Archive for May 11th, 2009

So Arrest Me

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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A woman friend of mine was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Now, if you ever get to choose the cancer you might get, thyroid cancer is a good choice. It’s slow-growing and the cells in your thyroid gland are self-contained which makes them relatively easy to treat without destroying all the other cells in your body. But two factors complicate this case.

The first was the doctors made a mistake. After an exploratory operation removing part of her thyroid gland for biopsy, they said it was benign – non-cancerous. A week later a doctor called and said – in effect – “Oops, we made a mistake. You DO have cancer.”

OK. Everybody makes mistakes. Not a pleasant surprise but she’ll probably live – after treatment. The second complication is more serious. You see, my friend was a crack cocaine addict about 3 or 4 years ago. She went through detox and rehab and has been clean for a number of years now BUT it’s still on her medical record. So what? So now no doctor will prescribe pain medication (“Drugs!”) to relieve her suffering from the 4-inch gash she has sliced across her throat and from which she constantly suffers.

Now forget the fact that pain killers (barbiturates – “downers”) are the antithesis of her drug of choice (cocaine – a strong “upper”), a drug is a drug is a drug and no respectable sawbones is going to help get drugs for a documented druggie.

But I will.

That’s right – I have enough connections in offices, bars and on the street to get just about any legal or illegal drug known to humankind. And I’m going to ask those people to get narcotics to help my friend relieve her suffering.

Isn’t that against the law? It sure is. So on the one hand, we have this concept of a civilized society living by agreed-upon rules governing our behavior – and on the other, I have a loved one suffering from terrible pain and I can help her. What would you do?

I’ve made my decision. If you have a problem with it, you may call the Rochester, NY Police Department at (518) 428-7210. Ask for the Drug Enforcement Division.

No One’s Right When Everything is Wrong

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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On May 4, 1970, National Guardsmen on the campus of Kent State University opened fire on thousands of students only some of whom were protesting the war in Vietnam.  Over 5-dozen shots were fired by a few of the poorly-trained Guardsmen as others looked on in horror.  Within seconds, nine students were wounded and four lay dead.  Most of the fatalities were of students supporting the protestors or merely observing the confrontation.

 

In 1978, H.R.Haldeman, a top aid of  President Richard Nixon, stated the shootings at Kent State began the slide into Watergate, eventually destroying the Nixon administration.

 

At least something good came from this needless tragedy.