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Solange Magnano: Former Miss Argentina Dies From Cosmetic Buttocks Surgery
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A 38-year-old former Miss Argentina has
died from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her
Solange Magnano, a mother of twins who won the crown in 1994, died
of a pulmonary embolism Sunday after three days in critical condition
following a gluteoplasty in Buenos Aires.
Close friend Roberto Piazza said the procedure involved injections and the liquid "went to her lungs and brain."
"A woman who had everything lost her life to have a slightly firmer behind," he said.
I know, I know; it's a tragedy. The woman died, and needlessly so it would appear. But, it's still funny in one of those "don't let this be you" kind of ways. Gluteoplasty? Really? Baby wanted more back? Eat a lot of Cheetos, fried chicken and ice cream and you'll get the same result without having to shoot killer goop into your bottom.
And, no, this should not be covered under the public option.
People against what they call "socialized medicine" and a "government takeover of health care" seem to either not know, not understand, or not care that there are a lot of people (including me) who cannot get insurance, or have certain parts of coverage denied due to pre-exisitng conditions.
To those who don't know: Climb out from under whatever rock you are living.
To those who don't understand: Educate yourself. Reach out to people not like you who have different lives, and talk to them so you can understand that not everyone without insurance is some kind of lazy bum or otherwise less-than-human. Read.
To those who just don't care: How can you sleep at night? I mean, really. So many people aligned with the conservative right in this country only see health care as a privilege that you get if you can afford it... like a new car. Can't afford health care? Tough. And yet, they are the same who talked of death panels with great authority, choosing not to acknowledge that CIGNA and United Health Care give out death sentences every day in our current system. Oddly, these people claim to be "Christians" while espousing this point of view. How very unChristlike.
Of course, not everyone of the Democratic side is happy either. Evidence this email sent in reply to the person who sent around the video shown above:
"With the news that some in the White House are considering a "trigger"—a delay tactic designed to kill the public option—it's more important than ever to get the word out that we simply can't afford to wait for real reform."
It could be you or me without health care one day indeed. There but for the grace of god...
Oh, MAN. Therese, I just can't take this anymore. OBAMA IS THE SINGLE GREATEST DISSAPOINTMENT IN MY POLITICAL LIFE. Does anyone else I've CC'd feel the same? It's not just on gay issues, it's on everything. It boils down to this: Why is he in ANY way "negotiating" or "compromising"? The Democrats control the legislative and executive branches of our government. He was elected to do the things he promised, like health care for all. And he's worried about the fringe Republican minority?! He's been letting the Republicans frame the debate over health care, and other issues, when he, IF HE WERE A TRUE LEADER, should be defining the debate and not compromising for anyone. "Change you can believe in"? What an asshole. He is just another spineless Democrat who doesn't know how to govern and is a pussy when it comes to leading. Obama is nothing but the grandest political disapointment in modern American history. If he does health care reform without a public option, it's not health care reform at all, and the Republicans will have won.
I'll say this for the worst president in our history, GEORGE W. BUSH. He had an agenda and he got everything he wanted done. And he did so with a DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE! The spineless Democrats, as always. Bush did not compromiose and he got everything he wanted. I don't agree with Bush, OF COURSE, but my point is he led and did everything he wanted to do. Why the hell can't Obama do the same? I'll tell you why, because he is a FUCKING PIECE-OF-SHIT SPINELESS DEMOCRAT FUCK. Democrats, suck.
And now I'm back to being unable to watch the news. I had to stop watching the news during the Bush presidency because I got so steamed it threatened my mental health. And now I can't watch the news because of the tiny little decaying Republican party controlling the debate on every issue and the limp Obama exercising his FETISH FOR COMPROMISE. He's not going to get anything done unless he turns into LBJ and starts smashing some Democrats' heads. Obama is a piece of shit.
People are dying around us for lack of health care... in the United States of America... land of yellow "Support our Troops" magnetic ribbons., as if we are some Third World contry People who supported the Democrats in general and Barack Obama in particular are very unhappy. And nothing changes.
As I've said before, we are, indeed, doomed. So party on while you can.
It's an easy pun for a complicated situation. What at face value, health care for everyone, seems like such a noble and moral thing has become the political cage match we all knew it would.
