a pro at making the work of this control-arm of our "gubbamint" seem acceptable, even successful.
The problem is that the accomplishments are overstated (if you have a phone and know people who have teens in school you can find out just how available various mind-bending drugs are to those who can pay for them). But that isn't the whole story, just part of it. When our government wants to get any legislation passed, or foist more government control nets over Americans who think they live in a free country, the first line of attack is to state "it's for the children." Bah, baloney and bull.
Somehow these federal programs never mention the victims, the voiceless masses whose votes once counted and whose support was needed by the representatives in Congress and state legislatures. While most of the hundreds of articles bearing my by-line were written as an observer of "times, trends and events," this one is written as one of the victims. Somehow, over the years I wrote regularly for various online sites, I also aged, and my injured spine finally failed in January of 2006. Some of the side effects of non-narcotic pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs hospitalized me, and I wrote about how Big Pharma has poisoned the voiceless victims, most of whom are elderly, their bodies wracked with infirmities that are difficult to treat. The hospital discharge sheet after acute renal failure states that I am not to be prescribed any Cox-2 inhibitors, a certain non-narcotic pain medication, or drugs from the list of prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
What does that leave? What the specialist who monitored my status at the hospital prescribed -- a narcotic pain killer that seems to be popular among the younger set and closely watched by both my insurance provider and the feds. Never having used a narcotic, I had no idea what chronic pain sufferers have to endure to receive some form of pain relief. I found out.
Persons discharged from the hospital are sometimes given prescriptions to last them until they can obtain an appointment with their personal physician. I was. Once handed a written script, the pharmacy will fill it and ensure that it is picked up only by the person for whom it is prescribed, or in the case of an invalid, that person's authorized representative. This is a good policy, and even with double-counting required, I've managed to be shorted one of the two prescriptions on two occasions -- ten tablets the first time, six this time. The pharmacist assures me this cannot happen. In that case, they need to remove vanishing tablets from the stock they receive, or learn how to count.
Now to the interesting part. At the post-hospital doctor's visit, I found out that he was extremely displeased with the specialist's scripts and hospital discharge instructions. He is a rheumatologist, and also the physician who prescribed the Cox-2 inhibitors and other drugs that landed me in the hospital. He could do nothing more, and after attempting to work with him, his fear of prescribing narcotics became intolerable. After all, that's what is left after subtracting Big Pharma's side-effect-laden "miracle" drugs, two of which have been pulled from the market. He referred me to an anesthesiologist who specializes in administering epidural blocks. After two of these and almost no relief (other than the narcs I managed to have prescribed by the previous M.D.) I was referred to a specialist who had moved to the Phoenix area, an orthopedic surgeon. He looked at the films of my spine and was gracious enough to explain why I could no longer walk or even stand up unaided. And why I was in such pain. It seems that with spinal stenosis, degenerative bone disease of the spine and the lumbar vertebrae in particular, spinal stenosis, two herniated discs, some nerve root impingement and fluidity of the spine, one is going to hurt. Oh yes, I understand that. Essentially, this orthopedic specialist said my case was hopeless, although not exactly in those words.
Back to the matter of pills. My primary care physician is careful to prescribe exactly enough tablets to last 30 days at two per day of each. No dropping a pill. Explain about 31 day months being a bit longer than the 30 day supply. Argue over being left without medications if refill day falls on Saturday or Sunday. Argue with the pharmacy if I am shorted as that "cannot happen" so I must be up to something devious. Since I use a 3 x 5 memo book with a page for each day and write down everything I take (no matter what it is for or whether it is prescription or not, such as the aspirin-a-day or an antacid tablet), I can go back and actually count my tablets taken if I did not recount them when they were brought to me. My authorized representative will now count them at the pharmacy counter before leaving with them, since once a person leaves that counter there is no recourse. Pills cannot be exchanged, returned, and naturally they are never short. While this is a good safety policy, it makes obtaining the correct count of a narc essential to cover the time period (30 or 31 days).
After a number of disputes with my primary, he has asked that I locate a pain management specialist. At one time (he has probably forgotten this) he scoffed at these practitioners of extra-terrestrial thinking and self-hypnosis. Now he has found out that increasing surveillance by both the insurance companies and the federal drug law enforcers (with or without black masks and jack boots) make the pain management specialist the ideal way to dodge any possible confrontation with the feds over giving something like a 32-day supply to a chronic pain case. After all, it is possible we want to OD on two tablets, or worse, go into a back alley business with two extra narcs. The brilliant saying of the 21st century thus far, and particularly applicable to government functions, is "there is no cure for stupid."
So the chronic pain sufferers, who are likely to be geriatric cases also, are unable to get a voice anywhere from a letter to the editor to a letter to one's congress-critter. We want our comfort at the expense of the children? My dear congress critters and anyone else who believes this "for the children" trash (especially when there is a tax increase along with it) has a severe to terminal case of very stupid. If an elderly person has grandchildren, or any chronic pain sufferer of any age has children or grandchildren, they can (at their peril as to true content) get all the oxycodone the kid can buy from some other kid at school.
Those in my age group (soon to be 72) recall when parents were supposed to control their children, not the fed. We also recall when doctors prescribed what the patient needed from a small or large array of options, but the feds were out chasing moonshiners. Not that they had anything against moonshine, the government wanted the liquor taxes. As always, follow the money trail.
Pain relief has become a huge business in the past forty years. Just why the causes of pain have multiplied so much is questionable. Are we, Americans with great (joke) freedoms, being given all manner of allergies, heart ailments, kidney disorders and liver malfunctions from one set of drugs so that we need another to prevent or treat the side effects also? Possibly. Or it's possible that we have a mindset now that people should be forever well, sniffling and nose-blowing must be done outside public buildings and 25 feet away from the nearest entrance/exit door, and headaches are all abnormal.

