Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My next 3 weeks

Will consist of not much other than studying. After a very strong last 2 blocks, I finally let my confidence get the best of me. While I studied consistently every day when I got here, that was not the case for the last block. I did study a lot towards the end, but it was already too late. My mistake was taking nearly a week off from studying after the last block. I figured that i was doing well, we don't do as much the week after the block, so I could take it easy a little and just catch up later.

Well, if you haven't been in med school yet, please take my word that you cannot catch up on a week of medical school. It's just not going to happen. So, I spent the last two weeks trying to catch up constantly, instead of getting ahead in the new work. End result...I did not do well at all on the last exam. I did still pass everything, which was far from the case for everyone, so not doing well is relative. But, all that matters to me is that I know I could have and should have done a lot better.

At least now, I know that I can't take any breaks like that again. I know what works for me now and what doesn't, so I'll just use this as a learning experience. Now, I just have to study every night again, like I did for the first block, and destroy it again. Honoring is still a possibility, if I can keep up my performance from the first two blocks.

In other news...Leopard (mac's new OS) is now on its way here!! I'm very jealous of the people in the US that already have it, but I am not willing to download an entire operating system from a torrent. It may be the exact same thing, but that's just too big of a risk for me. So, I can't wait for it to arrive. Sometime this week, I'm also finally going to get around to updating my iPhone to the current firmware, now that it can be unlocked as well. And if you were wondering, enabling encryption for my TV show downloads is still working perfectly. Some others have also tried it, with success.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


It is officially bucketing outside. I use that word because nothing else really conveys what it is doing out there. It's not really raining, because I don't think that there are any individual rain drops. It's basically just a waterfall from the sky. Combine that with the fact that the water is directed to just fall off the roof (no sort of downspout or anything), and it's really pretty impressive out there. Very dark and ominous looking. At least it's raining and warm, unlike home where it's raining and cold. Too bad I left my scuba gear at the dive shop!

OK...back to studying for the block on Monday!! I hope to be done studying tonight, using tomorrow just for review. We'll see how that goes though.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I pay for internet and intend to use it!

When you move into the AUC dorms, part of your housing fee goes towards the internet connection. Unlike in previous semesters, you have no choice of service providers, or service levels. For better or for worse, you get NetStar's lowest level of service. Actually, you get lower than the lowest, because if you live off campus, you are not sharing your bandwidth with as many people! What we are getting is a maximum of 256kbps, per room. I have monitored my usage, however, and almost never get anything higher than 100kbps, and those are fleeting moments.

To make matters worse, not only are we getting only a maximum of 256, but what we are getting is being "prioritized." This is NetStar's word to describe the method in which P2P applications, YouTube, and some other sites, are being severely limited in available bandwidth. However, "prioritized" is not the correct word to describe what they are doing. What they are doing is throttling our bandwidth...telling us how much we can or cannot use for certain applications. Even if they were to hypothetically allot every student 10mbps (about the amount the entire campus is getting), P2P, YouTube, and some others, would still run just as slow. I find this unacceptable since at no point were we told that we could only use the internet for certain things or given any option in the matter. If I had known about the current internet setup before, I would not have lived in the dorms.

In any case, I have found a solution to the throttling problem (for P2P apps). It's very simple...just enable encryption on your P2P client. If you're using a mac, the newest version of Transmission supports encryption, and does it automatically. If you're not using a mac, get one. Or, use uTorrent, which also support encryption. The minute that I relaunched the updated Transmission client, my download speeds went from ranging around 0.8-4 kbps to 60-80 kbps! Happy downloading...

With encryption enabled, the internet provider does not know what, specifically, your connection is doing. Since, they can't identify it as P2P activity (or anything else that they're throttling), they can't block it. While Comcast has figured a way around this, it is highly unlikely that NetStar will!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I just impressed myself

So I went to get some water to drink and while I was standing there drinking, I glanced over at my jug of protein powder (I know, very exciting). While looking at it, I saw that it listed the amount of each essential amino acid that it contains. Prior to this week, I would have just glanced at it, though "ok, whatever...glad that means something to somebody," and given it no further thought. But, I actually know the structure of all of them and what they do now, as well as why those few are essential!!! Who would have guessed...actually learning a few things in med school!! :)

Block 3 approaching

As Block 3 gets closer (it's on Monday), I'm beginning to realize that I am quickly running out of time. I suppose I still have a decent amount of time, but not as much as I would like. Fortunately, tomorrow we aren't doing much in anatomy, just some x-ray stuff, and we don't have anatomy at all on thursday or Friday. As usual, we also don't have Histo on Thursday. So, not getting much new information will definitely make it easier to catch up. I'm not really far behind, but there's still a lot to learn!

