October 7, 2008

Things I’d Like To Post About Today ….. (100708, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 1:51 pm

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

Having done my usual underestimate of how long it would take to do something, here are some very quick hits —

  • Bob Owens at Pajamas Media, with an assist from ex-leftist Roger Simon, explains why Bernardine Dohrn may be the more important of the two 1960s terrorists living comfortably in the country they so despise in Chicago’s South Side.
  • Joe Biden mangled the Constitution in last Thursday’s debate, and since Old Media won’t expose what Mr. Vice-Gaffe-o-matic said, Powerline has.
  • (Channeling Instapundit) Well, they told me that if George Bush was reeelected, uber-rich and powerful people would order Saturday Night Live skits offensive to them taken down.
  • Wow — The first-hand and difficult experience George McGovern had running a business (a hotel or hostel, if I recall correctly) after his failed presidential bid must have really stuck with him. He’s going to be persona non grata for this: “George McGovern to fight Card Check in debate ad.” McGovern is on the correct side of the debate — i.e., against — the anti-worker democracy Employee Free Choice Act. I’ve pointed out how offensive this idea is several times before (at least here, here, and here).
  • Geez, is there any form of corruption “The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH, PUNK” (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein ObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters, Previously Unaccomplished Nonsupporter of Kin) hasn’t engaged in? — Obama Funneled state money to family (HT Ed at Hot Air). Of course, AP would be probably better served, as would its readers  — and would find a lot more things, and of more substance — if it took most of the people they probably have on Palin dumpster-dive detail and threw them into Obama investigations. But as Glenn Reynolds observed, “I think they’re willing to pull out all the stops because they realize this is the last election where they have a chance at swinging things this way. No point saving your credibility for the future when you don’t have a future ….”

Positivity: Aneurysm survivor celebrates the miracle of being alive

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Princess Anne, Virginia:

October 2, 2008

In a split second, Patricia Jackson was as good as dead.

“I saw her eyes roll back in her head and she went limp,” said Don Jackson, her husband. “I just knew she was gone.”

The Buckner Farms couple had been to a picnic on the Outer Banks and was just leaving when Patricia complained of a bad headache. Within minutes she was unconscious and her husband had started CPR while trying to dial 911.

“It didn’t seem real,” he said. “It felt like I was in some kind of bad dream.”

The ambulance arrived to take Patricia to Albemarle Hospital. Paramedics were still doing CPR as they rushed her inside the hospital.

She was placed on life support, and the doctor said there was nothing else they could do.

Nightingale Air Ambulance would transport Patricia to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

“I couldn’t fly with her,” Don said. “I had to make that long drive back, thinking about what my life might be like without her here.”

Patricia, 61, had suffered an aneurysm and needed immediate surgery. She was in the hospital for 10 days.

“I sometimes get frustrated with my recovery,” Patricia said about dealing with side effects a year later. “But my doctor said, ‘You have to remember, you were dead.’ My body just needs time to heal.”

Today, she has a metal plate in her head and suffers with some short-term memory loss, but other than that, she is healthy.

“It’s a miracle that I am alive,” she said. “I thank God every day for all the people who came together to save my life.”

In honor of the anniversary on Sept. 22 of her trauma, Patricia visited staff from Norfolk General and presented them with a gift. She also engraved a plaque and gave it to the staff of the Nightingale. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.