In the meantime, while government spends what most of us would consider a fortune on its "drug war" the chronic pain sufferers have to endure not only the pain, but the aggravation of trying to deal with their physicians over anything on the fed's surveillance list of prescribed drugs. A physician who cannot treat patients to keep them comfortable is not practicing medicine, but responding to fear of government. Of course, the borders are open and drugs are flowing freely into this country to the enrichment of those who wish to take the chance. That alone is an outrage.

My answer, for my own condition, is to try an herbal that is taken sublingually and find out if it holds up to the claims of its manufacturers. It is legal, non-narcotic, easy to swallow and won't cause drowsiness or some fuzzy-headed state of confusion. If it works, I'll have alleviation of the worst of the pain, and no narcs with which to go through additional abuse to my carcass and disputes with my physician. That's a good deal, if the herbal really does relieve pain.
For those of you who think national healthcare, otherwise known as socialized medicine, will work in the United States, well ... there really is no cure for stupid!
© 2007 Dorothy A. Seese - All Rights Reserved
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Dorothy Anne Seese has been working since she was three and a half years old, but not as a journalist.
Her career began as a child actress in the 1939-1942 "Five Little Peppers" film series produced by Columbia that mercifully ended with the nation's involvement in World War II, although she did do small parts in a few films until 1953. By that time, she was a student at U.C.L.A. where she received her liberal arts degree in Political Science.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - THE POLITICS OF TREASON