Dr. G (histo) has decided to move waaaaaay to fast through a lot of the information recently. Since he didn't finish the respiratory system last week, he blew through the remaining slides today in about 5 minutes, skipping most of them and saying that he didn't have time for it. I was clearly not the only person in the class who was not happy about this. He also said that he put the review from Monday on the Notes drive, but I couldn't find it there today. Of course, with computers the way they are here, it's very possible that this was not his fault.

On a related note, there have apparently already been over 30 first semesters who have dropped histo!! From what I understand, this isn't the number of people failing (i've heard that number is closer to 50), but just the people who have already dropped!! After looking at the graph of grade distribution in anatomy from the last exam, there are probably a lot of people dropping that class as well. I don't have any idea how people are doing in MCB, but that class had the most people fail last semester, so I wonder if that's the same this semester. This next test in MCB though I think is going to be the first real test of who will or will not do well...I think we've got more and harder info to learn now, and I have heard that two of the professors from this block write very difficult tests. One of the professors said that they think our class will be down to around 110 students by the end of the semester. That would be a very high attrition rate!

I thought I didn't have lab today, but as it turns out, I did! I am very glad that I checked with John before lab started, just to make sure. In lab, I worked some more on the heart, and then cut a flap into the right atrium so that we could start learning the inside of the heart. Lab goes by so much faster and is so much more enjoyable now that we're finally dissecting!!! Now, it seems like there is actually a lot to get done, instead of having to try to continuously figure out new things to do. It will be nice though to not have lab the rest of the week, so that I can spend more time on studying for the block.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Dissecting the heart

Today in lab, I spent about 2 hours dissecting out the coronary vessels. It may not sound like a ton of fun, but I liked doing it and time went by very quickly! It is certainly very nice finally having bodies! Dissecting on the heart was a little frustrating because the heart is not very large and likes to roll around a lot, but it went much smoother once I finally got a block of wood to prop it against. Dissecting the blood vessels was also not very easy because they're totally surrounded by very closely associated fat and fascia. It's a little tricky to cut that away without destroying the smaller vessels. But, I got a decent amount of it done in the 2 hours I had. I would up having the L coronary artery, L circumflex, L anterior descending, diagonal, L marginal and posterior descending arteries. I also got the great cardiac vein, carotid sinus, and middle cardiac vein dissected out. If it's not already done when I get back to lab Wednesday, I'll finish up the right side. That side is going to be harder since there's a ton of fat on it!

Now, I'm just wondering what they're going to have us do with the heart. We're supposed to cut it open sometime soon to look at the chambers, but that would definitely not be good for the dissection I did today! If we just keep dissecting everything away, we're not going to have much left for the practical.

Oh, and the TA's did a decent job destroying one of our lungs while they made up the mock. Other people in my group spent a long time and did a good job dissecting out the bronchopulmonary segments, but the lung looks like it's been punted across a football field, at the moment. In their attempts to make the mock a lot harder than the actual practical, they twisted the lung around in all sorts of ways. If we ever run into a patient with a similarly contorted lung, it won't matter if we can identify the structures, because they will be very much dead.

I don't want to blame everything on the TA's and certainly some of them are very good, but this is not the first time they've screwed up a dissection. Some of them have a habit of being way too rough when they're trying to move things away or point something out. The other day, a TA was trying to get to the phrenic nerve (which goes down the side of the heart) and was just basically pulling at it to rip it away from everything else, and didn't seem to notice that he was just squeezing the hell out of the heart in the process.

How to ship (and not ship) to St. Maarten

After a couple of months in St. Maarten, I've tried a few different ways to ship to AUC. Some are fast, some are slow, most all are expensive. But, here's what I think are the best:

If you want something reasonably fast and for not a ton of money, use The Mailbox. You set up an account with them for about $100/year and they give you a US address to have people ship to in Miami. They just pay whatever it costs to send something there. Then, they ship it for you to St. Maarten. They'll ship two pounds/month, included with your membership, and you pay less than $3 for every pound after that for the month. It takes a week or so to get here and they deliver to the school twice a week, or you can go and pick it up in Simpson Bay.

