Stories: One of No Consequence, Another of Great


Two stories from yesterday’s NY Times caught my eye.

First, of a serious and consequential nature, this account of the on-scene EMT and hospital trauma center personnel who handled the Tucson shootings.  An amazing portrait of the state of emergency medicine when it’s practiced at a very high level.

Second, of absolutely no consequence to anyone (except maybe Nancy Reagan), this news (which actually originated in Minneapolis!) that everything we thought was true, isn’t.  Specifically, the Zodiac shifted, to the degree that many of us have been shifted right out of the reality we thought was ours.  I’m one of the ones who got totally blindsided.  My birthday falls into the dead zone.  I’ve been shifted into a sign that heretofore has never had forecasts, as I understand it:  Ophiuchus.  The Snake.  So until now my life has been chaos.  No discernible order.  Every single horoscope ever written about Sagittarius is like so much fluff thrown upon the wind.

I should be distraught.

Life goes on.


Chicken and Egg Department

This morning, just before posting, as we usually do Sunday morning we were watching the ABC This Week with Christiane Amanpour. At the same time I was checking my usual morning news sources for something new that merited posting.  There was an item reported by Radley Balko from Tucson’s KGUN-Channel 9, reporting on the This Week show, which had been taped earlier in Tucson, during which a man was arrested,

When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated.  Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.” When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her.  One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller.   Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.

The event wrapped up a short time later.  Deputies then escorted Fuller from the room.  As he was being led off, Fuller shouted loudly to the room at large.  Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, ”You’re all whores!”

So, we were in the strange situation of watching news “happening,” knowing something of what might be about to occur “live,” and yet held in suspense throughout, in part simply as to whether what we “knew” would in fact be shown.  Odd.  Sort of like reading future news.

As it developed, ABC edited the event not to show but just note editorially a little of the altercation at the hour’s end.


My, oh my, did she ever twist and turn that white gauze!

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