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April 28, 2022

Infant formula shortage.

My son and daughter-in-law are having trouble finding infant formula.

I know there is none to be found in the local stores and it cannot be ordered on line.

My internet searching reveals a nationwide shortage caused by - wait for it - supply chain issues. I am unclear what is to be done if we cannot feed our infants.

April 13, 2022

I've had enough of the Infiniti ad with the kid orchestra butchering "Sprach Zarathustra."

Not only is it painful to hear but it is insulting to student musicians.

No kid's orchestra director would make the attempt. Kids that age should be performing "Bill Grogan's Goat." The message seems to be that student musicians are really bad. I was unlikely to ever buy an Infiniti, I'm not into conspicuous consumption, but there is no risk now.

March 21, 2022

Never again say "never again."

The Russians have long since destroyed any possible legitimate military target in Ukrainian cities. At this point, the Russians are shelling cities that have been reduced to rubble. The only reason to bounce rubble is to kill civilians. Any suggestion that the Russian shelling is merely indiscriminate and not intentionally targeting civilians is now untenable. The Russian target is not the Ukrainian army, it is the civilian population.

This conclusion leads to a question: Is there a line short of the border of a NATO country which the Russians may not cross in their war crimes or NATO will respond with force? Is Russia free to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine? Can Russian use tactical weapons or enhanced radiation (neutron) bombs in Ukraine without a response from NATO? Is Russia free to depopulate Ukraine by any means?

Is there anything short of crossing a NATO border that will result in a NATO military response? If not, the world should never again say "never again."

March 10, 2022

It's a damned good thing I'm not in charge.

I understand that national policy should not be made based on emotions but I'm past being dispassionate.

Putin is an international criminal. He committed a crime against peace by his invasion of a non-threatening neighbor. He has committed numerous war crimes by targeting civilians. He is engaging in genocide against the Ukrainian people. But targeting a maternity hospital is simply a bridge too far. Dispassionate decision making be damned. Something has to be done to preserve international law.

If I was in charge, I would give the Russian military an ultimatum to withdraw from Ukraine within 24 hours or the US will intervene in Ukraine to prevent additional war crimes. That intervention could include attacks on any Russian military units in Ukraine and artillery units in Russia that fire on Ukraine.

It's a damned good thing I'm not in charge.

March 4, 2022

I heard the first crack in the US obligation under Article V of the NATO treaty.

Lawrence O'Donnell and Eugene Robinson were discussing the return of the Cold War and how nuclear powers simply cannot get into a shooting war with each other lest it escalate to a nuclear exchange.

The discussion was about why NATO cannot impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine. However, this will be the argument for why the US must not honor its NATO obligations when Russian invades the Baltic States or Poland.

If Putin is not stopped in Ukraine, he will attack a NATO member. The US must decide soon where the red line is drawn. Is an attack on Latvia crossing the line? How about attacking Poland or Germany?

March 3, 2022

Free Band Arrangement of the Ukrainian National Anthem.

If your college, high school, or community band wants to play the Ukrainian National Anthem, there is a free pdf of US Army band arrangement.


I'm starting tomorrow I'm bugging the director of my community band to play this in our next concert.

Trombone hack

January 23, 2022

The twins are both home!

Mac was released from the NICU this afternoon. Mom, Dad, and grandmother claim to be able to tell them apart. I’m skeptical.

The tension level is way down. Two more beautiful baby girls the world has never seen.

January 19, 2022

At-home covid tests.

I got "the word" that the local health department had at-home covid tests to give away and managed to score three boxes with two tests each. I have ordered the tests from the federal government site but these from the health department will be good to have until the federal ones arrive.

There was no public announcement - I just heard the tests were available.

It might be worthwhile to call your local health department and ask.

January 18, 2022

I need any medics out there to talk me off the ledge.

My newborn granddaughter has been in the NICU for a week. She was placed in the NICU due to early breathing concerns.

She's off O2. She's eating more and weighs more than her twin sister at home. (The pediatrician tells us the child at home is thriving.) The NICU docs will not (or at least have not) talked to the parents in days. The nurses (the only people with whom the parents can speak) keep providing different metrics for her release. The parents are convinced she is being held in the NICU until her calculated due date - in two more weeks. (It's probably a good thing that her G-Dad can't get through the door due to Covid restrictions.)

At some point, laying in an NICU bed instead of being held by her parents and grandparents - especially her G-Dad - has to be bad for her development.

I get it, my degree is in law and not medicine and obviously don't know what I'm talking about. Someone out there who does know, please tell me that everything is fine.

January 16, 2022

Thank God for DU (& the truck hot spot)

I’ve delivered the DIL to the hospital for the 9:00 feeding in the NICU for the twin still there.

I am not allowed in the hospital due to COVID restrictions. Fortunately, I have a tank of gas and a hot spot in the truck. I can sit and read DU. It’s all good.

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About TomSlick

I'm a lawyer primarily representing clients who are being sued. I am a retired Army Judge Advocate. Nothing I post here, including any comments about legal topics, should be construed as legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship.

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