Archive for April, 2010

Chamomile Sarah and her Bendable Straws…

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Well readers, by now have you all heard the news about Sarah Palin and her CSU, Stanislaus contract?  The part about the bendable straws is classic!  Why are people taking her serious enough to spend $500 a plate for the June 25 dinner, when $5 a plate at a wiener roast is excessive…but to each their own…anyway….I have never heard of a Governor who resigned mid-term after losing a Vice Presidential election…just to make money on the public speaking circuit… The reasons why I believe a politician should resign are: (1) voter dissatisfaction / recall or impeachment; (2) sudden and extreme family responsibilities; (3) health reasons and / or serious and debilitating injury – these are not only my beliefs but standard practice…it has always been American tradition to stay in office until the term is up (Got that Sarah?) unless the constituents decide otherwise…I mean FDR didn’t take an out…he died in OFFICE. When Reagan was shot, during the 1981 assassination attempt, he didn’t resign… So why is ANYONE taking Sarah Palin seriously after she abandoned her elected position?

Usually, after fulfilling the term of office, politicians can go on the public speaking circuit…President Clinton is an example of a former President who does earns substantial honorariums through his public speaking engagements. I guess Chamomile Sarah figured that no one would remember her name if she waited until her term as Alaskan Governor was up and that book deal wouldn’t be worth a Macintosh (modern example of a wooden nickel)…

While I like the “Taxed Enough Already” part of TEA Party movement, I just cannot imagine why they are embracing a public office quitter who has little upstairs to offer the country let alone their movement except for her BIG NAME.  I thought the Tea Party movement was all about Earl Grey NOT Chamomile Sarah!  Chamomile is very relaxing…I prefer it after a long stressful day…its Mellow, Yellow and will put you to sleep…

If the TEA Baggers wanted a mascot that was Mellow and Yellow, why not Sponge Bob? At least our animated sponge who lives in a submerged pineapple has some admirable qualities – honesty and transparency…oh…and at least Sponge Bob doesn’t make any claims regarding his intelligence tacit or otherwise.

In my opinion, “Chamomile” Sarah Palin is a numero uno opportunist who quit the Governorship of Alaska to take advantage of the remaining momentum from her losing Vice Presidential campaign in order to live large, demand Lear Jets, deluxe hotel suites and of course…bendable straws.  Be careful Sarah, Chamomile is drunk hot…you might melt those bendable straws you are so fond of… Of course with that $12M you racked up at the expense of the Governorship of (and the) State of Alaska…I am surprised that the State does not ask for remunerations to cover the expenses of having to change Governors prior to term expiration. Why should the State of Alaska be stuck with all the expenses when she left for self-serving reasons?  That $12M is not looking so good now is it?  Maybe its about time to go hide out in that pineapple ;)

Honesty and Transparency Pineapple -

(to be continued)

Remembering Ryan White…in spite of Tiger Woods…

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Unfortunately, with all hoopla over Tiger Woods, a very important anniversary may have passed by had I not caught the news piece broadcast by ABC World News Now at 3:00AM April 8th, 2010…for this was the 20th Anniversary of the death of Ryan White…

It was a very sad day when this 18 year old Kokomo, Indiana high school student, passed away April 8, 1990. For quite some time prior, I had religiously followed the story of this young man, a hemophiliac, who in 1984 had been diagnosed with HIV / AIDS due to the administration of a Factor 8 blood transfusion which was a popular treatment at the time for his type of illness. In the early days of AIDS / HIV, blood banks did not screen donations for the virus and thus there are many cases of people contracting the illness early on. Ryan White happened to be a special young man, who despite his grim prognosis, wanted nothing special.  While his doctors gave him only several months to live, even so, he decided to go to school like a normal teenager.

Lawsuits were filed, AIDS / HIV and all the stereotypical myths surrounding this dreaded disease that existed at that time where brought to the forefront of mainstream media as they had never been before. Since AIDS / HIV had only been identified three years prior by the Center for Disease Control, almost a medieval terror cast down its gauntlet challenging the mid 1980′s moral fiber of American society. Americans, particularly the religious right had pegged AIDS / HIV as solely a gay or IV drug user disease and thus in their eyes it was a punishment from God – even though the CDC had a good idea concerning how the virus was transmitted, ignorance was the order of the day…it was ugly and in my opinion inexcusable…to put it bluntly.

Grocery store owners destroyed food where AIDS victims had been in contact, in Ryan’s case he was spit on, kept from attending high school for nearly two years, had gun shots fired in front of his family home, words like “Fag” were written on his school locker, yet stalwart Ryan White stricken with a death sentence during the Dark Ages of AIDS awareness, took all this abuse with a grain of salt…caring only to convey the facts about AIDS / HIV and AIDS patients.

Despite his grim prognosis and all the abuse that the negative aspects of Indiana society could dump on him, this very unlikely and unlucky boy grew quickly into a very powerful young man and quickly he became the poster child for AIDS / HIV patients of all creeds, colors, sexual orientation, ages, sex, etc.

His love for life helped him outlive his grim prognosis by several fold…rather than living only several months, Ryan White lived several years and in direct contrast to the abuse he endured in his mid-West home, he befriended celebrities including: Elton John, Michael Jackson and Phil Donohue.

The day of Ryan White’s death, his family and Elton John were at his Riley Hospital for Children bedside. Since he had contracted the Aids virus as an early teen, he never grew and while aged 18, he weighed a mere 80 lbs and was a scant five foot tall – yet even to this day, he is such a giant amongst humanity.  If Ryan White had lived he would be 38…I can guarantee that the world would be a better place…that there would be less discrimination, less internet bullying, less hate crimes…more understanding…and maybe, we would care just a little bit less about the Tiger Woods Redux Rehash Part 2.

Just four months after the death of Ryan White (1971-1990) the United States Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act on August 18, 1990.  Since then the act has been reauthorized in 1996, 2000 and 2006, while providing various levels of ‘payer of last resort’ care for 500,000 AIDS / HIV patients. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 was signed October 30, 2009, by President Barrack H. Obama while in the presence of Jeanne White, Nancy Pelosi, Jimmy Carter, Barbara Lee, amongst others.

President Barrack H. Obama signs the Ryan White Extension Act of 2009

Ryan White deserves to be remembered for his strength and the sacrifices he made to grow up as a normal young person.  If you are interested in donation to AIDS / HIV research, this website is affiliated with Ryan White…..

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