By Dr. Patrick Jonston
June 1, 2007
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In 1966 the churches withdrew from the entertainment industry and all manner of misfortune followed. Violent crime has increased in the United States by 560 percent, illegitimate births have increased 419 percent, divorce rates have quadrupled, the percentage of children living in single-parent homes has tripled, the teenage suicide rate has increased more than 300 percent and SAT scores have dropped by almost 80 points.
The illegal immigration crisis offers wonderful opportunities to judge the integrity of our leaders: will they abide by their oath to uphold the Constitution and enforce immigration law, or will they capitulate to powerful business interests and strong globalist forces and perpetuate lawlessness?
What does the law say about illegal immigration? Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," anyone who “Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers” has committed a federal crime. Violations are punishable by fines and/or prison, and, according to the Immigration and Nationality Act Section 237 (a)(1)(B): “Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable."
Have our leaders followed the law? No. Even after 9/11, many American cities remain “safe havens” where local law enforcement is forbidden to notify the immigration authorities when they have apprehended an illegal alien. 33 percent of our prison population is now comprised of non-citizens, and when they are released from prison they are not deported, but rather, let loose back into our country.
President Bush’s immigration plan grants amnesty for millions of illegal aliens (amnesty is setting aside the penalty of a law that has been violated). How can this protect American citizens or uphold and defend the Constitution? God will hold us accountable to our oaths, even if the constituents won’t.
Just as your neighbors need permission to enter your home, foreigners need permission to enter our country. It is in our best interest to keep out criminals, terrorists, and the unproductive that just want to suckle on the Federal teat. All who invade our country illegally are criminals and should be punished and deported.
We don’t need to evict all twenty million illegal aliens. Punish employers of illegal aliens. Forbid cities from letting illegal aliens stay. Disallow the children of illegal aliens from being given citizenship. Forbid them from getting Medicaid or Social Security. Make a hasty exit from our country an act of self-preservation and the path of least resistance, and illegal immigrants will leave. Let them come if it can be shown first that they are not criminals or terrorists and that they are productive, but our national security trumps their job opportunities in our country.

It has been said that illegal aliens are doing jobs Americans just won’t do. If only it were true: in fact, 36 to 42 percent of illegal aliens are on welfare. Moreover, any American will do that job if it pays well enough. Americans probably won’t do it for less than minimum wage, which is what employers are paying illegal aliens.

It’s time for Republicans to abandon false remedies that exacerbate the malady, and return to traditional Republican principles. Let’s put the government in its proper place: to protect life, liberty, property, and our borders from invaders, not be the chief violator of those rights.
© 2007 Patrick Johnston - All Rights Reserved
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Patrick Johnston and his wife Elizabeth reside in Zanesville, Ohio, with their six young home-schooled children. Patrick is a family practice physician and founder of the Association of Pro-life Physicians, which is dedicated to restoring a remnant of physicians in our communities who are convinced that life begins at conception and who will not commit nor refer for abortions (ProLifePhysicians.org).
He founded the Alliance to Reform Education Funding to fight public school levies and promote Christian home-schooling (StopSchoolLevies.org). He founded the Coalition for Justice for All to pursue justice for Ohio's pre-born and to provide photo-documentary evidence on-line at StopColumbusKilling.net of the abortionists and their accomplices at the abortion clinics of Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Johnston is committed to revival in the church, and the restoration of Biblical law and constitutional government in America.E-mail: docjohnston@adelphia.net

