An Oklahoma mother brought her daughter to a local hospital after she was raped only to be turned away and refused help by a doctor, purportedly because the hospital lacked the staff to properly process the victim’s claims and injuries. Welcome to the reality of processing sexual assault crimes in GOP-land.
The woman and her daughter were reportedly turned away because the hospital did not have any nurses who conduct rape exams on staff. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are specially trained professionals who deal only with the delicate process of conducting rape exams. The SANE program is coordinated through the YWCA and is a collaboration with local law enforcement, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office and public health officials. The collaborative effort is designed to ensure evidence is properly collected and stored without re-traumatizing the victim and ensuring the most effective prosecution of the perpetrator possible.
In this case the doctor involved refused to conduct any exam, nor would he dispense any emergency contraception. The hospital issued a statement grounding those decisions in the need to coordinate through the SANE program. It could also be that this doctor had a moral objection to treating rape victims and dispensing emergency contraception, and thanks to abusive expanses of the conscience-clause by the right, simply refused to deal with her. Either way it’s a lose-lose for rape victims who now face the prospect of looking for treatment after an assault only to be turned away because of a lack of resources or because of religious objections.
The young woman asked the doctor whether or not emergency contraceptives were available and whether the doctor was simply refusing to provide them. The nurse told her “I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my belief.” The doctor refused to help her, even though she had just been raped, and refused to find another doctor to help her.Not only has this doctor gone against his hippocratic oath of denying her treatment after a traumatic experience, but even refused to offer her another doctor who would be more capable of treating her and willing to give her the emergency contraceptive after being raped. All because of religion.
Lori Boyer couldn't stop trembling as she sat on the examining table, hugging her hospital gown around her. Her mind was reeling. She'd been raped hours earlier by a man she knew — a man who had assured Boyer, 35, that he only wanted to hang out at his place and talk. Instead, he had thrown her onto his bed and assaulted her. "I'm done with you," he'd tonelessly told her afterward. Boyer had grabbed her clothes and dashed for her car in the freezing predawn darkness. Yet she'd had the clarity to drive straight to the nearest emergency room — Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania — to ask for a rape kit and talk to a sexual assault counselor. Bruised and in pain, she grimaced through the pelvic exam. Now, as Boyer watched Martin Gish, M.D., jot some final notes into her chart, she thought of something the rape counselor had mentioned earlier.
"I'll need the morning-after pill," she told him.
Dr. Gish looked up. He was a trim, middle-aged man with graying hair and, Boyer thought, an aloof manner. "No," Boyer says he replied abruptly. "I can't do that." He turned back to his writing.
Boyer stared in disbelief. No? She tried vainly to hold back tears as she reasoned with the doctor: She was mid-cycle, putting her in danger of getting pregnant. Emergency contraception is most effective within a short time frame, ideally 72 hours. If he wasn't willing to write an EC prescription, she'd be glad to see a different doctor. Dr. Gish simply shook his head. "It's against my religion," he said, according to Boyer. (When contacted, the doctor declined to comment for this article.)
Thank you, sir. Thank you. No, doctors don't. If a rape victim comes to your office, saying that she had been raped, and has gone through all the things to prove she has been, and ask for the EC pill, regardless to what your religion is, you have to treat her. Give her the pill, shove that cross down your throat and do your job. Because you don't get to pick who comes to you for help. But you do get to choose your religion.
I usually never read the court transcripts from any of the men I took care of. I didn’t want to know, afraid I might be influenced to provide less than good health care. I wish I hadn’t looked up this piece of shit’s court record as well. But here’s what killed god for me. This little girl “loved Jesus” according to her mother. And god is supposedly all good, powerful, knowing etc. All I could think of was where is god? When this child went through every possible humiliation, forms of pain, terror, you add your own adjective here, where was god? Theodicy is always the fly in the ointment, Epicurus nailed it a long time ago, but the kindest thought you could take from this is that god is, as Twain put it, a malignant thug. No manner of convoluted magical thinking can excuse what happened to this little girl. If there is a god, even remotely like what most of us have been taught, he’s an enemy, beneath contempt, worthy of our hatred. If he exists, fuck him. But he doesn’t.
One last thing, to all those idiot whining pharmacists and other “health care professionals” who are troubled by Plan B birth control pills. I provided competent, professional care to the monster in prison. I changed his diaper, he was an old man by the time I knew him, after a quarter century in prison, gave him his medications, checked his blood glucose levels, in short, acted professionally. Professionals don’t get to pick and choose who they care for.
Apparently someone again has involved me with the whole Godzilla vs. Deathwing discussion.
Guys, I'm again not talking about Deathwing in the cannon lore.
