It’s in the Blog-O-Sphere Monday April 7, 2008Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
Ranting fit coming Wednesday May 23, 2007Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
HPV, controversy and boys Tuesday February 27, 2007Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. At least 50 percent of sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives. Every year in the U.S., about 6.2 million people get HPV. HPV is most common in young women and men who are in their late teens and early 20s.
There is no treatment for HPV. But there are treatments for the health problems that HPV can cause, such as genital warts, cervical cell changes, and cancers caused by HPV.
It is important for girls to get HPV vaccine before they become sexually active. The vaccine is most effective for girls/women who get vaccinated before their first sexual contact. It does not work as well for those who were exposed to the virus before getting the vaccine. However, most women will still benefit from getting the vaccine because they will be protected against other virus types contained in the vaccine.
The vaccine has been extensively tested in 9-26 year-old females so information is only available about vaccine safety and protection for girls/women of this age group. However, studies on the vaccine are now being done in boys/men, as well as in women older than 26 years of age. The FDA will consider licensing the vaccine for these other groups when there is research to show that it is safe and effective in these groups.
Anal and cervical cancers are believed to be caused by the human papilloma virus — the same virus that results in genital warts. Almost all people are infected by the virus through sexual contact, but their immune systems eliminate the virus before any damage is done. However, some strains of the virus are more tenacious than others, and immune-suppressed individuals have a harder time eliminating HPV from their systems. In these people, the virus can cause dysplasia (or abnormal development), which, if not treated, may go on to become cancerous.
Maybe it’s just me…perhaps I’m blessed with being able to trust my daughter’s judgement and raising and not think that just because they’ve been protected from a STD that is widespread and causes cancer of the cervix they won’t go out and ‘share the love’ indiscriminately. Let’s face it, until the study came out, who knew that HPV caused certain types of cervical cancer? Were people being more careful with what they did with their bodies because they were afraid they’d someday end up with cancer? No? Then why think they’d act more recklessly because they are now protected?
Maybe it’s just me…I want research done for the males in our world so that they can also be protected against this virus. So they don’t contract it, so they don’t spread it, so they don’t get cancers, so their immune systems aren’t further debilitated if there are problems already.
Maybe it’s just me…but I think it’s time for the self-righteous in the world to stop waving around the "Oh NO…we can’t give teenagers protection because they might do something stupid with it…like USE it!" placard and consider the idea that if true, that’d be the best thing in the world. How little faith these people have in Good Boys and Girls. How very sad.
Or maybe, because I have six daughters and a cervix of mine own….it’s just me.
Always Proud to be an American Wednesday November 8, 2006Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
Officer Died, Illegal Involved Friday November 3, 2006Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
"During the call, an altercation ensued and Officer David Whitson and Rojelio Gonzalez Pacheco, 26, were injured on the scene.
The suspect had two knives in his possession, but no guns. The officer may have been shot by his fellow officers during the altercation."
It’s come out since then that Pacheco was tased first and it "didn’t take", that he was impossible to talk down, and that he came at Officer Whitson with the knives. There were four shots fired at least, but as yet the official autopsy results of neither of the men have been released.
Horrible enough. A good Officer is gunned down by his fellow Officers trying to protect him. A wife and children are left to mourn. Two officers of the three others there fired their guns and ballistics are now being tested to find out who fired the fatal shot, although it is obvious that both surviving Officers will need counselling through this.
Is that enough for this city to mourn? Oh hell no. This is Kentucky after all….A week before an election.
Turns out Gonzalez-Pacheco was here Illegally. Let me tell you, the newscasters here couldn’t ‘report’ that breathlessly, or emphatically enough when it came out November 1st. Suddenly it wasn’t a story of a man with knives gone batty and an Officer shooting. Oh NOOOO.
It was about how if Illegal Immigration were somehow fixed, none of this would have ever happened. The implications: if only those damn Democrats weren’t all the time screwing up GWB’s working to keep the bad guys out of Good, Sovereign States like Ours, Officer Whitson would be alive and Protecting and Serving today.
