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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
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this is all knew to me and it came as quite a shock

A week or so ago I posted this thread in the General Forum about my diagnoses with Esophageal Cancer (Adenocarcinoma):

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026558920

Although the diagnoses was made by a Gastroenterologist on the basis of an Endoscopy/Gastroscopy with a confirming biopsy.

Now in a few days I will be starting the real testing and real treatments which I'm under the impression will initially emphasize radiology therapy.

Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for my first appointment with an Oncologist. The talk with the Gastroenterologist was certainly worrisome enough.

The most reoccurring phrase I hear from friends and other is "Be Strong" and "Fight it." I guess I just don't know what those words mean. I suppose this is about the biggest thing that has ever happened to me.

I appreciate anyone's insights.



Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue May 5, 2015, 10:26 AM (14 replies)

diagnosed with stage 2 Esophageal Cancer

Yesterday morning. Which basically means that my condition is probably inoperable.
Six months ago I was diagnosed with level 1 ASD (Autisms spectrum Disorder - formerly known as Asberger's Syndrome) I was so happy about it. Finally I have an answer to a life long puzzle.

But I can't see anything positive about this latter diagnoses. When I asked the Gastroenterologist if I probably have about one to three more years to live - He said, "Yes, that is probably about right."

When I was young I used to constantly contemplate suicide. Then I discovered that life was more bearable than I initially thought and that some of my unsolvable problems did have solutions.

Now it is all completely out of my hands. Is there a right way for a person with ASD to face the likelihood of death?

Sorry for being such a downer. I just can't come up with a way to put a positive spin on this one.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Apr 24, 2015, 04:47 AM (148 replies)

John Oliver Flew to Russia to Interview Edward Snowden for One of the Best Clips You’ll See All Year

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Apr 6, 2015, 09:06 AM (74 replies)

Pat Robertson tells anti-LGBT pizza shop owners to shut up: This is about ‘cake-bakers’



Pat Robertson warned that the backlash to Indiana’s anti-LGBT law signaled a renewed assault on Americans’ sexual practices and “deeply held Christian beliefs.”


The televangelist brought up during Thursday’s broadcast of the “700 Club” a pizza shop owner in the state who made national news when she told a TV reporter that she would not cater food at a same-sex wedding, reported Right Wing Watch.

“Pizzas? I think, you know, you might as well keep your mouth shut,” Robertson said. “I’m not sure I would serve pizza for a gay wedding. Most gays, if they’re having a wedding, don’t want pizzas – they want cake. It’s the cake makers that are having the problem.”

Robertson warned that if gay couples were permitted to serve Christian-baked cakes during their wedding reception, there’s no telling where they would stop.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/pat-robertson-tells-anti-lgbt-pizza-shop-owners-to-shut-up-this-is-about-cake-bakers/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Apr 3, 2015, 04:43 AM (18 replies)

Ireland's largest bookmaker odds on the 2016 election

For the record I am ABSOLUTELY NOT a Hillary supporter. I am just reposting the results of Paddy Power Ireland's largest bookmaker

Business Insider reached out to Paddy Power, Ireland's largest bookmaker, for their odds on the election. So far, Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite.

According to spokesman Rory Scott, as of last Sunday evening, Paddy Power had taken over 5,000 individual bets on the election. In 2012, the company said over $3 million in bets were made on the election. They expect over $6 million in bets for this race. Overall, Scott predicted betting on the 2016 race will be a $100 million industry in the United Kingdom.

For the general election, Scott said Paddy Power derives the odds based on the prices for each candidate to be their party's nominee and that party's odds of winning. As of Sunday evening, Clinton was the favorite followed by several Republicans. Scott noted she received about 33% of the individual bets made on the race.


Hillary Clinton 6/5

Jeb Bush 4/1

Scott Walker 10/1

Marco Rubio 10/1

Chris Christie 12/1

Rand Paul 16/1

Mitt Romney 16/1

Elizabeth Warren 18/1

Ted Cruz 33/1

Joe Biden 33/1

Paul Ryan 33/1

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/odds-win-2016-233704895.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 09:05 AM (10 replies)

Cliff Kincaid of "Accuracy in Media": The Huffington Post Is A 'Gay Porn Outlet' -

Submitted by Brian Tashman on Wednesday, 3/25/2015 10:45 am

Cliff Kincaid of the right-wing group Accuracy In Media is deeply troubled by President Obama’s decision to give an interview with The Huffington Post, which he claims is actually a pornography website.