Mr. Squishy. And apparently now just like Kiryuu Knight, I've had again people ask about a detail I've added (despite the fact that this detail actually makes an enormous amount of sense given Warcarft Dragons in general), as in, why does Neltharion have a beard?
Really, we're gonna ask this? I realize not many people have read Romancing the Coffer, despite the fact it's been posted on DA for over two years now and I've linked where it is in many journals. But you honestly have to ask why Neltharion has a beard when pretty much MOST Warcraft dragons have beards anyways.
Yeah, most Warcraft dragons have beards.
The default dragon model in the game, regardless to what gender that dragon is, again...BEARD.
So, giving Nel a beard shouldn't be an issue here. At least not as much as Kiryuu Knight's dreadlocks. I can understand why people ask why Kiryuu has dreadlocks. Because Mechagodzilla and Godzilla never had such things. But Warcraft dragons do have beards. So, me giving Nel a beard that would make dwarves green with envy really shouldn't be a question. I realize again that the TCG image of Neltharion pre corruption doesn't have him with a beard. But you know what? That image also colors him brown when he's a BLACK DRAGON. So, I'd say bearded Neltharion is actually closer to what Neltharion is supposed to look like than the stupid card game has him.
And again, Godzilla vs. Neltharion.
You know, I get it. I get it why most of you would say Godzilla would win. Why? It's based on coolness factor and not actual metrics. The reason why Neltharion would win is based on a lot of physics math my crazy science nut has come up with to pretty much put Neltharion's power and what he is capable of doing into real world numbers. It helps me to better visualize just how much power Neltharion is swinging around at any given time and how much damage that would cause. It also gives me a better idea of how to make Neltharion control himself and be restrained. Because if I know he can throw around the power of a yellow dwarf star, ie our own sun Sol, and realize that he's more than capable of screwing up a planet of similar size and mass as our own Earth, then it gives me an idea on how I should handle him when he attempts to restrain himself and by how much.
Most of the fans that want this whole Godzilla vs. Neltharion thing and want Godzilla to win is based on coolness factor. Most people think Godzilla is awesome and most people haven't heard of Neltharion or Deathwing, and probably think this unknown dragon shouldn't be able to take on the King of Monsters and pretty much turn him into a grease stain on the ground (which is pretty much what will happen considering Neltharion's punching power is over 700 billion pounds per square inch, yeah, he punches Godzilla, Godzilla is nothing more than a friggin memory. Think Deadly Friend Basketball death and you'll get an idea.). But I get it. I do. Godzilla is cooler, he's the allegory for the A-bomb, and given his coolness factor, Neltharion can't hold a candle.
But I'm not going by coolness factor. I'm going by numbers. And the numbers don't add up.
If it was on coolness factor, yeah, Godzilla would win.
But it isn't. So...nope, he's still a grease stain. And that's both Heisei Godzilla, which was 100 meters tall, and SHowa Shensei Godzilla, which was 50 meters tall.
How tall is Neltharion? 97 meters tall to his shoulders (withers).
Or more specifically, why can't Neltharion change into a humanoid form, beit dragon, Night Elf, Blood Elf, orc, Goblin, Tauren? Actually I've never seen any of the dragons ever changing into orc forms.
Oh my godddddd!!!!
One Wiener next to another Wiener…
Wiener, wiener, wiener, wiener
Two wieners yet alongside another wiener…party
Wiener wiener, part, wiener party
Soft wiener, nice and soft, not erect, wiener…
Nice and soft, keep them soft, wiener….
Flopping, flopping (wiener), dangle wiener."
I'm late to the party as always, mostly due to work. But I did listen to the main trailer in which we heard Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.
People, we have an airplane, I mean…a dragon.
There he is, Smaug. Been kept off the posters for a while, and PJ decided to unveil him on the side of a Boeing-777. Does that mean that Smaug’s the size of an airliner?
A Boeing-777 is 242 feet in length…that’s roughly 74 meters to you people who use the Metric System and aren’t in the dark-ages like we Americans are. So, Smaug is roughly over 70 meters in length? That is a decent sized dragon since I tend to deal in dragons longer than 200 feet. Nice size dragon. Finally, we got a measurement of one of the most famous dragons in literature! And it took painting him on the side of an airliner to do it!
Time to celebrate! Now we need to figure out the size of Ancalagan. Hmmm…someone paint Ancalagan on the side of an Antonov AN-225! I think we got it!
