Welcome VisualAmbassador.com – We Are NakedEric

Here’s a link where you’ll find an original melon by my self posted on a super site.  I feel a little miffed that the fine lady who reposted my essay verbatim took a byline with no credit for little ol me for writing the silly thing.  Nevertheless and neverthemore, they are our new friends and I want you to go visit and be nice.  They’ll likely be around here scooping content for their blog when they run out of ideas and feel like not paying for it.  I admire the stones.  It is a genuine pleasure to make your acquaintance.  Please visit the NakedEric article reposted on their site.  It won’t say I wrote it, but I did.  It is the vault here if you search a bit…  So go say hi!

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Obama Healthcare Preview – “We Won’t Pay To Have You Cured, But We’ll Pay To Have You Killed.”

MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
State denies cancer treatment, offers suicide instead
‘To say, we’ll pay for you to die, but not pay for you to live, it’s cruel’
Posted: June 19, 2008
11:15 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily
State officials have offered a lung cancer patient the option of having the Oregon Health Plan, set up in 1994 to ration health care, pay for an assisted suicide but not for the chemotherapy prescribed by her physician.

The story appears to be a happy ending for Barbara Wagner, who has been notified by a drug manufacturer that it will provide the expensive medication, estimated to cost $4,000 a month, for the first year and then allow her to apply for further treatment, according to a report in the Eugene Register-Guard.

But the word from the state was coverage for palliative care, which would include the state’s assisted suicide program, would be allowed but not coverage for the cancer treatment drugs.

“To say to someone, we’ll pay for you to die, but not pay for you to live, it’s cruel,” Wagner told the newspaper. “I get angry. Who do they think they are?”

(Story continues below)

She said she was devastated when the state health program refused coverage for Tarceva, the drug her doctor ordered for treatment of her lung cancer.

The refusal came in an unsigned letter from LIPA, the company that runs the state program in that part of Oregon.

“We had no intent to upset her, but we do need to point out the options available to her under the Oregon Health Plan,” Dr. John Sattenspiel, senior medical director for LIPA, told the newspaper.

“I understand the way it was interpreted. I’m not sure how we can lift that. The reality is, at some level (doctor-assisted suicide) could be considered as a palliative or comfort care measure.”

The 64-year-old Wagner lives in a low-income apartment in Springfield with her dog, the newspaper said.

State officials say the Oregon Health Plan prioritizes treatments, with diagnoses and ailments deemed the most important, such as pregnancy, childbirth and preventive care for children at the top of the list. Other treatments rank below, officials said.

“We can’t cover everything for everyone,” Dr. Walter Shaffer, a spokesman for the state Division of Medical Assistance Programs, told the paper. “Taxpayer dollars are limited for publicly funded programs. We try to come up with policies that provide the most good for the most people.”

He said many cancer treatments are a high priority, but others reflect the “desire on the part of the framers of this list to not cover treatments that are futile.”

Wagner, however, is ending up with the treatment needed when her lung cancer, in remission for two years, returned.

She reported a representative for the pharmaceutical company called and notified her the drug would be provided for at least the first year.

“We have been warning for years that this was a possibility in Oregon,” said the “Bioethics Pundit” on the Bioethics blog. “Medicaid is rationed, meaning that some treatments are not covered. But assisted suicide is always covered.”

“This isn’t the first time this has happened either,” the blogger wrote. “A few years ago a patient who needed a double organ transplant was denied the treatment but would have been eligible for state-financed assisted suicide. But not to worry. Just keep repeating the mantra: There are no abuses with Oregon’s assisted suicide law. There are no abuses. There are no abuses!

David Letterman v. The Palin Ladies

Quick note:

Tomorrow I will go shopping early to get rid of my “slutty flight attendant” look, lest the late-night Leperman show put me on the wildly hilarious Top 10 List. “I would never make a joke about a young girl getting ‘knocked up’. Well, not THAT young girl, her SISTER maybe. She’s 18 and she deserves it for working to educate women about teen pregnancy. Plus, her mother’s in politics, so she was asking for it.”

Anyone wanna carpool?

Layne Staley & Demri Parrott – The Greatest Love Story Never Told

 

Layne & Demri
Layne & Demri

 

 

 

I came across a great site that is hosted by a friend of Demri and Layne’s. It is a design site, but look at the home page or do a search for Demri. Here’s the link: Layne & Demri Posts

NE Readers know how we like to investigate the life and demise of Layne Staley. It is an important discovery that goes way beyond mere fanaticism. Staley was, among (many) other things, a very transparent person. This was the most unusual part of his personality. Most (all?) junk users thrive on misinformation and, frankly, lies. Layne avails us of an opportunity to see what his demons were and his reaction to them. He was crystal clear. So, regarding Demri, Layne’s choice of girlfriend was initially another means of seeing what was going on in his head. However, after reading the posts on the site (above) I became fascinated by Demri herself. She may have been the muse that allowed Layne to produce the most moving metal album of all time, DIRT. Her whimsical nature and quirks may be the key to his demise. They may, in fact, be the cause of his demise. Demri was his only warmth in a world that was so cold and full of terror to Layne. Her departure corresponds with his withdrawal into solitude. As I said before, I believe these fierce emotions drove Layne to belt out another two incredible songs. The last two new Alice in Chains songs before his death, “Get Born Again” and “Died”.