AS THE WORLD TURNS MY STOMACH CHURNS

By Betty Freauf
July 1, 2007
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I read once the Diversion Summary of the social planners regarding entertainment and it said “Keep the public entertainment below a sixth grade level” so believing I just may be Smarter than a Fifth Grader (another game TV show) I’ve tried to avoid the afternoon drivel on television such as “As The World Turns,” “General Hospital,” and “The Guiding Light,” the longest running program which premiered on radio 70 years ago. But perhaps even before reading the Diversion Summary of the socialists, I remember after marrying back in the 50s and driving 300 miles to visit my mother, on one occasion, we decided to visit an aunt in another town. When we arrived, she was watching her favorite daytime soap and no conversation was held until the show was over. And when she couldn’t be home to watch it, she would call her daughter-in-law who was equally addicted and she would fill her mother-in-law in on the daily happenings. I notice our local newspaper also does that. These programs are such a waste of time so I never watched them.
And by the way, a second generation, 49 year-old rocket scientist who admitted he was “terrible at math in elementary school” flunked out of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? On the second question for $2,000, he chose First Grade Geography. The question was about the Great Lakes. He “peaked” at the 5th grade student who he chose to help him. The student got it wrong and the game was over! So the next time someone says “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to…..”, you can remember this guy. And P.S. public school 5th graders are all poor spellers without their computers and spell checks.
I don’t ever recall watching the Daytime Emmy Awards but on June 15th I wanted to watch Bob Barker’s last The Price is Right program that evening because he was retiring after 35 years and the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards followed. I was relaxed in my recliner that evening so I didn’t switch stations. My stomach churned as I watched the mutual admiration society trot onto the stage one after another to accept their awards in a variety of categories. What a love fest! Ellen Degenerous for the third year in a row walked off the stage with trophies for best talk show and best talk show hostess. Always gracious and a guy who does many good works, Dr. Phil McGraw, idolized by his harem of women in his audience and whose program precedes Ellen’s, couldn’t compete. But like those in the medical profession who would be out of work if they found a cure for cancer, Dr. Phil would be out of work if he ever condemned sin on his program. Yes, I do peak at his program. It’s coffee break time for me about then.
And now it’s being rumored as I draft this article that Rosie O’Donnell, former co-anchor of The View, may be chosen to replace Bob Barker. Is the world really ready for angry Rosie on a family oriented program like The Price is Right? Dennis Miller, another radio talk show host and a regular weekly guest on the O’Reilly Factor on FOX says if Rosie is chosen, they’ll have to change the program to The Price is Left.
On that very day of the Emmys our local newspaper ran an AP article about how the narcissistic “World’s wealthy continue their years-long shopping spree for every higher price tags.” Of course, it was about New Yorkers where shoes with status these days sell for $1,000 and $600 handbags have become so bourgeois that the rich and famous wouldn’t want to be seen with any bag costing less than $5,000. Heck, I buy mine at J.C. Penney’s. They are multi-purposeful, I don’t change with the seasons and I carry the same bag for quite awhile.
“It seems while the rest of middle America seems to be losing ground, the wealthy – making more than $350,000, with their insatiable appetite for the most luxurious items has risen to gaudy proportions (materialism) as the super rich seek new heights in pampering, price tags and one-of-a-kind items that set them apart,” reports the article. Luxury sales worldwide last year topped $150 billion, of which 30 percent came from the U.S. and America’s weakening dollar has fueled a surge of elitist tourists from other countries.
And then there is the news about the estimated $179 billion a year that kids spend all on themselves for their $4 lattes, their $1500 lap tops, $300 a month cell phone bills, trips to the beauty parlor for pedicures and other fatuous items. But where do they see it? They see it in Hollywood with all their foofaraw. While some children are taught the work ethic and earn much of their own spending money, due to the Child Labor Laws, they are restricted on what they can do, at what age and what hours they can work which means their working mothers still pick up a great deal of the tab for them and illegals come to America to do the jobs the children used to do.
When I read or hear about this extravagance, I can’t help but wonder if these aren’t the last great signs of the end of this present age as declared in Luke 17:28-30. “”Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed?”
But I shouldn’t be so quick to criticize the Hollywood crowd. Let me be painfully honest. While they possess no special talents or good looks that thousands of others also possess, the successful ones just happened to be at the right place at the right time or have someone like parents of Paris Hilton to promote them. There are mothers who sacrifice the family’s budget to help the children they believe to possess some special talent to get recognized.
Likewise, in the sports arena there are those who make millions for being able to do wonderful things with some ball and those who have been reduced to a sixth grade level learning capability pay the ridiculous prices to watch them.
And while I’m on the subject of Hollywood, allow me to pass on information I recently discovered. Did you know that from 1933 to 1966, a period of 33 years, every Hollywood script was read and reviewed by representatives from the Catholic church, the Southern Baptist Church and the Protestant Film Office? “The job of these individuals was to evaluate a movie in terms of the Motion Picture code,” writes Christian film critic Ted Baehr and recording artist and music legend Pat Boone in their book The Culture-Wise Family and “if the film passed the Code, it received the Motion Picture Code Seal and was distributed. If it did not pass, theaters would not screen it.” The reviewers made sure that the script did not contain material that was subversive in any one of a number of ways. For instance, the Motion Picture Code ensured that scripts upheld the value of human life, that sin and wrongdoing were not justified, that brutality, indecent exposure, and sexual relationships would not violate standards of common decency.[1]
However, in 1966 the churches withdrew from the entertainment industry and all manner of misfortune followed. Now, I’m the last to believe only the Christians have some type of a corner on morality because the Ted Haggards of the world pretty much put that idea to rest; however, I find it interesting when the churches went AWOL, the wholesome and inspiring influence of Christianity on the culture of Hollywood, films began to feature ever more provocative acts of violence, sex, and inhumanity, and there has been a corresponding rise of the same in the wider culture. “Since 1966” Baehr and Boone note, “violent crime has increased in the United States by 560 percent, illegitimate births have increased 419 percent, divorce rates have quadrupled, the percentage of children living in single-parent homes has tripled, the teenage suicide rate has increased more than 300 percent and SAT scores have dropped by almost 80 points. Rapes, murders, and gang violence have become common occurrences.” While not all of this can be laid at the feet of Hollywood film studios, the authors note: “It is clear that the mass media has had a significant influence on people.” (1) I’m reminded about what one pastor said when asked what his church did during Hitler’s regime as they heard the railroad cars pass the church to the concentration camps. He replied, “We just sang a little louder.”
And that is basically what is happening today. While “Mega churches” have sprung up, they play their guitars and beat their drums like pagans conjuring up demons. They have numerous body piercings and tattoos and sing loudly with amplified music manufactured in hell. (The paper that published the article written about in my "Body piercing and church doctrine" NWV article admitted it lost subscribers over the piercings article.) Baehr and Boone say, “What the church is serving is a shallow and unsalted gospel. Although the message is being delivered with deep compassion for lost sinners and with a burden for a hurting culture, it lacks comprehensive truth to shape the minds of believers and redirect their behavior.” In short, the authors believe that Christians have been too timid to really and directly confront the problems afflicting the culture, and they exhort readers to take an active stance in confronting evil as many of the martyrs did throughout church history. “Early Church converts were not martyred for believing in Jesus in their private thoughts but for challenging the secular anti-Christian authorities of their day,” they write, calling on today’s Christians to do the same.[1] However, with the new “hate” legislation being promoted in our state legislatures and in Washington, D.C., pastors will become even more timid fearful of imprisonment and fines.
The Old Rugged Cross and the authorized King James bible which had sufficed Christianity up until the 20th century was different from the new broken satanic cross often seen at left-wing demonstrations and the new revised, user-friendly bibles used by so many churches that emasculate the basic tenets of Christianity watering it down making repentance of sins irrelevant and worldly things pleasurable. So now they take great delight in singing newly written choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor like they once did. The accent is still on enjoyment – hedonism.

