Originalism >> has come unstuck from its time with Mr. Justice Scalia. Originalism has become a foundational phrase (or dog whistle) for Judge Gorsuch s run to replace Scalia at SCOTUS.–Tweet tweet! : What the Constitution actually says What the Founding Fathers actually meant, and so on. The slogans are self-evident to Conservatives & for perhaps for some voters sufficiently healthy to work three jobs, pay the rent, buy food, forgo health insurance and vote Radical Republican. Try applying those tweety nostrums to the Second Amendment. (Is there an Oxford Comma missing in my last sentence but one?) What did the FF s actually mean ( the security of a free State )? What s a free State as distinct, say, from a free state ? was there a distinction, in 1789, or simply early orthographic custom (generally capitalize nouns, but not always)? Were there North American States before 1789? (Yes, 12 of them . . . Or no, if you say that only our current Constitution confers statehood.) Was any of the 12 a free State or a free state ? (No.) Vermont was a free non-state as of 1777, became the 14th state in 1791, the only free S/state of our original 13. Does the 2nd Amendment ( the security of a free State ) only apply to Vermont? Etc.–The orginalist Eagle can t fly without enough common-sense, in-our-time interpretation to turn the Conservative, originalist eagle into Benj. Franklin s bemusing turkey.
2nd encounter of >> the emergency medical kind. Why are you here? asked the receptionist with green hair at UVMC s ER the other night (last night, 3/21).–Her question & efficiency smoothly handed me & Isis off to Cody (intake nurse) and into the care of Macy (RN from Texas), Dr. Ol0en (no need for appositive to Dr. ), Raquel (respiratory therapist), an x-ray technician whose id badge was obscured, a security guard named Michael.–Specialist services, and kind. The specialists kindness was a sort of halo over their routine (to them) activity. It just suited me, concerned about breathing problems which seemed to be getting worse. No chest pain, though. But my 1st encounter >> of the not-yet emergency kind was dreadful. Shortly after 6 p.m. I phoned my doc s office, hoping to catch Andy still at work, or to leave a call-back number for the on-call doc to ring me. With luck in that case, I d get Dr. Harris.–I got the tape: We re sorry, we re closed now. Please stay on the line and you ll be transferred . . . . (I don t remember if the if emergency/hang up & dial 911 played.) The initial sorrow & promised transfer replayed for several minutes & like Bob Dylan, I hung up, in bad temper.–Isis (w/o bad temper) had the same experience & she innovated. Called the main UVMC line. Someone very helpfully transferred her to another line, which in due duration transferred her to the we re-sorry loop.–On the ridge, we packed up gear and Nick, and headed for the ER. UVMC: >> Your you ve-reached-a-zombie messaging system needs priority status on your up-grade to-do list. Those taped messages are often the first therapeutic gesture you make toward patients, whose stress levels rise with each looping of bored script readers.
Back in the ER >> things went well. If Isis doesn t know everyone when she enters a room, she knows most of them when she leaves. Raquel read her a poem. She chatted with Cody about her distinctively decorated stethoscope: It sparkles! — Keeps people from stealing it, Cody said. My actual treatment was two superintended doses of albuterol sulfate, to free my bronchia; steroids for my lungs; Dr. Olsen s implication that I should take my codeine-laced cough medicine, even if it gave me a hangover next day. Isis had established that Dr. Olsen was from the heartland(read, trustworthy), and probably related: Granddaddy Olsen was a farmer. Doc Olsen smiled & said the x-ray showed no pneumonia remaining in left lung.
On the way >> home, Isis said I knew you were sick when you didn t include Republicans on your allergy list for Macy. –Make sure your advocate thoroughly knows your case.–Thanks, everyone
Probably the on-call doc would have told us to do what we did, here on this ridge: Go to the ER. But UVMC s messaging behavior is a thumb in the ear of an ill person.–[email protected]
A Transportation Security Administration official is drawing heavy criticism after a video that shows him patting down a boy at DFW Airport went viral on social media over the weekend.
Jennifer Williamson, the boy s mother, posted the video to Facebook on Sunday morning, writing that she was livid at the TSA agent. The two-minute clip shows Williamson s son, Aaron, standing in a security area at the airport. The agent begins patting down the boy s arms, back and torso before moving to the back of his shorts and the insides of his legs. By Monday afternoon, Williamson s video had been shared more than 22,000 times on Facebook and had more than 1 million views. Many of the 12,000 comments criticized the TSA agent, saying the pat-down was excessive.
A statement from TSA said all approved procedures were followed by the agent to resolve an alarm of the passenger s laptop. TSA policies, according to the statement, allow for a pat-down of teenage passengers. Williamson wrote that her son had been detained by security for more than an hour; the TSA statement said that Williamson and her son were held at the security checkpoint for about 45 minutes.
At one point, two DFW Airport police officers also got involved, flanking her son on each side, Williamson wrote. The TSA statement said the officers were called to the checkpoint to mitigate the concerns of the mother.
Williamson wrote that she had requested that her son not be patted down because he has sensory processing disorder, a condition that can cause anxiety in children when they are touched, according to the Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder.
I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying, Williamson s post said. Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.
- ^ according to the Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder (www.spdstar.org)
An FBI undercover agent encouraged a terrorist to tear up Texas before the 2015 Garland, Texas shooting, and was at the crime scene and failed to stop or engage the perpetrators. This was revealed in an investigation by CBS s 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. The Garland shooting left two terrorists, Elliot Simpson and Nadir Soofi, dead. They attempted to attack an event featuring cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, but were stopped by local police. The attorney for Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, who was sentenced for helping the two terrorists carry out the attack, revealed information on 60 Minutes from the government which showed the FBI s close proximity to the attack.
After the trial we found out that they had had an undercover agent who had been texting with Simpson, less than three weeks before the attack, [writing] to him Tear up Texas,’ attorney Dan Maynard said.
Simpson responded, bro, you don t have to say that The terrorist added, you know what happened in Paris so that goes without saying. No need to be direct. The FBI argued that the Tear up Texas message was not incitement. An affidavit filed in another case said that the agent also traveled to Garland, Texas, and was present at the event.
Maynard was given documents that showed the FBI agent was in a car directly behind Simpson and Soofi when they started shooting, and that he had taken a cell-phone photo of the security guard and police officer who engaged in a firefight with the terrorists.
The idea that he s right there 30 seconds before the attack happens is just incredible to me, Maynard said.
There was no advance knowledge of a plot to attack the cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas, the FBI said in a statement to CBS after declining an interview request. The 60 Minutes episode also revealed that the undercover agent left the scene and was arrested by police at gunpoint. The Mohammed drawing event was being hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). Pamela Geller, who runs AFDI, penned a blog post Monday which said, The FBI wanted us dead. The FBI has a history of using stings to catch terrorists, and has been accused of entrapment.