August 31, 2008

Dr. Laurie Gregg, Democrat? Also a Democratic Operative?

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:06 pm

So how did Anchorage Daily News reporter Lisa Demer end up speaking with a California doctor and getting her allegedly expert opinion concerning the circumstances surrounding Sarah Palin’s pregnancy and birth?

Obviously, I don’t know. But it’s not like Dr. Laurie Gregg was a local phone call away.

Here is what Dr. Gregg had to say about Palin’s decision to fly home from Texas (full circumstances are at the adn.com link and at tonight’s previous BizzyBlog post):

Still, a Sacramento, Calif., obstetrician who is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said when a pregnant woman’s water breaks, she should go right to the hospital because of the risk of infection. That’s true even if the amniotic fluid simply leaks out, said Dr. Laurie Gregg.

“To us, leaking and broken, we are talking the same thing. We are talking doctor-speak,” Gregg said.

Is that “doctor-speak,” or Democrat-speak?

Well, I don’t know, but it could be the latter, because, “oddly enough,” there is a Laurie Gregg who is a known Sacramento Democrat and a Golden State political appointee (bold after title is mine):

08/19/2004 GAAS:354:04 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Nine Members of the Medical Board of California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Steve Alexander, Cesar Aristeiguieta, Stephen Corday, Shelton Duruisseau, Martin Greenberg, Mary Moran, and Ronald Wender to the Medical Board of California, Division of Medical Quality, and Hedy Chang and Laurie Gregg to the Medical Board of California, Division of Licensing.

“The assurance of safe and reliable medical services is a vital component of California’s quality of life,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Each of these highly qualified individuals shares my commitment to public health and will work diligently to provide careful oversight of California’s health care professionals.

….. Laurie Gregg operates a private medical practice in Sacramento. She currently serves as the vice-president of the Northern California Obstetrician and Gynecological Society. She holds a Medical Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College. Gregg, 40, is a resident of Sacramento. She is a Democrat.

How convenient.

Given the educational institution and timeline, and her age, at a link that I visited and saved but have decided to remove, there’s almost no doubt we’re talking about the same Laurie Gregg.

Again, was there no one available in Alaska? Or Washington State? Or Oregon?

I think it’s fair to say in the circumstances that a Democrat Dr. Gregg isn’t presumptively entitled to the last word on Sarah Palin’s maternal judgment.

Why isn’t the presumption of prudence in the hands of Palin and her (so happens to be) female doctor?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Colmes Cops Out on His ‘Pre-Natal’ Post

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:46 pm

Six words would have done it, Alan: “I was wrong. I am sorry.”

But nooooooooooo.

First, Colmes “404ed” last night’s post that questioned whether or not Sarah Palin took “proper PRE-NATAL care” (emphasis mine):

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For whatever reason, the post couldn’t be accessed via Google cache. Found — see Update within this post below.

Colmes’s original post, apparently in its entirety, and which he seemingly had to retrieve from Kim at Wizbang(!), was this (I took a separate partial shot of Wizbang’s graphic so I could fit it in the available space):

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Colmes whined today that the reason he had to take the post down was “because of the vile comments made by a pletehora of conservatives who decided to invade the site and show us just how decent and value-driven some of them are.” Funny, Alan, you won’t let us see the comments, but my recall is that it was a free-for-all that was pretty bad in both directions.

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Update, Sept. 1Here’s a Google cache of the post (saved here at BizzyBlog’s host for future reference), courtesy of NewsBusters reader coffee260, containing comments up to 4:26 a.m. after the original 9:54 p.m. post. I don’t know when Colmes 404ed it, so there may have been later comments. My “free-for-all that was pretty bad in both directions” assessment is correct. In fact, if you get past the profanity unfortunately directed at Colmes, the “substantive” counterbile from libs, while present in many fewer posts, is arguably worse than the rightie dish-outs, considering that they’re directed at a pregnant mother and her Down’s Syndrome child (e.g., “the baby isn’t hers” meme, Larry Flynt has pics of Palin, “her heavy drug use combined with her age that caused this poor childs condition”).

