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9/11 Remains have been found in Satin Island, NY. The remains are being analyzed & compared with the DNA given to the medical examiner by those souls who remain missing (families). Maybe some closure for some.
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The Polish President and his wife have died in a plane crash in Russia. They were traveling with their enterourage. No survivors from what I have heard on the news.
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This guy is running for governor of New York. One article describes him as a "darling" of the Tea Party movement. He forwarded emails with pornographic depictions of women including a woman with a horse and he forwarded racist emails, some specifically targeting the Obamas. His basic response: "I'm not a racist. I'm sorry to the ladies I've offended. If you're a man who's never opened an explicit image on the internet, please don't vote for me."

nice. I love how he doesn't even apologize for the racism, but he does use the words "politically incorrect." (thumbs down)

Oh, and he still thinks he should be governor.
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GLMA is passing on this historic memorandum issued today by President Barack Obama to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) directing relevant agencies to take steps to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against in hospital settings on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The memorandum requests agencies to develop rules to protect LGBT patients and their families and address issues of hospital visitation, medical decisionmaking, or other healthcare issues.

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Presidential Memorandum - Hospital Visitation


MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


SUBJECT: Respecting the Rights of Hospital Patients to Receive Visitors and to Designate Surrogate Decision Makers for Medical Emergencies

There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. In these hours of need and moments of pain and anxiety, all of us would hope to have a hand to hold, a shoulder on which to lean -- a loved one to be there for us, as we would be there for them.

Yet every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides -- whether in a sudden medical emergency or a prolonged hospital stay. Often, a widow or widower with no children is denied the support and comfort of a good friend. Members of religious orders are sometimes unable to choose someone other than an immediate family member to visit them and make medical decisions on their behalf. Also uniquely affected are gay and lesbian Americans who are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives -- unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated.

For all of these Americans, the failure to have their wishes respected concerning who may visit them or make medical decisions on their behalf has real onsequences. It means that doctors and nurses do not always have the best information about patients' medications and medical histories and that friends and certain family members are unable to serve as intermediaries to help communicate patients' needs. It means that a stressful and at times terrifying experience for patients is senselessly compounded by indignity and unfairness. And it means that all too often, people are made to suffer or even to pass away alone, denied the comfort of companionship in their final moments while a loved one is left worrying and pacing down the hall.

Many States have taken steps to try to put an end to these problems. North Carolina recently amended its Patients' Bill of Rights to give each patient "the right to designate visitors who shall receive the same visitation privileges as the patient's immediate family members, regardless of whether the visitors are legally related to the patient" -- a right that applies in every hospital in the State. Delaware, Nebraska, and Minnesota have adopted similar laws.

My Administration can expand on these important steps to ensure that patients can receive compassionate care and equal treatment during their hospital stays. By this memorandum, I request that you take the following steps:

1. Initiate appropriate rulemaking, pursuant to your authority under 42 U.S.C. 1395x and other relevant provisions of law, to ensure that hospitals that participate in Medicare or Medicaid respect the rights of patients to designate visitors. It should be made clear that designated visitors, including individuals designated by legally valid advance directives (such as durable powers of attorney and health care proxies), should enjoy visitation privileges that are no more restrictive than those that immediate family members enjoy. You should also provide that participating hospitals may not deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national
origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The rulemaking should take into account the need for hospitals to restrict visitation in medically appropriate circumstances as well as the clinical decisions that medical professionals make about a patient's care or treatment.

2. Ensure that all hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid are in full compliance with regulations, codified at 42 CFR 482.13 and 42 CFR 489.102(a), promulgated to guarantee that all patients' advance directives, such as durable powers of attorney and health care proxies, are respected, and that patients' representatives otherwise have the right to make informed decisions regarding patients' care. Additionally, I request that you issue new guidelines, pursuant to your
authority under 42 U.S.C. 1395cc and other relevant provisions of law, and provide technical assistance on how hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid can best comply with the regulations and take any additional appropriate measures to fully enforce the regulations.

3. Provide additional recommendations to me, within 180 days of the date of this memorandum, on actions the Department of Health and Human Services can take to address hospital visitation, medical decisionmaking, or other health care issues that affect LGBT patients and their families.

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

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Goldman Sachs FRAUD Charges Filed By SEC Over Subprime Mortgage Securities
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The government has accused Goldman Sachs of defrauding investors by failing to disclose conflicts of interest in mortgage investments it sold as the housing market was faltering.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday civil fraud charges against the Wall Street powerhouse and one of its executives. The agency alleges Goldman failed to disclose that one of its clients helped create -- and then bet against -- subprime mortgage securities that Goldman sold to investors. In essence, Goldman is accused of pushing a mortgage investment that was secretly devised to fail.

