Archive for September, 2009

UAB Surgeons Reattach Deputy’s Hand

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

This is just amazing!  Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Freeman was attacked with an axe on Friday while attempting to serve a warrant, and his right hand was severed.  A team of surgeons at UAB reattached his hand — and another unrelated patient’s hand — over the weekend.

It’s too soon to know how well the reattached hands will function, but there’s reason for optimism.  Dr. Jorge de la Torre, part of the surgical team, says this:

“With any of these traumatic type injuries there’s always going to be some loss of function because at the very least, there’s some bone injury and arthritic changes in the wrist — if we’re talking about a case where it’s right at the level of the wrist,” de la Torre said.

“The wrist joint is fairly complicated joint and if you disrupt several of those bones, the chance that you are going to get full range of function at the wrist is unlikely. But the chance that somebody has a functional hand, that they can have sensation, feeling in the fingers and grasp and hold things, that’s something that you’re looking at (in) months.”

Best wishes to Deputy Freeman and the other unnamed patient, and kudos to the surgical team and the medical personnel who are providing after care.  Good work!

Newsmax Columnist: Let’s Avoid an Unrecognizable America by Making America Unrecognizable

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

If you’ve been reading the news today, you already know that Newsmax columnist John L. Perry basically called for a military coup to take over the US government in order to resolve what he refers to as “the Obama problem”.  Oh, of course, he gave the caveat that “describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it,” but that one sentence doesn’t do much to counter the rest of his piece, which concludes thusly:

Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.”

In the 2008 election, that was the wistful, self-indulgent, indifferent reliance on abnegation of personal responsibility that has sunk the nation into this morass.

Honestly, I have no clue what that last sentence is supposed to mean, but the rest of it is an attempt to justify military overthrow of the duly elected Commander in Chief.  Let’s deconstruct a bit, shall we?  Mr. Perry opens with these assertions:


a small proposal

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I would like to suggest a minor corollary of Godwin’s Law. We could call it Del’s Dictum, maybe. That in any internet-based argument, the first person to use the word “disingenuous” loses.

If you spell it “disingenious” you lose twice. And I reserve the right to add additional penalties for “intellectual dishonesty” at some future date.

That is all.

Press-Register headline a little off

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

“Despite washed-up bags of cocaine, police say finding drugs on beaches rare”

“Despite washed-up bags of cocaine, police say reports of finding drugs on beaches rare”

There. Fixed it for ya.

(Get ready for a spike in off-season tourism, Dauphin Island!)

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    Dr. Horrible Takes Over the Emmys

    Monday, September 21st, 2009

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    Equality Alabama Gala – Cong. John Lewis

    Sunday, September 20th, 2009

    Last night’s Equality Alabama Gala was amazing in so many ways.  The venue was beautiful, the silent auction offered many unique and lovely items, the food was really good (and y’all know that’s not always the case at banquets), and the Magic City Choral Society was wonderful.  The Men’s Chorus rendition of “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables had me sobbing in my salad.

    The highlight of the evening, of course, was the inspirational keynote speech by Congressman John Lewis, hero of the civil rights movement and now a champion for marriage equality.  Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend, who came to Birmingham to be part of the event, has video of the speech and an excellent post here.  Cong. Lewis reminded us of his words (PDF) at the 1963 March on Washington:

    To those who have said, “Be patient and wait,” we must say that we cannot be patient. We do not want
    our freedom gradually but we want to be free now.

    He encouraged the LGBT community and allies to seize the moment, to speak out and demand equality for all people.  Now is the time!  Alabama isn’t going to change quickly, but it is going to change, and we can make it happen.

    Watch the whole thing.  I defy you to get through it without chill bumps.

    ETA direct video link.

    Equality Weekend Starts Tonight!

    Friday, September 18th, 2009

    EA-logo2 Don’t miss it!  Congressman John Lewis, Rep. Patricia Todd, Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend, Mandy Carter, The Magic City Chorus, and many other leaders in the movement for LGBT equality will be there.  Join us!  Click the image for more info.

    Some Required Reading for Spencer Bachus

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009

    At Congressman Spencer Bachus’ town hall meeting back in August, he based almost all of his opposition to health care reform on the Republican talking points that the “uninsured” really weren’t uninsured or chose to be uninsured or — worst of all — were dirty illegals only here for a welfare handout.

    That last got plenty of applause from the 99% of the audience willing to ignore the reality that many US businesses thrive on undocumented workers. Not to mention the reality that undocumented immigrants aren’t eligible for welfare, and won’t be eligible for federal assistance in purchasing health insurance.  And now, apparently, won’t even be able to buy private health insurance with their own money.

    Yay for having lots of people with untreated illness working in businesses that we all frequent!  (Well, of course, if you believe the fairy tale that we can stomp our feet real hard and magically remove all the illegals from our midst, you have nothing to worry about.)

    It appears that new census data don’t back up Bachus’ assertions about the uninsured:


    Interesting Ad Placement

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

    My most recent visit to Whedonesque sent me to to read  “The 5 Most Maddeningly Unresolved TV Plotlines”, which featured a discussion of the mantis woman in season one of “Buffy”.  Personally, I would have gone with “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”, but I digress.  Whatever else I might have expected, I never thought I’d see this:


    (click on image to enlarge)

    Yep, right there with a link to “The 6 Most Gratuitously Cleavaged Women on TV” was a clean-cut Bradley Byrne.  Perhaps not the best choice.  :)

    Reaching Out: Ur Doin It Wrong

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

    Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, a Birmingham native, has decided she wants to “regularly visit Alabama and reach out to its citizens”, and she’s doing so by joining two exclusive country clubs.  Huh?

    Now, don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy the in your face to Shoal Creek in particular, given founder Hall Thompson’s refusal to allow black members in 1990, for God’s sake, because “that’s just not done in Birmingham, Alabama.”    Okay, the lady likes to play golf, and she’s rich enough to afford the initiation fees and monthly dues.  But I do wonder what percentage of Alabama citizens belong to exclusive country clubs.  Is she likely to meet the average Alabamian on the fairways and greens of Greystone?  Why on earth would she claim this is part of an outreach plan?  Unless her plan is to reach out to wealthy, privileged (mostly) white people.

    Oh well, I suppose I should look on the bright side.  At least some of those outreach dollars will trickle down to the caddies and waiters.

    h/t Blues reader JC