May 26th, 2004

movin' right along

Terror ....reminder?

Apparently we're going to be attacked. But they're not moving the terror threat level and there aren't any details about the attack. I am getting cynical and jaded again.

Moving on.

Zapata came to visit last night and he was a little angel. He'd just been to his doggie training class, and my mom had some people coming over to look at the art in the house. He curled up on my lap and went to sleep. It was adorable.

I spent a good part of this morning fixing my wireless connection on my laptop. I think everything's working ok now, though I'm not quite sure why it disabled itself. At any rate, I could check everything out and it looked ok.

I don't know what I'm doing this weekend, though I imagine a few movies will make their way onto my schedule, and I'll end up hanging out and drinking beer with my siblings.

moppety has mail with adorable linkage.

I'm off to interview this lawyer. It will be interesting.
health care


Go 9th Circuit (with a ringer from the 8th)!

Ninth Circuit upholds Oregon's "death with dignity" act, tells Ashcroft & the DOJ to butt out:
A federal appeals court ordered the Bush administration not to meddle with a state's assisted suicide law, ruling Wednesday that doctors in Oregon may prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients.

Ruling on the nation's only law that allows doctors to assist in hastening the death of a patient, the court said U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot sanction or hold Oregon doctors criminally liable for prescribing overdoses, as the state's voter-approved Death With Dignity Act allows.

"The attorney general's unilateral attempt to regulate general medical practices historically entrusted to state lawmakers interferes with the democratic debate about physician assisted suicide," wrote Judge Richard Tallman in the 2-1 opinion by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He said Ashcroft's action "far exceeds the scope of his authority under federal law."

Here's a summary of the decision put out by the court. Here's the decision. This is an issue I feel very strongly about, and an area that made me go into health care law in the first place.

Never forget

Yesterday, I saw a bumper sticker that said "9-11 We Will Never Forget."

At the time, I thought it was sort of silly. Of course we're not going to forget. It's not something you forget. I don't need a bumper sticker to remind me not to forget. I don't need a bumper sticker to declare that someone else didn't forget. I assume, rightly I hope, that everyone who was alive and over the age of, say, six on September 11, 2001 will not forget what happened on that day. It's permanently etched in our minds. We don't need to have a reminder not to forget.

What I wonder, though, is will we forget, someday? If I had a "12-7 We Will Never Forget" bumper sticker on the back of my car, some people would have no clue what the fuck it meant. Others would wonder why I care about a football score. Hell, putting on 12-7-41 probably would only further confuse people or possibly offend people who rationally have put the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor behind them.

Time marches on, and more importantly we move on. We have moved on a little, I think. I hope. The rawness of that day has passed, in differing degrees, for each of us that will never forget that day. At some point, we needed to go back to our lives. That day is not at the forefront of our minds anymore.

I will never forget 9-11, and I don't need to put a bumper sticker out there to say that I will.