In a BarbWire column, “Obama Gives Interview To Gay Porn Outlet,” Kincaid alleges that the prominent news organization peddles gay pornography, along with “pro-Arab, pro-Muslim and anti-Israel” views.

President Obama’s interview with The Huffington Post (HuffPost) has been treated as if the on-line publication is somehow respectable and legitimate. The topics of the interview included budget sequestration, the Iran nuclear talks, presidential pardons, overtime pay, athletic scholarships and sleep. But here are some stories from the on-line outlet you may have missed (Be advised these articles may be offensive to some):

• Porn Stars Without Makeup •

This Map Shows Where America Loves ‘Butts’ More Than ‘Boobs’ •

These Striking Portraits Of Porn Stars Shine A Different Light On XXX Actors

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth notes that The Huffington Post’s “Gay Voices” section has run a video of movie scenes with full-frontal male nudity.

In addition to publishing and promoting pornography, The Huffington Post is a “progressive” platform for advocates of abortion, homosexual rights and marijuana legalization. It was named after Arianna Huffington’s ex-husband, Michael Huffington, who was born rich and then turned gay. (In this case, apparently, being gay was a choice). She used his money from a divorce settlement to start the on-line “news” service in 2005.

On foreign policy, the publication is pro-Arab, pro-Muslim and anti-Israel. One report documents how it works hand-in-glove with Al Jazeera.

The blog known as Huff-Watch has documented the publication’s “pathological, malicious incitement of hate against the U.S. military, Israel and Jews, the Tea Party and conservative individuals and organizations.” … None of this seems to bother Obama, however, or at least those in the administration who decide who or what publications he talks to. If you want to study all the tricks of the trade in the matter of a “progressive” media bias that approaches the absurd, The Huffington Post is worth analyzing. One has to wonder if the editors realize how ridiculous their bias makes them look. -

See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cliff-kincaid-huffington-post-gay-porn-outlet#sthash.i4IifMRC.dpuf
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Mar 25, 2015, 04:42 PM (4 replies)

Israel’s Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it’s not anywhere in the NYT

Two days ago Israel’s foreign minister called for beheading Arab citizens of Israel who are “against us.” Haaretz did the story yesterday. So did Newsweek. Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Arab citizens who are not loyal to the state of Israel should have their heads “chopped off with an axe”. The minister, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and an outspoken critic of Israel’s Arab population, made the controversial remarks on Sunday in a speech to an election rally held in the western Israeli city of Herzliya ahead of the March 17 vote. “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” the ultra-nationalist politician said. The incitement resulted in a call to behead Haneen Zoabi, the outspoken Palestinian member of Knesset, as reported by this Arabic site and (translated by the new head of the US Committee to End the Occupation, Yousef Munayyer): -

Lara Friedman of Peace Now has been pushing the story, including Lieberman’s call for “transfer,” or ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. “Not the Onion,” she says. But this story is no joke at all. What would happen if a Palestinian politician called for beheading some Jews? How loudly would our media decry such statements? This morning the New York Times had still not covered the story. National Public Radio has given Lieberman a platform in the past. NPR host Robert Siegel also spent an hour interviewing Lieberman at the Brookings institution. Shouldn’t NPR be covering Lieberman’s latest views? Radio silence. -

See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/minister-beheading-anywhere?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=2c28fabaa3-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-2c28fabaa3-309261746#sthash.2T58Gg4Y.dpuf

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Mar 11, 2015, 08:21 AM (11 replies)

fun historic facts: here are two Democratic nominee presidential preference polls - 75 and 91




and here is one from 1975:



http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/a-brief-history-of-primary-polling-part-ii/?_r=0
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Mar 5, 2015, 01:23 PM (7 replies)

What is your real attitude toward the major political parties?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Mar 5, 2015, 09:34 AM (27 replies)

Zeppelin!- the Louisville Leopard Children's Percussionists Orchestra - something really different



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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 06:27 AM (9 replies)
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