Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hope They Can Believe In

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So Tuesday afternoon (the day of Obama's inauguration) Sweet Pea comes home from school and says to Liz,

"I know this is a little bit mean, but I wish my daddy were Barack Obama."

As Liz relates this to me when I come home, I imagine that my daughter is finally getting some racial identity with the African-American side of her heritage. Perhaps she'll identify more with her black dolls, and less with the blond Barbie?

Liz continues that she responded,

"Oh really, sweety? Why do you say that?"

"Because then we could have a puppy."

"Couldn't you just wish that your dad wasn't allergic to dogs?"

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Last year, Buddy Boy suggested we could get a dog, and "Don't worry, Dad. You could live in the basement." (The unfinished, unheated basement of our 125 year old house).

It's good to know that, given a choice between a real living dad and a hypothetical dog, the dog will always win.

Friday, January 2, 2009

What Happened??!! Jett Travolta dies

My wife tells me not to jump to conclusions, but I'm very suspicious right now.

John Travolta's 16 year old son, Jett, has died while on vacation with his family in the

According to TMZcom:

... Jett was last seen going into the bathroom at their private suite at the Old Bahama Bay Resort sometime yesterday. The body was discovered by the caretaker, Jeff Michael Kathrein (pictured bottom right with Travolta in 2006), at 10:00 AM today. The report says Jett suffered from seizures. ...

Jett was widely rumored to be autistic, though the Travolta's denied this, and said instead that he had Kawasaki syndrome (an autoimmune disease that can lead to heart disease). Being autistic is something that is seen as a defect by Scientologists, which is the "religion" that the Travoltas belong to.

My immediate questions are:

1) Why was a 16 year old unaccounted for from yesterday evening to 10:00 am this morning? What adult was responsible for him?

2) Did Jett have a documented seizure disorder?

3) What medicine was he on, and who gave it to him (i.e., did he have proper blood levels of the drug)?

4) Was Jett undergoing any "detoxifying" treatments while he was in the Bahamas? Could chelation leading to a chemical inbalance have caused the seizure?

I'm not jumping to conclusions. But I hope that this unfortunate death is fully investigated, and the truth is made public.