Monday, September 28, 2009

Not Strep

The culprit for my recent rundown feeling is a fading viral infection, plus a canker sore in the back of my throat (which, annoying as it is, pales in comparison to the exquisite agony of having one on the side of my tongue). But I think I'm on the other side of the slope now, so that's good.

Also, Chicago's medical services best Carleton's by a country mile -- one of the few advantages I'll give to this school over my beloved alma mater.


PG said...

This should cheer you up:

What the hell, it's almost Yom Kippur, so I can always atone for my tone. But seriously: Michael Gerson needs to shut his fucking mouth before he ever even thinks accusing a Jew of insufficient vigilance against antisemitism. I don't know what lack of self-awareness convinces right-wing evangelicals that they're the true guardians of the Jews, but that condescending and parochial nonsense is its own form of antisemitism. We Tribesmen do not need some wire-rimmed enabler of one of the most destructive and inept presidents in American history to protect us from the perfidies of the world. It's us and not him who will pay the price for antisemitism, so if Gerson wants to actually act like a righteous gentile, he can start by not accusing Jews of apathy to their own people's wellbeing for the sin of not sharing his politics.

So to conclude: Gerson downplays the worst excesses of right-wing hatred, which displays itself through a more prominent and influential platform than does online hatred of any political coloration; and then he hijacks someone else's religion on a laughably flimsy pretext to defend his blind spots. Good to see, at least, that a Bush administration veteran is at least nondenominational in that approach.

Norwegian Shooter said...

Fellow Carleton Alum '93, who found you threw ObWi a while back and decided to check in today.

It's a bit unfair to compare U of humongous Chitown to itty bitty Carleton-upon-Cannon for medical care, I'm sure you know.

But you had it easy, grasshopper. The quack they had when I was there was outrageous. His most common diagnosis for women was pregnancy. I'll have to dig up some other stories for you.

David Schraub said...

Glad to see y'all, NS.

Even grading Carleton on a curve for its size, the Wellness Center was awful. I remember they refused to even let me make an appointment to see them once when I had a terrible cough and was feeling dizzy because they wanted to see if it'd get better on its own (it didn't occur to them that I might have already tried that, and only called once time proved that a failure).