ALCOHOL COUNSELING: COUNSELORS WITH TWO HATS

Posted on December 15, 2010, under Anti Depressants-Sleeping Aid.

Many of the workers in the alcohol field are themselves recovering alcoholics. Long before national attention was focused on alcoholism, private rehabilitation centers were operated, often staffed by sober alcoholics. In the evolutionary process of recovery, many alcoholics find themselves working in many capacities, in many different types of facilities. We must say here that we do not believe that simply being a recovering alcoholic qualifies one to be a counselor. There is more to it than that. That view ignores the skill and special knowledge that many alcoholics working in the field have gained, on the job, and often without benefit of any formal training. They have had a harder row to hoe and deserve a lot of respect for sticking to it.
Being a recovering alcoholic has some advantages for a counselor but also some clear disadvantages. Being a counselor may at times be the most confusing for the recovering alcoholic who is also in AA. Doing AA Twelfth Step work and calling it counseling won’t do, from the profession’s or AA’s point of view. Twelfth Step work is voluntary and has no business being used for bread earning. AA’s traditions are clearly against this. AA is not opposed to its members working in the field of alcoholism, if they are qualified to do so. If you are an AA member and also an alcohol counselor, it is important to keep the dividing line in plain sight. The trade calls it “wearing two hats.” There are some good AA pamphlets on the subject, and the AA monthly magazine, The Grapevine, publishes articles for two-hatters from time to time. A book, The Para-Professional in the Treatment of Alcoholism, by Staub and Kent, covers a lot of territory on two-hatting very well.
A particular bind for two-hat counselors comes if attending AA becomes tied to their jobs more than their own sobriety. They might easily find themselves sustaining clients at meetings and not being there for themselves. A way to avoid this is to find a meeting you can attend where you are less likely to see clients. It is easy for both you and the clients to confuse AA with the other therapy. The client benefits from a clear distinction as much, if not more, than you. There is always the difficulty of keeping your priorities in order. You cannot counsel if you are drinking yourself. So, whatever you do to keep sober, whether it includes AA or not, keep doing it. Again, when so many people out there seem to need you, it is very difficult to keep from overextending. A recovering alcoholic simply cannot afford this. (If this description fits you, stop reading right now. Choose one thing to scratch off your schedule.) It is always easy to justify skimping on your own sober regimen because “I’m working with alcoholics all the time.” Retire that excuse. Experience has shown it to be a counselor killer.
Another real problem is the temptation to discuss your job at AA meetings or discuss clients with other members. The AAs don’t need to be bored by you any more than by a doctor member describing the surgical removal of a gallbladder. Discussing your clients, even with another AA member, is a serious breach of confidentiality. This will be particularly hard, especially when a really concerned AA member asks you point-blank about someone. The other side of the coin is keeping the confidences gained at AA and not reporting to coworkers about what transpired with clients at an AA meeting. Hopefully, your nonalcoholic coworkers will not slip up and put you in a bind by asking. It is probably okay to talk with your AA sponsor about your job if it is giving you fits. However, it is important to stick with you, and leave out work details and/or details about clients.
Watch out if feelings of superiority creep in toward other “plain” AA members or nonalcoholic colleagues.-Recovery from alcoholism does not accord you magical insights. On the other hand, being a nonalcoholic is not a guaranteed route to knowing what is going on, either. Keep your perspective as much as you’re able. After all, you are all in the same boat, with different oars. To quote an unknown source: “It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”
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ALCOHOL COUNSELING: COUNSELORS WITH TWO HATSMany of the workers in the alcohol field are themselves recovering alcoholics. Long before national attention was focused on alcoholism, private rehabilitation centers were operated, often staffed by sober alcoholics. In the evolutionary process of recovery, many alcoholics find themselves working in many capacities, in many different types of facilities. We must say here that we do not believe that simply being a recovering alcoholic qualifies one to be a counselor. There is more to it than that. That view ignores the skill and special knowledge that many alcoholics working in the field have gained, on the job, and often without benefit of any formal training. They have had a harder row to hoe and deserve a lot of respect for sticking to it.Being a recovering alcoholic has some advantages for a counselor but also some clear disadvantages. Being a counselor may at times be the most confusing for the recovering alcoholic who is also in AA. Doing AA Twelfth Step work and calling it counseling won’t do, from the profession’s or AA’s point of view. Twelfth Step work is voluntary and has no business being used for bread earning. AA’s traditions are clearly against this. AA is not opposed to its members working in the field of alcoholism, if they are qualified to do so. If you are an AA member and also an alcohol counselor, it is important to keep the dividing line in plain sight. The trade calls it “wearing two hats.” There are some good AA pamphlets on the subject, and the AA monthly magazine, The Grapevine, publishes articles for two-hatters from time to time. A book, The Para-Professional in the Treatment of Alcoholism, by Staub and Kent, covers a lot of territory on two-hatting very well.A particular bind for two-hat counselors comes if attending AA becomes tied to their jobs more than their own sobriety. They might easily find themselves sustaining clients at meetings and not being there for themselves. A way to avoid this is to find a meeting you can attend where you are less likely to see clients. It is easy for both you and the clients to confuse AA with the other therapy. The client benefits from a clear distinction as much, if not more, than you. There is always the difficulty of keeping your priorities in order. You cannot counsel if you are drinking yourself. So, whatever you do to keep sober, whether it includes AA or not, keep doing it. Again, when so many people out there seem to need you, it is very difficult to keep from overextending. A recovering alcoholic simply cannot afford this. (If this description fits you, stop reading right now. Choose one thing to scratch off your schedule.) It is always easy to justify skimping on your own sober regimen because “I’m working with alcoholics all the time.” Retire that excuse. Experience has shown it to be a counselor killer.Another real problem is the temptation to discuss your job at AA meetings or discuss clients with other members. The AAs don’t need to be bored by you any more than by a doctor member describing the surgical removal of a gallbladder. Discussing your clients, even with another AA member, is a serious breach of confidentiality. This will be particularly hard, especially when a really concerned AA member asks you point-blank about someone. The other side of the coin is keeping the confidences gained at AA and not reporting to coworkers about what transpired with clients at an AA meeting. Hopefully, your nonalcoholic coworkers will not slip up and put you in a bind by asking. It is probably okay to talk with your AA sponsor about your job if it is giving you fits. However, it is important to stick with you, and leave out work details and/or details about clients.Watch out if feelings of superiority creep in toward other “plain” AA members or nonalcoholic colleagues.-Recovery from alcoholism does not accord you magical insights. On the other hand, being a nonalcoholic is not a guaranteed route to knowing what is going on, either. Keep your perspective as much as you’re able. After all, you are all in the same boat, with different oars. To quote an unknown source: “It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”*187\331\2*