All in all, I don’t mind the design. He’s not as red as I thought he would be, but it was stated that Smaug was actually more gold than red, and changed to red because of either low lighting and or the fact that his scales started tarnishing over the years which is why he was in fact red in the book. But his name is in fact Smaug the Golden, and this did not come from him sitting on dwarf treasure for a little over a hundred years. It was because he was probably one of the few known of the Great Dragons to have Glaurung’s scale color, and it’s funny that the first of the Great Fire Drakes would have gold scales, and the last of the Great Fire Drakes would also have those same gold scales, despite the fact that Glaurung, Father of Dragons, did not have wings, and Smaug, last of the Great Fire Drakes, did. After all, Smaug followed the more advanced line of dragons created by Morgoth after Ancalagon the Black because well, having a giant WMD that not only spat Napalm, but also flew, was a huge advantage over your enemies.
But from what I can tell from the image, it seems that Smaug is more wyvern-like than I had hoped. Yes, I am a little disappointed in the wyvern thing. It’s not because I don’t like some dragons having a pair of wings and a pair of hind legs, or the fact that yes, the wyvern style actually makes more sense in nature than the six limb-look, (four legs and two wings), BUT in many movies, we’ve seen this look used OVER AND OVER, AND OVER!
Rarely in dragon movies do we actually get the six limbed Western Dragon that most of us are familiar with. So, to see this design again used for a dragon that in fact was never a wyvern-looking dragon in the FIRST place it’s, a little bit of a downer and a disappointment. Peter Jackson has been very good at trying to stay faithful to Tolkien’s work while adapting it as best as he could to the screen. Which in this case, it’s very hard to do for something as detailed and huge as Tolkien’s work.
I'm all for the wyvern look for dragons. Hell, Malcho, the famous scheming, wanting to go into outer space Great Dragon Feather Serpent, has a wyvern design. And in the story, he even walks on his wings and hind legs like a bat would. And he's very deadly. And he's basically the main dragon character that's seen a lot with the other characters besides the Western Dragon ghost Dunkelzahn. There's been dragon designs that I've done which had a wyvern look. A variant of King Ghidorah, depicting him as a good guy and not the scheming villain he is, that design has the bat walking wyvern. And many people thought that version of King Ghidorah, the one I created, was going to be the one for the four-legged design in Godzilla Final Wars. And YES, I would have taken my design over what they did in that movie because my design actually looked TEN TIMES better! And a few old dragon sketches I drew had wyvern-like body structures. One particular one was a gold dragon with a wyvern-like body structure, and how he stood and presented himself was his huge wings kinda flowed like a cloak attached to very long arms. I need to share that design some time, you guys would love it! And this gold dragon was a sensual, very mysterious character. And his wings were expressive.
And again Malcho's wings were also expressive, and kinda flowed like a cloak as well whenever he gestured. He wore his wings like a feathered, long cape that were stitched to his arms. But these were my designs.
However, one of the reasons why I love it when writers are also artists, is because not only can the paint a picture with words, but show the reader what they meant when something wasn't clear with a visual image, with a drawing or a painting of that scene or particular character. And this is what Tolkien did. He gave us actual images, illustrations he made himself of characters, what they looked like and how he originally saw them.
Same with Smaug.
Tolkien himself actually drew what Smaug looked like! We got to see our favorite gold-hoarding dragon as an image directly from the mind and also drawing pen of the man who brought him to life.
I’m always for artistic interpretations, which is why we see so many different images of Smaug out there on the internet. My personal favorite is Rankin-Bass’s version because of it’s very unique design and the fact that in some way, is kinda close to Tolkien’s design, aside from having that huge pot-belly, and it’s a design that has never been used on a dragon before…
When the author himself literally gives you an image that he drew and says: “This is what Smaug looks like.” and you want to stay close and faithful to his work, making Smaug a wyvern isn’t doing that.
My interpretation of it...
It's very old, and one I wish to revisit.
Smaug has six limbs, not four. Tolkien envisioned him to have six limbs and not four. John Howe, the illustrator that has inspired over and over and over again PJ’s Lord of the Rings, even drew Smaug with six limbs. Yes, when he drew Smaug setting fire to Lake Town, it kinda looked like he had four limbs, but it’s only because Smaug’s wings were obscuring his front limbs.
It’s not going to make me not watch the movie. But it is an eyesore of a disappointment that PJ would put so much work in this movie, trying to stuff the Appendices into the children’s book that the Hobbit was, trying to mesh all this dark stuff about Sauron and the Ring and such, into a book that never had it, and make it work, which I thought it did, trying to say that you are faithful to the source material, and your Smaug isn’t faithful?
It’s like if I decided to make a movie that starred William Daniels and David Hasselhoff as the original KITT and Michael Knight and I decided to paint KITT lime colored and make him a Pinto, and had Michael Knight dress in a hoodie and coolots and not his iconic leather jacket and jeans, people who love the original Knight Rider, knew the original KITT was a Trans Am, and black, would calling foul, especially since they know what KITT really looks like.
