Friday

This week is nearly over. There have been very few times that I have been so happy to see the weekend finally arrive. The morning started at the doctor’s office where I confirmed that I have the local crud during my routine diabetic check-up visit. I was given a prescription to treat my sinus infection and I will pick that up later today.

I am tempted to stay home other than that necessary trip to the pharmacy later today. Right now there are no definite weekend plans, so I can make some preliminary plans of my own to get some rest. Hal (person) mentioned visiting the new apartment complex tomorrow and we can still do that if I feel OK in the morning.

Let’s Revisit Coronavirus Czar Mike Pence’s History on Public Health Initiatives




Let’s Revisit Coronavirus Czar Mike Pence’s History on Public Health Initiatives

By


Shannon Palus



Feb 26, 20208:46 PM


Vice President Mike Pence

Mike Pence, he is in charge.
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Mike Pence is now in charge of the United States’ response to coronavirus, Donald Trump announced at a press conference Wednesday night. Mike Pence’s qualifications, per Trump, include that he is “terrific in many ways,” “very good on health care,” and “really very expert at the field.” OK! Here are a few fast facts about Mike Pence and public health:


• When he was governor of Indiana, Mike Pence signed anti-abortion bills at a rate of two per year.




• Mike Pence has argued that sending kids to daycare stunts their emotional development, specifically their affection for their mothers.


• Mike Pence sure does not like Planned Parenthood, a health care provider.


• Mike Pence had to be told by an ER doctor at a restaurant about his own administration’s proposed cuts to Medicare.




• Mike Pence hasn’t repealed Obamacare, but not for lack of trying!


• It sure sounds like Mike Pence advocated for conversion therapy when he ran for congress in 2000. The specific language from his campaign website: federal funding for HIV patients “should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”


• He did not mean condoms. “Frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases,” said Mike Pence in 2002.


Researchers suggest that Mike Pence could have averted dozens of HIV infections in Indiana if he had supported basic public health measures when he took office as governor in 2013. At the very least, he could have not waited months to declare a state of emergency when it was clear there was a full-on outbreak. But he did.


• Mike Pence is not a doctor.


• Mike Pence is also not a scientist.


• “Smoking doesn’t kill.” ‑Mike Pence

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Togetherness

I managed to get to bed early last night at the first sign of being tired. I was in bed right at 1900/7pm. I slept soundly for 5 hours and woke up at nearly 0100/1am to find the following site here in my bed
Hal The Cat is on the left, looking disinterested, and Jax The Cat is posing on the right. 

Irony

Occasionally, Snoopy and the Gang really hit the nail on the head. With all of the headlines about the corona virus, I thought that the random card flip for today was appropriate.
I wish that Happiness could be spread as easily as disease by simple human contact. The world would be a much better place if Happiness was something we could just transfer  from one person to another.