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ASTHMA AND SEX

Posted on December 12, 2010, under Asthma.

Sexual problems of any degree can have a detrimental effect on relationships and one’s self-esteem. While a whole range of sexual problems are identified and openly discussed between individuals, special counsellors, doctors, patients and through the media, there is little discussion about the sexual difficulties and embarrassment that can be encountered by asthmatics.
A large number of general practitioners said that none of their asthma patients had ever mentioned any sexual difficulties relating to asthma. When further questioned, they admitted they had never asked their patients if sexual activity triggered an attack. Another group of general practitioners said they had discussed sexual activity with some of their asthmatic patients. In these instances, it was usually the doctor who brought up the subject. According to Dr L:
I have a number of patients who get asthma during or after sexual activity, but unfortunately most of them were reticent to broach the subject. Many of my patients who have had heart attacks or a stroke have brought up the subject of their future sex life. I think these patients feel more confident to discuss such personal issues because they have very often been counselled by a social worker or a physiotherapist while in hospital. It has been made clear to them that having problems with sexual anxiety after an illness is very normal and affects most people. Because most asthmatics are not chronically sick and can be perfectly well prior to any physical activity, they do not realize that their problem is common, and many lack the confidence to discuss it with their doctor. I make a point to give my asthmatic patients an opportunity to discuss all aspects of their asthma and its effect on their lives by asking a few leading questions. While many would not have brought up the sexual aspect themselves, they are relieved and reassured after talking with me.
If you have encountered problems with your asthma during sexual activity, you are not alone. Asthmatics are vulnerable during sexual activity because they are exposed to a number of common triggers: exercise, bedding and dust, as well as possible irritants such as scented soap, perfume, hair spray and aftershave.
Fear of developing asthma during sex can be very distressing for both partners. It is important to be totally frank with your partner if you are worried about your asthma. Explain to him or her what asthma is and how it can affect you. In a caring relationship, the asthmatic should expect and receive support and understanding. It is also important to know that most asthmatics are able to enjoy a regular and perfectly normal sex life.
Anxiety about having an asthma attack during sexual activity can, in itself, induce asthma symptoms, admits Roberta, 32:
No matter how well I was feeling, or how high my peak flow meter reading, I used to become breathless and tight in the chest when I made love. Since I started using Ventolin about five minutes prior to going to bed, this problem has disappeared. I still get short of breath if I have a cold or a slight chest infection, which is the time my asthma always seems to be worse. Fortunately, I have an understanding partner who always makes sure my Ventolin is at hand. When I was younger, I was very embarrassed by using Ventolin before, during or after sexual activity, but now I couldn’t care less. We even joke about it sometimes.
Pre-medication is common among asthmatics who know that they normally wheeze or become breathless during sexual activity. Which medicine to take and when to take it should be discussed with your doctor.
When considering one’s sex life, it is a good idea to try and eliminate or reduce any known triggers. William, 47, certainly found this to be the case when he met his future wife:
When I met my wife, she was addicted to a certain brand of perfume. I did notice that I developed a cough and a slight tightness in my chest the first time we went out together, but it was not till I had an acute attack of asthma in bed one night that I realized that I was having an allergic response to her very strong perfume. Our first sexual encounter ended up with me in the casualty department of Royal North Shore Hospital. While I occasionally wheeze a bit during sexual activity, I have not had a bad attack since my wife stopped wearing perfume.
Frankness and understanding between sexual partners, supported if necessary by counselling and prescribed premedication, should resolve most problems and allay any fears about asthma during sexual activity. If you have any problems, you should feel free to talk with your doctor. A caring and understanding doctor should be able to discuss this aspect of your asthma without making you feel awkward or embarrassed.
