Politically Disabled: ICE Releases Homicidal Maniacs Into Our Midst

ice*The Huffington Post, the usual home for Politically Disabled, decided not to post this particular installment.  I suppose they don’t agree with the term “illegal alien.” Just a guess, though.

(Sorry about the title, but a clever pun wasn’t going to cut it this time.) Those of you who follow my “Political Thoughts” tweets might have seen an article I posted last week with an “in case you missed it” preface. It was an article about our ICE’s release of 600 illegal aliens because of overcrowding and budget issues. It was a bit shocking, so I dug a little deeper. It seems that ICE has an alarming habit of opening the prison gates right into your back yard.

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Our ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video – What Chronic Illness Is REALLY Like!

We had to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, how could we not? Considering I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, another chronic disease, it seemed only right that we donate and participate!  Of course, we couldn’t leave well enough alone, so we did our own version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and gave it a bit of a twist.  Let’s just say that this video truly represents what having a chronic illness is like! Check it out!

The Consumer Reports Cover Story: America’s Scary Pain Pill Habit & How It’s Not Scary Nor A Habit

NSAID-pain-reliefThose of you who read my column regularly know that I’m a big proponent of pain medicine, and I regularly discuss how it is getting more and more difficult to obtain these medications.  This is due to the demonization of opioids in the media, as well as prescription drugs being the target du jour for America’s ridiculous “War on Drugs.”  Those of us who are in chronic pain have a growing crisis on our hands, and vary rarely do we receive any help from the major news outlets.  Fortunately, though, Consumer Reports has just published an article about pain medication, and even though I haven’t read it yet, I’m sure that it responsibly weighs the pros and cons of opioids and helps to dispel some of the myths and half-truths that are whipping the public up into a frenzy of anti-opioid hate.

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Politically Disabled: Putin On The Ritz

putinThis week, as I was watching the endlessly repeating twenty-four hour news cycle, I saw one of those title graphics that stations create when they cover a significant event. A war (Kuwaiting for Sadam ’90), a manhunt ending (Osama Bin Gotten ’11), or a widespread computer glitch (Why 2K? ’99); it doesn’t matter, they always come up with clever and eye-catching marquees to display every time there’s an update. I’m used to it by now, but the one I saw last week trumped them all. I read, “Cold War II,” and as it shocked me out of my tagline complacency I immediately thought of a Hollywood movie trailer in that movie guy voice.

“Thirty years ago, the forces of good defeated a great evil. Or so we thought. Cold War II: Only Fools Russian.”

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Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble

cauldron_mist_lampThe other day, while watching TV with Allison, as we  often do, I had a moment of self-actualization.  I don’t remember what show was on, but I do recall what was happening.  It was a scene where one of the unimportant characters bit the dust, leaving a distraught family behind.  Without even consciously realizing what was going on, I felt wetness on my cheek.  I was tearing up over the death of a fictional character in a TV show.  What the heck was going on?

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My One-Ton Security Blanket

explorerAny of you who have been in a long-term relationship know that there are certain, hmm, let’s call them “debates,” that crop up again and again.  One of those recurring issues between Allison and I stems from the fact that I like to drive everywhere, while she prefers to take mass transit whenever possible.  To be completely honest, she’s probably got much more of a leg to stand on than I do when it comes to this tug-of-transportation-war, but relationship issues and logic don’t often collide. Continue reading “My One-Ton Security Blanket” »

Politically Disabled: Net Neutrality & The End of Porn

pink-bikiniWelcome to the first installment of Politically Disabled. Named so partially because I am legitimately disabled, but also because people are paying less and less attention to current events these days. In trolling the net I discovered, much to my chagrin, that there was a startling lack of knowledge about politics, a subject that should actually be close to all of our hearts. To make matters worse, I frequently came across individuals, both online and offline, who were misinformed or had entirely misinterpreted the facts of a given issue. It’s becoming an epidemic.

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World Cup & Rheumatoid Arthritis

soccerAnyone who knows me knows I am a huge soccer fan.  Of course, being a soccer fan in America is a bit like being a vegetarian in the middle of Texas cattle country – everyone respects your choice but no one quite understands why you made it.   Either way, we soccer fans, or football as it is properly called, experience heaven once every four years, and it is called the World Cup.  This tournament, kind of like the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, and the World Series all rolled up into one, is a worldwide phenomenon where fans get so worked up that people have been killed over match results.

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Invisible Illness Article At The NRAS

2223Invisible Disease.  What an interesting turn of phrase.  Invisible to whom?  The patient?  Loved ones?  Complete strangers? The ambiguity of the expression is confusing, but it is also a perfect metaphor for what it’s like to live with a disease like rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions.

When someone says “invisible disease,” most people assume it means physically imperceptible to others, and rheumatoid arthritis is right up there at the top of the list.  For instance, I have experienced this myself when parking in the handicapped spots provided for those of us who have trouble walking long distances.  Even at 2am, there always seems to be someone waiting to shake his or her head and make that “tsk, tsk” sound as I exit my vehicle.  I imagine this is because everyone assumes all disabled people must be horribly disfigured or walk like an employee of Monty Python’s Ministry of Funny Walks.  Ironically, these disapproving clucks usually come from healthy individuals who have decided to temporarily take up residence in one of the handicapped spots while a passenger runs into the pharmacy to pickup their anti-psychotic medication or a month’s salary worth of scratch off lottery tickets.

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Lack Of Desire & Apathy Creeps In – Creaky Joints

writersblockI didn’t want to write this blog.  Yup, you read that right, I didn’t want to write this installment of everyone’s ridiculously-titled blog, Dan’s Du Journal.  In fact, I even missed the deadline because I was so not feeling things this week.  Fortunately, thanks to my generously tolerant editor, I was able to sneak in this post after all.

Please don’t think I’d ever leave you hanging, my faithful readers, without due cause.  You see, lately I haven’t been feeling so well, and that really starts to take a toll on both my physical and mental health.  This is a phenomenon that many of us who are ill share, but those who are not sick might not understand.  Sure, the physical aspects of disease can be horrible, but it’s the mental part that sometimes becomes the most crippling.

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