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I underlined “pre-natal” in red, because Alan Colmes needs to visit a dictionary:

American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

This, Alan, is the commonly understood definition. The government programs you so adore that claim to improve prenatal care don’t concentrate on the final days of pregnancy, they allegedly deal with the entire “period between conception and birth.”

So you see, Alan, what you were alleging isn’t just that Sarah Palin wasn’t a good mother because she took a flight home from Texas while her doctor knew full well what she was doing and was okay with it, you were alleging that she was a poor mother during a large portion of the eight months she carried Trig (added Sept. 1), and that taking the flight was symptomatic of her poor “prenatal” care.

How dare you?

What’s more, you chose to run with what Roger “Meathead” Cadenhead wrote instead of going to the source material at adn.com, where you will see that Palin’s female doctor was communicating with her and had no problem with what she was doing:

Palin was in Texas last week for an energy conference of the National Governors Association when she experienced signs of early labor. She wasn’t due for another month.

Early Thursday — she thinks it was around 4 a.m. Texas time — she consulted with her doctor, family physician Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, who is based in the Valley and has delivered lots of babies, including Piper, Palin’s 7-year-old.

Palin said she felt fine but had leaked amniotic fluid and also felt some contractions that seemed different from the false labor she had been having for months.

“I said I am going to stay for the day. I have a speech I was determined to give,” Palin said. She gave the luncheon keynote address for the energy conference.

Palin kept in close contact with Baldwin-Johnson. The contractions slowed to one or two an hour, “which is not active labor,” the doctor said.

“Things were already settling down when she talked to me,” Baldwin-Johnson said. Palin did not ask for a medical OK to fly, the doctor said.

“I don’t think it was unreasonable for her to continue to travel back,” Baldwin-Johnson said.

So the Palins flew on Alaska Airlines from Dallas to Anchorage, stopping in Seattle and checking with the doctor along the way.

“I am not a glutton for pain and punishment. I would have never wanted to travel had I been fully engaged in labor,” Palin said. After four kids, the governor said, she knew what labor felt like, and she wasn’t in labor.

More on Dr. Laurie Gregg, whose quote in the adn.com article has been lapped up by lefties far and wide, in a bit.

As stated earlier, Alan — Six words: “I was wrong, I am sorry.”

Waiting …..

Classless Alan Colmes: OMG, the Palins Eloped!

Filed under: Life-Based News,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:30 am

PalinsAndTrig.jpgAlan Colmes has been on a downward spiral for the ages since John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his presumptive Vice-Presidential nominee.

Fellow NewsBuster Warner Todd Huston caught Colmes scraping bottom at his Liberaland web site last night, as the lefty talker and Sean Hannity piñata asked “Did Palin Take Proper Pre-Natal Care?” in connection with Palin’s pregnancy and childbirth earlier this year. Trig Palin was born with Down’s Syndrome on April 18.

A whiff of sanity appears to have prevailed, as the entry is now empty. Also not present: an apology. (Update, 3:30 p.m.Here’s Colmes’s “apology.” You can decide whether it’s adequate or simply blame-shifting.)

But apparently Colmes has no problem with this entry he put up on Friday afternoon about the circumstances surrounding Todd and Sarah Palin’s wedding (full entry follows; links were in original):

Conservative Family Values

In her speech in Dayton today, Gov. Sarah Palin announced that she and her husband are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, which means they were married on August 29, 1988.

On April 20, 1989 – less than eight months after they eloped – their first son, Track, was born.

I think I can guess the real reason why they eloped, and it wasn’t to save money on an expensive wedding.

Colmes’s snide reference is to this NationalJournal.com Almanac entry, which reads:

After returning home, Palin eloped with her high school boyfriend in 1988 to save money on an expensive wedding.

Alan, do you know who pays for traditional weddings?

Stipulate for the moment that Colmes might be correct, and that Palin was pregnant at the time the couple married. Is it really inconceivable to Colmes that Todd and Sarah, who had known each other for many years, might have decided to spare their parents, none of whom as far as I can tell were wealthy, an extravagant expense?

One commenter at Colmes’s post made this telling point:

If it’s true then what matters is that Palin has demonstrated her pro-life bona fides not once but at least twice in her life. Once at marriage, the second time after finding out the baby she was carrying would have Down (sic) Syndrome.