Investors in the mortgage securities are alleged to have lost more than $1 billion, the SEC noted.

The SEC claims Goldman Sachs and one of its top officers misled investors by not disclosing that hedge fund manager John Pauson, who made billions betting against the housing market, selected the assets that went into a complex security called "Abacaus."

Paulson & Co. is one of the world's largest hedge funds, and paid Goldman roughly $15 million for structuring these deals in 2007.

"The simultaneous selling of securities to customers and shorting them because they believed they were going to default is the most cynical use of credit information that I have ever seen," finance expert Sylvain R. Raynes told the New York Times about such deals. "When you buy protection against an event that you have a hand in causing, you are buying fire insurance on someone else's house and then committing arson."

Goldman Sachs shares fell more than 10 percent after the SEC announcement.
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I'm glad that the SEC finally got around to filing charges. I also wish that I had put in a stop loss order on my bank stocks last night *ouch*
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Arkansas Adoption Ban Overturned: Law Kept Unmarried Straight, Gay Couples From Adopting

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. A state judge on Friday struck down an Arkansas law approved by voters that banned gay couples and other unmarried people living together from serving as adoptive or foster parents.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said in a two-page ruling that people in "non-marital relationships" are forced to choose between becoming an adoptive parent and sustaining that relationship.

"Due process and equal protection are not hollow words without substance," Piazza said. "They are rights enumerated in our constitution that must not be construed in such a way as to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people."

A group of families, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued in 2008 to overturn the ban. They argued that there are too few families willing to adopt or foster in Arkansas, which has an average of 1,600 children on waiting lists, and that good homes were being arbitrarily cut from the list.

The law effectively banned gays and lesbians from adopting or fostering children because they are unable to legally marry in Arkansas.

Piazza, a former prosecutor, agreed with claims by families who said the ban lessened the number of available adoptive and foster parents to the point where thousands of children could go without homes.

He said the ban cast "an unreasonably broad net" and did not serve the state's interest.

Holly Dickson, a lawyer with the Arkansas chapter of the ACLU who represented the families, said Piazza's ruling opens many homes for children who need them.

"We hope to see the state screening everyone that could be a potential good parent," Dickson said.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office said it would review the decision with other agencies and decide what to do next. Voters had approved the measure in November 2008.

"There's a lot of things to consider. ... We're going to decide how to proceed," Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said it would take time to decide on the next step.

"My duty as attorney general is to defend the laws of this state. The attorneys in our office have done just that. Although I have never supported this act, our office has advised and defended DHS throughout this process," McDaniel said.

Jerry Cox, leader of the Arkansas Family Council, which backed the ban and helped defend it in court, said his group will appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

"I think (Piazza's ruling) undermines the welfare of children. ... He overruled the will of the people. It's a sad day when a judge can do that," Cox said.

The judge wrote that the law infringed upon a "fundamental right." Piazza said protecting children is in the state's interest, but the ban "is not narrowly tailored to the least restrictive means necessary to serve the state's interest in determining what is in the best interest of the child."

The Family Council got the necessary signatures to bring the ban to the ballot after the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2006 overturned a state agency ban on gays and lesbians serving as foster parents.
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Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Height Dies
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Published: April 20, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dorothy Height, the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement and a participant in historic marches with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, died Tuesday. She was 98.

Height, whose activism on behalf of women and minorities dated to the New Deal, led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. She continued actively speaking out into her 90s, often getting rousing ovations at events around Washington, where she was immediately recognized by the bright, colorful hats she almost always wore.

She died at Howard University Hospital, where she had been in serious condition for weeks.

In a statement, President Barack Obama called her ''the godmother of the civil rights movement'' and a hero to Americans.

''Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality ... and served as the only woman at the highest level of the Civil Rights Movement -- witnessing every march and milestone along the way,'' Obama said.

It was the second death of a major civil rights figure in less than a week. Benjamin L. Hooks, the former longtime head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died Thursday in Memphis at 85.

As a teenager, Height marched in New York's Times Square shouting, ''Stop the lynching.'' In the 1950s and 1960s, she was the leading woman helping King and other activists orchestrate the civil rights movement, often reminding the men heading the movement not to underestimate their women counterparts.

One of Height's sayings was, ''If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time.'' She liked to quote 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who said that the three effective ways to fight for justice are to ''agitate, agitate, agitate.''

