Friday, November 12, 2004

Yasser Arafat is...dead.

It's been officially announced that Yasser Arafat has passed away and his body will be buried in Egypt. Let's all hope and pray that some day peace in the Middle East may be a reality. Don't stop there, though. The world needs all the peace it can get.
I received a chain e-mail from a friend today regarding women's rights. I cut out the private info and have left the guts for you to read, because it's quite a scary prospect...

Subject: Hager FDA appointment
President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. The committee has not met for more than two years, during which time its charter lapsed. As a result, the Bush Administration is tasked with filling all eleven positions with new members. This position does not require Congressional approval. The FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee makes crucial decisions on matters relating to drugs used in the practice of obstetrics, gynecology and related specialties, including hormone therapy, contraception, treatment for infertility, and medical alternatives to surgical procedures for sterilization and pregnancy termination. Dr. Hager, the author of "As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now." The book blends biblical accounts of Christ healing Women with case studies from Hager's practice. His views of reproductive health care are far outside the mainstream for productive technology. Dr. Hager is a practicingOB/GYN who describes himself as "pro-life" and refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women. In the book Dr. Hager wrote with his wife, entitled "Stress and the Woman's Body," he suggests that women who suffer from premenstrual syndromeshould seek help from reading the bible and praying. As an editor and contributing author of "The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality Reproductive Technologies and the Family," Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically
inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient. We are concerned that Dr. Hager's strong religious beliefs may color his assessment of technologies that are necessary to protect women's lives or to preserve and promote women's health. Hager's track record of using religious beliefs to guide his medical decision-making makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate to serve as chair of this committee. Critical drug public policy and researchmust not be held hostage by antiabortion politics. Members of this important panel should be appointed on the basis of science and medicine, rather than politics and religion. American women deserve no less.

And on a lighter note...
I went with some friends last night to see Luna at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. What a great show! I've loved the band for years and have never had a chance to see them live. Unfortunately, it was their last show in the Detroit area as the band is breaking up and this is their farewell tour. It was my friend Glen's 9th or 10th time seeing them. If you're not familiar with Luna, you may remember an earlier Dean Wareham incarnation known as Galaxie 500. I haven't seen a show at the Blind Pig in probably about 10 years. It's nice to know that some places never change. Thanks to Luna for years of musical bliss.

Today's wine recommendation: 2000 Penley Estate Shiraz Cabernet $32.99
This stuff is delicious and I'm not just saying that because I had a great time at the winery. This Aussie stunner from Coonawarra is a beautiful effort in winemaking. The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes marry perfectly in this seductive blend. A nose of blackberry, raspberry, subtle eucylptus, and rich vanilla is followed by juicy raspberry and blueberry on the palate with a hint of mint and spice. The finish is medium-long and leaves one wanting more. Try with grilled lamb chops, spice rubbed pork chops, or a nice hunk of cheese like Parmegianno Reggiano, or a cave-aged Gruyere. Delicous!
Until the next bottle...


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