The Ron Lewis for Congress ads ran like mad all across the local news channel, seemingly worse than ever scourging his opponent for being easy on Immigration as well.
But the facts are, although no one seems to want to deal with those in matters as highly charged and emotional as something like this:
Gonzalez-Pacheco was charged in 2003 with DUI, having a fake ID, not having a driver’s license, and not having insurance. He was in illegal alien then, living in Kentucky.
From the WBKO (local newschannel an Bowling Green, KY) archive on this issue:
"Warren Circuit Court Judge Steve Wilson says being an undocumented worker is not illegal under the state law, because it’s a federal offense.
Judge Wilson says when undocumented workers enter the courtroom, there are two choices, send them to jail for their offense or release them.
"If they’re released, the INS or the federal government would have to at that time pick them up and have deportation. If they do not do that, they would have to be released," said Judge Wilson.
Judge Wilson says when he was the Warren County Commonwealth Attorney, he noticed if the undocumented person committed a felony the federal government would begin the deportation process. He says if it was a minor offense, they usually were not deported."
If my happy ass wandered into a courtroom with a DUI, no insurance, no driver’s license and a fake ID, I’d get jail time. So this guy goes in with those charges and not "Illegal Immigrant" status…but "Undocumented worker"
Doesn’t that sound nice? Or nicer, I guess….
And I suppose gets probation and a fine, sent on his merry little way to continue to work and live here illegally.
And really, that’s fine with my liberal little heart. Do I like the KY State illegal immigrant policies? No. But I really hate the REPUBLICAN policies that are continuously being touted.
What makes me flaming mad is the way Kentuckians are hypocritcal jerk-offs about this.
Rojelio had a job at the time of his death on a dairy farm. He lived in a little place on the farm and was responsible for getting up in the early AM, rounding up the cows, getting the herd rounded up and in the dairy and hooked up, taking care of business, another words. Had hours free during the day off and on and then was responsible for evening round with the herd again. Here in KY with the milking jobs, you live on the farm in a little house on the Dairy Farmers land and get to know the Owner well. His employer KNEW Rojelio was an "undocumented". He *should* have checked it and sent the paperwork in to the government like all employers and landlords are required to do. But that would have screwed up the Dairy Farmer’s cheaper employment, wouldn’t it?
Master Officer Whitson was buried with honors, as befitting his life and death. I join our area in mourning the loss of a fine man and an Officer. I am sick with anger that the other two officers were put into the position of feeling whatever they are going through now because one of their own is dead because of their guns.
To blame all this on the tragedy that occurred on October 31, 2006 is being a bit generous to Kentucky Commonwealth Laws, and far too lenient on the lawbreakers who enabled Rojelio Gonzalez-Pacheco’s presence in Kentucky. He has four brothers living at Vine Street. His girlfriend of eight months is left behind, mourning his death, questioning why this happened, hoping this will not turn into a focus on illegal immigration.
I don’t know if the toxicology report will show why Gonzalez-Pacheco was waving knives around in a yard at 10:13 in the morning on All Hallow’s Eve. He was worried about his hospitalized mother still in Mexico it is said. It is also said he worked hard, adored his girlfriend’s small children as if they were his own and wished to marry her someday if he ever attained legal status. What we do know for flat-out facts are this:
In 2003 if Gonzalez-Pacheco had been picked up by Immigration he wouldn’t have been on Vine Street to get shot, wave knives or have this happen. Steve Wilson and "KY law" aside bullshit…an illegal immigrant was in court on charges and walked back out the door free. Now he and an Officer of the Law are dead. And this is a Republican State. *sigh, it is to laugh*
If Gonzalez-Pacheco’s employer had asked for his driver’s license, social security card, green card or worker’s permit as required by federal law…not "state law" when he was hired, he wouldn’t have had the Dairy Farm job, or the place to live. Would that have meant he’d have still been in Bowling Green? Would the immigrants who are undocumented workers or illegal immigrants or whatever you wish to call them come in droves or stay for years on end if the Employers and Landlords actually enforced the Laws meant to help keep down Illegal Immigration?
