My Thoughts on the National Journal Article Analysis Part 1

I read through Mr. Brownstein’s article (which I did find just a bit biased but that’s neither here nor there) on the division within the country. As a writer, I watch and observe things and have a chance to understand where things are going. I don’t normally open up and share what I think, but I will today.

Here’s my analysis:

There are now two America’s. Red America and Blue America and they’re rapidly becoming so opposite that the soon won’t be able to coexist in the same country. And here’s a step by step of what’s separating them.

 

Gun Control:

         Most people in Red States, myself included, think that the government needs to enforce the laws currently on the books. It takes 5 different forms of ID to even get to the background check part to purchase a handgun. Yes, I said five! That’s far more than needed for a car or other items. And I have no problem with that because of the item. In one of the mass shootings (Va Tech) the state dropped the ball. They’ll never admit it, but Cho was court ordered to Psychiatric care, which would’ve gone onto his record if the clerk’s had bothered to enter it like supposed to. Why else would Tim Kaine make then parents sign a form saying they wouldn’t sue the school or the state? Furthermore, why was Cho’s records found a couple months later in the trunk of a school official’s car? “Honest mistake” my ass.

         Blue state solution is to ban firearm ownership to anyone who isn’t law enforcement. It’s not openly said but that’s the goal. The only problem with that is the corresponding increase in crime because criminals aren’t going to legally buy their firearms anyway.

This is one thing that is a major divider.

 

Abortion:

        Red States are trying to limit access, requite ultrasounds, etc etc.

        Blue States want to make access easier and easier.

Analysis:

        The reason this is a divider is that the Supreme Court made the decision, denying both sides the opportunity to make their case. This isn’t a big issue in Britain because they voted and let the people settle. Look at the reaction to the Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act to see part of the reason.

        What happens when a court makes the decision instead of placing it in the hands of the people is bitterness on the side of the losers and then the animosity continues to grow between both sides. One side thinks “You only got your way because the court’s decided it. No one really wants it.” While the other side thinks “The courts have the power and sided with us, so you need to be silent.”

 

I’m going to finish this tomorrow, so please hang with me.

 


 

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Absolutely Ridiculous Comment on Depression

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This was said on writingforums.org about the subject of writing and depression.

Actually, one of the main reasons that they slowly pull someone off of anti-depressants is to allow their body to start taking over the job that the medication had previously been doing. They do this with any different kinds of medication. The anti-depressants are meant to keep certain chemical levels stable. When the body has had the chance to start creating those stable levels for themselves, they slowly move you off the medication, thus allowing your body/mind to be accustom to producing those chemicals on their own. And, yes, if they don’t do that, it can become an addiction.

How many ways can I say this is the comment from the biggest dumbass on the planet.

Actually, one of the main reasons that they slowly pull someone off of anti-depressants is to allow their body to start taking over the job that the medication had previously been doing

Untrue. If someone has clinical depression, then the body isn’t making receiving the proper chemicals. That’s not going to change just because of a medicine. The meds allow the body to receive them better.

As for the mind/body to be accustomed to make chemicals it doesn’t make or intake correctly? That comment speaks for itself about stupidity.

Just another case of discrimination on mental illness due to stereotypes.

Rabble Rousing

This story by the Washington Examiner is such a none issue. Repubs at 99% either extremely proud or moderately, but it’s a big deal that Democrats are 96%??? What the hell? 3% makes such a huge difference?

This is an example of the right playing rabble rouser.

 

Gallup: Republicans more proud to be American than Democrats | WashingtonExaminer.com.

Disgusting

Now I promised I would try to stay off politics but I can’t help but make a comment on this. Whether one is Pro-Choice or Pro-life, wishing physical harm on legislature members’ daughters and others is when a person crosses a line that shouldn’t. There is no point in making comments like that, no matter what side a person’s on, because it totally takes the fight and turns it into something extreme. This is one of the analysis points I’m writing about things that are happening in this country. It’ll be opinion neutral for the most part and be written news media style. Hopefully it’ll be a good read.

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The paid protesters opposing the late-term abortion ban in Texas are doing more than rallying outside the legislature against the pro-life bill. They’re threatening pro-life state legislators and their staffers.

