Friday's HOT MIC
Here's the beginning:
Mom has glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive form of brain cancer. It's the same cancer that did Ted Kennedy in. He lasted 15 months after diagnosis. The average life expectancy for most patients Mom's age, post-diagnosis, is about 13 months. A very, very small percentage-- about 4%-- are lucky enough to live beyond 5 years after diagnosis. Life expectancy depends on a large number of variables: age, tumor location, ease of surgical removal, ability to function after surgery, etc.
Mom presented with cognitive symptoms on April 16, 2009-- very suddenly-- and it was discovered that she had a sizable tumor near the surface of her left frontal lobe, plus some growth moving across the corpus callosum. She underwent four surgeries (4/21, 5/25, 6/9, 6/10), suffered a bout of infection that nearly killed her (the second, third, and fourth surgeries were all related to the infection), and then began an in-tandem regimen of radiation and chemotherapy, as is standard for GBM, after completing an 8-week course of daptomycin, an antibiotic. By the time we were ready to look into second-line therapy, the cancer had formed two more masses in Mom's brain. The radio-oncology doc called this "exuberant growth." Both of these were deeper inside than the first tumor, which had been about 80% "debulked," as they call it, during the first surgery. Debulking almost never removes the entire tumor; GBM and other gliomas tend to be fuzzy at the edges, making it difficult to determine how much affected brain tissue to remove.
One last thing before I'm out for the evening. For those of you who don't know, Liz and I have been obsessed with April the Trickster Giraffe. "Something's going on," as POTUS would say. But probably not anytime soon. Dr. Tim reports:
Here we are approaching another weekend without a giraffe calf... <sigh> Tonight I decided to have a little pep talk with April to see if we could try to nail down a day, week, month or any sort of time frame...On a more serious note, everything looks great with our big girl. She is acting completely normal. Her appetite has returned. She is still showing us all the signs that she is almost ready. There is no reason for worry about her or the calf's health. She just isn't quite ready yet...
When (if?) she finally decides to drop that calf, you just know this is how it's going to go down:
Amiright? (Can't say I'd blame the poor girl. Her keepers have been sharing pics of her hoo ha all over the internet for the last month. It'd serve them right.) For now, enjoy the show and have a great weekend!
"Spicey" Cheese Balls...There was an odd moment at today's press briefing at Mar-a-Lago. White House staff allowed media outlets to set up cameras in a makeshift briefing room at the Southern White House. Sean Spicer took the podium, and with the CNN pool camera focused on him, made the "cut" sign and said, "It's off. Off. Everything's off." The on-the-record briefing (on a day after a major bombing in Syria) would be off camera. So the confused CNN camera operator did the only thing one can do in a situation like this: he turned his attention to a tub of cheese balls minding its own business in another part of the room.
Who wouldn't follow the sage military and intelligence wisdom of Bolivia? Bolivia is Upset About U.S. Military Actions!
We ought to set up tags for, say, tinfoil-hat theories. Catch this one:
In other words, he thinks Putin got Assad to gas rebel areas in Syria so Trump could bomb Assad's airfields in order to bump up Trump's popularity (H/T Robin Burke from Facebook.)
Nathan, you seem to be saying that it's "inauthentic" for Trump to get appalled because "those seeking to flee were killed," but where's your evidence that the people who were killed in Khan Sheikhoun were even "seeking to flee" to the United States or anywhere else for that matter? Are you really arguing that Trump is partially to blame for the deaths of civilians in Syria? I'm having trouble understanding your argument. If the suspects in the terrorist attack in Stockholm turn out to be recent refugees, should the pro-refugee crowd give up all rights to be appalled by the carnage?
Tomi Lahren is suing Glenn Beck for wrongful termination, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The suit states that Lahren was "understandably disappointed, saddened and in shock for being suspended for freely expressing her opinions, which certainly reconcile with what is the law of the land in the United States i.e., a woman's constitutional right to choose and in no way inconsistent with any of [Lahren's] obligations under the Employment Contract."
Lahren's show was suspended in late March following her comments to the effect that pro-life small-government conservatives were hypocrites. She insisted that she was only speaking for herself, but the comments were rather damning, especially given the fact she had been a staunch pro-lifer a few months before.
Originally suspended for one week, Lahren was later suspended for good.
Here's libertarian YouTube star Julie Borowski's explanation of why Lahren's argument was wrong: Julie Borowski Shoots Down Tomi Lahren: Pro-Life Libertarians Aren't Hypocrites
I'm saying it's too little too late. I don't really want to get into a discussion about the ins and outs of the travel ban or Trump's refugee policies, Debra, but I think he should've at least found refuge for the children fleeing Syria. I still think there are ways to vet refugees of all ages, but I'm not as knowledgable about how that system works. It just seems like he's been adamant that we shouldn't take any refugees (and that 900 number is partially because his travel ban was stopped by court orders), and then got appalled when those seeking to flee were killed. Sorta, oh an abuser is beating his wife, tell the wife to stay in that situation and only call the cops when he's killed her. Sad!
"I still think it looks inauthentic to cry about the deaths of Syrian children when he could've been instrumental in helping them get away from the danger." -- Nathan.
Not that he actually cried, but I think the president was affected by the horrible images he saw of suffering children. Serious question. What would you consider an authentic response from President Trump? If he had scoffed, rolled his eyes, or gone golfing?
You seem to be arguing that because he (and the millions of Americans who voted him into office -- including some PJ Media writers) sees danger in admitting thousands of people from terror hot spots into the country, he has no right to feel sad when an atrocity like this happens. That's not a serious argument. That's like me saying it would be "inauthentic" for you to feel sad if -- God forbid -- a Syrian refugee were to slaughter scores of children in the next terror attack here on American soil. I would never do that.
By the way, refugees are currently flowing into the country at a 900-a-month rate.
NEWS: Swedish media reporting that a man arrested near the scene of today's attack in a Stockholm shopping district has confessed, though police are open to the possibility of more suspects involved. A stolen beer truck sped down the street and plowed into a department store, killing four and injuring 15. Story here.
Dramatic security footage from one of the stores in the shopping district shows pedestrians diving out of the way of the oncoming truck.
— Nivo (@Nivodius) April 7, 2017