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I am starting this blog as a place for Gay men and women to come and read information about a variety of topics and issues. If you would like to be a guest author on my blog, please email me at CarlDinsmore@yahoo.com and tell me why you would like to post something on my blog. This is also a way for people in Cincinnati to get linked to social organizations that maybe they did not know existed. I will work hard on placing all sorts of information on the site, regarding Books, Medical updates, Causes that I deelpy care about, Gay vacation destinations, Gay Sports, and much, much more. Its also just a venue for you to share comments on postings, or share with me a cause or topic I could add to my site.
Last year was a very tough year for me, as I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, which is a form of depression mainly diagnosed in women, but more and more men are being diagnosed with this illness. So, look for information regarding borderline on the blog. Finally having a diagnosis regarding my depression was life saving. Coming through that crisis is what gave me the idea to create this blog.
But my number one goal for this site is the fact that it is time for unity in the gay community. Its time to STOP tearing each other down, but rather to build each other up. We are not all alike. We are different and these differences are what makes our world such a wonderful place to live. Please enjoy the site, and lets unite to make our world the best place it can be.

My favortie gay related qoute EVER!!!!

If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.

Johann von Goethe

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Hate is alive and well here on the Earth today!!

Just because you are against the war, it does not mean that you DO NOT support our men and women over there fighting for their lives. Democracy is a great thing, but where do we draw the line? Are fighting the Iraqis the real answer? How can some of the most powerful Intel in the world not find one man?

In a letter from my nephew he mentions " I must admit that I have spent everyday since the election in perhaps one of the worst depressed periods of my like. " I'm sorry, but were you in a coma for the last 8 years.

Bush cut these programs:

The fiscal year 2007 budget proposal that President Bush announced last week would eliminate six HHS programs, for a savings of $866 million, and reduce spending by about $1 billion for five additional programs, CQ HealthBeat reports. The proposal would save $630 million though the elimination of the community services block grant, which funds "Community Action Agencies" that offer employment, housing, nutrition and health care for low-income individuals. In addition, the proposal would eliminate the CDC Preventive Health and Human Services Block Grant -- which funds chronic disease prevention, immunization, injury reduction programs.

Along with this:

Additional Comments
Stephen McConnell, vice president for public policy at the Alzheimer's Association, criticized the budget proposal, which he said would eliminate $12 million in state grants for community-based Alzheimer's care, in addition to a $1.6 million "Maintain Your Brain" campaign. He said, "It costs Medicare three times as much to take care of somebody with Alzheimer's disease than not," adding, "If we could even just slow the progression of this disease, we could reduce the cost substantially." However, HHS CFO Charles Johnson defended the spending reductions included in the budget proposal and said that the proposal has "a very substantial amount of funding going into Alzheimer's." Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said the Bush administration included "tax cuts for the wealthy and giveaways for the drug industry" in the proposal. Vinay Nadkarni, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, criticized a provision in the proposal that would eliminate a $1.5 million program that provides defibrillators to rural communities and trains local personnel to use them. He said, "Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. This is actually something we can arm ourselves with" (Connolly, Washington Post, 2/14).

Cancer Research Spending Reductions
The budget proposal also includes the first spending reductions for cancer research in 10 years. The proposal would reduce spending for the National Cancer Institute by 0.8%, or $39.4 million, to $4.75 billion. In addition, the proposal would reduce spending for the CDC cancer prevention programs by 1% to $304.7 million. The proposal also would reduce spending for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for low-income women by $1.4 million and reduce spending for the CDC Office of Smoking and Health by $2.1 million. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies, said, "Instead of funding a war on cancer, the president' budget is funding a retreat." Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.) said, "When you are so close you don't jog, you sprint" (Cohn, CongressDaily, 2/14).

Veteran Fee Increases
The budget proposal also would require veterans younger than age 65 to pay more for TRICARE, the military health care program, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The proposed fee increases would affect about 3.1 million military retirees and their families nationwide. Annual enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime, the managed care program, currently are $230 for an enlisted retiree or retired officer and $460 for a family. Under the proposal, the fees would increase to $325 for a junior enlisted retiree and $650 for a family; $475 for a senior enlisted retiree and $950 for a family; and $700 for a retired officer and $1,400 for a family. The fees are based on retirement income levels (Fitzsimons, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/14). In addition, under the proposal, copayments in the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would increase to $5 from $3 for generic medication and to $15 from $9 for brand-name treatments (Tacoma News Tribune, 2/11). Defense Department analysts have estimated that, without increased fees, TRICARE expenses could reach $64 billion, or 12% of the estimated department budget, by 2015. Under the proposal, the fee increases would "be phased in over two years beginning in October 2007," the Union-Tribune reports (San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/14).

Also cut:

The Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, which subsidizes children's hospitals, from $297 million to $99 million;

Health Resources and Services Administration Health Professions Programs, which direct health care professionals to underserved communities, from $295 million to $159 million;

HRSA Rural Health Programs -- which fund rural health care facilities, state offices of rural health and the establishment of rural provider networks -- to $27 million, for a savings of $133 million; and

Poison control centers, from $23 million to $13 million, (Reichard, CQ HealthBeat, 2/10).

** All facts and figures come from http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=35402
If those 8 years didn't make you pull out your hairy, then nothing will.


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