Friday, July 29, 2005

Frist breaks with Bush on stem cell research - Politics -

Frist breaks with Bush on stem cell research - Politics -

Senator Frist the flip-flopper. But it is about time the man found his own voice, and stopped being the mouthpiece of the President on the Senate floor. Do you suppose he finally read the Constitution and figured out that he is in a separate branch of government?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

This (Pharmacists) Madness Must Be Stopped

Several states allow pharmacists to decline to fill prescriptions based on their conscience. Other states are trying to require that pharmacists provide medicines that doctors have prescribed. Now federal lawmakers are holding hearings on so-called 'duty to fill' laws.
So went the introduction to a story on NPR's Morning Edition I listened to this morning.

In my mind this debate can have only one outcome: the doctor/patient relationship should be upheld in every case. No third party should be allowed to insert their moral judgment into the doctor/patient relationship, period, unless invited to do so! Pharmacists, like the rest of us, have a right to their opinions, however misguided, but they should not be allowed to let those opinions adversely affect the people they are supposed to be serving. And yes, they have a right to their individual principles, but those principles should not be allowed to interfere with patient care.

And make no mistake, they are in the service industry, all they do it dispense drugs, and occasionally dole out advice. Pharmacist, though a valuable link in the chain medical chain of care in America, are not indispensable, and are certainly not specialist, like doctors. Who, after all, is a Pharmacist to substitute his or her judgment for that of the doctor or the patient? Frankly, I find the whole business of refusing to dispense drugs because of you religious beliefs repugnant and just another sign of how far the falsely righteous will go to foist their belief system on us all.

If they are morally opposed to birth control and might be required by their employers to pass out prescription birth control pills or the morning after pill, then their professionalism and duty to their customers should prevail. If they still object, then they should find another profession, one in which their conscience will not be overly burdened. Or at least have to decency to refer the customer to another Pharmacist whose brain is not clouded with self-righteous religious dogma.

Will a bill pass out of Congress that will end this madness once and for all and compel Pharmacist to fill prescriptions or find another job? Its doubtful, and even if the a Bill did manage to pass both houses with its common sense still intact, Bush would never sign it into law because he lacks; well he is just lacking so much its hard to know where to begin.

Bill Wouldn't Wean U.S. Off Oil Imports, Analysts Say

Bill Wouldn't Wean U.S. Off Oil Imports, Analysts Say

Would be too much to ask for real leadership and vision from Washington on this issue? If other nations can put together a coherent energy policy; e.g. France and Japan, why can’t the United States? Must we bicker and fight about everything? - Roberts faces questions - Jul 25, 2005 - Roberts faces questions - Jul 25, 2005

I don’t think there is any doubt that in the long run Roberts will be confirmed as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, all questions aside.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 - Suicide car bomb kills?22 near police station - Jul 24, 2005 - Suicide car bomb kills?22 near police station - Jul 24, 2005

Yes, we are continuing to turn the tide of against the insurgency in Iraq, we have them on the run, they have no place to hide; we are routing them out, rounding them up and ending their rein of terror. The people of Iraq should rejoice, shouldn’t they?

Al Qaeda leaders seen in control - Highlights -

Al Qaeda leaders seen in control - Highlights -

It doesn’t sound to me as if terrorism is on the run, on the wane, contained, or bottled. We are failing; we are loosing this war, which is more about ideas than it is about weapons. George W. Bush was not the man to lead us in this fight; he has not the leadership ability, intellect, vision, or wisdom to see us through this phase in American history.

We have been ill served by his bumbling attempts the stem the tide of terrorism across the globe; indeed he and his conceited minions have managed to swell their murderous, ideological ranks. It is only a matter of time before bombs and blood, murder and mayhem re-visit American shores. Thank you George Bush for your unflagging devotion to naiveté, myopic world vision, stupefying arrogance, and the lack of vision that now finds the world besieged by terrorism.