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My Daily Domestic Diigolet 09/03/2009

  • tags: kennedy, current, events

    • National Public Radio ombudsman Alicia Shepard isn’t afraid to raise questions of liberal bias occasionally. Her latest column is titled "Too Much Kennedy." She reports NPR offered 53 stories on Ted Kennedy’s death in the first five days (August 26-30), "But on that first day, in the 23 on-air stories, only one mentioned the name Mary Jo Kopechne and 5 mentioned Chappaquiddick." When they did, it was passed over gently as an obstacle to the White House:
    • Compare that to the death of Sen. Jesse Helms on July 4, 2008. A quick Nexis scan shows in the first five days after the conservative senator's passing, you can count only four stories -- less than NPR had produced for Kennedy in advance. (Five other segments mention Helms in passing.) Then consider the parade for Teddy:
  • This is why people are so afraid of the government making health care decisions. What say you about this Janette?

    tags: health, care

    • In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the
      terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to
    • Forecasting death is an inexact science,”they say. Patients are being
      diagnosed as being close to death “without regard to the fact that the
      diagnosis could be wrong.

      “As a result a national wave of discontent is building up, as family and
      friends witness the denial of fluids and food to patients."

    • The scheme, called the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), was designed to reduce
      patient suffering in their final hours.

      Developed by Marie Curie, the cancer charity, in a Liverpool hospice it was
      initially developed for cancer patients but now includes other life
      threatening conditions.

    • Dr Hargreaves said that this depended, however, on constant assessment of a
      patient’s condition.

      He added that some patients were being “wrongly” put on the pathway, which
      created a “self-fulfilling prophecy” that they would die.

      He said: “I have been practising palliative medicine for more than 20 years
      and I am getting more concerned about this “death pathway” that is coming

  • Other moms and dads who have lost babies and children will relate to this. I know I do.

    tags: mothersloveyourbabies

    • T.K. parked their SUV and they stepped into the late-afternoon heat. Staring down at a stone angel, he realized he was standing over a tiny grave.

      "You see that?" he said, reading dates. "Three days. Three days."

      "'She was not here long,' " he recited from the epitaph, " 'but will be loved forever.' "

      The cemetery official explained available plots and rules: A bench was fine if it fit on their plot. Crape myrtles and rose bushes were OK, but no deep-rooted trees.

      "I never imagined this," Deidrea said as T.K. kept pointing out children's graves. "My husband said we went from college to caskets."

      The official agreed to hold several plots until after Thomas' birth.

      "I don't want to give up," Deidrea said. "What if there's a miracle? We may have an 18-year-old son mad at us for picking out his grave right now."

      Deidrea asked T.K. to stop at her family plot on the way out. She stood longest over the graves of a great-uncle who died at 8 months after eating lye soap and a great-aunt who drowned in a farm pond at 12.

      Until this cemetery visit, she and T.K. hadn't grasped how many families faced losses like theirs. Now they understood why family elders lingered over these tiny graves with a sadness that never softened. Big gravestones marked full memories and lives. Small ones bounded unfinished futures and dreams.

      T.K. patted her arm. "You OK?"

      She curled into his side. "This was a big day."

      He nodded. "Sonogram, funeral plans."

  • Ted Kennedy's reply to the Pope, and the Pope's gracious response back.

    tags: Catholic, kennedy

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