Saturday, August 2, 2008

American troop deaths in July at an all time low.

I realize I'm a little late with this story, but I wanted to make sure I wrote about it. The U.S. lost five Soliders in July. This is the lowest number of troops killed since the begining of the war. Yet another sign this war is coming to an end and that we have emerged victorious. President Bush suggested that this news could allow him to further withdrawl troops before he leaves office. Of course we will have to wait until Petraeus reports to the President in September. Also the Iraqi's will have provincial elections in October. These elections should provide stablity and allow local leaders to be in charge of local affairs. Along with the Iraqi Army taking control of most major millitary Operations, it's looking more and more like the Iraqi's don't need us there anymore.

This may end up being the nail in Obama's coffin. When it becomes obvious that we will be out of Iraq no matter whose President, except for the residual force, and that America has won this war because of the surge. Americans may not want to turn the reigns of our Armed Forces over to someone who opposed the very measure that allowed our troops to return home with honor.

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Obama flops again!

Or did he flip? It's tough to keep track with all the policy changes and shifts of positions that Bill Clint.... I mean Barack Obama has made. Now he has come out in favor on drilling as long as it was tried to finding other alternative energies. I believe that we agreed to that three months ago. I know I did I wrote about it here and you can read the article "Drill Now" If you need proof.

I don't want to go into why this is such a problem for freshman Senator because I'm sure I've written about it here at least once, but I believe more than that. I'll just say very simply that Obama is looking like a typical politican.

McCain should use Supreme Court to sway wary conservatives.

Despite the fact that McCain has cut into and in some polls eliminated Obams lead, McCain is still having trouble convincing some conservatives to go to the polls on Election Day. I've always known that the Supreme Court could be used to rally these conservatives. However I did not realize the significance of this particular election until I saw a list of the Justices by age on another blog.

There are four justices over seventy years of age: Stevens 88, Ginsberg 75, Scalia, 72 and Kennedy 71. Out of these four only Scalia would be considered conservative. Stevens and Ginsberg the two oldest justices are extreme liberals, and Kennedy is a moderate. While Bush did have a chance to replace two Supreme court Justices they were both conservative O'Conner and Rehnquist. So his replacements while great for Conservatives did not change the balance of the court. However with Stevens being 88 years old there is a significant chance he will retire shortly. Giving conservatives the chance to change the balance of the court under a Mccain Presidency.

The three youngest members of the court are all conservatives. Justices Thomas 60, Alito 58 and Roberts 53 they will probably all be around for the next twenty years. Add two more fifty something conservative Justices to the Court in the next four years and we will control the court for a generation. This could lead to rulings such as the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade, a reserval of the Kelo decision, The court finding there is no constitiutional right to marry (gay marriage) along with a host of other important issues. There is also a chance Kennedy and Scalia both retire if they believe they will be replaced by conservative Justices, not likely but possible.

Let's take a look at this from the opposite view. Let's say Obama wins the election, (my body trembles at the thought) what happens to the court if say Scalia 72 retires. Obama would chose a liberal to replace him. Along with Stevens replacement that would give the liberals control of the court: Ginsberg, Souter, Breyer, Stevens replacement and Scalia's replacement. Ginsberg would probably also retire until such a scenario. Three young liberals Justices who will be there for thirty years each. Gay marriage is declared constitutional, The partial birth abortion ban is overturned, Kelo decision stands. Also with Justice Kennedy likely to be the only Justice to be replaced in the next ten years, under this scenario. Their will be no chance to undue what is done to the Court has a result of this election. To quote George W. Bush, "elections have consequences. "What will the consequences be of this election?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Oregon to cancer patient, Just kill yourself!

The State of Oregon has told a cancer patient that they will not pay for his chemotherphy, but they will pay for doctor assisted suicide. The patient got a letter from the state of Oregon after requesting care from their state run health system. The letter said that they did not believe he meet the requirement of having at least a 5% chance of living more than five years. However they listed possible comfort care that could be provided including doctor assisted suicide. This is not an isolated event in Oregon.

Dr. John Sattenspiel is in favor of Doctor assisted suicide saying, "I have had patients who would consider knowing that this is part of that range of comfort care or palliative care services that are still available to them, they would be comforted by that. "It really depends on the individual patient." However Sr. William Toffler disagrees. "It's chilling when you think about it," said Dr. William Toffler, a professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. "It absolutely conveys to the patient that continued living isn't worthwhile." Toffler calls it a callous practice that goes against medical convention. "It corrupts the consistent medical ethic that has been in place for 2,000 years," he said. "It's absolutely breathtaking."

Oregon is the only state where doctor assisted suicide is legal. It became legal after the citizens of Oregon voted to make it so in 1997. There have been two more votes on it since then both coming down in favor of doctor assisted suicide. It is pitched has an compassionate way to help a person struggling with a terminal illness to "die with dignity." However it looks like a fast way to make, or save a cheap buck to me. Just a note to all the people who want a nationalized healthcare system this kind of thing would be happening all the time under that plan.

Good thing for Stroup's family, suicide was never an option for him. He fought back, and the Oregon Health Plan reversed its decision, in his case, and is now paying for his chemotherapy. Now maybe he'll be around a little longer to care for his 80-year-old mother and play with his five grandchildren. But what about all the others who have been told their better off dead by the State of Oregon?

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