Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mr. Transparency

Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said the governor's office encouraged lawmakers to reject the session by returning their ballots, mailed out July 17, but did not say what form that effort took or how involved Jindal was in the process.
That's our Governor...Mr. Transparency!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cruel Irony

The letterhead on which the state Civil Services Department crafts letters to department heads notifying them of which positions they must eliminate contains the motto -- in big, bold letters at the top:

Recruiting Tomorrow's Leaders -- TODAY

...followed by a detailed list of whose heads are going to roll.

The second line of the motto then reads: "We're making a difference for Louisiana." Well, ain't that the truth?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Louisiana To Cure Severe Psychological Disorders

Dr. Richard Dalton, medical director for the state Office of Mental Health, cited planned expansion of the clinical staffs of the outpatient clinics and new treatment programs. "Our goal is to get our community services to the point so we can in the next two years discontinue the hospitalization of children, " he said. "That's not a fiscal goal. That's a clinical goal."

A clinical goal I bet the American Psychiatric Association would be tickled pink to hear and probably jealous they didn't think of that first!

I've said it before, but I'll say it again. After all, if state officials can keep repeating the same senseless shit, then surely the rest of us can keep responding with some good old common horse sense. I too wish we didn't need hospitals for either physical or psychiatric illness. Really, who WANTS to be hospitalized? (OK, there are a few people who like being hospitalized but that is, ironically, a psychiatric disorder.) Hell, I've been trying this new "optimism" thing lately, so I'm even willing to believe that we can discontinue psychiatric hospitalizations in two years. Still, wouldn't it be prudent to have the hospital as a backup option until we have more success with the all-outpatient, all-the-time thing?
Employees who provide NOAH outpatient services will transfer to two new clinics expected to open in August: one in Mid-City at 3801 Canal St., the other in Algiers at a location the state has yet to secure.
Or at least have the outpatient services in place before closing the hospital?

In Reality, which is apparently nowhere near Baton Rouge geographically nor metaphorically, some human illnesses simply cannot be treated on an outpatient basis; but Dr. Dalton would have us believe that in 2 years, we will be able to drag a suicidal teenager down from the Crescent City Connection, give him or her a ride home and one of those nice, pretty business cards with an appointment date/time on the back, and sleep comfortably for the next night or two until we get a chance to see them in the clinic -- or whenever their parents are able to bring them by.

La dee dah...whenever is fine!

While we're at it, let's just go back to having all women deliver their babies at home and scheduling surgeries between haircuts at the barbershop! Who the fuck needs hospitals anymore? They're so antiquated.

Monday, July 13, 2009

UPDATED - Republican White Men Pretending Being White Doesn't Matter: Irony or Hypocrisy?

When I'm feeling generous, I like to think of this whole brouhaha about Sonia Sotomayor's "wise Latina" quote as ironic, given that it's mostly White conservatives pretending to be shocked that someone's background or ethnicity influences the way s/he thinks. As if their collective objection to affirmative action has absolutely nothing to do with their being White.

On the days I'm feeling less generous and, quite frankly, just plain over the bullshit (most days), I think it nothing less than hypocritical for people like Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to chastise Judge Sotomayor for being prejudiced.

See minute 1:20 for a little background about Sen. Sessions.