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Dr. Mark

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    Biking, flying, playing guitar, raising sons, bonsai gardening, losing arguments with Medicine Girl.

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  1. As an Emergency physician, I am pretty blase' about this whole Ebola thing. I mean, with the correct precautions and all, it's really a pretty easily controlled disease, for all the fact that it's lethal as hell. The spread in Africa is more due to poor health care, sanitation and public health organizations than anything else. No one in this country could possibly be as stupid as to do some of the stuff that I've seen the idiot 'public health' workers doing in Liberia, say, right? This is America, right? No one HERE would be so fucking stupid as to use a pressure washer to clean up blood and vomit from a known Ebola victim, while wearing NO protective gear, and allowing passersby to stand around in goddamn FLIP FLOPS while they were doing it... Right? Right? Wrong. A Dallas news chopper caught the city doing JUST THAT. Note the bystander in flip flops. Note the workers in no hazmat gear, or even a just a fucking simple mask and eyewear. And the runoff is going right down the fucking storm drains. Un. Fucking. Believable. Please tell me there is someone in the Texas government, or the City government, that doesn't have their head up their ass. If someone doesn't lose their fucking job over this, this is a travesty. In a more humorous and sarcastic note, A blogger wrote this today. I think he's kidding. I think...... Now that the first Ebola case in the United States has been diagnosed, we know that the infection of the entire nation is imminent. Because of this very real possibility, it is time to build a fence around the entirety of Texas, all 3029 miles, in order to keep the rest of the country safe from diseased Texans. This task will not be easy, especially since we know that it will be necessary for the fence to be double-layered and electrified. While its construction is happening, the nation will need to provide for thousands of armed border patrols and surveillance including helicopters, drones, and cameras. We have to be prepared for any circumstance in a crisis situation. If necessary, the border patrol must be allowed to shoot to kill any illegal Texans who cross the fence into non-Texas territory. We are talking about the possibility of a plague that could end civilization as we know it. In this fight against sick Texans, no measure is too extreme. Quarantine is rational; doing nothing is not an option. To support the work of the officers, the National Guard, if not the rest of the military, should be deployed to assure that Texans stay in Texas. Troops already located in Texas will guard the border and, eventually, the fence from the inside. Containment demands tough choices and sacrifices, but our brave men and women in uniform are up for the challenge.
  2. Agreed. While it's a nice fantasy to think that brute force is going to solve this problem, it's not realistic. Retaliating for ISIS barbaric acts is certainly appropriate, and smacking them down good and hard will impair their ability to gobble up any more territory, and keep them from capturing any more noncombatants, we still have to win the propaganda war.
  3. This was a letter to the editor, in the London Financial Times. It is true, sad and funny, all at the same time. A Short Guide To the Middle East: Sir, Iran is backing Assad. Gulf states are against Assad! Assad is against Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood and Obama are against General Sisi. But Gulf states are pro-Sisi! Which means they are against Muslim Brotherhood! Iran is pro-Hamas, but Hamas is backing Muslim Brotherhood! Obama is backing Muslim Brotherhood, yet Hamas is against the U.S.! Gulf states are pro-U.S. But Turkey is with Gulf states against Assad; yet Turkey is pro-Muslim Brotherhood against General Sisi. And General Sisi is being backed by the Gulf states! Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day. KN Al-Sabah, London EC4, U.K. Just in case you are still confused, here, another letter to the editor explains in even more detail... Are you confused by what is going on in the Middle-East? Let me explain. We support the Iraqi government in its fight against Islamic State (IS/ISIL/ISIS). We don’t like IS but IS is supported by Saudi Arabia whom we do like. Sort of. We don’t like President Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but not IS, which is also fighting against him. We don’t like Iran, but the Iranian government supports the Iraqi gov’t against IS. So, some of our friends support our enemies and some of our enemies are our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting our other enemies, whom we don’t want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win. If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they might be replaced by people we like even less. And, all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who weren’t actually there until we went in to drive them out. Do you understand now?” Absolutely. I can haz an Excedrin now?
