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calendar   Wednesday - December 05, 2007

Nurses to help Muslim patients face Mecca

sorry ‘bout the longish URL, having a tad problem with Tiny URL this morning

Nurses to help Muslim patients face Mecca
By Gary Cleland
Last Updated: 2:19am GMT 05/12/2007

Nurses have been told to move Muslim patients’ beds five times a day so that they face Mecca when they pray.

The measure by Dewsbury and District Hospital in West Yorkshire is one of several designed to meet the needs of Islamic patients.

Critics claim, however, that nurses’ time would be better spent providing medical treatment and ensuring wards were free of infection.

advertisementTracey McErlain-Burns, chief nurse and director of patient experience at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “In the context of responding to requests from patients and families, particularly when faced with a very ill patient, it is entirely reasonable that nurses consider all practical steps to meet a patient’s cultural or religious needs.

“This may include adjusting the position of the bed, or escorting the patient to the chapel or faith centre.” She denied that nurses were being removed from other duties in order to move beds.

Staff working at the trust’s hospitals have attended training sessions so that they can help Muslim patients uphold their faith daily. Halal menu options have been introduced and special shower facilities have been provided.

Muslims are expected to pray at five specific times in a day, when they should face east towards Mecca - revered as the birthplace of the prophet Mohammed - and, wash beforehand.

The move to embrace Islam came after many Muslim former patients told the trust their treatment would have been better if staff had known more about their religion.

Catherine Briggs, the hospital’s matron, said: “In response to these comments I have been working with Moulana Ilyas Dalal, our senior Muslim chaplain at the hospital, to deliver a training package that will better inform staff of the different cultural and religious needs of patients.”

The new system has received a mixed reaction from nurses, however.

Beverley Brook, one of the first to take the training course, said: “Although I already knew quite a lot about the Islamic faith, this gave me a greater understanding on how we can make small changes on a daily basis that will really make a difference to our Muslim patients.”

But another nurse said: “It would be easier to create Muslim-only wards with every bed facing Mecca than have to deal with this.

“Some people might think it is not that big a deal, but we have a huge Muslim population in Dewsbury and if we are having to turn dozens of beds to face Mecca five times a day, plus provide running water for them to wash before and after prayers, it is bound to impact on the medical service we are supposed to be providing.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/12/05/wsudan305.xml


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/05/2007 at 08:52 AM   
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You Talkin to Me?

LawDog says: Don’t ask a question if you don’t want the answer


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/05/2007 at 09:35 AM   
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Let Me Count The Ways

Ride Fast and Shoot Straight received his new ATF Laws and Public Ordinances book and decided to see how the several states matched up with each other.

Browsing the regulations I find:

California, 67 pages, about 120,600 words of regulation.
Massachusetts, 18.5 pages, about 32,400 words.
Nevada, 6.5 pages, about 11,700 words.
Vermont, 1.05 pages, about 1890 words.

By California legislature thinking, everyone in Vermont must have been shot and / or murdered by last year. You’d think these states were in different countries.

Heh


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/05/2007 at 09:31 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 03, 2007

Huckabee on Immigration

Via Rob at Say Anything

Here’s a video of Mike Huckabee talking with George Stephanopoulos about illegal immigration:



Notice that he supports tuition subsidies for the children of illegas as well as opposes proof of citizenship for voting.

I have had many people emailing me about supporting Huck, but I can’t do it.  Anyone who takes these types of positions on illegals cannot be our president in my opinion.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2007 at 01:35 PM   
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Bush and Clinton Agree - More Free Ice Cream!

So we have news today that Hillary Clinton and President Bush agree that the poor folks who could not afford their mortgages should not be held to the agreement they made with their lenders.  That those same lenders should not be allowed to collect on their property and recover some of their losses.

No, that would mean responsibility.

Instead, we are going to have the federal government stepping in to wipe the collective noses of all those who bought something they could not afford and tell them it will be OK.  Mommy’s here to make it all better kids.

Clinton Calls for Foreclosure Moratorium, Adjustable Rate Hold

By Kristin Jensen

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures for homeowners who default on subprime mortgages.

The New York senator, is also seeking a five-year freeze on the monthly rate for subprime adjustable mortgages and a requirement that the industry report how many mortgages have been modified. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Clinton said she may consider legislation to protect lenders from lawsuits and let them convert certain mortgages into ``stable, affordable loans.’’

Paulson and Treasury officials are trying to craft an agreement with lenders to prevent a surge in defaults in the $11.5 trillion mortgage market. Clinton said any deal should include the provisions she has suggested.

``The administration and the mortgage industry must reach an agreement that matches the scale of the problem,’’ Clinton, 60, said in the letter released by her campaign today. ``If you produce an inadequate agreement, or fail outright, the cost to our economy will be incalculable.’’