Height was on the platform at the Lincoln Memorial, sitting only a few feet from King, when he gave his famous ''I have a dream'' speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

''He spoke longer than he was supposed to speak,'' Height recalled in a 1997 Associated Press interview. But after he was done, it was clear King's speech would echo for generations, she said, ''because it gripped everybody.''

She lamented that the feeling of unity created by the 1963 march had faded, and that the civil rights movement of the 1990s was on the defensive and many black families were still not economically secure.

''We have come a long way, but too many people are not better off,'' she said. ''This is my life's work. It is NOT a job.''

When Obama won the presidential election in November 2008, Height told Washington TV station WTTG that she was overwhelmed with emotion.

''People ask me, did I ever dream it would happen, and I said, `If you didn't have the dream, you couldn't have worked on it,'' she said.

Height became president of the National Council of Negro Women in 1957 and held the post until 1997, when she was 85. She remained chairman of the group.

She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 from President Bill Clinton.

To celebrate Height's 90th birthday in March 2002, friends and supporters raised $5 million to enable her organization to pay off the mortgage on its Washington headquarters. The donors included Oprah Winfrey and Don King.

Height was born in Richmond, Va., and the family moved to the Pittsburgh area when she was four. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from New York University and did postgraduate work at Columbia University and the New York School of Social Work. (She had been turned away by Barnard College because it already had its quota of two black women.)

In 1937, while she was working at the Harlem YWCA, Height met famed educator Mary McLeod Bethune, the founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who had come to speak at a meeting of Bethune's organization. Height eventually rose to leadership roles in both the council and the YWCA.

The late activist C. DeLores Tucker once called Height an icon to all African-American women.

''I call Rosa Parks the mother of the civil rights movement,'' Tucker said in 1997. ''Dorothy Height is the queen.''
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Obama clashes with gay rights hecklers in L.A.

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Repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'!" the protesters yelled, referring to the 1993 military policy that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving. Obama responded, "We are going to do that; hey, hold on a second, hold on a second."

The rest of the crowd then began chanting Obama's signature campaign chant: "Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!"

"When you've got an ally like Barbara Boxer and you've got an ally like me who are standing for the same thing, then you don't know exactly why you've got to holler, because we already hear you, all right," Obama remarked to applause. "I mean, it would have made more sense to holler that at the people who oppose it."

But the hollering didn't let up. "It's time for equality for all Americans," shouted one. Obama again stressed his opposition to the ban, and again said, "I don't know why you're hollering." The group broke into another "Yes we can!" chant.

Obama then sought to return to the event's main theme: Boxer's re-election. Sen. Boxer "didn't even vote for 'don't ask, don't tell' in the first place," the president noted. "So you know she's going to be in favor of repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.' "
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WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL 2010

Oklahoma Senate Passes Five Controversial Abortion Bills

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The Oklahoma Senate passed five abortion bills Monday night, which opponents have said will severely limit a woman's ability to get an abortion and would entail some of the strictest anti-abortion measures in the country.

One of the bills would force a woman to get an ultrasound at least one hour prior to an abortion and be shown the image and given a detailed explanation of it, even if she wishes otherwise. A vaginal probe would be used if it would provide a clearer image of the fetus, which no other state requires; three others do require ultrasounds, but none force the woman to listen to an explanation of it.

State Sen. Anthony Sykes (R-Moore), the bill's sponsor, said the measure was designed to provide women with additional information before having an abortion.

Other pieces of legislation also require clinics that perform abortions to post signs stating it's "against the law for anyone ... to force you to have an abortion," forbid state exchange program insurance from covering abortions and prevent wrongful life and wrongful birth lawsuits.

One last bill would require the woman to first answer a lengthy questionnaire and provide information such as her age, marital status, race, education and reason for seeking an abortion. The doctor would then report this information - without the patient's name attached, however - which would be compiled and put on a state web site and accessible only by certain government personnel.

The bill's sponsor has said this would provide valuable information on who seeks abortions and why, in addition to helping create programs aimed at preventing abortions. Opponents of the bill, however, argue that this represents an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

Jordan Goldberg, state advocacy council for the Center of Reproductive Rights (CRR), says she does not consider it "appropriate to use medical appointments and doctor-patient relationship to do fact-finding research gathering project at the expense of patient privacy."

A letter to Gov. Brad Henry (D-Oklahoma) issued by the CRR arguing unconstitutionality of the bill stated, "nothing in the Constitution or the case law allows states to require women to justify their constitutionally protected decision to terminate a pregnancy."

After debate in the state senate that spanned most of Monday, all five bills passed with large majorities, three of which passed 35-11. The three bills on ultrasounds, clinic signs and wrongful-life suits will go to the governor's desk, while the other two on information reporting and state insurance exchange will return to the House.

