In separate Washington press briefings, both the White House and State Department spokesmen this week downplayed the Cuban government’s offer to send some 1,600 medics, field hospitals and 83 tons of medical supplies to ease the humanitarian disaster.They're free enough to offer to help and be nice to people, but apparently we're not free enough to accept it.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack asserted last week that the Cuban medical brigade would probably not be needed since there has been a “robust response from the American medical community.”
White House spokesman Scott McClellan scorned the Cuban proposal last Thursday when asked if the president would consider accepting the Cuban help.
“When it comes to Cuba,” said McClellan, “we have one message for Fidel Castro: He needs to offer the people of Cuba their freedom.”
Still, the Administration has yet to give the Cuban government a flat yes or no. In fact, Havana never may get an answer.I have an idea. Let's flood the White House, and the Faux Ranch in Crawford, and Cheney's Secret Lap Dance Emporium, and have no one but the Cubans offer help. We'll see how quickly they'll change their tune.
For more than four decades, the two governments have barely communicated. Current relations, say observers, are at a low point.
This irritates Representative José Serrano (D-NY).
“If you have a flood in your home and a neighbor that you don’t like offers you a pump, you don’t turn them down and let your house continue being flooded,” said Serrano.
Baby girl born to brain-dead woman dies. Can I point out how not-surprised I am?
The pregnancy became a race between the fetus’ development and the cancer that was ravaging the woman’s body. Doctors at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where the baby was born, had said at the time that Torres’ health was deteriorating and that the risk of harm to the fetus finally outweighed the benefits of extending the pregnancy.You know, maybe it's the lack of any kind of maternal instinct in me, but if I'm pregnant (let's just pretend for a second, okay? Suspension of disbelief is your friend) and I'm diagnosed with cancer, I'll just get an abortion and start the fucking chemo. If I get over the cancer I can always make another fetus. I don't know, maybe I'm just heartless that way, but what's better, giving a child the chance to be born full-term and have a mother who will take care of it, or yanking a half-baked larva out of a vegetable and have it be an orphan if it survives at all?
I'm tired of this 'quantity over quality' bullshit culture.
And while we're in that vein... FDA official quits over morning-after decision: Director of Women's Health Office resigns in protest over agency's delay
You know, I'd say 'good on her for standing up for the cause', but that just means one less sane person at the FDA.
“I have spent the last 15 years working to ensure that science informs good health-policy decisions,” Wood, director of FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, wrote in an e-mail about her departure to agency colleagues. “I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended by the professional staff here, has been overruled.”Down with science! *pumps fist*