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ASTHMA AND SEXSexual problems of any degree can have a detrimental effect on relationships and one’s self-esteem. While a whole range of sexual problems are identified and openly discussed between individuals, special counsellors, doctors, patients and through the media, there is little discussion about the sexual difficulties and embarrassment that can be encountered by asthmatics.A large number of general practitioners said that none of their asthma patients had ever mentioned any sexual difficulties relating to asthma. When further questioned, they admitted they had never asked their patients if sexual activity triggered an attack. Another group of general practitioners said they had discussed sexual activity with some of their asthmatic patients. In these instances, it was usually the doctor who brought up the subject. According to Dr L:I have a number of patients who get asthma during or after sexual activity, but unfortunately most of them were reticent to broach the subject. Many of my patients who have had heart attacks or a stroke have brought up the subject of their future sex life. I think these patients feel more confident to discuss such personal issues because they have very often been counselled by a social worker or a physiotherapist while in hospital. It has been made clear to them that having problems with sexual anxiety after an illness is very normal and affects most people. Because most asthmatics are not chronically sick and can be perfectly well prior to any physical activity, they do not realize that their problem is common, and many lack the confidence to discuss it with their doctor. I make a point to give my asthmatic patients an opportunity to discuss all aspects of their asthma and its effect on their lives by asking a few leading questions. While many would not have brought up the sexual aspect themselves, they are relieved and reassured after talking with me.If you have encountered problems with your asthma during sexual activity, you are not alone. Asthmatics are vulnerable during sexual activity because they are exposed to a number of common triggers: exercise, bedding and dust, as well as possible irritants such as scented soap, perfume, hair spray and aftershave.Fear of developing asthma during sex can be very distressing for both partners. It is important to be totally frank with your partner if you are worried about your asthma. Explain to him or her what asthma is and how it can affect you. In a caring relationship, the asthmatic should expect and receive support and understanding. It is also important to know that most asthmatics are able to enjoy a regular and perfectly normal sex life.Anxiety about having an asthma attack during sexual activity can, in itself, induce asthma symptoms, admits Roberta, 32:No matter how well I was feeling, or how high my peak flow meter reading, I used to become breathless and tight in the chest when I made love. Since I started using Ventolin about five minutes prior to going to bed, this problem has disappeared. I still get short of breath if I have a cold or a slight chest infection, which is the time my asthma always seems to be worse. Fortunately, I have an understanding partner who always makes sure my Ventolin is at hand. When I was younger, I was very embarrassed by using Ventolin before, during or after sexual activity, but now I couldn’t care less. We even joke about it sometimes.Pre-medication is common among asthmatics who know that they normally wheeze or become breathless during sexual activity. Which medicine to take and when to take it should be discussed with your doctor.When considering one’s sex life, it is a good idea to try and eliminate or reduce any known triggers. William, 47, certainly found this to be the case when he met his future wife:When I met my wife, she was addicted to a certain brand of perfume. I did notice that I developed a cough and a slight tightness in my chest the first time we went out together, but it was not till I had an acute attack of asthma in bed one night that I realized that I was having an allergic response to her very strong perfume. Our first sexual encounter ended up with me in the casualty department of Royal North Shore Hospital. While I occasionally wheeze a bit during sexual activity, I have not had a bad attack since my wife stopped wearing perfume.Frankness and understanding between sexual partners, supported if necessary by counselling and prescribed premedication, should resolve most problems and allay any fears about asthma during sexual activity. If you have any problems, you should feel free to talk with your doctor. A caring and understanding doctor should be able to discuss this aspect of your asthma without making you feel awkward or embarrassed.*45\148\2*

