Oh, yes, be afraid. Be very afraid. Or not.

I'm sure you've seen it ... the scary commercial done by the Canadian who claims she would have died if she hadn't come to the U.S. for treatment of a brain tumor? Well, there's more (and less) to the story. Thought y'all might be interested in reading the real reality of the sitchyashun north of the 49th parallel ...

Turns out this dear woman didn't have a malignant tumor at all. She had a benign cyst that had likely been where it was since birth. Click on the link above to read the rest of the story ...

I found Holmes tale both compelling and troubling. So I decided to check a little further. On the Mayo Clinic's website, Shona Holmes is a success story. But it's somewhat different story than all the headlines might have implied. Holmes' "brain tumour" was actually a Rathke's Cleft Cyst on her pituitary gland. To quote an American source, the John Wayne Cancer Center, "Rathke's Cleft Cysts are not true tumors or neoplasms; instead they are benign cysts."

There's no doubt Holmes had a problem that needed treatment, and she was given appointments with the appropriate specialists in Ontario. She chose not to wait the few months to see them. But it's a far cry from the life-or-death picture portrayed by Holmes on the TV ads or by McConnell in his attacks.

Then read the story of a Canadian who had a real malignant brain tumor and the treatment she got in the Canadian health care system.

Thanks to several diarists at dkos and fdl over the past few weeks. The two links above come from their posts which I have lost and cannot find to link to now. Bad me. :-( Apologies.

Frontpaged by Steve


Headed out to a meeting

but I'll check back later tonight. Just wanted to get the real story behind the scary "Republican truth" out for dissemination.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Republicans got someone to LIE? No friggin' way!

Those fine, upstanding right-of-center, family values types usually only abuse the hell out of the other 9 Commandments. Well, come to think of it, they really do have zero scruples under any circumstances.

Playing politics with American's lives may be the most gutter sloshing thing these underhanded greedy bastid's have ever done. For the umpteenth time.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

I don't know if it is simply greed

or a deeply held ideology/belief system, or both, but it would seem that one of the conservative memes is "the end justifies the means". So lying is OK.


There cannot fail to be more kinds of things, as nature grows further disclosed. - Sir Francis Bacon

Spreading the truth to stop the lies from having effect.

Thank you for posting the article and links. I really hope more people pick up on the truth behind the Republican lies. They are playing politics with all of our lives and I, for one, am sick of it. Keep spreading the truth and sharing the information. Since it is unlikely that anything will happen before the August recess, I hope you all will be visiting your legislators to express your desire for Health Care Reform with a National Public Health Plan.

i'll be posting further on this...

...but one of The Girlfriend's doctors has practiced in both the usa and canada, and she tells us the system there works quite well for patients with urgent needs.

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965