October 14th, 2008

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Wow.... just wow!

Stunning, and in need of wide distribution.


From National Catholic Reporter:

While American bishops are usually circumspect about declaring their electoral preferences, at least one African prelate currently attending the Synod of Bishops in Rome feels no such scruples. Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, said today he would “obviously” vote for Barak Obama if he could cast a ballot on Nov. 4.

Known as a strong advocate for social justice, Onaiyekan said Obama’s pro-choice record wouldn’t stop him from voting for the Democrat.

“The fact that you oppose abortion doesn’t necessarily mean that you are pro-life,” Onaiyekan said in an interview with NCR. “You can be anti-abortion and still be killing people by the millions through war, through poverty, and so on.”

A past president of the African bishops’ conference, Onaiyekan is widely seen as a spokesperson for Catholicism in Africa. During the synod, he was tapped to deliver a continental report on behalf of the African bishops.

Onaiyekan said the election of an African-American president would have positive repercussions for America’s image in the developing world.

“It would mean that for the first time, we would begin to think that the Americans are really serious in the things they say, about freedom, equality, and all that,” he said. “For a long time, we’ve been feeling that you don’t really mean it, that they’re just words.”

Onaiyekan said he’s aware that many American Catholics have reservations about Obama because of his stand on abortion, but he looks at it differently.

“Of course I believe that abortion is wrong, that it’s killing innocent life,” he said. “I also believe, however, that those who are against abortion should be consistent.

“If my choice is between a person who makes room for abortion, but who is really pro-life in terms of justice in the world, peace in the world, I will prefer him to somebody who doesn’t support abortion but who is driving millions of people in the world to death,” Onaiyekan said.

“It’s a whole package, and you never get a politician who will please you in everything,” he said. “You always have to pick and choose.”
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On the health front

Today I had an interview with the Polytrauma Clinic. That was to see if my head had been so rattled in various moments of general cluelessness/bad luck that my brains were slightly scrambled.

My brains are as good as they ever were.

However, yesterday I started noticing a problem I'd had once before. Four years ago in Korea I had (though I didn't recognise it right away), some irregular heartbeats. Instead of the usual, Ba-Dup, Ba-Dup, Ba-Dup, etc., ad nasuem/finitum I was going, Ba-Dup, Ba-Dup, Ba-Dup..., ..., bdididbup.

It was the pauses which worried me. Happily, for certain values of happily, it was still going on this morning. In Korea I figured out what was going on, just as it stopped. So hooked up to the EKG for about three hours, and no abnormal readings. The docs guessed at some pre-ventricular contractions and sent me home.

This time, the doc felt my pulse, decided it was abnormal, and the pattern needed to be looked at. So he went outside his lane, called in a favor from the Cardio Nurse and got a 12-lead EKG on me. Yep... the ticker isn't being exactly Timex in the way it's working.

So he made a "must acknowledge" note to my file (the joys of the net) and forwarded it to my VA Primary Care Physician. For the Reiter's a Rheumatologist is in order (which I didn't know to ask for. Silly me I figured some follow up from the consult, and the bloodwork would happen), and a cardio consult for my heart.

He's not afraid it will kill me in the next couple of weeks, but he is afraid the pattern after the pause is "tri-geminid" and that can cause one to have a heart attack. Since Reiter's in an inflammatory disease, and it can affect some muscles, and I'm getting into the age range where heart problems are more likely than things like car wrecks, it's not a thing to ignore.

So... that's been on my mind. There are some other things going on too... right now life is greatly in flux, and money is tight.