The Oklahoma legislature has attempted to make such abortion bills the law before. In 2008, it passed a measure that required women to get an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of it prior to having an abortion. This overrode a veto from Governor Henry, which he made on the grounds that there were no exceptions for rape or incest victims.

However, following a challenge from the CRR in 2009, an Oklahoma State District Court ruled that the law addressed too many topics and violated the state constitution's "single-subject" requirement. For the same reason, in February, another challenged law was struck down; it included a provision requiring a woman seeking an abortion to provide personal information regarding her situation and reasons for seeking an abortion.

Goldberg said that the CRR is still "weighing its options" regarding possible legal action.

Several Republican state senators said they were pleased the five abortion bills had been passed with bipartisan support.

"Senate Republicans continue to fight for life of the unborn, and we saw members from both parties join together in supporting this great cause," said Glenn Coffee (R-Oklahoma City), the state senate president pro tempore, in a statement. "Oklahomans have consistently voted and called for measures like these, and today we have held true to Oklahoma values."

Opponents focused on the role of the government and the problems they said would arise from the bills.

"The Legislature and the Senate are acting like an amateur gynecologist," State Sen. Jim Wilson (D-Tahlequah) said in an interview <http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=16&articleid=20100420_16_A1 _OKLAHO444183&archive=yes>. "This is not about abortion. This is about the Bible."

"These bills are trying to prevent women in Oklahoma from access to health care and making it more difficult for physicians to provide that care," Goldberg said. "They disregard patient privacy and medical standards and are a poor public health policy."
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Two weeks removed from an emergency appendectomy, Bret Michaels was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night where it was discovered the rocker had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, a rep for the rocker confirmed to Access Hollywood.

The 47-year-old "Rock of Love" and "Celebrity Apprentice" reality star is currently listed in critical condition.
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I wasn't fond of the "Rock of Love"
But, he was/is one of the Precious few "big hair" lead singers I viewed as being Intelligent...
Despite a few brainfarts {diabetes type 1 + booze x drugs = bad idea}
I do hope he recovers.
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I wasn't fond of the "Rock of Love"
But, he was/is one of the Precious few "big hair" lead singers I viewed as being Intelligent...
Despite a few brainfarts {diabetes type 1 + booze x drugs = bad idea}
I do hope he recovers.
The 12-year-old-me was a fan, still is a fan deep-down. All those metal-edge magazines and the glory of pretty men with long hair - they are still lodged somewhere in my brain. The way he posed for every pic with this slightly-open playboy bunny pout on his lips and the pink lipgloss. He's lodged for good somewhere in my head.



That sort of medical event has the potential to be a very very serious brain injury and that makes me sad.

Heh. I think he's the second man I ever saw naked (in a photo) - the first being John Lennon. I remember being like, "wow, he looks weird." Of course, he looked perfectly normal, but I guess it was my first little indication that maybe I wasn't straight.
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I just posted about Brett Michaels in another thread. I just cannot imagine what he family is going thru right now. This news just shakes me up. I hope and pray he survives.
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Oklahoma Abortion Bills Vetoed By Democratic Governor Brad Henry
TIM TALLEY, The Huffington Post.

OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry vetoed two abortion bills Friday that he said are an unconstitutional attempt by the Legislature to insert government into the private lives and decisions of citizens.

One measure would have required women to undergo an intrusive ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting abortions. Henry said that legislation is flawed because it does not allow rape and incest victims to be exempted.

Lawmakers who supported the vetoed measures promised an override vote in the House and Senate as early as next week. A national abortion rights group has said the ultrasound bill would have been among the strictest anti-abortion measures in the country if it had been signed into law.

Henry said "it would be unconscionable to subject rape and incest victims to such treatment" because it would victimize a victim a second time.

"State policymakers should never mandate that a citizen be forced to undergo any medical procedure against his or her will, especially when such a procedure could cause physical or mental trauma. To do so amounts to an unconstitutional invasion of privacy," he said.

Under the ultrasound legislation, doctors would have been required to use a vaginal probe in cases where it would provide a clearer picture of the fetus than a regular ultrasound. Doctors have said this is usually the case early in pregnancies, when most abortions are done.

Henry vetoed similar legislation in 2008 but was overridden by lawmakers. The bill was struck down by an Oklahoma County judge before it went into effect on the grounds that it contained multiple subjects in violation of the state Constitution.

