February 8, 2008

Under the Weather Alert

Filed under: General — Tom @ 1:40 pm

….. bowing out until tomorrow morning, barring a mighty quick recovery, and will possibly answer comments and e-mail in the meantime.

Ted Strickland: I Blame Bush

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:05 am

For someone who up to now has been politically astute, this is an obvious, and apparently unforced, error:

Strickland, speaking at the 2008 legislative preview sponsored by The Associated Press, blamed budget problems in Ohio on the skyrocketing price of oil, mortgage foreclosures and a national economy that has nose-dived in the last year.

“We are paying the price in Ohio for the debacle that is Washington, D.C.,” Strickland said.

He said letters he’s written to federal officials asking for help have elicited little response. He was bipartisan in his blame. He said U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, have mostly remained silent.

“That request has gone largely unheard or ignored,” Strickland said.

The Democratic name throw-ins aren’t hiding the reality that the governor is primarily engaging in an “I blame Bush” exercise.

Can’t wait to hear why Ohio deserves special treatment.

Meanwhile, Indiana’s momentum, noted here in September, continues. While the national unemployment rate went from 4.4% to 5.0% during 2007, Indiana’s dropped from 4.8% to 4.6% (Ohio’s went up from 5.6% to 6.0%).

In early 2008, it seems that the Hoosier jobs machine is ho-humming and ho-humming along quite nicely. Why?

Ben Keeler has more at The Point, as does Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion.

Has ANYONE Gotten an Answer for This? If Not, Why Not?

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:49 am

This is carried forward from the first item at this BizzyBlog post in late December.

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Caucus Cooler’s revelations (with at least one supporting document; HT Mark at Weapons of Mass Discussion) about Mike Huckabee’s financial dealings are stunning, and represent a Ben & Jerry’s-sized scoop that should embarrass Old Media:

The Cooler has obtained documents that show Mike Huckabee received $378,000 in consulting fees during 2006, while he was still governor of Arkansas.

Most noteworthy, $35,000 came from Novo Nordisk, one of the world’s largest embryonic stem cell researchers. It seems that when money is at stake Huckabee may be able to look past his supposedly fervent opposition to this procedure.

He also received speaking fees and honoraria from churches while Governor.

Absent a refutation that doesn’t seem possible, the fees represent a blatant BizzyBlog Dealbreaker. This means that his issue positions don’t matter; he doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote.

And to think I was tempted to give the guy a pass over the “wedding” registries used to collect gifts from “friends” last year when his time as governor had ended. You see, Poor Huck and his wife Janet were moving into a 7,000-foot house, and had to furnish it “somehow.” Gag me.

Besides being part of the Dealbreaker, the Nordisk fees, given what the company does (“Our primary research activities on embryonic stem cells from mice were recently expanded to include cells of human origin.”), either make a mockery of Huck’s supposedly ardent prolife views, or show that he will take money from anyone with no questions asked. Sort of reminds you of another former Arkansas governor, doesn’t it?

I’m insulted that Huckabee — take your pick — thought he could get all of this past the nation indefinitely, or that we wouldn’t care if it became known.

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I can’t get past this, don’t see why I should try to get past this, and won’t try to get past this until someone, ANYONE, attempts to justify it.

Positivity: TV tip may have saved impaled man

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:09 am

From Tampa, Florida:

He remembered a show’s advice to not remove the skewer.
Published February 2, 2008

Painting a tin roof, Willie Robinson suddenly slipped, tumbled off the roof and slammed onto the top of a chain-link fence.

The husky handyman crushed some of the fence, but not the 2-inch-wide vertical pole holding the fence erect. It jabbed 6 inches through Robinson’s jeans and into the back of his left thigh.

Straddling the fence, his right toes touching the ground, the 46-year-old Robinson considered lifting himself off. But he stayed put. He remembered a TV show – Worst Case Scenarios, he told a paramedic minutes later – in which experts urged leaving a knife or other object in your body until you get to a hospital.

Robinson’s decision Thursday evening “may have saved his life,” the paramedic, Natalie Brown of Tampa Fire Rescue, said Friday.

Brown held Robinson’s hand as three paramedics attacked the fence with bolt cutters and a hacksaw. Brown’s partner, Tomi Marino, held the sagging Robinson erect. From the roof above, spilled sealant paint dripped thick, silver and sticky onto the rescuers’ heads.

Robinson laid on his right side during a helicopter trip to Tampa General Hospital with nearly a foot of the pole still in his leg. It was removed later.

David Borgenicht of Philadelphia is co-author of 15 versions of the irreverent Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. The television show based on the book lasted only 22 episodes in 2002, and Borgenicht couldn’t recall Friday whether any dealt with impalement.

But he liked getting a little credit from Robinson.

“It’s really gratifying to think that these books not only may have entertained people, but may have helped save a few lives as well,” Borgenicht said.

The medical community agrees that when someone is impaled, the object should be removed only after careful evaluation, perhaps with X-rays and sonograms.

“The damage is already done anyway,” said Eric Castellucci, an emergency physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital. “If you pull that out, it causes reinjury.”

Picture a garden hose, pressurized with water, Castellucci said. Stick a knife in the hose, and water probably seeps out. But pull the knife out, and the wound gushes.

Moreover, arteries, veins and nerves commonly travel through the body side by side in “neurovascular bundles,” Castellucci said. An intruding object may be affecting multiple parts.

“You never, ever want to pull an impaled object out unless it’s blocking an airway,” said Brown, the paramedic. “You want to let a surgeon do that.”

Impaled on his cousin’s fence on McBerry Street in East Tampa, Robinson never complained, Brown said. He tried to make jokes. He schooled the paramedics on how to remove the silver paint from their hair and clothes. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.