If you want something faster than that, you have to pay for it. Shipping via FedEx or DHL straight to the school is the fastest option. I'm not sure how much it costs, but it is significantly more than using the mailbox, although it's faster.

The worst option is to ship to the school via USPS! First, it's about the same price as using the mailbox. But, it's a lot slower. If you use USPS, they ship it to the St. Maarten post office. And, you want to avoid any kind of St. Maarten government agency at any cost. Not only do they take forever to deliver it, half the time, they don't even deliver it!! They leave a note at school that you need to pick it up at the post office, just to charge you a storage fee when you do pick it up!!!! I know this because I got caught in this silly little scam of theirs today when I went to pick up my new wireless keyboard that my parents had sent. The woman at the post office couldn't tell me why they didn't just deliver it to the school, but I suspect it's just so they could charge me to store it. I have also heard of a few people who have had things lost by the St. Maarten post office.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

back from the US

I just got back in St. Maarten today from my slightly extended weekend home. It was a great weekend and I am not at all excited to be back in St. Maarten! I got home Thursday night, into Washington Nat'l airport, and it was very good to see my parents and Heather waiting for me!

After I got home, at around 12 midnight, Heather and I went to Taco Bell. I didn't really want it that bad, but I wanted to go just because I could. By the time we drove around to the window from ordering, our food was already ready to go! It was absolutely amazing how efficient workers can be in the US! Taking less than 5 minutes from the time you drive up to the time you drive away in St. Maarten is something that will NEVER happen!

The next day, Heather and my mom and grandparents and I went to the Delly for breakfast and then stopped by the Apple Store so that I could get an airplane adaptor for my laptop. I studied the whole way from St. Maarten to MD, but I had to study from the books since my laptop wasn't going to last that long. Again, it was nice to see fast, efficient service and knowledgeable salespeople, since they also do not exist in SXM. The Annapolis Mall's addition is nearly completed and it is gonna be really nice. I can't wait to see it when I go back for semester break in December. That night, we had an amazing dinner at Ruth's Chris. The steak was perfect, as usual, and after eating their creme brule, I will never eat it again in SXM.

Saturday, I slept until like 12:30 and then went to the firehouse to visit. While I was there, they got a call, so I drove the utility and treated a girl who had a goal post fall on her head. It wasn't too exciting of a call, but at least I got to drive emergency and run a call, which I have not been able to do for nearly 2 months. It was nice to stop by...I'll definitely have to spend a couple days there over winter break. For dinner, a lot of my family and I went to The Melting Pot. It's really Heather and my place, but we decided to be nice and let the family come :). If you have not been there...go there.

Finally, Heather took me to the airport very early this morning to catch my 8am flight to San Juan and then to SXM. I've heard San Juan is worse than Miami International Airport, but I find this very hard to believe, and it was fine for me. Although, they could use some more (a lot more) food choices.

So, now I'm back in SXM, wishing i was home and missing Heather. Back to studying I suppose. I'm just about all caught up now in MCB after studying on the plane rides, but I've still got a little Histology to go over tonight.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

sorry it's been so long...

But I've been home in MD for the last couple days!!! I'll post more later about the weekend, but now I'm off to chipotle...with my amazing girlfriend, HEATHER!!! :)

There, she has a name...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Good start to the week

Today was Monday. For most people, this is probably a bad thing. But, not today, not for me! First, we don't have Histology on Mondays (or Thursdays). Any day that we don't have a class is a good day! Also, i didn't have lab. Again, any day without lab is a good day. Lab does go by much faster and is not nearly as much of a waste, now that we've finally got bodies, but I still don't particularly like going. I would probably like it a lot more if we had twice the number of bodies and less people in the room!

