Thursday, October 05, 2006
October 4, 2006
At least liberals are finally exhibiting a moral compass about something. I am sure that they'd be equally outraged if Rep. Mark Foley were a Democrat.
The object lesson of Foley's inappropriate e-mails to male pages is that when a Republican congressman is caught in a sex scandal, he immediately resigns and crawls off into a hole in abject embarrassment. Democrats get snippy.
Foley didn't claim he was the victim of a "witch-hunt." He didn't whine that he was a put-upon "gay American." He didn't stay in Congress and haughtily rebuke his critics. He didn't run for re-election. He certainly didn't claim he was "saving the Constitution." (Although his recent discovery that he has a drinking problem has a certain Democratic ring to it.)
In 1983, Democratic congressman Gerry Studds was found to have sexually propositioned House pages and actually buggered a 17-year-old male page whom he took on a trip to Portugal. The 46-year-old Studds indignantly attacked those who criticized him for what he called a "mutually voluntary, private relationship between adults."
When the House censured Studds for his sex romp with a male page, Studds — not one to be shy about presenting his backside to a large group of men — defiantly turned his back on the House during the vote. He ran for re-election and was happily returned to office five more times by liberal Democratic voters in his Martha's Vineyard district. (They really liked his campaign slogan: "It's the outfit, stupid.")
Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy referred to Studds' affair with a teenage page as "a brief consenting homosexual relationship" and denounced Studds' detractors for engaging in a "witch-hunt" against gays: "New England witch trials belong to the past, or so it is thought. This summer on Cape Cod, the reputation of Rep. Gerry Studds was burned at the stake by a large number of his constituents determined to torch the congressman for his private life."
Meanwhile, Foley is hiding in a hole someplace.
No one demanded to know why the Democratic speaker of the House, Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, took one full decade to figure out that Studds was propositioning male pages.
But now, the same Democrats who are incensed that Bush's National Security Agency was listening in on al-Qaida phone calls are incensed that Republicans were not reading a gay congressman's instant messages.
Let's run this past the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: The suspect sent an inappropriately friendly e-mail to a teenager — oh also, we think he's gay. Can we spy on his instant messages? On a scale of 1 to 10, what are the odds that any court in the nation would have said: YOU BET! Put a tail on that guy — and a credit check, too!
When Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee found unprotected e-mails from the Democrats about their plan to oppose Miguel Estrada's judicial nomination because he was Hispanic, Democrats erupted in rage that their e-mails were being read. The Republican staffer responsible was forced to resign.
But Democrats are on their high horses because Republicans in the House did not immediately wiretap Foley's phones when they found out he was engaging in e-mail chitchat with a former page about what the kid wanted for his birthday.
The Democrats say the Republicans should have done all the things Democrats won't let us do to al-Qaida — solely because Foley was rumored to be gay. Maybe we could get Democrats to support the NSA wiretapping program if we tell them the terrorists are gay.
On Fox News' "Hannity and Colmes" Monday night, Democrat Bob Beckel said a gay man should be kept away from male pages the same way Willie Sutton should have been kept away from banks. "If Willie Sutton is around some place where a bank is robbed," Beckel said, "then you're probably going to say, 'Willie, stay away from the robbery.'"
Hmmmm, let's search the memory bank. In July 2000, the New York Times "ethicist" Randy Cohen advised a reader that pulling her son out of the Cub Scouts because they exclude gay scoutmasters was "the ethical thing to do." The "ethicist" explained: "Just as one is honor bound to quit an organization that excludes African-Americans, so you should withdraw from scouting as long as it rejects homosexuals."
We need to get a rulebook from the Democrats:
— Boy Scouts: As gay as you want to be.
— Priests: No gays!
— Democratic politicians: Proud gay Americans.
— Republican politicians: Presumed guilty.
— White House press corps: No gays, unless they hate Bush.
— Active-duty U.S. military: As gay as possible.
— Men who date Liza Minelli: Do I have to draw you a picture, Miss Thing?
This is the very definition of political opportunism. If Republicans had decided to spy on Foley for sending overly friendly e-mails to pages, Democrats would have been screaming about a Republican witch-hunt against gays. But if they don't, they're enabling a sexual predator.
Talk to us Monday. Either we'll be furious that Republicans violated the man's civil rights, or we'll be furious that they didn't.