Kentucky is a hideously racist state. I stopped watching local news a long time ago if I could avoid it for the very reason that started this rant.
"Gonzalez-Pacheco was a "breathless outraged tone" ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT!"……"John Davis, a black male, was arrested today for failure to pay child support …"…."Rod Jacobs was arrested today on methamphetamine charges and given recognizance bail"
Guess who the caucasian was…yeah, the guy whose race wasn’t mentioned…I don’t know about everywhere else…but here the race is ALWAYS mentioned if the subject is black or hispanic. That’s what got me into politics so fervently though…I started watching the 24 hour channels. LOL
Oh, and while I’m on it…just as an aside…the Wall…the President’s brilliant Wall…how much is that going to cost? And it covers how much of the Border exactly? Great idea, George, as usual. Dumbass.
Bible in her bagII Friday October 20, 2006Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
A Bible in her Bag Wednesday October 18, 2006Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
Libby, my eleven yo daughter skipped off to school yesterday with her backpack full of notebooks, texts, pencils, homework, various girly-girl things, snack and money for a juice drink and her little purse. She came back home with all of that, sans snack and money, plus one red Gideons New Testament Bible, given to her during Language Arts class by three men in business suits, sanctioned by the principal of the school.
She only mentioned it to me this morning right before she left for another day at her happy little school of learning, eager to bounce off to more learning about reading, writing, ‘rithmetic and the Blessed Savior. She was puzzled at first why I was upset by her nifty gift during what should have been a simple hour of learning how to write sentences with her spelling words included, which only annoyed me more. Apparently I have not done my job properly with this child, or she is one who has been assimilated into the hive that is This Town already and we need to move post haste before she turns metallic inside and loses all her internal organs and begins to look like Jerry Fallwell.
We live in a very, very, frighteningly small town in a big, big county. That may sound strange and impossible unless you live in the South or perhaps the West. We live almost directly across the street from the school, I can walk to the doctors office, the pharmacy, the town square, get to the grocery in 4 minutes in the car. Everyone knows everyone’s business in this little place. There are 17 churches, almost all of them Baptist of one form or another. One Catholic, three Methodist, one presbyterian. No Temples, no mosques. If Becca needed to find a Coven here she’d have to go 3 counties over. Luckily she has one in our old hometown.
The county, however is huge. It’s an Amish county as I’ve mentioned before a while back, and all of the town’s parking lots have rails set up for the horse and buggies to tie up…we are all familiar and comfortable with the peacable and lovely Amish community members who come among us daily, and I don’t believe I have ever witnessed a rude driver blowing their horn at a slow driving buggy clogging up the traffic on our busy roads.
This little town, this big county…Mayberry RFD on Valium as I like to call it, is a very religious community.
But it’s still America. I was foolishly under the idea that meant something until this morning.
Libby wanted to know why I was upset that she and her classmates were handed out Bibles in school. "I’m a Christian, Mommy. I have a Bible already. What’s wrong?"
"Do you remember when you thought you wanted to be Wiccan, Libby, because you liked the idea that Wiccans loved the environment and women and were loving? Do you remember how mean everyone was to you because you said in school that you were Wiccan? How they told you that you’d go to hell? You came home crying and worried that being a Wiccan meant you couldn’t love God too…and you asked why I’d let you be a Wiccan if you were going to hell?"
"Uh huh. That’s why I go to church now. I want to be a Christian so I’ll go to heaven."
"Yes, I know. I let you do that now because this is the time for you to explore religions, learn what you like and don’t like, what you believe and don’t believe, and for you to hear lots of different things so we can talk about them. But mostly because people here are so pushy and mean if you don’t believe what they do. But giving out Bibles in class is just making it worse, Libby. It is showing all those kids that they are right to act that way. It’s bad enough when the churches and their parents tell them they are right, but now the school is doing it too."
"What if you were still a Wiccan? Really believed in Wicca? Or Jewish? Or a Buddhist, or an atheist? Or what if other religions brought in *their* books and handed them out, would that be okay?"
"ohhhhhhhh, I see. Can I go now, I’m gonna be late."
