Tuesday, March 24, 2009

As Prince said, “Controversy!”

Before I get to that, an answer to a question, and revisiting one of my pet peeves.

Mark of Stars Like Grains of Sand in My Pocket asked, based on my writing about how internships for MT's have gotten so much shorter:

I have to wonder if the MT's of today are as good as the MT's of the past ... what would you say to that, Beth?

Yes, I think so. I worked with a lot of students over the years, and there were plenty who really understood the theory behind everything and showed a great aptitude for the work in general, and for Microbiology in particular. As with any new graduate, they need to gain experience. Someone just getting out of school isn't going to work as well or have as large a knowledge base as someone who has been doing it for a couple of decades (or more). That's why it's important that newer techs work with and learn from experienced techs--you can't develop that experience overnight.

A while back, a decision was made by a couple of people to move a tech in training down the hall, so that they didn't "ask questions" and get the wrong answers from other techs. We were all like, "WTF?? Hold up!" We got the VP of the lab up there and said that one of our most invaluable resources was the experience of the people in our department. We started adding it up--Mary with over 20 years, me with over 20 years, Pat the same, Marsha with over 30 years as a Med Tech and probably half of that number in Microbiology, etc., etc. Our outraged plea was impassioned and heartfelt, and the decision was immediately reversed. I think of the people who trained me as I was coming up, and they had that kind of experience. That's how the younger techs learn, and when you put the younger ones and the more experienced ones together, they make an excellent team.

To sum up, while the internships may be shorter now, the real training begins when the job starts. As long as they've got the knowledge and understand the job, including the fact that behind every number there is a patient, they'll do well.

Litterbug After I got home from taking care of Shane's cats, it was sprinkling, but it cleared up and we had a beautiful day! I was able to get out and pick up trash along the road. Ken ran the mower out there to mulch some remaining leaves, and said that there was some junk that needed to be picked up. For the life of me, I will never understand why anyone would be driving down a country road and just throw their trash out the window! (And yes, we're to the pet peeve part!) Gaaaah, you nasty, littering A-holes, you make me SICK! I walked along the road and picked up Starbucks cups, plastic bags, cans, and several beer bottles. It's bad enough that these dumbasses are drinking and driving, but they're litterbugs, too! And can someone please explain how a coffee mug from the Excalibur in Las Vegas ended up in our woods?

Now for the controversy bits. Do you remember when I wrote about the breaking news that President Obama would be delivering the commencement speech at Notre Dame in May? Pretty exciting, right? Well, not for everyone. Remember that Notre Dame is a Catholic university, and Bishop D'Arcy of the Archdiocese that oversees the Fort Wayne-South Bend area has said that he will not attend this year's commencement because of the President's stance on reproductive rights and stem cell research. There are some devoutly Catholic student groups that are also protesting his invitation to speak. The thing is that Notre Dame isn't an exclusively Catholic university. It's not like if you're not Catholic, you don't get in. The president of Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins, issued this statement:

Presidents from both parties have come to Notre Dame for decades to speak to our graduates – and to our nation and world – about a wide range of pressing issues – from foreign policy to poverty, from societal transformation to social service. We are delighted that President Obama will follow in this long tradition of speaking from Notre Dame on issues of substance and significance.

We will honor Mr. Obama as an inspiring leader who faces many challenges – the economy, two wars, and health care, immigration and education reform – and is addressing them with intelligence, courage and honesty. It is of special significance that we will hear from our first African-American president, a person who has spoken eloquently and movingly about race in this nation. Racial prejudice has been a deep wound in America, and Mr. Obama has been a healer.

Of course, this does not mean we support all of his positions. The invitation to President Obama to be our Commencement speaker should not be taken as condoning or endorsing his positions on specific issues regarding the protection of human life, including abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Yet, we see his visit as a basis for further positive engagement.

