Friday, July 23, 2010

Penguin, Las Vegas and Honesty

It's Friday, and it looks like rain. An early appointment with my psychiatrist at noon, and the rest of the afternoon will be spent cleaning and running errands. By all accounts, a fine day. Linda and her grandson are on my mind. The pain of cancer is infuriating for loved ones forced to watch the struggle from afar. My mother died in agony from cancer, slowly.

But Linda's grandson will have a different experience. After the initial shock, the prognosis is very good. It still feels unreal.

Yesterday was an odd day. Two hours of Neurological tests concerning memory, reflexes, logic and pattern recognition. Within a week or two there will be an EEG and MRI. It's already clear that I have epilepsy, and have been having seizures every 3-6 weeks for years. My self-diagnosis of low blood sugar was wrong. Today there will be a shift to a new medication to control the seizures.

It's all very boring to everyone but me.

And this for Matt Orseko, who wonders how it is possible for anyone to be against US involvement in World War II. It's called "pacifism," Matt! It is not a political or strategic argument, at least not by me. My argument is simply that I would never fight in a war, so I would never ask or tell another to do so. Here's a little snippet on Jeanette Rankin, who voted against US involvement in WWI and WWII. She was also a Republican.

"In 1940, Rankin was again elected to Congress, this time on an anti-war platform. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, she once again voted against entering a World War, the only member of Congress to do so, saying "As a woman, I can't go to war and I refuse to send anyone else. It is not necessary. I vote NO." Montana Republican leaders demanded that Rankin change her vote, but she refused."

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