Never have there been more dramatic signs and fulfillment of Bible prophecy than at this present time and yet the people of the world are wandering deeper into the darkness of deception and apathy. Will an economic collapse cause them to once again turn to the Lord? Or will it be perhaps WWIII? Luke 21:25 says in the last days there would be “upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity.” That word “perplexity” is taken from the Greek word, “aporia,” which means unable to find a way out. One only has to turn on the news or read the newspaper to see that this earth is a powder keg.

Yes, rampant hedonism is destroying our country. The American public appears to be reverting to a form of barbarism. Rather than becoming more civilized, as may be expected of a mature civilization, we appear to be descending into a culture lacking in morality, common decency and respect for our fellow citizens. The “new in-your-face morality” is not new but the old Gnosticism. Conflict resolution, hate legislation and “zero” tolerance only have made civilization more defiant. Without the Lord, the heart can be very wicked.
Footnotes:
1, June 11, 2007 New American P. 33 and 34
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Betty is a former Oregon Republican party activist having served as state party secretary, county chairman, 5th congressional vice chairman and then elected chairman, and a precinct worker for many years but Betty gave up on the two-party system in 2004 and joined the Constitutional Party.
Betty is a researcher specializing in education, a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to www.NewsWithViews.com E-Mail: bettyboot@wvi.com