Department Of Let’s Get This Out Of The Way
Adjunct To The Department Of If You Did This To A Dog
The Humane Society Would Sue Your Ass For Animal Cruelty
I refer to the heartrending case of Charlie G__, a terminally ill British baby, born with an extremely rare, incurable, genetic disorder, mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome – which has made the baby blind and deaf, without the ability to breathe or move on his own, brain-damaged and stricken with persistent epileptic seizures.
The distraught parents, in denial of reality and their child’s doctors’ advice, are seeking experimental treatment outside of their country. The baby’s doctors’ (and British and European courts) have held that prolonging the infant’s life – prolonging its death, in reality – would be inhumane and unreasonable, and that withdrawing medical treatment is the only justifiable option.
And into this sad mess jumps Certain So-Called World Leaders ® .
These CSCWL, with no personal connection to the family, who’ve tweeted their lack of knowledge support for the parents’ misguided quest to prolong the inevitable – which of course is giving CSCWL points with the JesusLovesCharlie  mob.
I case you haven’t heard, CSCWL would be #45, aka The Cheetos Hitler, that bastion of scientific and medical ignorance, Donald J. T—-, and His Moral Anachronisticness, aka, the pope.
“What a great team…”
Given #45’s penchant for wrestling metaphors , this situation – linking his name with that of someone who has a marginally more respectable reputation – is the ultimate tag team opportunity. But truly, exploiting the tragedy of this family is mud-wrestling at its lowest.
The phrase every parent’s nightmare is used to describe the grievous suffering and/or death of a child. Another parental nightmare scenario: someone using your child’s suffering and unavoidable death (as well as your own parental despair and desperation) as a tool to promote their own political and/or religious agenda.
And, as MH pointed out, why is it that #45 can offer U.S. health care for a doomed foreign baby, but National Health Care for American infants, children and adults – no way can we use our resources for that.
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Department Of The Lazy Days Of Summer,
When Thoughts Turn To Star Trek One Liners
Calling all Star Trek nerds fans: my eternal respect  shall be bestowed upon ye who can identify the source of the following one-liners (“Source” = name the Star Trek series or film, the episode title, and the character who utters the quote  )
I will provide a hint: the series from whence the quote. (TOS; TNG; STV; STE; STE; TOSM  )
– You’re supposed to just sit here? (TNG)
– Well, double-dumb ass on you too! (TOSM)
– I am not a Merry Man! (TNG)
– Sorry; neither. (TOS)
– A warrior’s drink. (TNG)
– Nuclear Wessells. ( TOSM )
– What is it with you? (TOSM)
– There is no one on deck nine, section twelve, who *doesn’t* know when you’re having intimate relations. (STV)
– Why do I have to answer the poop questions? (STE)
And this one, of course, holds a soft spot in my heart and head. 
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Department Of Belated 4th Of July /Independence Day Wishes
Just curious – do you and yours refer to this particular national holiday as The 4th of July, or Independence Day? In my family, ’twas always the former. A long time ago in a galaxy college class far, far away, someone posited that whether or not a person referred to that holiday as The Fourth of July or Independence Day was a “test” of that person’s knowledge of U.S. political history. 
Either way, although I’ve long since lost my youthful enthusiasm for fireworks (yawn), I do anticipate this holiday for the once-a-year opportunity – the guarantee – to hear a band or full orchestra perform Stars and Stripes Forever.
And so do you. Admit it.
Because…oh,. c’mon, you know:
THE AMAZING POWER OF PICCOLOS!
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May your tragedies never be exploited by So-Called World Leaders;
May you forever appreciate the amazing power of piccolos;
May you discover or concoct your own version of a warrior’s drink;
…and may the hijinks ensue.
Thanks for stopping by. Au Vendredi!
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 Funny how their Jesus doesn’t love this baby enough to cure it, or not to have stricken it with such a ghastly and cruel condition in the first place.
 Which is worth double its weight in GOP Health Care Plan vouchers.
 WITHOUT Googling, ahem.
 The Original Series; The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager; Star Trek: Enterprise; one of The Original Series movies
 And is the origin of my son’s blog pseudonym .
 All I remember is the WTF-ness of the reaction moiself and my fellow classmates had at that rather bizarre declaration from a fellow student…and not what he said the supposed test would reveal.