My blog deleted itself, so you get a blank page.

It won’t publish a blank page so you get this… GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

I’m still smiling.

I’m a hot mess…

So, my soon-to-be wife is the president of the Gay Straight Alliance at her college. She and her group are having a debate-like discussion meeting with the Catholics on Campus group (or whatever they’re called). The groups exchanged some media to review and stimulate discussion. My wife’s group sent the other a fantastic documentary called, Fish Out of Water. We were lucky enough to have been able to see it when it premiered at the Reeling Film Festival in Chicago. I highly recommend it.

You can purchase a copy of Fish Out of Water here:

http://www.fishoutofwaterfilm.com/

The Catholics on Campus (or whatever they’re called) sent the GSA a radio show hosted by this ridiculous priest. It’s more like a sermon. I will admit I couldn’t listen to the whole thing. When he equated gay marriage with the legalization of rape or the legalization of pedophilia I had to stop. That was the most disgusting thing I have ever heard. I don’t think I need to delve into extraordinary explanations about why that argument is repulsive.

His arguments are all about shock value, (which he admits), saying he wants you to feel squeamish about his “graphic explanation” of the way two men make love. (Which really wasn’t all that graphic. It gets more graphic on The L Word.) It should gross you out and if it does (which it should), why are you defending it, he says.

He focuses solely on the sexual aspect of the relationship. He does not talk about the loving interaction of day to day life.  The gay and lesbian community don’t want to get married just to screw, buddy. It’s about making dinner together, watching a movie, going for a walk. Not worrying that your partner can’t take your child to the hospital because the second parent adoption hasn’t gone through yet. It’s about sitting by your partner in the hospital if they are unwell and being able to bury them in the manner in which you decided (together) you wanted. It’s about not having to pay huge amounts of inheritance tax on what has belonged to you for 50 years, just because some bureaucrat doesn’t acknowledge the love you carried for your partner for years.

Fr. Bigotry also claims that judges are “out-stepping” their authority by going against the will of the people to allow gay marriage. Like, when the will of the people said that inter-racial marriage was bad, right? What if the will of the people ruled that the bigotry of the Catholic Church was no longer allowed in their community? I’m sure there would be an explosion of injunctions and legal intervention and claims of discrimination on behalf of the church. Would this man of the cloth say that the church should abide by the will of the people? Doubt it.

I am keeping this short, my South-Side Irish is getting all bubbly under the surface, which makes my speech a hell of a lot more colorful and I don’t want to demean my argument by getting fresh. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. So, I included a link to the hogwash.

Have a listen for yourself.

http://www.catholicradiointernational.com/abodyoftruth/mp3/abot_041709.mp3

 

Copyright 2011 Michelle Cahill

Food, Rent, Bills and Prescriptions…Something’s Gotta Give.

It’s a hard decision to make. Pay the rent or fill prescriptions. It was a decision that I had to make this week. By Thursday night, the withdrawl symptoms were awful. Anxiety, nausea, chills and a terrible migraine sent me to bed feeling like I had the flu. I had put off filling my prescription with the hope that I would be transferring my prescription to a cheaper pharmacy. Turned out I had read the website wrong. It was actually a little more expensive than the pharmacy that I use regularly. While I lay in bed, Shanna ran to the store to fill the prescription.

What was my prescription? Lexapro. I share this information in the era of pre-existing conditions because I already have a list of documented medical ailments. “THE LIST” makes any attempt to obtain private health insurance cost more than double my monthly rent. Needless to say, I don’t have insurance. I have a payment plan with an amazing doctor and do the best I can. But sometimes, my medicine takes a back burner to paying the rent, keeping the water on or having electricity.

I take issue with the fact that a medication that prevents things like a premature, self-inflicted death; costs so much money that a decision like mine had to be made. A decision between preventing a potentially dangerous physical withdrawl and keeping a roof over my head. A necessary medication like this costs more than a $100 to fill for a 30 day supply. Why? The pharmaceutical companies know you’re going to need it, why charge so much? Because they know you’re going to need it. So, you’ll buy it, no matter the cost.

Meanwhile, they produce pens, commercials and pads of sticky notes. Bring expensive lunches to doctor’s offices and send doctors on fancy golf trips and conventions. More so, why do we as the American people tolerate it? In all seriousness, we don’t have to. Is it that much work to find out what public officials take lobbyist money from pharmaceutical companies or what Big Pharma does with its money? There are a lot of ways to find out and there is a lot we can do with that information.

At the end of the day, if calling your Representative, Senator, Governor or Attorney General gets you nowhere… there’s always Canada. That’s were I’ll be buying my prescriptions from now on.

Under U.S. law, it is illegal to import drugs from Canada. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, does not prosecute anyone who imports prescription drugs for personal use. Americans may import up to a three-month supply of medications without fear of prosecution. Though drug companies and lawmakers continue to argue over the practice, Americans are either purchasing medications through valid online Canadian pharmacies or driving over the border, prescriptions in hand.

Read more: Is It Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs From Canada? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_4911225_legal-buy-prescription-drugs-canada.html#ixzz1IIMqgn7r

Check the Canadian International Pharmacy Association to see if an online pharmacy is registered.

http://www.cipa.com/

It’s a little long and slightly outdated, but there are some excellent examples of Big Pharma’s reach in Washington.

The Other Drug War: Big Pharma’s 625 Washington Lobbyists

http://www.citizen.org/documents/pharmadrugwar.PDF

PhillyInc: Big Pharma reveals how much it paid doctors.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillyinc/040111_PhillyInc_PhillyInc-Big-Pharma-reveals-how-much-it-paid-doctors.html

 

Copyright 2011 Michelle Cahill