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GONORRHOEA – MANAGEMENT

Posted on October 11, 2010, under Men's Health-Erectile Dysfunction.

Management includes:

antibiotic therapy;

abstinence from sex during treatment;

follow-up for test-of-cure cultures; and

tracing, investigation and treatment of recent sex contacts.

Standard practice is to treat patients on the first visit on the results of gram-stained smears or on the basis of a contact history. The penicillins have been the first line treatment for gonorrhoea. If infection is likely to be due to PPNG, treatment with spectinomycin or a cephalosporin (e.g. cefotaxime or ceftriaxone) should be commenced. Infections acquired in South East Asia should be assumed to be penicillin resistant. In Australia there are considerable regional differences in the levels of PPNG. Where the incidence of PPNG is high, as in Sydney and Melbourne, PPNG regimens should be the first line treatment.

For patients allergic to penicillin, spectinomуcin can be used except during pregnancy or lactation when erythromycin should be used. Cephalosporins should be given with caution to patients known to be hypersensitive to penicillin.
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Online pharma – generic Viagra

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GONORRHOEA – CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS 3

Posted on October 8, 2010, under Men's Health-Erectile Dysfunction.

Septicaemia is uncommon in gonorrhoea but haematogenously disseminated focal lesions may occur in the skin or in mucous, synovial or other membranes. Extragenital immune lesions may involve joints, skin and other sites.

Septicaemic skin lesions are usually erythematous papules which may progress to superficial pustules and heal in a few days without scarring.

Arthritis may occur and may or may not be septic. Septic gonococcal arthritis is typically monoarticular and usually involves the knee. Tenosynovitis is occasionally seen.

Meningitis, endocarditis, myocarditis and pericarditis occur rarely.
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Internet Struggle “Reaches Climax”

Posted on December 9, 2009, under Technology.

As covered on Slashdot multiple times, The world is looking to take away the control of the internet from the United States by allowing the United Nations to control the world’s DNS servers. Currently the United States “controls” the internet’s DNS servers via an independant company called ICANN, who approves of the formats used in the internet’s protocols and manages the world’s DNS servers (such as the Top Level Domains (‘.com’, ‘.net’, ‘.org’, etc) and format of the DNS records).