But, I decided to go SCUBA diving today with Matt, which is mostly what made the day good. We got out at 10:30 today from class, so there was a little time to study before going diving at 1:30. I went to a place called Dive Octopus on the French side in Grand Case. The diving is supposed to be better over there and I figured I'd check a new place out. Overall, I think I like this dive shop the best so far. It's owned by a husband and wife from Canada who just decided to up and move here years ago. It's not a very big shop and you have to walk out in the water to get to the boat, but I think it's worth it. The water is only about waste deep and it's only as far as you'd walk out on a dock, so not too bad. Apparently, getting permission to build a dock on the French side is not easy. And, to be fair, there were none to be seen close by.

The boat that they use is much newer and faster than any dive boat I've been on before. It's not a very large boat, but it's got two 150hp motors on the back which propel it very fast. And, although it's a pretty small boat, they only take a maximum of 6 divers, which is very nice. Today, the owner was the captain and divemaster. He's very friendly and knowledgeable of the reefs around St. Maarten.

The place he took us today was a reef in Grand Case bay, since it's a pretty shallow reef and we had a snorkeler coming along. He guaranteed us to see a turtle, and we wound up seeing two. They didn't seem to be at all scared and I got the best pictures that I've gotten yet of a turtle. There was also a very large sting ray, but it swam away before I could get a good picture of it. The visibility wasn't amazing since it has rained recently, but it was good enough and there was plenty to see close by.

After diving, Matt and I went to a small restaurant close to the dive shop that the owner (John) recommended. The food was good and fortunately, the local employees are not aware of the horrible exchange rate of the dollar compared to the Euro!! So, they just told us it was the same price, dollars or Euro. Needless to say, we made out very well because of this and a plate of ribs with 3 sides wound up costing $8! The menu actually had prices listed for the drinks the same in dollars or euros, but were assuming this was either a mistake or was for drinks only.

After lunch, came back and studied Histology. Since we didn't have histo today, I am now officially caught up in that class. By Wednesday night, I will hopefully be solid with the other two classes. Only 3 days left until I'm back in Baltimore for the weekend with the girlfriend and family!!! Can't wait for fast internet, good service, and big roads!!

Link: http://flickr.com/photos/slevit1/sets/72157602444848615/

Sunday, October 14, 2007

i'm here

I know I haven't posted much lately, but I've just been busy...as usual. Apparently, more people read this blog than I had though, so I'm going to try to make it more about med school and what's going on in my life than it has been. I still probably won't be able to resist a little commentary here and there on things that really catch my attention, but less of it.

So...an update:
We're currently studying the thoracic cavity in anatomy. We only had 3 classes this week though (week of an exam is never very busy), so we don't have a lot of work...yet. I'd say i'm pretty much caught up in that class. I did not think I was quite caught up with MCB, but the tutoring session helped a lot. Sunil's tutoring is always helpful because he points out the most important stuff, presents all of it again in a different way, and you just get to see all the powerpoints again. It also comes together a little more the second time around. We only had histology twice this week, but we're doing respiratory tissue at the moment. We also had a review with Dr. G. this weekend that cleared a few things up. I always feel like I'm a little behind, but then it all comes together closer to test time. However, the goal this week is to pick up the studying and get ahead.

The first block, I went into the exams a little bit ahead and it was a very nice feeling (particularly when grades came back)! I did well the second block, but I did not feel as prepared and didn't do quite as well. Since we haven't done much in class yet though this block, I definitely have plenty of time to get on top of things. And, that will begin tomorrow! Then, as a reward for all the studying I plan to do this week, I GET TO GO HOME THURSDAY!!!!

We don't have class on friday because it's Antilles day or something. We don't get off for any US holidays except winter break, but we do get off for the SXM holidays. I'd rather have the US holidays off, but something is better than nothing! I cannot wait to get back to civilization! Roads where you can get up over 40 mph, with traffic control devices, lanes, and parking lots, are very much missed. I also miss internet speeds consistently faster than dial up. And Friday afternoon, you will definitely be able to see me in a Chipotle for lunch!!! Man do I ever miss that place. And, most importantly, I can't wait to see my girlfriend and family again! I definitely took a lot of things for granted before I came here and I cannot wait to get back home!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

It's the other half I worry about


That is a link to a recent news story, entitled "More than half of straight Americans wants gays treated equally:poll." A more accurate attention grabbing heading ought to have been "Almost half of Americans don't want gays treated equally!" Perhaps the other [almost] half is still under the archaic impression that being gay is a choice. Absolutely, couldn't agree more...if I had the choice, I'd definitely choose a life where people harass you, deprive you of basic rights afforded to a straight couple, and often change their opinions of you as a person. In the interest of not offending too many people, I will leave out a discussion of the popular reasons that people do not think gay people should be treated equally...but I'll bet you can guess.

