We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This article was written by a Republican to bolster the McCain campaign. So there's an agenda here, but the points are worth knowing. They will eventually become an important factor in the election.
How aware is the public that McCain has raised seven children? Or that he adopted his two oldest sons as small boys (children from his wife's prior marriage)? Or that he has raised a Bangladeshi girl with severe health problems adopted from Mother Theresa's orphanage? Or that his own sons have served in the military, including in Iraq?
Lower photo: Bush with Kerri Walsh. Where do you innocently touch a beautiful girl wearing underwear?
Do you want a "hospitalist" when you get sick? I want my own Doc. Or my Veterinarian.
Your doctor may be fishing or playing golf, NJ, and the last thing he/she probably wants to do is stop and come to the hospital. If we (hospital nurses) didn't have the physician associates, nurse practitioners and house physicians, who are the eyes and ears of the attending doc, not much would get done in a timely manner for the patient. They are usually excellent in their practice, and even during a short stay, will get to know the patient quite well.
Did you know that many primary care nurse practitioners make house and hospital calls, including nights and weekends? Many are gladly trying to fill the role that the general practitioner physicians used to occupy; almost all have some form of physician collaboration/consulation/supervision, per state law. Marcus Welby, MD, went out of business a long time ago.
My other passion is homecare, and last week, my patient's physician, when told of a new low blood pressure event, suggested I (5PM on a Friday evening) take the patient to the hospital, if I was worried. He (the MD) had no desire to come see the patient, and knew the hospitalists would tend to her over the weekend. BTW, the only way I have to admit a patient is through the emergency department, so I have to think about the potential waste of time. vs. risk for subjecting the pt to the 12 hour wait on a Friday night.
Also, there is a movement afoot to utilize veterinarians in some sort of primary care human role!
Now sean ... Bush is like most well-meaning men today. He's an affectionate and fatherly man, but with the incredibly skimpy clothes young women wear, there's almost nowhere he can give one an encouraging pat without infringing on some verboten area. Except maybe patting the top of her head, and the feminists would have a hissy about being patronized by the all powerful male. I suspect that Laura, who is a wise woman as well as a beautiful one, understands this.
As stated in a previous post, W is my Man once I saw the photo op with the women's beach volleyball team, my favorite Olympic or anytime sport. We were playing a little cocktail party game last night in a formerly smoke filled saloon in Manchester VT: Which Olympic team does your head of government pose with in Beijing? Bush- flawless political judgment to shore up his core voting bloc when he photo-op-ed with Misty May and Kerri Walsh. McCain, being an old Navy pilot and "Tailhooker", would no doubt jump right in to pose with the winsome volleyball lasses as well. Obama? The consensus was that 'Bam would be photo op-ed with the synchronized swimming team; the womens' beach volleyball team would result in Michelle Ma Belle spiking him back over the net. Other? Sarkozy? Duh, a no brainer, he would go for the volleyball team. Perhaps Carla is on the French squad? Gordon Brown? Hhhhmmmm. Race walking was offered by the Brit at the table.....showing leadership by photo op. Photo ops for Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi? On site with their gas masks on, lecturing, hectoring our Olympic hosts about their nasty, filthy air. Say, why haven't we heard more whining from the enviros about the ubiquitous Chinese air pollution? Hhhmmmmmm????
Bah! I think he should slap her on the ass like a football player and shout, "Great shot!" I would have more confidence in our Commander in Chief if he took this course of action. He's not her boss. He's not messing with an young, stupid intern. The Secret Service is not going to oppress her. They're both grown-ups. The only one he should answer to is his spouse, who should smack him in the head for slapping a young woman on her comely ass.
Hell, she can slap his ass right back and then she'll have a story to tell the girls over appletinis. "So then I slapped the President's ass right back..."
Air kisses and hugs are for the puritanical people of San Fransisco.
Punter ... he could have congratulated the American Women's Sabre Team. They're bundled up in padded uniforms, because sabres are pointy weapons that can stick you in uncomfortable places. Therefore, the Olympic photogs don't want to photograph them. They'd much rather photograph those gorgeous women's beach volleyball girls with almost nothing on. And can you blame them?
"Bush knuckled off a couple of lobs, but defending gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh gave the chief executive some pointers. Then after a good play, in the tradition of female volleyballers, May-Treanor turned, bent over slightly and offered her bikinied rear-end for the 43rd president to slap.