So why do we need a shift of power in who controls the internet? I am having problems finding the answer to this one. Suggested in the Guardian, some governments have become dependant on the internet for some of thier basic infrastructure, such as tax collection and voting. As a result, these countries have invested an interest in controlling the internet – invited themselves to the party, so to speak. Perhaps it’s because these other countries aren’t happy with merely paticipating, they want to regulate. But like all forms of regulation, it’s the private sector that makes things fun and interesting, and the public sector that makes things more restrictive and less interesting.

Case in point: The great firewall of China. Classic case of what one of these other countries can do with an american-held ICANN if they’re sufficiently motivated. This is not the situation of “Let’s invent a new way of using these old internet technologies for something nifty”. This is instead a case of restriction and blocking the message the government doesn’t want it’s citizens to hear.

So what’s the score? The United States is adament on not letting ICANN go. The rest of the world is adamant that the United States let it go.

So what if the U.S. doesn’t back down? Is the world going to have a snit and kick the U.S. out of the U.N.? What has the U.S. done wrong that it should give it up? What is the U.N. going to do with it once they have it?

Personally I think the only realistic thing the other nations do is to put together thier own ICANN-lookalikes and make thier own set of authoritative root servers. Maybe they’ll follow suite with China, and put up a set of firewalls and special routers to block certain worldwide messages the current regime doesn’t like thier people to hear.

It’s certainly nothing new; “pirate” root servers were rather prevelant before ICANN opened up some alternative top-level-domains. There will be several inconsistancies when some countries decide to handle thier protocols differently than the norm. you can imagine that will score big points, when companies based in one country can’t do business with other countries.

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Harriet Miers just tipped the balance

Posted on December 9, 2009, under National Politics.

I’ll admit that my initial reaction to Miers’ nomination was a dismayed “who?” followed by growing anger. I would still prefer her nomination to be defeated, primarily because the Senate’s ‘advice and consent’ role was intended to be a check against blatant cronyism. I’m certainly not the first to read some dusty old papers and see that:

It would be an excellent check upon a spirit of favoritism in the President, and would tend greatly to prevent the appointment of unfit characters from State prejudice, from family connection, from personal attachment, or from a view to popularity.

He would be both ashamed and afraid to bring forward, for the most distinguished or lucrative stations, candidates who had no other merit than that of coming from the same State to which he particularly belonged, or of being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure.

On the other hand, I disagree with those who claim that Miers is unqualified. She is simply not as qualified as they would like, in the manner they would like.

I think I’m really seeing (and feeling) that this is the last intolerable betrayal of MY principles by a President I voted for. Strike that. I honestly voted against the other guy, not for this bozo.

I’ve said more than once that voting for the lesser evil is still voting for evil. Guess I had to be slapped with it one more time.

I don’t see where Bush has any credibility left with fiscal conservatives, small government believers or any liberty loving citizen. The 0 for 2 on appointing judges comes on top of drug welfare for seniors, a blank check to the corruption that drowned NOLA, expansion of police powers, dangerously half-hearted military action, and others. No wonder his base is fragmenting.

Miers’ nomination isn’t offensive enough for the heat that’s been generated, not by itself. But on top of everything else, it seems to be the last straw.

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Bloggers (and unpopular press) not eligible under ‘Shield Law’

Posted on December 9, 2009, under National Politics.

Alright. so by posting on this, it sounds like a blatent case of self-interest. But it actually feeds my fair-play ideals than anything much else..

According to senator Richard Lugar (R.-Ind.), the Shield Law provision of the ‘Free Flow of Information Act of 2005′ would not protect bloggers, yet is written widely enough to cover anything from the New York Times to the hometown newsletter, to Internet-only publications.

So why do the “real publications” (sic) need something like this Shield Law provision? Supposedly it is so they don’t have to reveal thier sources when under oath; Allows whistle-blowers stay anonymous and rumor-starters to need no accountability. This has been related to a doctor-patient or a priest-confessional relationship. I can see how the concept might have been linked, but it should never have been accepted as such.