COPYRIGHT 2006 ANN COULTER
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Jeter adds to postseason legend
Yanks captain sixth player to collect five hits in playoff game
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
• Jeter goes yard: 350K
• Jeter starts big DP: 350K
• Jeter's postseason records
• Derek Jeter postgame transcript
NEW YORK -- There was no easing into this postseason for Derek Jeter. His October reputation already set for the ages, Jeter somehow managed to add another chapter to his legend in Game 1 of this Division Series against the Tigers.
By the end of the night, the Yankees captain had once again awed everyone from teammates to opponents to fans.
All Jeter did was go 5-for-5, tying the record for most hits in a postseason game. The feat had only been done five times before, so naturally, Jeter had to do it. He did it in the flow of the game, helping the Yankees to an 8-4 victory over the Tigers.
"It's easy to fall into the trap of, 'Oh, it's just Derek being unbelievable in the postseason.' To him, it's just another game," said Yankees slugger Jason Giambi. "I don't know if it's because he started his career young and has been in the playoffs, but he's definitely a special talent, no doubt about it. He's unbelievable. He just gets into those games and bears down and just starts throwing hits all over the place."
Jeter capped off the magical night by belting a solo homer to left-center in the bottom the eighth. Deafening roars cascaded from the packed house at Yankee Stadium. A curtain call followed.
Just another night at the office for one of the great clutch players of the last decade. Jeter extended his postseason hits record to 147 and his Division Series hits record to 64.
Per usual, the least impressed person at Yankee Stadium seemed to be Jeter, who was interested in the win and not much else.
"Not necessarily when I have a night like this, [but] when the team has a night like this, you're able to relax a little bit," said Jeter. "But it's a short series. You can't relax in this series. You come right back [Wednesday]. You want to win the first game, especially at home."
It was as if Jeter was on a mission to get a win. Before he had reached full throttle with the bat, Jeter made a brilliant play with the glove in the top of the third inning. He went into the hole to field a grounder by Placido Polanco, swiftly got it to second base for the force, and watched Robinson Cano complete the 6-4-3 double play.
Then, in the bottom of the third inning, Jeter grabbed a big piece of momentum by smashing a basehit into center and stretching it into a double with all-out hustle. A game that was scoreless up to that point suddenly had Yankees at second and third with nobody out. From there, the Yankees wouldn't be stopped. Bobby Abreu hammered a two-run double. Gary Sheffield slapped an RBI single. Giambi roped a two-run homer and it was 5-0, Yankees.
Jeter had set the tone.
Most hits in a postseason game
|Paul Blair, Bal, 10/6/69, ALCS vs. Min.|
|Paul Molitor, Mil, 10/12/82, WS vs. Stl.|
|Marquis Grissom, Atl, 10/7/95, NLDS vs. Col.|
|Mike Stanley, Bos, 10/10/99 ALDS vs. Cle.|
|Hideki Matsui, NY, 10/16/04, ALCS vs. Bos.|
|Derek Jeter, NY, 10/3/06, ALDS vs. Det.|
"The thing is, every at-bat means something," said Jeter.
Just as the Tigers crept back into it at 5-3, Jeter helped spread it back out. His double in the sixth once again set up runners at second and third with nobody out. And Abreu came through with another two-run hit, this one a single.
"He was awesome as usual," said Sheffield. "He stepped up for us big today, and once we got up big, he kept pouring it on for the rest of the game."
Coming off a regular season that just might win him his first Most Valuable Player Award, Jeter again reinforced that the postseason is what counts most for him.
"Derek is a special player," said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. "I'm very proud to be his teammate."
Of course, the Yankee who is linked most often to Jeter is the manager. Joe Torre and Jeter planted roots together in New York in 1996. Ten years later, Torre still shakes his head in disbelief when asked to recap another heroic night by his shortstop.
"I don't want to say he has a plan, but he just seems to relish this atmosphere," said Torre. "He's been so big for us for 11 years here and, you know, again, I can't say I'm surprised. Everything worked well for him tonight. Starting that double play was not an easy play. Swinging the bat tonight, he was on everything."
This was what Abreu saw on television for all those Octobers he was a spectator. Tuesday night, he got to witness the Jeter legend up close.
"That guy is amazing," said Abreu. "Right now, being behind him, watching him play, it's amazing. That guy, he's a gamer, he's a leader and you can learn a lot of things from him. Like I say, it's amazing. That's amazing, watching him play."