Few people are opposed to health care as a concept. Sure, some religious beliefs eschew modern medicine... which could in itself be considered a kind of mental illness. And there are a lot of people who look at sickness and disease as god's will or some kind of heavenly punishment for bad behavior. (Again, see mental illness.)
What amazes me is how a significant part of my fellow Americans don't seem to mind -- and in some cases prefer -- that health care is a for-profit enterprise. Senator and crackpot Jim DeMint of the very modern and progressive South Carolina has said health care is a privilege. Is that like the "getting ice cream if you finish all your spinach at dinner" kind of privilege? Or is it more like the "being able to take an expensive vacation because you can afford it" kind of privilege. It apparently, for Senator DeMint, is not the "we're a great country with high moral values so we take care of our citizens' health care needs" kind of privilege.
Oddly, many of the very same politicians and pundits that shit on the idea of health care reform are the same ones that think government has a right to tell a woman what she can do with her own body, that homosexuals are of a lesser class, and that all people of Middle Eastern heritage are terrorists. Religious fundamentalists who are about as un-Christlike as I can imagine. ("Not covered? Screw him; let him die." Oh, yes, Jesus would be sooooo proud of you.)
Open minded people, they are not. But, in fairness, they are fiercely looking out for one group. They have the interests of large and oh-so-profitable insurance companies at the top of their lists, far ahead of the well-being of their average constituent. I'm sure that has something to do with the relative campaign contributions from big insurance compared to little constituents. Nice.
And then there are the outright lies. Death panels. Long waits for basic procedures. Freeloading illegal aliens getting care on Joe the Plumber's dime. Socialism. Government takeovers. Fascism.
The Democrats... the majority, as one could almost have predicted, are losing to this crap.
I have to give it to the Republicans. They stick together. And when your only position is "No!" it is easy to stay on message. Democrats all have their own variations of similar ideas, but seem to focus a lot on the individual points rather than the common goal. Add in a Democratic White House that is either incredibly crafty or woefully inept at managing their message strategy and the "herding cats" visual comes to mind.
To further complicate things, there are some Democratic Senators (talking to you, Max) representing small-population states who seem to be far, far more concerned with representing big campaign donors from the business world. How very, umm, Republican of you. Throw in the so-called Blue Dogs in the House, who are really moderate Republicans in blue clothes that were able to beat freakishly conservative Republicans to get their seats, and we have the mess we're in right now.
Heath care is big business... for-profit big business. The thing is, most of that profit isn't going to doctors or nurses or physical therapists. It's going to insurance companies and their stockholders. Just imagine if the US Army was all turned over to Blackwater. Or your local fire department was a for-profit business. Your house would burn down while the requisite proof of coverage paperwork was being filled out.
Health care for all people is, to me, a moral obligating... not a privilege that poor people or people with pre-existing conditions should be denied. That is about as immoral as it gets. We'll let people die because they are not profitable for the industry. And this position from the people who yammer on about so-called death panels. These are the same ones who shriek about getting some government person between them and their doctor. As if the insurance company worker who is rewarded for boosting profit (by denying coverage) is not coming between you and your doctor? How fucking stupid are you people?
Political butt-wipes like Jim DeMint may well be correct. If the Republicans can kill health care -- doing so for purely political reason in spite of what is best for the citizenry -- it may be President Obama's Waterloo, and lead to losses in the next election. It's all about power and control for Republicans. It's all about empathy and doing what's best for the average person (whether the average person realizes this or not) for Democrats. Kind of like the bullies (R) vs the nerds (D). And in these kind of playground battles this has become, we know who usually wins.
It doesn't have to be this way!
The President needs to stop dicking around with bipartisan hopes once
and for all. The Senate Majority Leader has to either grow a pair or
get out of the way. And anyone with a D after their name needs to
remember they represent the voters that elected them, and what that D
means. And we all need to keep up the pressure n any and all of the
Democrats that want to make googly eyes at Republicans and their
corporate benefactors. The time for talk and compromise has long
Whether this makes sense or not, I had to express it. Pollyanna as it may read, I am so fucking frustrated with all this.
It's about the money... the BIG money. When Sarah Palin, nincompoop that she is, spews lies about "Obama's death panels," she seems to oblivious to the fact that insurance companies have de facto "death panels" right now. Every time they drop someone or deny coverage, they are making a decision about someone's future based on cost. How many of those decisions end in death, I must wonder.