Now my head hurts...i'm going to study.

P.S. - in case it was not obvious to you (because apparently everyone didn't pick up on it)...this post was meant to be sarcastic. Of course, being gay is not a choice! If you feel otherwise, then you are deluded. There is absolutely no reason in the world that gays should be treated any differently than anyone else and the fact that almost half of americans think otherwise is disturbing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Yay for cadavers!

Today was the first day in anatomy lab with cadavers!! I didn't bother to look at the others, but my group's is in very good shape. Unfortunately, there are only 9 bodies, so there are now 13 people in my group per day, which basically sucks. But, most of them didn't seem to interested in cutting, and if they were, they didn't speak up. So, I got to cut for a good part of the day. The groups yesterday had already pulled back the skin of the thoracic cavity, so today we got rid of a little more skin, and then reflected back the pectoralis major and minor. We wound up getting a very good view of the subclavian artery and vein, which are pretty ginormous! Other groups started cracking the chest, but we'll do that tomorrow. There's only one saw in the room to cut the ribs and it just hasn't made its way to our table yet. So, tomorrow should be more interesting than today.

Other than that, not much happened today. I've got the SGA meeting in about half hour, then i'm heading to the gym, and then it'll be back to studying. We've got some visiting professor for this week in MCB, teaching us about microfilaments and related topics. I haven't decided what I think of him yet, but it doesn't really matter since he's only here this week. Well that's it for now...got about 1/2 hour of studying before SGA.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

2/5 done!

As of yesterday, I'm 2/5 of the way done with 1st semester!! Yes, there is still a very long way to go, but at least we won't have anatomy lab anymore after this semester!! If I haven't already mentioned it, we did get our cadavers (finally)! Unfortunately, there are only 9 of them, and there are 170 people in the class! So, although we do have some, it's not nearly enough. There are going to be HUGE groups of people cutting on them! It could be worse though. Some US schools don't do cadaveric dissections at all. And, SGU (another one of the good caribbean schools) has upwards of 400 people in their first semester class, but only 8 bodies!! So, no matter how bad you've got it, someone always has it worse! The other two lab groups had lab today, so they've begun the dissections. I think this is kind of unfortunate since I honestly do not trust many other people to do a great job. I guess we'll see tomorrow how they did with the first cut.

So about the block... Well, it was definitely harder than the first block! I still managed to do well, but not quite as good in anatomy and histo as last time. But, I am still definitely in the range where I could honor all of the classes, just have to see how the rest of the exams go. Supposedly, head and neck (the last block) was the hardest block of anatomy. If this is true, then I should be just fine! The histology exam was ridiculous! He tested us on the smallest details that he barely even covered in lecture. It was really pretty ridiculous! Especially because we haven't had this professor before, so we had no idea how he'd test. Basically, it was not a test of concepts, it was a test of minutia. Given the ridiculousness of the test, I'm pretty happy with how I did. And, now I know how to study for the next one, so it should go much better.

Last night was an after-block party at Sunset Beach Bar, which is one of my favorite bars on the island. They had half price drinks, which was pretty great considering drinks are already cheap there. I won't get into all the details, but if we weren't getting our grades today, i would have had a lot of difficulty getting out of bed! Today was not one of my better days! But, last night was still a lot of fun, so I suppose it was worth it....once in a while. I hadn't been out since schools started, so i think I deserved it! Well...off to the second floor laundry room to put my stuff in the dryer, since none of the machines on the 3rd floor work! Man, I love St. Maarten!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The end is near

The end of studying for block II, that is! This block is head and neck for anatomy, skin, ears and eyes for histo, and mostly transcription/translation of DNA/RNA in MCB. Supposedly, this is the hardest block for anatomy, so we will see. There certainly is an awful lot of stuff packed into a pretty small space. However, on the last day of studying, it finally all seems to be coming together.

