Sunday, August 12, 2012

Congestive Heart Failure

That's what I got, and that's what I'm laid up with right now at University of Kentucky Hospital at Lexington Kentucky. If I hadn't made it to here when I did, there's a very good chance I would be dead by now. Even worse, almost nobody knows where I'm at. Luckily, a very kind and helpful nurse has allowed me use of a computer with which I've managed to send a message to my sister, but I don't know if she'll get it in a timely manner.

Just be ready with your expressions of get well wishes or, failing that, condolences. Hopefully I made it here on time, whether anybody else knows where I am or not. A good rule of thumb is have family addresses and numbers where they are easily accessed.

And also, if you do call UK Hospital with expressionjs of best wishes for one Patrick Kelley, bear in mind they are unlikely to tell you anything.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The First Amendment, True Christian Values(tm), and Capitalism

I've been waiting for the dust to settle and the wind to clear following the recent Chik Fil-A controversy, but unfortunately some eruptions leave some things buried out of sight. One of the victims of the controversy might be the recent report that the current modern methods of raising chickens might be contributing to the development of a bacteria which breeds a urinary tract infection, mostly in women, a superbug that might be untreatable by current antibiotics.

It was not too long after this report was issued, making local and national news broadcasts, that the Chik Fil-A matter exploded in earnest, driven in large measure by former Arkansas Governor and current Fox News host and analyst Mike Huckabee, who staged a wildly successful Chik Fil-A appreciation day.

The recently expressed health concerns were quickly forgotten, and for the most part still are. But at least PETA, who have been warning about the dangers of current chicken raising techniques for years, can take comfort that they can now stand proudly amongst the membership of the Broken Clock Brigade.

As for Huckabee, a more cynical person might well suggest that, while certainly on the side of the First Amendment and True Christian Values, he might even be more concerned with sheltering and protecting the economic interests of his home state, long dependent on agriculture, and especially the chicken breeding industry. It has in fact long been home to Tyson Chickens, the nations largest breeders of chicken.

Makes you wonder where Chik Fil-A, like KFC, Saxby's Lee's etc., get their chickens from.

Friday, August 03, 2012

My First Choice For Romney's Running Mate

Just something to think about.