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Archive for July 25th, 2009

Terry Schiavo became overly politicized in my opinion. However, life matters. The current healthcare bill will ration healthcare to the elderly, in effect allowing them to die sooner. At least one House Bill includes taxpayer funded abortions as well. I disagree with both of these provisions. Those who are called “conservative” are often accused of caring for the unborn, but not caring for those who have been born. As one who is often called “conservative”, I find this latter accusation pure poppycock. I, personally, spend a lot of time, talent and treasure trying to ensure that all people have equal access to opportunity — caring for those who have been born so that they can share the blessings of liberty and the competitive market that is the American experiment. I know many so-called “conservatives” who work at least as hard as I do.

But back to Ms. Schiavo. In the current issue of the Economist (a subscription may be required) is a very disturbing story on the misdiagnosis of “vegitative state”. To quote:

…many people may be at risk of early termination even when they show flickering signs that their consciousness has not departed entirely.

In short, 13 years ago a study was conducted in London that “found that 40% of the patients in their hospital who had been diagnosed as being in a vegetative state, were not.” A new study finds that this 40% misdiagnosis still exists today. Of course, insurance companies benefit from a misdiagnosis and in some cases other family members benefit. I find this very disturbing. I wonder what the Pelosi healthcare bill will do for the most vulnerable of our citizens — those who can’t speak for themselves — those in a “minimally conscious state”.

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NFL et al.,

So the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL  think that single game sports betting “would irreparably harm professional and amateur sports by fostering suspicion and skepticism that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition.” (News Journal, 7/25/09)

I think we need to get a few things straight. For starters, many of us don’t trust you already. We love your leagues, your players and the thrill of the chase to win a championship (or if you are like me, the thrill of hoping the Orioles finishing better than 500). Your players are premadonnas. Your leagues and teams are businesses and you run them as such – gone are the days where players played for the love of the game.

Oh yeah, there is also that whole cheating thing – whether its roids or stealing signals from the sidelines.

All of the opinions that the public has formed about pro sports exist because of your set up, your players, your owners. Not because any of us can go place a bet and think that somehow the outcome of the game will be manipulated.

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