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September 29, 2006

Now Smoking is Really B-A-D

OMG....could this clown get any more deranged?


Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore warned hundreds of U.N. diplomats and staff on Thursday evening about the perils of climate change, claiming: Cigarette smoking is a "significant contributor to global warming!"

Gore, who was introduced by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said the world faces a "full-scale climate emergency that threatens the future of civilization on earth."

Gore showed computer-generated projections of ocean water rushing in to submerge the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, parts of China, India and other nations, should ice shelves in Antarctica or Greenland melt and slip into the sea.

"The planet itself will do nicely, thank you very much what is at risk is human civilization," Gore said. After a series of Q& A with the audience, which had little to do with global warming and more about his political future, Annan bid "adios" to Gore.

Then, Gore had his staff opened a stack of cardboard boxes to begin selling his new book, "An Inconvenient Truth, The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It," $19.95, to the U.N. diplomats.


This is beyond stupid. So stupid in fact, that I'm nominating Al Gore for the Butt Monkey Launcher of the Week.

Hell - my 12-year old daughter knows that smoking is bad and even she realizes the 'smoking-Nazi' stuff is beyond stupid.

Honestly, I'm waiting for that small aspect of the 'global warming' crowd to bring back the notion that because most people eat meat that all of the cows on the planet significantly contribute to the problem because of all the methane they release.

And it'll shortly be followed by a global effort to reduce farting in public.

Just wait for it.

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September 28, 2006

The Cliché that Applies

Ever heard of the phrase 'when it rains, it pours' ? Well, I just happen to be the living example of that phrase.

My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. She went through kemotherapy and the other standard treatments. And while the treatments seemed to shrink the tumor in her lung, it also spread.

In the last few months, she's experienced more and more difficulty in simply living and taking care of herself. Keeping track of her medications became increasingly difficult....remembering if she had eaten lunch or dinner was a guessing game. All in all, it was just plain misery for her.

A few days ago, the doctors and my family back east thought that she'd be better off in a hospice where she wouldn't be alone and would be cared for by the medical staff right there. Plus recently having a seizure was the 'final straw'.

The phrase 'when it rains, it pours' comes in here: while she was sitting in a wheelchair while getting checked into the hospice, my mother decided to get up to walk to her new room. Just at that moment, the nurse that was helping her had her back turned getting my mother a cup of ice chips and had her back turned; my mother took one step and promptly took a header into the floor.

The medical staff rushed her to the nearest shock/trauma unit to check her out; there wasn't anything in the x-ray or CAT scan (at least, that's what I remember from by brother telling me the details). So they took her back to the hospice.

When she was returned to the hospice, the staff there noticed that she was unresponsive and that the left side of her face was 'dooping'; it was concluded that she had suffered a stroke.

For the last few days, friends and family have been sitting with her and talking to her; she appears to take notice of the familiar voices but isn't talking or moving. Actually, the only movement is a slight tremor that moves her head a little.

When I asked my brother whether she had weeks or days to live, my brother replied days.

So now the added 'bonus' of when it rains, it pours is for me trying to figure out how to get back east quickly, either to be with her while it's still possible or to attend her funeral and help my brother take care of her personal affairs that haven't been 'taken care' of.

And the only thing I can say for the moment is: F-U-C-K.

UPDATE: As Da Goddess mentioned in the comments, I was able to get back east. Unfortunately, it wasn't quick enough.

My mother passed away Wednesday, September 13 in the morning and I found out that afternoon.

By the extreme graciousness of my friend "Bob", both my daughter and I were able to get on a flight to Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning; my wife wasn't able to come with us as her business is still in it's infancy and needed her tender care.

My mother's funeral was the following Monday.

We just returned this afternoon and I wanted to post something quickly while it was still in my mind.

Thank you to all for the prayers, good thoughts, and well-wishes.

I'll post more later after I've gotten back on California time.

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