  4. The initial mini's had Minarelli or Motormorini engines. The later engines were Fuji or Jawa. http://www.indiandirtbikeparts.com/idyourindian.html
  5. You are. of course, completely correct. I can tell you exactly what the statistics are. Football: College players: 67,887 NFL Draftees: 255 Basketball: College players: 17,500 NBA Draftees: 48 Then, of course, there are the ones that make it, and bust. A significant percent of the draftees never play a down in the NFL. Or the ones that have a decent career, but then go broke, usually buying stupid stuff for everyone in their family and friends. And then, there's guys like Allen Iverson, who make all the money in the world, and have all the talent in the world, and just piss it all away.
  6. It seems like every time I turn around, some idiot on Facebook, TV, or some internet venue is screeching about someone getting muzzled, or fired, or reprimanded, or in the case of sports leagues, fined or suspended, over something they did, or said, and bloviating about their 'Right to Free speech' having been violated. The latest was some complete imbecile on one of the college football websites actually arguing that FSU was in the wrong for disciplining that tool Jameis "Crablegs" Winston for standing on a table in the student union and yelling "Fuck her right in the pussy!'. (If you call being benched for a whole half a football game "discipline", that is, I guess.) Said they were wrong to "violate his right to free speech". Now, we can debate the wisdom of this halfwit WInston, who really, probably should not be standing on a table in the union yelling something like this, given that he has a very shady past, including a rape allegation that was (IMO) very poorly handled by the authorities and the university both. But the idea that protected speech is included in allowing a student to stand on a table in the most public area of the university and yell something that might be considered profoundly offensive by some of the people nearby...is ludicrous, to say the least. So, anyway, I found this. It is probably one of the best, most succinct, correct and funniest explanations of the right to free speech I have found. Enjoy.
  7. My point exactly. Smacking your kid on the butt to get their attention is one thing. Stuffing a four year old's mouth full of leaves, pulling their pants down and beating them with a switch until they are bruised and bleeding is another entirely. Peterson has not denied what he did. In fact, he was very upfront about it. If you read the evidence, and the interviewing officers testimony, he actually seemed confused that anyone would not understand that this is not normal behavior. Then I did some more reading. Peterson was beaten like this as a child, by his father, (who went to jail for ten years for cocaine distribution). Once, his father beat him with a belt in from of 20 of his high school classmates. To him, this IS normal behavior. I feel really sad for him, as I do for any of the victims of abuse. Do I think this excuses him for what he did? Oh, hell no. Anyway, the Vikings backtracked overnight, in the face of a veritable firestorm of criticism and the exodus of a major sponsor. Which had the sum total effect of making them look even worse. Yesterday: "We feel strongly as an organization this is disciplining a child." Today: “While we were trying to make a balanced decision (Monday), after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian,” Yeah. Sure. After Anheuser-Busch, McDonalds, Campbell's Soup, Radisson, Nike and their sponsors started getting all up in the NFL's face. They may not "get" child abuse or domestic violence, but they sure as hell "get" MONEY. Oh, and I STILL haven't been able to find anything about this 'plastic bag and smothering another child thing', aside from a few comments on message boards and facebook. As Brian pointed out though, even if the child DID do that, it is still not justification for beating him bloody.
  8. Could someone show me the link to the evidence where it talks about this 'smothering of another child'? I can't seem to get it to pop up on google, for some reason. And, of course, it's not in the indictment or any of the sworn testimony that Peterson gave, anywhere. One would think that an important point like that, especially in front of the grand jury, would be front and center. But, oddly enough, it's nowhere to be found. Peterson has not denied ANY of what is alleged. He simply stated that he thought he was doing the right thing. I am sorry, but beating a four year old like this is not OK. It's abuse.
  9. Oops. My bad. It appears the other 4 year old was not actually strapped in the car seat at the time. He was actually trying to escape from his father, who was hitting him with the switch when he struck his head on the car seat. "A top law enforcement official confirmed knowledge of the allegations by the mother of Peterson's son back in June 2013. Photos, which the KHOU I-Team obtained from a source, show a head wound to a boy identified as Peterson's four year old son. It is a wound that weeks later, left a scar above his right eye. Sources claim it allegedly happened while the boy, who lives out of state, was visiting Peterson at his gated home in The Woodlands. The source provided a string of text messages allegedly exchanged between the Peterson and the boy's mother. They contain numerous grammatical errors: Mother : "What happened to his head? Peterson: "Hit his head on the Carseat". Mother "How does this happen, he got a whoopin in the car" Peterson: "Yep" Mother: "Why?' Peterson: "I felt so bad. But he did it his self." The text messages go on to show Peterson saying he was disciplining his son for cussing to a sibling. Also in the text messages, the mother asks "What did you hit him with?" Peterson never answers directly but writes "be still n (and) take ya (your) whopping, he would have saved the scare (scar). "He's aight (all right)." The exchange continued: Mother: "I'm real sensitive about my baby and him being hit." Peterson: "You tripping if you want him, come get him. I'm not about to be getting questioned down like you (you're) CPS." Peterson's attorney issued the following statement: "The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came of it. An adult witness adamantly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son. There is no ongoing or new investigation." There you have it. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.