A doctor needs certain information from thier patients so the doctor can save thier life. Such as things the patient has done that might not be all that legal. Without this information the doctor cannot properly save lives.

The relationship within a religion should be considered private, because without an assumption of trust, priests cannot properly tend to thier flock. Invasion of this relationship interfers with the practice of that religion, causing bad kharma all around.

There are very few other cases where an assumption of secrecy is required. Usually it is because it interferes with certain vital social functions; the doctor’s ability to save certain unmentioned body parts, the preacher’s ability to save souls, and a defense attorney’s ability to save thier clients certain other unmentioned body parts.

So how is it so important that the press recieves this special benifit? The most obvious answer is so they can protect the identity of whistle-blowers – people who are afraid of backlash for speaking about corruption in thier company. But there are other answers. It allows reporters to cover up felonies they commit; such as the knowing and willfull reception of classified materials. This legislation creates an assumption of privacy for the press’ sources where there should not be one. And, thanks to senator Lugar’s interpretation, it sets up a division line between state-sponsored media outlets and the media outlets created by regular folk.

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Lord of the Princess Bride of the Rings

Posted on December 9, 2009, under news.

If you like campy crossover, you might like this retelling of Lord of the Rings in Princess Bride quotations. Sample:

The Inn of the Prancing Pony:

STRIDER: I am waiting for Gandalf! You told me to go back to the beginning, so I have. This is where I am, and this is where I’ll stay. I will not be moved.

STRIDER: I do not mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have a Ring of Power on your right hand?

FRODO: Do you always begin conversations this way?

HOBBITS: Who are you?

STRIDER: No one of consequence.

HOBBITS: We must know.

STRIDER: Get used to disappointment.

HOBBITS: Okay.

The Grey Havens:

SAM: What is it?

FRODO: Open it up.

SAM: A book?

FRODO: That’s right. When I was your age, adventures were called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my uncle used to write when he was adventuring and I used to write it when I was adventuring … and today, I’m gonna give it to you.

SAM: Does it got any sports in it?

FRODO: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.

SAM: It doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try and stay awake.

FRODO: Oh, well, thank you very much. That’s very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming. Oh. All right: “There and Back Again: A Hobbit’s Tale by Bilbo Baggins.” …

via Heretical Ideas

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D.C. Council likes Drug-Free Pharmacies

Posted on December 9, 2009, under news.

In an amazingly short-sighted move, the DC City Council has passed a law limiting the reasonable price of drugs in DC to “30 percent over the comparative price in Germany, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom”. There are just so many things wrong with this idea, where do I start?

•Price controls always cause shortages.

•Maximum price limits rapidly become minimum price points.

•The liability environment in Germany, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom is nothing like that in DC, so expenses are not the same.

•Ever hear of the Commerce Clause? Think pharmaceuticals are a national market? By today’s readings, the council has no authority to attempt to regulate this trade.

•The companies are guilty until proven innocent. Lovely.

•Presumably, we’re talking the LOWEST price of Germany, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom.

•Currency fluctuations.

•The drug companies aren’t selling in DC. Local pharmacies are. They buy from a wholesaler that probably isn’t in the district. The wholesaler buys from a distributor that isn’t in DC. The distributor bought from Pfizer. So sue Pfizer. Riiight.

•The Council passes a law lowering the Council’s burden of proof in a lawsuit. No hint of corruption or conflict of interest here, is there?

The quote from bill author Councilman David A. Catania is interesting. “This is not price control, this is not price fixing”. I have a news flash for you David. A law controlling the price IS a price control. Must be a public school graduate.

My first reaction? If I ran the drug company, I’d stop selling in DC. All sales contracts will require that the distributor / wholesaler shall not offer the product in DC nor allow their customer to. Then wait and fill the larger orders destined for drug stores in Maryland, Virginia and surrounding communities. That’s not overreacting. This needs to be smacked down hard, right now.

Catania, chairman of the council’s health panel, said the District’s bill is the first in the nation and he has fielded inquiries from legislators in other states, such as Maine, who are interested in introducing similar bills.

