(I first posted this comment directly from the blog and it didn’t include a link. This post includes the link.)
I think there is a very straightforward answer to all of this. If one athlete is subjected to the highly invasive investigation of this sort of ‘gender testing’, then ALL athletes must be subjected to the same testing and investigation.
If the presence or absence of a penis and/or descended testicles is not enough to satisfy those seeking gender determination in sports, any further testing and investigation could reveal anomalies in a surprising number of people who might otherwise seem clearly one gender or another - who knows what testing of a larger population would reveal? How do you know where to draw the line? Who has the authority or right to make gender decisions at the level of, say, an XO? Shouldn’t that authority also be required to undergo testing? After all, you’d want to be certain of the authority’s own ‘true gender’ (if there is such a thing) in order to determine any potential bias on the part of the authority, one way or the other.
In other words, everyone needs to be subjected to the same determining factors. And it should be mandatory, and conducted prior to competition at any level where this sort of envy and scrutiny would become a serious impediment to any and all participating athletes’ success or failure.
Sound ridiculous? Yes, it does. And it’s the only fair way of dealing with this issue if this (or any other) athlete is to be subjected to this type of testing.
Why didn't the number of uninsured & underinsured people reduce under the Republicans' control?
At McCain’s Town Hall meeting in AZ today, regarding health care in America a woman asked:
During the time the Republicans were in control (Reagan & the two Bush’s), why wasn’t the number of uninsured and underinsured people reduced, and why did costs, including prescription costs, skyrocket?
(Unfortunately, I was on my way to a meeting so I didn’t hear the preamble to her question, nor McCain’s response. Hopefully this and the other sensible questions posed will be reported on the news tonight.)
"...a peaceful revolt..." Q&A at McCain's AZ Town Hall meeting
During John McCain’s Town Hall meeting this morning, a man asked the question:
"To me, the two-party system has failed our nation miserably. Why should voters continue their support for major-party candidates when their ability to achieve results on these tough issues has been far less than satisfactory?"
"Um…I don’t know…."
After laughter, McCain continues:
"I think you may be seeing the beginning of a peaceful (and I emphasize peaceful) revolt in America…."
"1. It didn’t work. That’s what needs to be hammered home again and again. No matter how much Dick Cheney wants to insist it did, it didn’t fucking work. How does the Rude Pundit know this? Two reasons:”
Benzodiazepines (valium, ativan, xanax, etc.) have an opposite effect in some people - they can cause an unpleasant hyperactivity rather than a sedative effect, called Paradoxical Reaction. This actually could have been the cause of Michael Jackson’s insomnia, and resultant long-term severe insomnia. And even if you experience the paradoxical reaction, your central nervous and respiratory systems are still depressed - you can still stop breathing even though you’re feeling hyper…it makes for a dicey situation. And doctors are (or should be) aware of the paradoxical reaction in some patients and use great caution if trying to sedate someone with this reaction.
It’s one thing if an addict/drug abuser OD’s via their own hand - taking drugs themselves and ultimately taking too much. It’s another thing if someone, especially a doctor, is physically administering large doses of multiple, addictive drugs, to a known addict (not to mention inappropriately administering an anesthesia outside of a clinical setting), which results in the death of a patient.
I wonder if this has ever been done before, or at least is publicly known to have been done. Michael Jackson’s doctor was administering drugs to him - it’s not as though he was hiding his drug-taking…his doctor was actually placing them into his body. That blows my mind.
"A new WWF report reveals more than 350 new species – such as a “flying frog” and a 100 million-year old gecko – that have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas, a biological treasure trove now threatened by climate change."
“I was at dinner tonight with some DC folks who scoffed at the notion that House progressives would “take down” the Obama administration by “killing” health care. I said “it’s the same threat that Kent Conrad and Evan Bayh are making.” The bottom line: they thought Bayh and Conrad had the bottle, but the House Dems did not. The House Dems have 77% of the country behind them. Conrad and Bayh have WellPoint and Blue Cross behind them, and messy financial ties to boot. Will they join with the Republicans to filibuster a Democratic health care bill? Because as Kagro X says, that is very much what they are saying they will do.”