Death threatens, harassing emails and phone calls and calls for their daughters to be raped are among the hate targeted at pro-life lawmakers from the small contingent of abortion activists upset that Texas would consider banning abortions on babies at viability.

National Review has more details:

“My favorite one was probably this female who said that she couldn’t wait to see Representative Stickland so that she could pummel my face in,” he tells me.

He brought some male supporters into the office during the day of the filibuster because he didn’t want the women who work there to be alone.

“We brought in extra people to make sure the office was going to be safe,” he says.

He tells me he was also concerned for his personal safety during the filibuster. He and a few other pro-life representatives went onto the Senate floor during the filibuster and couldn’t leave until 1:30 am because they were afraid of the crowd. Protesters in the gallery yelled threats and verbal abuse at him, he says.

“Everywhere I went, they were tweeting pictures of ‘Stickland’s in the elevator’ or ‘Stickland’s on the move,’” he says.

They couldn’t move around the Capitol without security because of safety concerns.

Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women

By MIKE STOBBE

 

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ATLANTA (AP) – Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday.

“Mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are dying at rates that we have never seen before,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which compiled the data.

The problem is one of the few health issues the CDC is working on that are clearly getting worse, he added.

For many decades, the overwhelming majority of U.S. overdose deaths were men killed by heroin or cocaine. But by 2010, 40 percent were women – most of them middle-aged women who took prescription painkillers.

Skyrocketing female overdose death rates are closely tied to a boom in the overall use of prescribed painkillers. The new report is the CDC’s first to spotlight how the death trend has been more dramatic among women.

The CDC found that the number and rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths among females increased about fivefold 1999 to 2010. Among men, such deaths rose about 3 1/2 times.

Overall, more men still die from overdoses of painkillers and other drugs; there were about 23,000 such deaths in 2010, compared with about 15,300 for women. Men tend to take more risks with drugs than women, and often are more prone to the kind of workplace injuries that lead to their being prescribed painkillers in the first place, experts say.

But the gap has been narrowing dramatically.

Studies suggest that women are more likely to have chronic pain, to be prescribed higher doses, and to use pain drugs longer than men. Some research suggests women may be more likely than men to “doctor shop” and get pain pills from several physicians, CDC officials said.

But many doctors may not recognize these facts about women, said John Eadie, director of a Brandeis University program that tracks prescription-drug monitoring efforts across the United States.

The report highlights the need for “a mindset change” by doctors, who have traditionally thought of drug abuse as a men’s problem, he said. That means doctors should consider the possibility of addiction in female patients, think of alternative treatments for chronic pain, and consult state drug monitoring programs to find out if a patient has a worrisome history with painkillers.

The CDC report focuses on prescription opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin and their generic forms, methadone, and a powerful newer drug called Opana, or oxymorphone.

“These are dangerous medications and they should be reserved for situations like severe cancer pain,” Frieden said. He added that there has not been a comparable increase in documented pain conditions in the U.S. public that would explain the boom in painkiller prescriptions in the last 10 or 15 years.

Some experts said the increase in prescriptions can be traced to pharmaceutical marketing campaigns.

CDC researchers reviewed death certificates, which are sometimes incomplete. Specific drugs were not identified in every death. In others, a combination of drugs was involved, such as painkillers taken with tranquilizers.

CDC officials think more than 70 percent of the overdose deaths were unintentional.

One striking finding: The greatest increases in drug overdose deaths were in women ages 45 through 54, and 55 through 64. The rate for each of those groups more than tripled between 1999 and 2010.

In 2010, overdose deaths in those two groups of middle-aged women added up to about 7,400 – or nearly half the female total, according to CDC statistics.

It’s an age group in which more women are dealing with chronic pain and seeking help for it, some experts suggested.

Many of these women probably were introduced to painkillers through a doctor’s prescriptions for real pain, such as persistent aches in the lower back or other parts of the body. Then some no doubt became addicted, said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.

There aren’t “two distinct populations of people being helped by opioid painkillers and addicts being harmed. There’s overlap,” said Kolodny, president of a 700-member organization Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.