“Died” is clearly about Demri and her death. The song is again, transparent. Here are the lyrics:

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I could climb until I reach where angels reside 
Ask around to find out where the junkies apply
You just up and left me on this rock all alone 
It’s my fault for knowing not what I should have known 

Ohhhhhhhh
My heart is dried up beating slow 
Ohhhhhh
It’s been just raining since you died 
Died 
Since you died 
You died 

I could drop until I touch the sinister side 
Visit all attractions flippin’ back and aside 
Still you leave me rotting on this rock all alone 
It’s my fault for knowing not what I should have known 

Ohhhhhhhh
My heart is dried up beating slow 
Ohhhhhh
It’s been just raining since you died 
Died 
Since you died 
You died 

Ohhhhhhh
My heart is tired of beating slow 
Ohhhhhh
It’s been just raining since you died 
Died 
Since you died 
You died 

I could climb until I reach where angels reside 
I could drop until I touch the sinister side 

Ohhhhhhhh
My heart is dried up beating slow 
Ohhhhh
It’s been just raining since you died 
Died 
Since you died 
You died 
Died 
You died 
Died 
You died 

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  Says a lot doesn’t it?  Layne would climb to find out where angels reside.  Clearly he wanted to find Demri, an angel.  Then, “ask around to find out where the junkies apply”.  He clearly did not feel the same about himself.  He seemed to say he was not worth of her “angelic” qualities as he was a mere junkie.  It’s not hard to go through this and see how he felt during the end of his life.  

  Please visit the link above.  I hope to contact the site directly and get more information for NE Readers.  As always, your comments on this post and the Demri site, are always welcome.

-NE

Ms. California v. Perez Hilton

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P. Hilton is quite a unique guy. He acts like a girl, whines like a baby, and makes a career of judging other people’s success. I guess it is apparent why he would be selected to judge Miss America, he knows nothing else but hating, ridiculing, and worshiping others. A natural hater.

Since when is a beauty pageant contestant asked a question that is more difficult than one we ask the President? If a flamboyantly gay mess like Hilton spat that out at Obama, he’d never be heard from again.

Further, “The Question” as it is now called was asked as a personal opinion. Carrie Prejean, Miss California, a religious conservative, answered with what had been instilled in her heart by her religious teachings. And, be it right or wrong to you, she answered the question that was asked with more honesty than most of us could likely muster. If you wanted a policy answer, “the Question” should have been, “Do you think Government should prevent gay couples from getting married?” This would allow Prejean to be a Pro and separate her personal feelings from what should be made legal or illegal. An opinion was requested and an opinion you got. It was delivered politely and without any intent to cause offense to anyone. (Note: Prejean’s opinion is perfectly in line with that of most of her state who voted to ban gay marriage – Prop 8) So why is it such a surprise, you hack? Stop chasing Britney Spears and do something on your own for a change. The question was unfairly provocative and inconsistent with the aim of the pageant.

Now P. Hilton can add something he has actually DONE to his resume. He has ruined the reputation of a harmless and positive organization for years to come by his self-indulgent nonsense. Oh, and he cost Prejean the crown, which is actually the best part because the controversy has made her an overnight sensation and a bigger celebrity than Hilton will ever even come close to being.

-NE

Mr. President, You Are A Stupid, Insensitive Ass

I have just started the long journey of healing when a close family member suffered a severe brain injury that caused a major impairment of function.  It has been one month and it just seems to get harder as challenges mount up ranging from financial to my education.  I have to reshape my entire life, making great, great sacrifices to accommodate this beloved member of our family.

Now, in a gratuitous appearance on late-night television, once again proving his narcissistic belief that he is some kind of Hollywood celebrity, President Obama likens his poor bowling skills to those “like the Special Olympics” to get a cheap laugh.  This would be offensive coming from Cosmo Kramer.  Coming from our new President who was elected on a promise of bi-partisan peace and love, this is ear-splitting and nasty.

Mr. President, you are an asshole.  You have no idea how much your words hurt and I truly hope you never do have to face the challenges I do today.  I would imagine that the taste of eating the words you shat out of your mouth last night would be utterly Ipecac-ish.  I hope that your little laugh was worth it.  You lost the faith of a large part of the country and hurt many of us to boot.

Great job, Mr. President.  I am ashamed of my country (for the first time in my adult life…)

-NE