1) Thinking on abortion. ( longish )
Hearing McCain so blithely dismiss "health" of the mother with air quotes and a sneer wracked me.
Let me explain:
If I catch pregnant at this late date, I will abort.
I will have no choice since it will be ectopic.
I would prefer to do this while it's still a matter of my health and not a matter of life and death when my fallopian tube ruptures.
2) In a related tangent, Health Care: ( mathy )
3) Obama and Biden STILL suck on talking about GLBT rights. But at least the platform is inclusive.
4) Had an interesting conversation with an older man. He spewed every lie about Obama. I finally got to use my "Because I went to a Mennonite school during that same period, does that make me a Mennonite?" analogy. When he used "nigger" I knew the real reason. He may or may not believe the other stuff, but by God, he is a white southern man and he is still better than a coloured any day. I called him on his usage and his presumption of shared attitude based on skin color.
5) The debate was so boring Jonner and I both fell asleep.
6) Let me tell you about Joe the Plumber. Good man. Served in Korea. Came home, married, had two daughters. He had a good job and good insurance, until his wife got cancer in the 80s. He ended up selling everything--house, all his life-savings, everything--to pay for her treatment. She died anyway.
He spent the 90s working as a plumber, until arthritis and general age took his agility. In the early 00s, he worked at Harrah's casino and plumbed on the side. When he left Harrah's, he worked as a Wal-Mart greeter. Until prostate cancer came for him. The VA falsified records, lost records and failed to treat him when his blood count was 300 (10 is indicative of a need for chemo).
He spent the last six months of his life at home, in a rented house, heavily addicted to morphine, living on his pension and his second wife's nursing paychecks. He died in a borrowed hospital bed in his own living room, attended by his wife and a pallative care nurse. He left nothing behind.
Mom's having an estate sale this weekend to raise the money to move. Joe made her very happy for four years and very sad for one that they had together.
Hard work is no guarantee of success.