I have just officially finished studying histo, for this exam. I've got 3 packets of notes to go through again in MCB, and then I'm gonna spend a little more time looking through all the nerves and innervations of the head/neck. I think I'm going to give myself another 3 hours to do that, and that'll be it for the night! I stopped studying around the same time for the last block, but didn't fall asleep until 2am because I was so nervous!! Hopefully, I'll actually go to bed early tonight. The material is a little harder (more of it), but at least it's not the first exam of med school anymore!

Oh, and a big thank you to the makers of Ritalin, without which I would be in big trouble!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Your body is amazing

Yes, everyone's, even yours, is amazing! I thought that the basic sciences, particularly first semester, would be very boring. However, even though learning it is a ton of work and not always the first thing I want to do, it is extremely interesting. I think everyone knows that the human body is really pretty incredible, but most people probably have no idea of the extent. I certainly do not have the time (or the knowledge, yet), to get into everything that our body must do all the time to keep us alive and healthy, but it's extraordinary. Just as a small example...the DNA in every single cell of our body is actually 2 meters long if you were to stretch it out. However, it is compacted in such a way that it can fit into a small part of a microscopic cell. Despite being so compacted, there are a ton of enzymes, proteins, steroids, and other various things which all work as tiny little machines to unwind this structure, piece by piece, duplicate it, and make functional proteins off of it. And even more tiny machines are involved in deciding just when and where your DNA should be transcribed. And they do it FAST! They rarely make mistakes, but when they do, they can even proofread and fix them, on the fly! Of course, various failures of these mechanisms are causes of tons of diseases. Just in the little over a month I've been here, I've learned enough that I could easily spend all day convincing you how nearly impossible it is to imagine that we came to be. Fortunately, we have had billions and billions of years to evolve to the point that we are at now.

On that note...the block exam is looming nearby, so I should get back to studying! Today will mostly be devoted to molecular and cellular bio (MCB) and histology, with probably a little anatomy thrown in for good measure.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

more to come...

Yes, I know that the posting has been kind of thin lately, and I apologize for that. It's getting close to block time though and I seem to not have any time! However, once I get through this block, I'll hopefully have a bit more time on my hands! The head and neck is a very large block to learn!!

But, on a positive note...our cadavers finally showed up today!!! There are only ten or so of them, when we really need 20, but 10 is better than none. I also here that SGU only has 8, and are not dissecting at all, even though they have like 400 students! So, no matter how bad you think you've got it...someone else always has it worse!

Monday, October 1, 2007

He said what??!!

I never expected a presidential candidate to reach out and speak so clearly to me as Sen. McCain has just done! He has actually asked me (in so many words), not to vote for him!! Astounding!! If you'd like to see proof of this, look no further than cnn.com:

"I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, personally, I prefer someone who has a grounding in my faith," the GOP presidential hopeful told the Web site in an interview published Saturday.

McCain also said he agreed with a recent poll that 55 percent of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation. "I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation," he said.

I will let slide the the fact that a serious presidential candidate (and our current president) are sorely lacking in critical thinking skills and have abandoned all logic, in their acceptance of a god. Instead, let's talk about his absurd notion that this nation was founded on Christian principles. Senator McCain, you could not be more wrong! While many americans were christians, many more, including most of the Founding Fathers, were deists and held to Freemason tenets more than Christianity! There is absolutely no evidence that the Founding Fathers ever intended to create a christian nation, as many Christians would like you to believe.

Perhaps Senator McCain has never read the US Constitution, which is clearly a secular document, with not a single reference to Jesus, Christianity, or any imaginary god, of any sort. Here is what it does say:
"Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd say that does just the opposite of creating a Christian nation!

After naturally pissing off a couple of Jews with his nonsense, he went back to correct himself:
"What I do mean to say is the United States of America was founded on the values of Judeo-Christian values, which were translated by our founding fathers which is basically the rights of human dignity and human rights,"
Again, NO...the US was founded on no such values. If you choose to cherry pick, as all religious moderates do, those things in the bible that suit you at the current time, then perhaps his statement has some merit. However, no mainstream religion today has at its core the rights of human dignity and human rights. Conversely, the bible clearly promotes prostitution, slavery, and murder (among a few other similarly horrible things). I am reasonably certain that none of these things, which the Christian God has advocated, were what the Founding Fathers had in mind!

There is a fairly large field of candidates right now and honestly, I'm not sure who I'll vote for. I would like to thank Senator McCain though for narrowing the field down just a bit! You, sir, are an idiot!