January 5, 2009

Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (010509)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 9:44 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • I think Michelle Malkin was quite right to do this in-your-face reaction to Michael Goldfarb’s contention at the Weekly Standard about the supposed lack of original reporting on right-of-center blogs. I appreciate being mentioned in Michelle’s mix for this post on Jeremiah Wright’s church bulletins last year. Someone needs to tell me where so much supposedly original reporting is taking place on left-side blogs. Someone also needs to ask Michael Goldfarb when the Weekly Standard will be hiring bloggers to supplement its bloviators.
  • Apparently Barack Obama’s now-former Commerce Department Secretary nominee was not the Bill Richardson he thought he knew.
  • Must-read: Patrick Poole’s “Top 10 Ohio Terrorism-Related Stories of 2008.” From here, it seems that the Strickland Administration has been hopelessly complacent, if not worse, while all this has been going on. Franklin County, the City of Columbus, and the Columbus Dispatch have been weak too.
  • Al Gore, call your office (HT No Oil for Pacifists) — “Filling the atmosphere with Greenhouse gases associated with global warming could push the planet into a new ice age, scientists have warned.”
  • There’s no accounting for why Biz Weak’s Business Exchange believed that an item about a supposed bailout for accountants by Warner Todd Huston at Stop the ACLU was real. But they did.
  • James Hansen of NASA has finally admitted that globaloney is about spreading the wealth.
  • Advice Barack Obama won’t take: Keep the tax cuts (pending review of specifics). Can the stimulus. Update: The best spectator sport of the next four years may be watching the far left slowly but surely (HT to an e-mailer) go nuts as Obama, who has morphed (for the moment) into a guy who cares about political survival more than any set of beliefs and appears to have absolutely no guiding set of principles, “proposes” (i.e., steals) conservatives ideas like tax cuts — an idea he derided as “selfish” just days before the election.

Positivity: Mother has healthy baby boy despite abortion warning by doctor

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Scunthorpe, Lincs, UK:

Last Updated: 4:37PM GMT 31 Dec 2008

A mother who was twice advised to have an abortion by doctors has gone on to have a ‘perfectly’ healthy son.

Gaynor Purdy was warned her first child could have a fatal chromosome defect and a life threatening heart condition.

But she rejected two suggestions to terminate the pregnancy and she and her husband Lee are celebrating life with their “perfect” ten-month-old son.

Mrs Purdy, 28, a quality control inspector, said: “We refused to give up on him, and decided throughout the pregnancy that as long as he was fighting, we would continue fighting with him.”

The couple from Scunthorpe, Lincs, were delighted when they discovered they had conceived shortly before their first wedding anniversary.

Four months into the pregnancy doctors told them that part of their unborn child’s heart was narrow and underdeveloped and would mean open heart surgery if the baby was born.

They were warned the condition could worsen and around Christmas last year, an immediate termination should be considered.

Further tests conducted a few days later on New Year’s Eve suggested the baby could also have Edwards Syndrome – the presence of an 18th chromosome – with a life expectancy of only up to four months if birth is survived.

Consultants again recommended the couple consider aborting the baby, fearing he would little to no quality of life once he was born.

For the second time, Mrs Purdy and her husband, a 29 year old forklift driver, declined the suggestion.

Kai was born six weeks premature on March 5 at Scunthorpe General Hospital weighing just 2lb 6oz and immediately admitted to intensive care, but was discharged within six weeks.

One side of his heart was slightly bigger than the other which may need an operation to correct in the future, but regular tests have been showing the condition is constantly improving.

The chromosome disorder, which affects growth, is also being closely monitored and he is due to undergo some corrective cosmetic surgery in the New Year.

Mrs Purdy added: “Doctors told us he was a little miracle baby. They said his heart must have been mending itself. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.