The story of the Palins, and Colmes’s reaction, also brings to mind a fairly well-known Republican whose wife was three months pregnant when they married. He was also ridiculed as “somehow” being a values hypocrite by Colmes’s philosophical predecessors.

It turns out this Republican and his wife had a decades-long romance for the ages. The publication of a treasure trove of letters this Republican wrote to his wife over many decades caused even hardened liberals to tear up as they were read. Normally curmudgeonly Mike Wallace was moved to say:

I had no idea. I knew that they adored each other: she him and he her. But the stuff that you read here is — it’s extraordinary.

….. Listen, I used to look at them when they were in public situations like this. And come on — I mean, the adoring look and all of that, and the way that he looked at her. I used to say, come on, it couldn’t be that. Turns out it was, and the letters make it so apparent.

If you can get through the September 9, 2000 CNN interview about this man’s letters to his wife Nancy without choking up, you may need to check your pulse.

This Republican also served as governor of a Western state. He also was a pretty effective politician.

That Republican was Ronald Reagan.

Be careful what you wish for, Alan.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Positivity: Woman without hands or legs discovers ‘true joy’ after converting to Catholicism

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:44 am

From Ulan Bator, Mongolia (YouTube video is also here and at link)

Aug 20, 2008 / 09:03 pm – Lucia Otgongerel was born in Mongolia 30 years ago without hands or legs.  She lived in a deep depression until 2002 when she converted to Catholicism and, as she explains, discovered “true joy.”  Today she works in the capital city of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, as a teacher for seven children with special needs.

Now Lucia claims, “I could not live without my faith.”  She overcomes the challenges of her physical condition though an intense life of prayer: including the daily Rosary, meditations and study of the Bible in the midst of her predominately Buddhist country.

In an interview granted to UCANews, Lucia explains that her daily work with seven disabled boys whose ages range from 15-19.  Lucia teachers, despite not having hands: cooking, cleaning, reading and writing at the Faith Center, a small school run by St. Mary’s parish in Ulan Bator which opened last September.

The sixth of eight children, Lucia Otgongerel was born in the Zavhan, a remote province in the Asian country of Mongolia.  She had a very difficult childhood that started to improve when she began using her first prosthetic leg.  Because of it, she was able to attend cooking classes at a very young age which has greatly increased her cooking skills.

“Even without hands, there is nothing I can’t do.  I can open doors with keys, sew, work on the computer, use the cell phone, cut up food, cook – nothing is impossible!  I like embroidery and beads.  People are surprised when they see my parents’ house, decorated all over with my needlework,” she says.

She recalls that in 2001 she began going to Mass because her sister was the friend of the bishop’s secretary.  While she was interested in the celebration, she did not have much faith.  She explains that she enjoyed the songs sung in English and the words continued to ring in her ears, though she did not understand the lyrics.

Faith in Christ began the following year and after praying the Rosary intensely, but with great difficulty at home.  She realized the importance of prayer and decided to convert to Catholicism.

“Since then, I pray a lot, every day, all the time.  I pray a lot and cry.  When young people in the church see me like that, they just leave me alone, and when I come out of the church laughing, they know I was praying.”

“It would be hard for me without prayer.  I pray every morning before I leave home….Later in the day, I also read the daily readings and meditate.  I try to implement the message of each day’s readings.  It gives me much power.”

“Prayer is an important part of my life.  I am alone a lot, so I pray all the time.  I make time to read the Bible.  I am also writing a book about the church in Nisekh and about faith.”

“My faith is very important to me.  I could not live without my faith.”

Lucia also explained how she was often depressed and felt incapable of doing things.  “I was a very different person before being Catholic.”  After her conversion, she recalls, “I wanted to tell many people about my faith, so I started with my family.  Several people followed me.  My niece is now baptized.  My younger brother, my older brother’s children and my two friends come to church too.”

“People seeing me somehow get interested in God and the Church.  Our church in Nisekh is like a family.  I have been teaching catechism there to seven adults, five women and two men.”

When discussing her work, Lucia credits a Polish volunteer, Violetta, for showing her “how to teach challenged children.  She taught me very intensively for two months, and then I read many books about how to teach special children.  But mostly I learned from the children themselves.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.