The win by Mike Huckabee in the Iowa Republican Primary is a shuddering blow for democracy.
Mr. Huckabee is not only a lightweight by any reasonable measure, he is a hater and an anti-democrat.
Hiding not too far behind that pleasant, local boy, potato head presentation is the narrowest of minds.
This is a man who equates homosexuality with pederasty and bestiality. He speaks of these three as if they are one.
In 2008, he is staunchly against abortion, and proud of it.
He believes in the one true Jesus Christ of the New Testament and has suggested in no uncertain terms that the Mormon, Mitt Romney, is essentially a heretic.
You may say that he is refreshingly principled.
I will say that he doesn't understand that at the heart of democratic ideology is the belief in inclusion, variety, range, differences.
I would call him the most simple-minded Majority-ist. If we are all loving Keanu Reeves and buying SUV's, then that must be what God intended for us.
No tolerance for someone who may walk slower or wear purple or never marry or bear children or revel in pure mathematics, boxing or wildlife management.
It is amazing to see these one-note charlatans draw the rubes into their tents once again. After Nixon, after Bush, you would think somebody in Nebraska has at last come out of his deep sleep.
Thump the Book. Thrust the Wife and Kids into the front row. Get Chuck Norris, smiling maniacally behind you.
Well maybe I have found religion.
Oh Lord, tell us it isn't so. Send this simpleton, this dangerous lout back to his gin rummy game before we are lost in another war in another remote country. Pray, give this trifler the Majestic Boot.
Let us try, just for moment in time, health care, education, the arts, clean commerce, hope.
Friday, January 4, 2008
January 4, 2008
In response to the "KREKLAU" tragedy (posted January 9, 2007!)
...I am another daughter amongst 5 siblings who saw first hand what transpired in this family...First, Dad was placed in a facility by the "sisters" (Angela & Yvonne) because they could not care for Dad at home any longer. Secondly, our mother Alex was placed in a facility by the "sisters" (Angela & Yvonne) because they did not want to care for Mom at home any longer. Thirdly, in Oct/06 the whole family was informed that there were 2 rooms available and suitable for both of our parents in a facility in Summerland...the "sisters" (Angela & Yvonne) refused the rooms that were available for our parents to move into. My brothers and I believe this solution would have been beneficial for all involved especially our parents, but, our parents were not given the opportunity to make this decision for themselves.
Posted by David Berner at 2:16 PM
Our drug addicts need real treatment, not mouthpieces for their crack pipes
Special to The Province
Friday, January 04, 2008
Would you cross the street to give a drunk a clean shot glass? Of course not.
But that only means you have better instincts and more common sense in your pinkie finger than all the geniuses in the Ministry of Health.
Yesterday, this newspaper headlined the news that free plastic mouthpieces are on the way for crack pipes and their users.
Apparently, all five provincial health authorities will participate in this giveaway.
The rationale is that this will stem the tide of hepatitis C -- spread, we are told, by sharing crack pipes.
The impetus for this bad policy, as it often is with harm-reduction strategies, is truly bad science.
It is based on one study in Toronto with 51 participants, in which the hepatitis virus was found on one pipe.
In Grade 9 chemistry, you'd get a D for work like this.
Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.'s chief medical officer, says that giving crack addicts clean mouthpieces will "introduce people to health care and addiction treatment services as well."
On Monday, I asked a long-time Burnaby RCMP officer about the availability of treatment options in his district for addicted youth.
His answer? "I don't know of any."
Wednesday's news follows fast on the story that the
Vancouver Island Health Authority was gearing up to give entire crack-smoking kits for free to addicts in Duncan,
Courtenay, Nanaimo and Campbell River.
And Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe has for many months been petitioning to open not one, but four safe-injection sites in his city. Further, he proposes that one of the sites be a mobile unit.
"Step right up! Shoot in comfort here!"
Are you familiar with the mobile cancer station driving through your neighbourhood? The Arthritis on Wheels program?
That's because they don't exist, but the mayor of our capital city is shopping for a drive-by shooting gallery.
Perhaps your grandmother has diabetes. She has raised two generations of family, cleaned house, worked, paid taxes and taken the kids to ball games and ballet lessons.
Now she walks to the local pharmacy and, opening her change purse, pays for the needles she needs to inject her insulin.
Is the B.C. health ministry opening its little change purse to help grandma buy needles?
Crack pipes and crack kits, free needles, safe-injection sites, free heroin and substitute drugs are all tragically bad strategies.
I ran a residential treatment centre for addicts in two provinces for 10 years.
Hundreds and hundreds of addicts learned to live clean and sober lives. The program still flourishes in Manitoba.
I have lobbied for almost 40 years now for treatment and more treatment.
Later today, I will deliver a speech to a local Rotary Club on this exact subject.
Treatment is needed, not plastic filters.
© The Vancouver Province 2008
Posted by David Berner at 10:23 AM
Posted by David Berner at 10:19 AM
Harm reduction,harm reduction. The mantra of harm reduction grows ever louder.Where is the corresponding chorus for "treatment"It appears we have a Provincial Harm Reduction Committee,I don't believe I've heard about any treatment committee. I am surprised to hear about the millions that are saved by reducing infection rates but so far I've heard nothing about those multi-millions going into funding treatment.I read recently that there are 126 publicly funded treatment beds in Vancouver(with waiting times of weeks). I think anybody who lives in Vancouver(and the rest of B.C. for that matter) knows that this is totally inadequate.I believe that authorities are acting as if it's impossible to deal with addiction. Instead, they are funneling vast amounts of money at programs that seem to act as if it is compassionate to have people staggering around half dead. How about giving people a chance at life without addiction?I wonder sometimes who benefits most from the ever growing population of sick,ill addicts.
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