October 10th, 2011

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Rick Santorum Bemoans Gay Soldiers Who 'Shower With People' (VIDEO)

Rick Santorum Bemoans Gay Soldiers Who 'Shower With People' (VIDEO)

Fox News got Santorum stirred up.  When they put him on the spot with a quote from WWII about blacks in the military being bad for morale, and he agreed with it thinking it was about gays in the present military, he defended himself by saying, "It's not the same thing... You are black by the color of your skin. You are not homosexual, necessarily, by the color of your skin."

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary planned for 2013

Tonight I learned that there are big things planned for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary.  Steven Moffat says, "It will be huge," and they are considering all sorts of special effects and wonders.  They have a lot of time to consider, though, because the anniversary episode won't be until 2013, with 13 episodes being stretched over 2012 and 2013.

One rumor is that it's going to be a live episode, but that would be hard to do if Matt Smith, who plays the current Doctor and is expected to still be the Doctor in 2013, has his ruthers.  Smith is hoping for it to be shot in 3D, and I'm hoping Comcast will let me see it.  (They still have the standard resolution BBC America and it doesn't look like they'll have the HD channel any time soon.)

Of course, a Doctor Who Anniversary episode is expected have cameos from past Doctors and characters, and while Moffat hasn't confirmed that there will be cameos, he says they're a possibility.  (More like a probability.)  John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack in the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood, says he wants to return for the anniversary.  If BBC makes the same deal with Starz that they made with Torchwood: Miracle Day, we would have a good chance of seeing the anniversary episode in the U.S. in HD on Starz and 3D on Starz on Demand.

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Things get better.

This is a reply I wrote in the comments for the comic strip Endtown at Gocomics.com, where one character has just euthanized a child who had been horribly mutated.  I think it bears repeating elsewhere and everywhere.


This is a conversation I wish I didn't have to keep having, because there's no resolution and each side will be unconvinced.  Until they have to face the situation in real life and have their own personal circumstances, which are NEVER the same for everyone.

In my experience, Holly is right.  I've been in dire circumstances where there seemed to be no hope, and things do somehow get better.  If I or my family were to have taken Flask's route, people we love would not have survived.

My brother was on his death's bed and we were making funeral and donation arrangements.  He was considered brain-dead.  Then he got better.  You'd think he wasn't ill at all now.  I think he heard us tell him how much we loved him while he was"unconscious", and he willed himself better.  If we had given up on him, he might have given up on us.

My grandmother was in the hospital dying with her organs failing and I went to visit her.  She had had hopes for me but I had disappointed her before when I had to withdraw from college due to some bad decisions.  No one had told her how my life had gotten better, and I told her.  She gave me a look of anger and determination when she learned how people were keeping things from her, and SHE got better, to spite them.

I've been in terrible financial situations and got out of them.  I've been in terrible medical and physical situations, where I nearly died, and got out of them.  Things get better, when you can't imagine how they could, in ways you can't imagine.

I can't stop others from deciding to end a person's suffering, or their own, through terminal means.  That's their decision and free will.  But I can tell them how it doesn't have to be that way and hope they'll be convinced otherwise.

I also know that by ending someone else's suffering without their consent, you're taking that decision away from them.  I'm not sure that the monster child gave consent.  Some people may be glad someone else makes the hard decisions for them, but I would be very upset, and I have a note in my wallet stating that under no circumstance do I want to be left to die.  Things get better, but I'm lazy and I don't want to have to do everything by myself.
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