We know what Smaug really looks like, people! Tolkien gave us that. It wasn’t ambiguous like the Balrog, whether or not the Balrog actually had wings, there wasn’t a debate. We knew how many limbs Smaug had. Tolkien showed us that. Six! And making a six limbed dragon in 3D isn’t hard. If it could be done with Dragonheart using Jurassic Park special effects technology in 1996, then it can be done here in 2013. And WETA has done six limbed dragons before.
I can let the Balrog having wings in the Fellowship slide because, well, it’s up to debate whether or not it’s a shadow on the walls created by his arms, or if they really were wings. Tolkien never drew the Balrog, so he couldn’t give us an image of what he meant by Balrog wings. But he did give us an image of Smaug.
It’s not that hard, people, just buy the illustrated book of the Hobbit drawn by Tolkien himself, and go off of that. All the notes we need. Smaug has six limbs. Why are we messing with a design that doesn’t need to be messed with. And you know how much versatile Smaug could be with front fourpaws? How much more expressive? And with the way Cumberbatch actually acts, how we could get Smaug to mimic his body language?
And for those of you who think that a six-limbed dragon flying is awkward in animation, need I remind you of this...
Done by Todd Lockwood. It's a Red Dragon, with four legs and two wings, and it doesn't look at all awkward flying. I think it looks very graceful.
But the damage has been done, right? Maybe Smaug has six limbs and he’s just got his front feet covered under his wings. But from what I can tell from the airliner image, it looks like he’s doing the bat walk, the walk on the wrists of your wings with thumb talons out to steady yourself. And bats do walk like that, they even climb around on the walls like that.
We’ve got bat-walking, airliner-sized Smaug.
Sigh…Smaug’s a wyvern, people. Okay. If Cumberbatch can pull off a very expressive and innergetic Smaug, I’ll let that little detail slide, but it’s still gonna be a wee distracting.
But after my attempt to redesign Smaug again, I've made a decision, I can't top the Rankin Bass version. So, if I ever draw Smaug again, he will retain his Rankin-Bass lupine look. After all, Smaug the Dragon was in fact the inspiration for characters like....
Emperor Kedzuel Draconis. See the likeness? Can't go wrong with a design like that, that I've turned into a rather powerful and bitchin' species of space dragons.
Okay, we've all have to deal with these guys sometime in our lives, right?
Well, guess what?
Wiener, wiener, wiener wiener...
Okay, so we're playing a new game here. It's called, how old do you think this hand looks like?
Shoppers gathers, and now my shift begins. It shall not end until I punch out. I shall take no cart, hold no gifts, purchase no deals. I shall wear no wallets and buy no sodas. I am the night stick in the hall. I am the watcher of the malls. I am the flashlight that burns against the dark, the light that brings closing time, the segway that drives through the food court, the shield that guards the realms of Spencer's Gifts and Bed Bath and Beyond. I pledge my life and honor to the Mall Security, for this Black Friday and all Black Fridays to come.
“And what song did that bird sing?” Garrosh asked.
“They have called a council at the request of the Proudmoore bitch,” she said.
“Tell my songbird to be quiet again,” he said. “And sing when the time is right.”
One thing I've been figuring out what to do with Calia, well, if I don't kill her off, what if she breaks up with Neltharion instead?
Yes, this is an issue. I'm up in arms about this.
“Ysera!” Neltharion shouted. “Did you...wait a moment...” He looked down at one of his claws. “Why am I holding flowers?” He looked back at Ysera. “Ysera, she and I...we're not...don’t play matchmaker!”It's supposed to make fun of how couples were viewed during that time. The Honeymooners brings to mind. Alice always beating on Joe. She smacks him over the head when he says something stupid, that's just a part of the gag. But the thing is though, these two have come to a sad realization that they can only have each other. No one wants them. Which is why Neltharion is so willing to do things that yeah, maybe bad for the leader of the Black Dragonflight, but he does them because, he's got nothing else. In a way, it's kinda pathetic. And Calia sticks with Neltharion because no one else wants her. She considers herself damaged and in her mind, no one wants that.
“Does she do this often?” asked Calia.
“Before I was evil...a bit,” said Neltharion.
“But you two love each other,” said Ysera. “The kiss proved it.”
“No we don’t!” both shouted loudly.
“Ysera, dear sister,” said Neltharion. “Maybe someday, but Calia and I are just friends...by the Titans...this is sounding like a sitcom.”
I don't know why people keep asking me this, but the answer is "NO"
So, we're gonna study how cliffhangers work. How do they work?
Are some of you people crazy? Guys, seriously, there hasn't been a conclusion yet.