The second abortion bill that the governor vetoed Friday was one that would have prohibited pregnant women from seeking damages if physicians withhold important information or provide inaccurate information about their pregnancy. Supporters of that measure said it was an attempt to keep pregnant women from discriminating against fetuses with disabilities.

But Henry said the bill would allow unscrupulous or negligent physicians to withhold or provide inaccurate information without facing the potential of legal consequences.

"This is a very disappointing day for Oklahomans who care about maintaining a culture of life in Oklahoma," said House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa.

Tony Lauinger, state chairman of the anti-abortion group Oklahomans for Life and vice president of the National Right to Life Committee, said each of the measures are designed to protect the unborn as well as pregnant women.

"It is just as important for a woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest as it is for any other woman to have the benefit of full and complete information prior to taking the irrevocable step of having her baby aborted," Lauinger said.

Stephanie Toti, an attorney for the New York-based abortion rights group, Center for Reproductive Rights, applauded the governor's vetoes. The group has said the ultrasound bill would have been among the strictest anti-abortion measures in the nation.

"The patient has no autonomy to make a decision. And the physician has no discretion," Toti said.

Henry did sign one abortion bill into law Friday: one requiring abortion clinics to post signs stating it is against the law for anyone to force a woman to have an abortion, and that an abortion will not be performed until the woman gives her voluntary consent.

Earlier this month, Henry signed three other abortion-related bills, including a ban on abortions based on the gender of the child and tighter restrictions on the use of the RU-486 abortion pill.

At least two other abortion measures are pending in the Oklahoma Legislature including one that would require pregnant women to complete a lengthy questionnaire before receiving an abortion.
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Don't read me wrong, Loved Poison as a kid...
Amongst other big-haired/glam/metal rock bands {Twisted Sister yes, KISS...not so much, mind u, I love gene simmons reality show lol}
At the time, My reasoning was "they're the only ones I can visually see what they're screaming about, and the lyrics are nifty"..My grandmother forbade it in her home when I moved to PR & we lived with her for some time, that was pretty much the end of it for me..With the exception of bon jovi, nirvana and guns n roses {the latter 2 a bit later when I was a Teen, and "rebellious"}..one of my cousins collected iron maiden, i was fascinated with the album cover art as a kid...

the naked part...I'm content with seeing him fully clothed, i think thats what turned me off from his reality show, the fact 2 of the girls got into a fight cuz one of them gave him a "blow" and the other one told the girls Father talk about Awkward Central...[yes, I watched a few ep., it's like a trainwreck]

I'm a bit bothered they're not giving Updates as frequently as they usually do with other Artists...
They're paying more attention to tiger woods and Nike's double standards...
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Two weeks removed from an emergency appendectomy, Bret Michaels was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night where it was discovered the rocker had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, a rep for the rocker confirmed to Access Hollywood.

The 47-year-old "Rock of Love" and "Celebrity Apprentice" reality star is currently listed in critical condition.


My mom told Me about this last night, as it was on the front page of Yahoo Canada's home page. This saddens Me deeply because I have been a HUGE fan of Poison since they first got together and was obsessed with them alot in My younger years. Their music brings back alot of super memories, and yeah I admit that I tried not to miss an episode of the Rock of Love shows as well as I've been watching Celebrity Apprentice religiously (Bret being one of the reasons I've been watching the show like I have). I really hope that he recovers soon and that he will be okay ~ I'd be pretty upset if anything bad happened to him
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Having a head injury is horrible. The aftermath is nothing short of hell, and that is putting it nicely. I would not wish it on anyone. I always tell people to go and visit a neuro rehab center and volunteer for a day. See what life is truely like for those who have head injuries.

I just hope and pray he wakes up. Sometimes it is best if one does die thou. It beats living as a vegtable.
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It is nice to know stupidity is running amok worldwide.

'Gay Dog' Refused Entry To Australian Restaurant
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An Australian restaurant has been forced to apologize and pay compensation after refusing to let a blind man enter because they thought his dog was gay.

In May 2009, Ian Jolly, 57, was attempting to dine at the Thai Spice restaurant in Adelaide, when he was refused entry after staff misheard his female companion, and thought his "guide dog" was a "gay dog."

"The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog," the owners said in a statement to South Australia's Equal Opportunity Tribunal.

Jolly is now set to receive a written apology and $1,400 compensation.

However, Jolly said that the situation had made him embarrassed about going to restaurants.

"I just want to be like everybody else and be able to go out for dinner, to be left alone and just enjoy a meal," he told Australian press.
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OMG. Are my dogs gay too? What does 'de-sexed' mean? If it's the same as neutering then my dogs are for sure gay.
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