Golden Dome Bravo, Rev. Jenkins! While Notre Dame may be a primarily Catholic university, and was founded by a Catholic order, it has obviously become more inclusive. Rev. Jenkins is not condoning the President's stance on some issues, but he realizes that it would be an honor for the university to have another sitting President give the commencement address. Our local news says that it is unlikely that the offer will be withdrawn. The President has already accepted, and obviously, the president of the university stands by and welcomes his appearance.

And Bishop D'Arcy? If you're not going, could I have your ticket? 'Kay? Thanks!


  1. It is amazing to me what will get the panties in a bunch. I may not agree with all his politics, but he is a charismatic speaker and as long as his topic is germane to the event (ie, not a chance for him to boost his agenda), then I would think that this will be a very special day for the graduates of Notre Dame University.

  2. I think it is exciting that another president is coming to South Bend. I am sure it will be a packed house.

    Thx for picking up along the road :o)

  3. The slogan here in TN is "Tennessee Trash litter the highways with Tennessee Trash". Whenever we see anyone littering we (my kids and g/kids) look at each other and say Tennessee Trash. It's a problem everywhere I guess. We do the "Adopt a Highway" thingy where different families and groups keep a stretch of road clear. It helps a lot.
    Hugs, Joyce

  4. Yeah, I've been watching the hub-bub on the news about ND and rolling my eyes. I'm sure he supports birth control too, shouldn't that be an additional problem for the diehards?

    The littering drives me nuts. My husband used to do it when we first got together. We would be within miles of one of our houses and he'd toss a pop from a fast food place out the window. I nagged at him endlessly till he finally figured it was easier just to toss it in the trash when he got home. I was like 'who do you think is going to pick that up? The trash fairy is just going to wander every road looking for shit because it couldn't sit in your car another five minutes?' And to think those people kept that cup in their car all the way from Nevada and suddenly decided it could NOT be in the car any longer. I'm sure they stopped at a few gas stations that had trash cans along the way. Yes, it's a pet peeve of mine as well... if you hadn't noticed. ;) Lazy fuckers.

  5. How I agree with all your comments today, it never fails to amaze me why floks throw there litter..it is the same over here. My niece who is either mad or brave ALWAYS taps whoever is dropping what evet and says..I am SO SORRY I think you have dropped this !!...they usually look sheepish or give her a mouthfull of...trash !!....she dosn't care. So a big thank you for picking up other peoples rubbish
    As for the Bishop D'Arcy well I think perpas the the three letters of his name describes him !!
    Thank goodness for people like Rev. Jenkins, At least he writes a balanced article.
    Love Sybil x

  6. Rev. Jenkins did an excellent job with his statement...very clear.

    Bless your heart having to pick up after the litterbugs. I don't understand it either.

  7. Littering always gets me ... whether it is on a two lane highway in the sticks (like where my KT lives) or on the street with a trash recepticle a few feet away.

    Good for Rev. Jenkins, but before I get worked up, I am sure that this kind of thing is par for the course regarding speakers at colleges ... in fact, I don't think you are a 'real national figure' if you breeze thru the college speaking circuit without someone protesting you for a variety of concerns.

  8. Just stopped in to say have a great day. Lucy

  9. ND is a Catholic University and while of course it's open to anyone it should still stand on its principles. That it doesn't is no real shock and serves as another signal that it is moving to the left (and risking many of its traditionally conservative alumni $ in the process)

    Quite aside from religous issues, I wish the yahoo in charge of ND would just be honest. He thought it'd be nifty to have Obama speak, get a little face time for ND that doesn't involve the failure of the football TV ratings, yada yada.

    "we see his visit as a basis for further positive engagement." Yeah. It's ALLLLL about the chance to open a dialouge with him about abortion and stell cell research. Please.

    BTW - I do have a connection with ND, as my Godfather and his wife are proud graduates of the university.

  10. Hi Beth,
    Well said ... someone should remind Bishop D'Arcy that it's O.K. to turn the other cheek every now and then.


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