Monday, April 11, 2005
Well, the plan for yesterday was a good one. It's spring and my intention was to kick back and soak up the sun.
Something I've never been able to do.
Instead, because of the great weather and the fact that there is so much that needs to be done around the estate, I now have cuts and scratches on both hands, aching muscles, and sunburned ears (I forgot to wear my wide-brimmed straw hat).
I spread 240 pounds of lime on my (rather expansive) lawn, repaired some wooden furniture, harrowed (look it up), rolled out the chipper/shredder and got it ready for use next weekend, spread manure, spread grass seed, mounted a bird feeder and a bird house, and took the cages off a number of pine seedlings (If I don't protect them, the deer eat them in the wintertime.)
The only saving grace was in my having time yesterday evening to smoke a cigar, drink a bottle of Zinfandel, and barbecue some delectable chicken breasts (I'd give you my wife's secret marinade recipe but I'd then have to kill you.).
Though I feel the need to stick my head in the toilet this morning and get it over with, all in all, it was a glorious day.
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Among the highlights of the article, the author brings to light "[h]er objection to Cuba's two-tier medical care system that enabled rich foreigners to come in for treatment at first-class facilities in Cuba, paying in dollars, while ordinary Cubans got some of the most atrocious medical care on the planet." (link)
Dr. Molina has some harsh words for Cuba's system.
- The government's myth that Cuba is on healthcare's cutting edge attracts desperate patients whom Cuban hospitals are not actually in a position to help. It is common for Cuban hospitals to advertise services that they do not have the resources to perform. Moreover, they are incapable of guaranteeing results superior to what patients might expect in their own countries. As a result, patients are often inadequately or falsely informed about their condition and steered toward services they may not need.
- In hospitals that treat both Cubans and foreigners, there is an enormous disparity in the quality of healthcare services. Medical services are often immobilized by a lack of resources, so the government is sometimes forced to authorize budgetary allotments as rewards for hospitals that give priority to foreign patients over Cuban.
- The Orthopedic Hospital "Frank País"- Although this hospital is open to both Cubans and foreigners, enormous differences exist between the quality of care offered to each. The foreigners are assigned the highest priority, followed by government functionaries and their families, followed by athletes with good records of performance, then dancers, and lastly, ordinary Cuban patients.
- This institution is replete with large numbers of professionals and technicians who have limited qualifications, resulting in lack of attention to patients and inefficient rehabilitation. Paraplegia and quadriplegia cause enormous psychological problems in patients, many of whom become suicidal. Others lose all sense of control. Unfortunately, hospital authorities take advantage of these dire circumstances; these patients can be found consuming alcoholic beverages (boosting the government's profits on liquor sales) during the hours that they should be spending in physical therapy.
- Since I was removed as Director of the Center, Cuban patients have been given treatment inferior to that given to foreign patients. The hospital facility is now limited to foreign patients who can pay in US dollars, leaders and bureaucrats of the regime and their friends and family. Everyone else is required to be treated in an annex that lacks many basic facilities. The Cuban victims of Parkinson's disease are not guaranteed the scarce and expensive drugs they need, and the practice of prescribing unnecessary Cuban drugs continues.
Go to this website to learn more about Dr. Molina and the Cuban healthcare system. And don't forget the most important point. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are wanting to do for you what Fidel has done for the Cuban people.
Be very afraid.
Dr. Hilda Molina, a former member the Cuban National Assembly, is one of Cuba's most distinguished scientists. She broke with the government on the issue of medical apartheid, the denial of medical care or medicine to Cubans while the same services are provided to dollar-paying foreign patients. In this report, smuggled out of the island, she says that she "opposed the use of Cuban patients as laboratory animals." Dr. Molina is founder of Havana's International Center for Neurological Restoration. She is a virtual hostage on the island, and despite repeated requests, she and her elderly mother have not been permitted to travel abroad.
Hmm. Ignoring the shot at the Minutemen for a moment - they are not vigilantes in any sense of the word - I wonder what the Times' humane solution to the millions of illegals coming over our southern borders is. I went to the article with trepidation.
A West Too Wild
Vigilantism on our borders is an intolerable reminder that Washington must embrace real and humane reform of our immigration policy.
As it turns out, they offer no solutions. The subject simply affords the Times the opportunity to dump on President Bush, Republicans, and the Minutemen, who are proving to be effective in stemming the tide of illegal border crossings in Arizona, Big surprise.
Mr. Bush is the only one who can really stop the "Minutemen" from taking the law into their own hands. Instead of letting the locals cope with illegal aliens who die in boxcars or commit crimes within the protections of their shadowy world, it's time for the president to take up the cause about which he has said much but done little.Except for the passing mention of President Bush's ineffectual guest-worker program, the Times offers nothing. Another metaphor for the contributions offered by the left on most every pressing issue of the day.
Mr. Bush has long talked about a more humane and secure guest-worker plan - often speaking with passion and empathy about his own experiences in Texas. His best speeches about those millions of immigrants who work at the nation's lowliest jobs are usually to Hispanic audiences that know the painful stories well and are part of a voting group the Republicans badly need.
While the president has failed to push immigration reform, some of his fellow Republicans, like Representative James Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin, are seizing the issue, in effect doing the same thing to the immigration debate that the vigilantes are doing on the border.
Mr. Sensenbrenner got the House to pass an anti-immigrant measure called the Real ID bill. The Senate should avoid it altogether since the legislation would further penalize those who have escaped to America from politically treacherous regimes by setting up an unnecessarily strict standard for granting asylum. In some cases, immigrants might need written "corroboration" of their persecution from the persecutors themselves. (link)
Put your money on the Minutemen. They are securing our borders right now.