Clinton also proposed a fund of as much as $5 billion to help communities suffering from high rates of foreclosures. The moratorium on foreclosures would be at least 90 days and only apply to owner-occupied homes.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2007 at 01:26 PM   
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What a Week

I took last week off from work, mostly to hunt (Virginia’s whitetail rifle season was the week of Thanksgiving and last week), but also to get some things done around the house. My thought was that I could spend some time sprucing up the site here, catching up on some posts I have queed up and make some progress on the “bark store”, but that never happened.  I always end up planning more than I can accomplish.

I took my son out one day and we had a great time together.  We got out to the pop-up blind I had set up the week before and found it lying on the ground in a heap. It looked like a bear had taken an interest in it and decided to test its carrying capacity.  It failed.  but, we were able to get it back up before sun-up and had a great time watching the forest wake up.  We didn’t see any deer, and he got cold and restless after a couple of hours, so we paked it in and headed to breakfast in town.  I hunted Friday and Saturday as well, but with no results.  The bear did make one more visit on Friday night because I had to repeat the process of setting it back up on Saturday morning.  This time, he broke a pole and tore up one of the guy lines.  Too bad I never got to see him up close.

I ended the week in a grand way.  My wife and I have been taking a class studying Jimmy Evan’s book: Our Secret Paradise.  You don’t think you can learn anything new after 24 years, but this book has been revolutionary for our marriage.  For those who wanted, and we did, a renewal ceremony was held at our church yesterday.  So I got to re-take the hand of my bride and commit once again to love, honor and cherish her for the rest of our lives.  It’s interesting that when we get married, we say those words, but what they mean is purly theoretical.  Saying them now, they have real meaning.  We’ve been sick and well, poor and rich, better and worse.  Committing to stay with each other, no matter the circumstances, was a great and awesome privledge.  Especially having our four kids witness it and share in it with us.

So, now that my Monday morning, month-end, back from vacation pile has been mostly dealt with, on to the news for the day......


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2007 at 01:12 PM   
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TIS THE SEASON TO BE MERRY ?

So how do I explain this without you guys thinking it’s a gag?

I can’t explain it cept to say, it’s on page 3 of the Sunday Telegraph and altho I tried, I couldn’t find the link anywhere.
So you’ll have to believe it.  Right.  You don’t “have” to do anything.

The Church of England is offering an alternative service for those who dislike Christams.  (there, I said it) But wait. There’s more.

The Rev. Tracy Rishton says “the service will be quiet and reflective, with songs such as,
In The Bleak Midwinter, instead of uplifting carols.”

Meanwhile, over at the competition in the Catholic church those folks are gonna hold a “wine and whinge” evening as part of a move to win back lapsed worshippers.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/03/2007 at 11:23 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 02, 2007

Smoking ban poses new climate threat

ONLY FROM THE LUNATIC SOCIALIST NANNY PARADISE

Smoking ban poses new climate threat
By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 02/12/2007

Pubs are likely to pump hundreds of thousands of tons of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as a result of the smoking ban.

Policy advisers predict that emissions from patio heaters in pubs and restaurants will increase from 22,200 tons of greenhouse gases a year to up to 282,000 tons - the equivalent of flying a jumbo jet 171 times around the Earth.

Heaters will be used for more than 237 days a year, when outdoor temperatures are lower than 15C, says the report, from Market Transformation. A further 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be produced next year by patio heaters in private gardens, according to an earlier study by the Energy Saving Trust.

Environmentalists say the heaters must now be banned if Britain is to meet carbon dioxide emission targets.

Tony Juniper, of Friends of the Earth, said: “The impacts of the smoking ban are positive, but this should not cause more problems for the environment. Either smokers will have to give up smoking or simply put on a jumper.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/02/2007 at 11:55 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 01, 2007

THIS IS RACISM?  SO SICK OF THAT OVERDONE,OVER USED WORD.

You want political correctness?  You got it right here.  Also lunacy! But then, this is the former Great Britain.  Boo-boos and hurt feelings are not allowed. 

LONDON (Reuters) –

A man has been convicted of racially aggravated harassment after calling a Welsh woman English.

Michael Forsythe was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, after being found guilty of racially aggravated disorderly behaviour, a court official said.

Forsythe received the sentence at Welshpool Magistrates Court on Tuesday and was also ordered to pay 200 pounds in prosecution costs.

The former lorry driver, who is originally from Northern Ireland, but lives in Powys, Mid Wales, called Lorna Steele an “English bitch” during an argument after he collided with her parked vehicle in the Welsh market town of Newport in February.

Forsythe has attacked the prosecution as a waste of time and money, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

“I find it unbelievable that I’ve been prosecuted for this,” he said. “I’ve travelled all over Europe as a lorry driver and never had any problems with anybody and now they’re officially calling me a racist.

“It’s political correctness gone mad.”


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2007 at 03:20 PM   
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