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Douglas had a tumor at the base of his tongue, although for nine months doctors kept telling him it was only an infection and giving him antibiotics. When he was finally properly diagnosed his doctor suggested he tell people he had throat cancer, not tongue cancer.
“If we do have to do surgery, it’s not going to be pretty,” Douglas recalled his doctor saying. The surgery could’ve resulted in Douglas losing part of his jaw and tongue, so the doctor suggested Douglas misrepresent his type of cancer, and the actor agreed.
The actor also had to deal with his children seeing lurid headlines about his gaunt appearance as he lost weight during seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. “I looked pretty weird,” Douglas told Jackson. But when he warned Dylan, now 13, that he might face some troubling magazine covers, he found his son was already savvy to the ways of the tabloid press. “You mean like the story when you had three weeks to live, Dad?” Dylan asked.
Douglas also encouraged other men who might be suspicious about a mole, bump or other change that could indicate cancer to get a checkup immediately, rather than wait. “I made that mistake,” he said. “I don’t want to see you do it.”
Douglas has now been cancer-free for two years, and says that doctors tell him this means there’s a 95 percent chance his cancer will not return. [FULL QUOTE]
Author of ‘Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity’
Radical. That’s the word to describe what Tea Party Republicans have done in the past two weeks, shutting down the government and threatening to send our economy into recession or even worse turmoil by defaulting on our financial obligations. Radical is the label to pin to a party that loses an election and then demands the implementation of their agenda or else the country gets it. And that’s the word Democrats need to hang around the neck of every Republican on the ballot in 2014, especially those running for the House of Representatives.
A year is an eternity in politics, but we need to make sure that voters remember the Tea Party Republican radicalism of 2013 when they head to the voting booth 13 months from now. We need a national campaign that ties every Republican candidate to the Tea Party, to John Boehner, and to Ted Cruz. We need voters to see any candidate associated with those characters as not capable of being a responsible representative.
Recent polling shows that the American people strongly disapprove of the radicalism Republicans have shown during the shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. The longer the shutdown has gone on, the worse people think of the Republicans and — ironically given that their initial goal was to gut Obamacare — the better people think of the president’s health care reform law.
2 SAMUEL 7:22
Therefore You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Originally posted on World:
Prince Andrew of England stated last month that royal protection officers have “a difficult job.” Judging by the recent frequency of attempts to unlawfully enter palace premises, he seems to be right.
On Tuesday, a 44-year-old man was charged after trying to enter Buckingham Palace in possession of a “bladed article” — just over a month after two men were arrested for attempted burglary at the same location. In the heat of the latter debacle, Prince Andrew was himself apprehended by police officers in the palace gardens, and asked to identify himself.