Why do I feel like that went zooooooming right over her head?
I called the principal as soon as Libby left, and of course she’s going to be in meetings all day, but even worse, I have this gut feeling that as soon as I protest this things are going to suck for Libby at this school. Yeah, that’s the kind of school it is, the kind of county it is. No more chances for Beta or Academic team for Libster, no more Best Citizen of the Month, no more anything that would require a nod from the faculty.
The worst part is that we can’t really move as long as I am ill, and that’s not going to change. Maybe Mike will get another job and we could move then, but the whole point of living here is that it is close to Mike’s work and he can run back and forth for lunch and check on me, he can be here in 7 minutes if something’s wrong with me, and that’s a safeguard we need in my condition.
I was looking up Kentucky Law Court Rulings on Religion in Schools, hoping to find something on Bibles and the handing out thereof, some precedent, I don’t know…I found out that no other state is as eager to fight the Ten Commandment Supreme Court Ruling as KY and even now we have a Bill in the KY house on it. I did find this in the Kentucky Post, however and found it interesting…
Schools are required to adhere to court rulings and to maintain an air of neutrality on religious issues — not promoting religion or religious practices, but not preventing them, either, Blavatt said.
"In this case, what they’re asking is for school districts to certify that they will not support any religion and will not take proactive action to prevent or exclude anything religiously," he said.
Except of course, in the case of sticking Bibles in the hands of eleven year old little girls and boys during Language arts class.
Clear-ifying Saturday September 9, 2006Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
This has been a week of "Let’s send Lynn stuff through email to drive her nuts", apparently. I’ve gotten 3, Count ‘Em, Now…Three of the ACLU Holiday Tree "Let’s Send the ACLU Christmas Cards and Screw Up their Operations!" emails.
Errr, I’m a card-carrying member of the ACLU. Thanks, but no.
I’ve gotten lots of "Hello, Fellow Christian! Ban with us during this up-coming television viewing season and boycott ________ because of the salacious material, gay characters, insidious sexual inneundo, blatant drug use, etc.
Umm, I like gay characters, am a fervent supporter of gay rights, and my idea of boycotting TV programs is turning off the television. And I’m no one’s Fellow Christian.
Today I get a "Funny Mexican Joke". I have a Funny Mexican Husband and a really, really funny one-quarter Mexican daughter. It was insinuated that since I didn’t find the joke funny, that I didn’t have much of a sense of humor. Over-sensitive me, finding racist jokes un-funny. I’ve never found any racist or bigoted jokes funny, I’ve always bristled at them and reprimanded anyone who told them in my presence, from the time I was old enough to fuss people out as a child. My kids Jess and Becca were told to explain to any of the redneck friends they brought home they’d never be invited back if there were any negative talk of any kind from anyone in my home that I overheard. There was never a problem–the girls didn’t like people like that any more than I do. I don’t like ignorance or willful stupidity. I just don’t tolerate it well…that’s my problem. It’s my glitch in the human psyche, my prejudice. I don’t like bigots, or people who push their hatreds and beliefs off on me.
So please…email me all you like, I like getting mail, I do! But I’m a supporter of the ACLU…I won’t be annoying them at Christmas time…just be grateful I don’t bug you about a holiday tree, huh?
I’m not your Fellow anything, except Human Being. I don’t email you about my religious beliefs and try to convince you to act on them with me, so please don’t do that to me.
Gays–Yay!! Clear on my beliefs yet? =)
I’m a rainbow flag waver. I like all the crayons in the box. I’ve dated people from many different countries and origins before settling for my Chicano. That’s a Mexican/American…someone who has Mexican and caucasian heritage. So Lala is a Chicana. I don’t like Mexican jokes. Or African american jokes, or arab jokes, or muslim jokes, any ethnic jokes. I like chicken cross the road jokes. Got any of those?
Yeah, I’m uptight. Outta muscle relaxers. Love me like I am, or just don’t email me. =)
Evil Dwells There Monday September 4, 2006Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.
Good Mommas Tuesday August 1, 2006Posted by gingerbreadman in Rants.