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96-year-old Heimlich saves a woman from choking

choking

This is kind of a cool story.

From TPM:

The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center.

Dr. Henry Heimlich told The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1U0lAx2) in an interview Thursday he has demonstrated the well-known maneuver many times through the years but had never before used it on a person who was choking.

An employee at the Deupree House in Cincinnati where Heimlich lives says the retired chest surgeon was in the room when an 87-year-old woman began choking. The employee says Heimlich dislodged a piece of hamburger from the woman’s airway and she quickly recovered. (more…)

There is no there, there 

So, I like charging at windmills as much as the next guy but it can be tiring. Getting your dander up, jumping on the horse and charging can take it out of you sometimes. Wow. Just thinking about it makes me want to sit down and take a rest. 

Over the past several months/years, we have been asked to get really, really riled up over – Benghazi. If you listen to some of the talking heads, we need to get out our pitch forks. Hillary needs to be jailed. She handed secret information to the Iranians or Russians or maybe it was someone from Mars. Wait. What has been proven? Nothing. Hillary Clinton has kept State Department emails on her private server which was NOT against the law at the time. (Can you imagine if all of her emails were on a government server? The GOP could have access to them at any time. There would be a steady stream of “guess what Hillary did” on a dialy basis.) This is Whitewash…Whitewater all over again. 

Just the other day, I heard Ben Carson talking about how terrible our federal debt is. We needed to do something about this right away… or ….the sky would fall…there would be a nuclear winter…we would be enslaved by China? Something really, really bad would happen. It is crazy. The federal debt has been coming down rather dramatically over the past several years without massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. 

Look, we do have problems in this country. We need to seriously address these problems or it is going to be difficult or impossible for us to move forward as a country. 

The Fall of Dennis Hastert

There was a time in the not so distance past when Dennis Hastert was just a few steps away from the presidency. Now, the former Speaker of the House is in a world of badness and hurt.

First, remember Congressman Mark Foley and Dennis Hastert? I covered the issue pretty well – here, here and here. Talking Points Memo has a nice summary – Ever since yesterday’s shocking revelations, it seemed like news like this would come out as the underlying bad act behind Denny Hastert’s public downfall. Because of that, the almost decade old Mark Foley scandal has rushed back into the minds of everyone who covered that story at the time. To review, if you weren’t around at the time, in September 2006, in the death throes of the old Republican majority, it emerged that Congressman Mark Foley had had sexual interactions with male members of the Congressional page program, i.e. high school age students. Foley was not out as a gay man, though I think it was widely known or at least assumed that he was gay.

It now appears that the former Congressman paid $3.5 million in hush money to have some of his old sexual misconduct swept under the rug.

Hastert was indicted Thursday on charges of structuring bank withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI about those withdrawals. The former speaker allegedly had withdrawn $1.7 million in cash out of $3.5 million he agreed to pay an unidentified individual in compensation for “prior misconduct” on Hastert’s part that had occurred years earlier.

I really will not be posting much on this story. This is a personal tragedy.