“Fundamentally the feeling of being ripped off by Obama comes from people who realized just how dangerous the Bush administration was and how much damage they did to our country, our economic interests, our strategic interests, and our constitutional order. Obama was able to inspire these people with hope because they assumed that he agreed that the Bush administration had been a disastrous aberration and would correct the worst errors of Bush/Cheney and point us back in the right direction. What is becoming clear is that Bush/Cheney were not rogue actors, but rather represented the interests of an entrenched and corrupt oligarchy. The question is whether or not Obama represents the people who voted him into office or the oligarchy that gave us Bush.”—
I don’t think Obama will ever prove to be representing the ‘oligarchy that gave us Bush’, but he does have to toughen up and not cave into them - it is the only way he can actually represent the people who voted him into office.
For the record, then: it was Nazis who shoved sand down a boy’s throat until he died, who tossed candies to Jewish children as they sank to their deaths in a sand pit, who threw babies from a hospital window and competed to see how many of those “little Jews” could be caught on a bayonet, who injected a cement-like fluid into women’s uteruses to see what would happen, who stomped a pregnant woman to death, who once snatched a woman’s baby from her arms and, in the words of a witness, “tore him as one would tear a rag.”
That’s who the Nazis were, ladies and gentlemen — those obscenities plus 6 million more. They were the triumph of ideology over reason and even over humanity, the demonization of racial, religious and political difference, the objectification of the vulnerable other. And the authors of a mass murder that staggers imagination, still.
You would think, then, that where they are invoked to draw a parallel or make a point, it would be done with a respect for the incalculable evil the Nazis represent. You would think people would tread carefully, not because of the potential insult to a given politician (they are big boys and girls) but because to do otherwise profanes the profound and renders trivial that which ought to be held sacred by anyone who regards himself as a truly human being.
But in modern America, unfortunately, rhetoric often starts over the top and goes up from there. So fine, George W. Bush is “a smirking chimp.” Fine, Barack Obama is “a Chicago thug.” We have a Constitution, after all, and it says we can say whatever we want. It doesn’t say it has to be intelligent.
And yes, you are even protected if you liken Obama or Bush to Hitler. Yet every time I hear that, it makes me cringe for what it says about our collective propensity for historical amnesia and our retarded capacity for reverence. Once upon a lifetime ago, 6 million people with DNA, names and faces just like you and I, were butchered with gleeful sadism and mechanistic dispatch. “Six million people.”
You and I may no longer respect one another, but is it asking too much that we still respect them?
“There is nothing more revolting than the “moderate” Democratic Senators and Reps who do whatever they think is necessary—i.e. vote against progressive reform—to keep their stupid jobs on the premise that, if they don’t, a Republican might grab the seat and, I dunno, vote exactly the same way or something. So they vote like Republicans to keep their job, as if it that D behind their names is itself providing some sort of benefit to people. Um, nope. That D doesn’t make a goddamn bit of difference if the person whose name it follows doesn’t vote like one.”
In a reversal of Pentagon policy, the military for the first time is notifying the International Committee of the Red Cross of the identities of militants who were being held in secret at a camp in Iraq and another in Afghanistan run by United States Special Operations forces, according to three military officials.
If you’re feeling that Obama hasn’t delivered on his promises, pay attention. There are a lot of stories like this. A lot of things that were wrong have been quietly changed. Taken separately, they’re underwhelming. Taken together, they’re significant.
"We were the first animal welfare organization given the opportunity to work with Mr. Vick but immediately turned him down due to the unique knowledge we had of his indescribable and barbaric acts of animal cruelty where he and his associates savagely electrocuted and beat dogs to death after they lost their brutal fights."