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Archive for 13 August 2009
This post got me thinking about another scenario.
This baby was born at 28 weeks gestation. For those of you who don't like math, that means he was born three months premature. His parents didn't get to hold him at birth, as he was whisked away by doctors and nurses. When the doctors came to talk to the parents, the news was frightening. They were told that if this little boy survived, there was a very real possibility that there would be mental and/or physical abnormalities. Over the next few days, a machine helped that child breathe. He was fed through a tube. He was hooked up to all manner of machinery.
Over the next few weeks many tests were done. The parents were told that in a baby that premature, particularly a boy (don’t know why, but prematurity affects boys more severely than girls), there was a high likelihood that there would be bleeding on the brain which could lead to brain damage. The child also had a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity which will have one of three outcomes 1) it would correct itself…2) he would need glasses as a toddler or 3) he would go blind. The baby’s birth weight was 3 lbs, 3 oz but dropped dangerously to 2 lb 5 oz.
Months later, that baby went home, but his parents had more than a year of follow-up with various doctors, physical therapists, what have you.
If we had government run health care, would the decisions that were made by the parents and the doctors have been the same? Or would the bureaucrats in Washington have decided that the financial risk on this child was too high?
Meet that baby, my son, 12 years later.
He is a happy, healthy, normal 12 year old boy. Well, as normal as one can be with me as a mom!! It makes me physically ill to think what may have happened had we not had the freedom to decide what is best for our son. It literally brings tears to my eyes as I write this to think that had it been up to the government, my beautiful son may have been "too high a risk" for the healthcare system to save.
Think about it friends. It can happen to you.
And that’s just the start. Add in the occasional Weasel Time, and we’ve got a major MOB going on here!
Now, if you dipwads in D.C. are finished playing “victim”, can we get back to the issue, which is this absurd bill? Oh, and while you’re at it, you guys might want to put yourselves on that “flag” list, cuz 99.9% of what y’all are spewing is more than just a little “FISHY”. It stinks like last night’s dead skunk!
But I repeat myself.
A “Tea Party” protest that was originally meant to confront U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper at an event to welcome students and parents to West End Middle School on the first day of school will go on as planned, organizers said Wednesday, despite the fact that Cooper decided not to attend.
There is more and more indication that these so called representatives have completely forgotten who pays their salaries.
After Cooper received word about the potential protests, coming amid a rash of heated clashes at town hall meetings across the country, the Fifth District congressman canceled his appearance, saying he did not want to cause a disruption for students or parents on the first day of school.
What’s the matter? Couldn’t find enough bus loads to come in to counter your actual constituents? As long as there aren’t any Dhimmicrat ‘plants’, there wouldn’t be much ‘disruption’, could there!
“I am proud of you people going to these town halls; I am swelling with pride watching you in action.
This is American civic activism at its best.” -Rush
The people are showing up. Shame their employees are too cowardly to join them.
Ok, it’s new to me, cuz I’d never heard of ‘em. Did you know there was such a thing as pluots? I sure didn’t. A hybrid fruit! Well, I knew there were hybrid type fruits, although, I can’t think of any right at this point in time, cuz they brain doesn’t want to get a cramp. These things are pretty dadburn good!
If you have not read this absurd bill, HR 3200, please do so. If nothing more than a few pages at a time, that should be enough to clue you in on just how cumbersome this bill actually is. One of the biggest problems we have in D.C. right now, other than the obvious weasels, is it’s filled with lawyers. Do they have a special class in law school to teach them how to speak in an alien language?
After you get past all the titles of the bill, you get this: The purpose of this division is to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending.
Well, the problem with this one sentence is that the rest of the entire bill disputes it! Seriously. Read the bill!
The Washington Times gives you a bit of why you should educate yourself on this bill.
Obamacare’s tax hikes
Orwellian doublespeak hides nature of health care bill
Please check out page 203 of the main House version of health care reform. It contains all the evidence you need that the entire bill is a nasty bait-and-switch.
“The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax imposed by this chapter. …”
Yes, it really says that. The tax shall not be considered a tax. Or at least not “… for purposes of determining the amount of any credit under this chapter or for purposes of Section 55.”
Gee, that really clears things up. It is especially helpful to know that the bill itself does not even contain a Section 55; the bill begins with a section numbered 101. (Section 55 apparently refers to the Internal Revenue Code, which it wouldn’t do if the health care bill were not a tax bill, too.)
Viola M. “Ole” Sheppard, of 995 Birch Tree Lane, Fond du Lac, died at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009.
She was born on March 31, 1924, to Robert and Margaret Boeder.
In 1945, she was legally adopted by Mrs. Lena Krueger of Watertown, in whose home she had been raised since 1933. Her sisters by this adoption were the late Misses Alice and Anita Krueger.
On June 25, 1949, she was married to H. Mark Sheppard, who preceded her in death on July 10, 1974.
Mrs. Sheppard graduated from Watertown High School in 1942, and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1946, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in education. She taught Latin and Spanish at Oshkosh High School from 1946 to 1950. She taught one year at Rosendale High School from 1961 to 1962. She was a foreign language and English teacher in the Fond du Lac School District from 1962 until her retirement in 1985.
She was a lifetime member of NEA and WEAC, a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers, the Fond du Lac Area Retired Educators’ Association, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, in which she served as state president from 1992 to 1995, and as local chapter president for three terms. She was a member of the Fond du Lac County Republican Party and the Fond du Lac County Federation of Republican Women, the latter in which she served as treasurer for several years. She was a former member of the Fond du Lac Literacy Council and served as secretary of the Fond du Lac County Adult Literacy Program. She was also a former member of the Sunset Stitchers Quilt Guild. Mrs. Sheppard was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fond du Lac.
She is survived by her children, daughters, Mary (Al) Dullinger; Deborah Kiser (Jim, and their children, Holly and Ivy to whom she was especially close), and with whom she made her home since 1985; her sons, Leath (Maureen); and Tim (Beth); 15 grandchildren, Erica, Garritt, Micah, Karen, Al, Mark, Jodi, Angela, Tom, Teri, Jeremy, Holly, Ivy, Eric, and Lauren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are one brother-in-law, Howard Abbe of Dundee, Ore.; two sisters-in-law, Edith Stepanski (Jack) of Oshkosh, and Kathleen Boeder of Seguin, Texas; nieces and nephews.
Preceding Viola in death were her brother, Donald Boeder (2008) of Seguin, Texas; and her sister, Roberta Abbe (2007) of Dundee, Ore.
Cremation has taken place.
# Services: A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 606 Forest Ave., Fond du Lac, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. The Rev. Fred Toppe will officiate.
# Visitation: The family will receive visitors on Friday, at the church, from 3:30 p.m. until the time of services at 5:30 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church, to Hospice Hope, or to The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Alpha Theta Chapter.
I will remember this wonderful gracious lady, for her kindness, her strength and her fiery spirit. I know she is walking with the Lord in Heaven now, so I know she’s found peace.