  10. Well, Gary, I read the indictment. No, there is nothing in there about the 4 year old suffocating a 5 year old with a plastic bag. The statement made to the grand jury by Peterson was that the 4 year old pushed the 5 year old off of a video game. I'm sure that deserved him being wailed on. "Peterson’s son had pushed another one of Peterson’s children off of a motorbike video game." Now, apparently, Peterson is under investigation for beating another one of his 4 year olds with a switch.... while the child was strapped in a car seat. (Jesus, how many baby mamas does this guy have anyway?) But, what the hell, I'm sure the media blew this way out of proportion, too. After all, no one would beat a four year old that was strapped in a car seat. Right?
  11. Apparently, Losing is worse than child abuse. At least is you own an NFL team. The Vikings just reinstated Adrian Peterson, the day after the Patriots handed them their heads. Surely just a coincidence. I just watched the video of the two idiots...I mean, the coach and the GM...that Ziggy Wilf sent out to explain this backpedalling move to the public. It would have been comical if it wasn't so fucking sad. Let's be clear here, I am not against punishing your child. Corporal punishment is fine... up to a point. I spank my kids, OK. I do NOT beat my kids with a switch, leaving lacerations and bruises on their legs, buttocks and groin, that are still visible a week after the fact. I do NOT stuff their mouths full of leaves so they can't scream, pull down their pants, and beat their bare asses with a switch until they bleed. In the ER, I have seen more abused kids than you want to know about, trust me. I have seen children immersed in boiling water. I have seen a toddler who had his hand stuck into a gas wall heater. I have seen literally dozens of children with skull fractures. In over 3/4's of the cases the parents stated to me or the investigators that they were punishing the child for something. The police and CHS investigators invariably find that the abusers were themselves abused as kids. You do what you learn as a child. What Adrian Peterson did was not a spanking, OK? Beating a four year old with a switch until he bleeds, striking him on the groin and thighs, ("I see I got him in the nuts") and leaving cuts and bruises that are still there a week later, after stuffing his mouth full of leaves so he won't scream out? THAT IS FUCKING CHILD ABUSE, PEOPLE. And no, I don't want to hear about how you got beat as a child and you turned out just great. You may have turned out fine. That doesn't mean beating a child like this is OK. It doesn't mean that beating YOU like that was OK, either. What Peterson did was NOT OK. I thought the Vikings, unlike the Ravens, or the 49ers, or the Panthers, or Roger Dipshit Goodell, I thought they had gotten it right. I thought, "Holy Shit! Ziggy Wilf has morals and integrity!" I guess that only lasted until Tom Brady and the Patriots got ahold of them. Oops! My bad!
  12. Yeah, I'm still here. Just beat the hell down. I check in on FB more because I can do that on my smartphone, but the forum looks goofy and is hard to navigate on the Galaxy. One of my idiot docs went and had a complete shoulder replacement without telling anyone, and then showed up expecting to work. I have no idea what the fuck he was thinking, but you can't suture, or put in central lines, chest tubes, intubate with just one arm. Idiot. So, guess who is picking up his slack? Yeah. 14 days in a row, 12 on/12 off. Of course, having a 22 month old, and a young, drop-dead-gorgeous wife also do keep one busy as hell....in a GOOD way. And no, Larry, I ain't nowhere near 70. I just feel like it... I shoulda listened to my dad, the shrink. I coulda been a urologist. When someone can't pee and you fix it so they can, they are damn grateful. Instead, I'm wrestling belligerent drunks at 3 am on full moon nights. Yay.
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