If the drug companies can’t cover all their expenses AND risks, they’ll stop taking risks. I like the idea of new drugs, but research is risky. If the American public likes seeing $500 million dollar liability awards, they should pay for such foolishness when they buy products that get sued. Germany, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom don’t have that kind of silliness, so they get lower prices. Sounds fair to me.

This kind of ‘consumer protection’ only hurts the consumer, and reminds me more of another kind of protection racket.

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Ten Commandments

Posted on December 9, 2009, under Religion.

I often see blogs by people who hold Christianity in contempt, and have quotes from Christians to prove why Christianity is contemptible. One of the latest such quotes was attributed to Robert T. Lee.

Raising your children under americanism or any other principles other than true Christianity is child abuse.

This is a quite strong statement, certainly over the top when compared to real child abuse, but understandable from the position that a child’s soul needs protection as much as their body does. The problem here lies in calling for the government to enforce this idea. Not wanting to accept something that might be out of context, I did a dogpile search. What I found at Robert T. Lee’s “Society for the Practical Establishment and Perpetuation of the TEN COMMANDMENTS!” (at www.tencommandments.org) is actually pretty fairly summed up as an American Taliban movement. Robert T. Lee and his son appear to be advocating a new government based on a theocratic dictatorship with no civil rights, and enforcing the Ten Commandments as civil law with the death penalty for infractions. There’s no word on how much of the rest of Mosaic law he wants to bring back as well.

(Mr. Lee’s site also has a laughable use policy that purports to disallow even reading any material on his site without his permission, and forbids “fair us”. So I’ll rely on my ‘fair use’ rights here.)

OK, so Mr. Robert T. Lee appears offensive, dictatorial, and perhaps as much of a rabid moonbat as some people might claim. He makes a variety of claims including: God has made the Ten Commandments the most glorious Laws in all of creation; when Adam was created he was bound to obey the Ten Commandments; God requires that every individual person perfectly obey the Ten Commandments; and hypocritical professing so-called Christians are among the heathens who say that the Ten Commandments are no longer in effect. But is he Christian? He apparently thinks he is, and he refers to himself that way, but does he follow Jesus Christ in truth? I don’t think so, since there is much in Gospel and Scripture that he is either ignorant of or ignoring.

The Ten Commandments are glorious Laws, but they are not the ultimate in laws. The Mosaic covenant, of which the Ten Commandments are only a part, is definitely inferior to the New covenant. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-19 that the law was not to pass, but went on (in the Sermon on the Mount) to demonstrate the imperfection of the Ten Commandments and the rest of Mosaic Law.

One is rightly entertained by the concept of Adam before the Fall being enjoined from working on the Sabbath (in Eden?), or coveting his neighbors’ possessions, let alone seeing Adam and Eve honor their fathers and mothers. Adam was bound not to the Ten Commandments but to a much simpler Law of Faith and Obedience. Indeed, Abraham so fulfilled the Law of Faith that it was accounted to him as righteousness, thus proving that the Law of Faith is superior to the later Mosaic Laws.

Reading scripture, not only does God not require every individual to obey the ten commandments, but there are repeated warnings that simply following the law is an apostate teaching. No one (other than Jesus) can be righteous under the law (Romans 3:10,19-20), the law can only condemn to death, it cannot save a single soul. Jesus taught a new ‘law of the Spirit’ based upon Faith and Grace. The believer must be dead to the law that Faith and Grace may make them live unto God.

If hypocritical professing so-called Christians are among the heathens who say that the Ten Commandments are no longer in effect, I guess we must include the Apostles Matthew, Paul and John in the heathen. Through these ‘heathens’ we see that Mosaic law was added to Abraham’s covenant of Faith as a preparatory discipline, a foreshadowing of Grace. Mosaic law was abolished, blotted out in Christ. Just as Jesus was better than Moses, so is Christ’s covenant perfect where Moses’ was faulty.

Given the above examples of specific errors on the part of Mr. Lee, I would be remiss to not mention that this type of error (legalism) is rebuked in many places in scripture, and false teachings are noted. This form of heresy is not Christianity, and to accuse all Christianity based on this heresy is an accusation both unfair and untrue.

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