Most amazing of all is that such a performance was not entirely unexpected when you consider who produced it.
"He doesn't amaze me at all," said Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. "I've seen it before, and he'll keep doing it as long as he's here."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
By Vicki Salemi
Forget the stereotypical nurses dressed in white, catering to the doctor's every request. Today's nurses are health-care leaders, technology gurus, and patient-care managers, thanks to new academic programs--and the desire to continue learning--that prepare them for professional success.
Medical professionals and faculty claim the Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN to BSN) academic degree program, a one-year educational route for licensed nurses to earn a bachelor's degree, has dramatically improved the nursing field. Karen Daley, RN, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in Danbury, argues that programs in medical surgical nursing, nursing practicums, as well as a focus on leadership and management have all resulted in a significant improvement in curriculum.
"We moved away from teaching a medical model [memorizing diseases and treatments]. Now, we emphasize conceptual nursing so students can problem-solve and think critically in any situation," she says. "We encourage independent thinking, assertive communication, and professionalism."
And rightfully so: As the largest single component of hospital staff and as the primary providers of hospital patient care, nurses deliver most of the nation's long-term care. It's no surprise then that these intellectual nurses make up more than half of all health professionals.
Debra Lajoie, Master of Science Nursing (MSN), assistant professor of nursing at WCSU, notes that today's nurses assume an increasingly professional role, and by doing so, become the "glue that holds the health-care system together." She emphasizes that in addition to having strong assessment skills and a strong theoretical base, nurses need to be experts in technology, informatics (clinical information), and evidence-based practice (the ability to apply research to hands-on care with a patient). "Nurses look at the patient holistically and manage interdisciplinary care."
Along with diverse responsibilities come myriad career opportunities for those in the fast-growing field of health care, says registered nurse Maureen "Mickey" Mullin, a career specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. In addition to having a bachelor's degree in the field, Mullin is currently pursuing her master's degree in nursing. Although she's an oncology-certified nurse, her main goal at Fox is to implement short- and long-term strategies related to nursing recruitment and retention; accordingly, she's cognizant of the many opportunities that exist within the profession.
"Nursing has expanded beyond the traditional roles to include forensic, informatics, legal, and research nursing," says Mullin. "Traditional roles are expanding right along with technology." Case in point: the growing number of bedside nurses that now use computers to document care provided to patients on a daily basis, as well as innovations such as the da Vinci Surgical System, state-of-the art technology used by operating room nurses to assist surgeons performing complex prostate cancer surgeries in a precise, minimally invasive way.
A career to care about
While being well versed in textbook theory and having top-notch hands-on training is important, so is recognizing one's interest in making a positive contribution to society. For Stephanie Gunderson, a registered nurse and coworker of Mullin's, pursuing a nursing degree meant making a difference.
"I love being a nurse," says the Harvard graduate, who pursued her bachelor's in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. After earning a dual undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Harvard and briefly working as an assistant hedge-fund trader and management consultant, she realized something was missing. "It just wasn't me," she explains. While she took the first two positions in the corporate world mainly to pay off her college loans, she soon thereafter experienced a revelation. "What made me sad was thinking about what my life would be like in five or ten years.... my life was my work."
After some internal soul searching, Gunderson recalled the valuable time she spent during college and on weekends after graduation working as a unit coordinator for acute psychiatric services at Massachusetts General Hospital. During her downtime in the psychiatric emergency room, she talked to various nurses to learn about their responsibilities. "I knew I'd be happy and challenged as a nurse," she explains. The realization led her to the accelerated BSN program.
Gunderson's nursing education was as demanding as it was fulfilling, she says; however, it exposed her to a variety of new interests, which she welcomed. "I worked everywhere from a locked psych unit to a labor and delivery floor in a suburban hospital," she says. Through her coursework and clinicals--where students apply classroom lessons and techniques practiced during labs with real patients--she was exposed to countless areas of study.
"I never thought I would want to go into adult oncology," says Gunderson. "But when I found out I could take a course in it, I signed up. I ended up falling in love with the field."
Beyond gratifying career opportunities and cutting-edge classes, the common thread among these dedicated, motivated nurses--today's nurses--is compassion.
"It is such a privilege to be there at a person's most vulnerable moments and make a difference," explains Daley. "We touch people's lives and hearts every day. It truly is the most amazing and hardest job you'll ever love."