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Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 01:06 PM PDT

Be ye not foolish

by kimalanus

There has been a great deal of talk in political circles lately on the topic of rape and abortion.  Several persons of note have publicly stated that there should be no exceptions for use of the medical procedure which was guaranteed by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade.  The most recent statement was by Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock who said that rape should not be an exception because if a pregnancy resulted from rape, the fetus should be thought of as  a gift from God.  Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin recently made a similar remark, arguing  in the case of a "legitimate rape" a woman's body will prevent conception so there is no need for a rape exemption.  And of course, during the Presidential Primary season, former Senator Rick Santorum opined that life begins at conception so abortion is murder.

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Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 03:49 PM PST

I just don't get it.

by kimalanus

Requiring insurers to provide birth control coverage without co-pay or additional costs does not require any individual with conscientious objections to use it.  If you are opposed to the use of birth control {snicker} don't get a prescription for it.

Where, exactly, is the contravention of religious belief?  It is strictly voluntary for the individual.  If you don't like it, don't do it.

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Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 08:32 AM PST

Radical Republicanism

by kimalanus

Leaving the unemployed to fend for themselves, as some pundits and political leaders have recently proposed, would be a radical departure from the American past.
Real radicalism would be to abandon these traditions and instead leave ailing private markets to nurse themselves back to health while jobless Americans needlessly suffer without government aid.

Really.

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Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 10:56 PM PDT

It Can't Be Said Better

by kimalanus

I have this irregular feature on my personal blog which is labeled "It Can't Be Said Better...." wherein I quote a pithy quote from somewhere, along with it's attribution.  The latest installment set off some actual thought and explication so I cross post it here where more people than my mother might read it....

It can't be said better.....
   

Social Security is not a retirement account, it’s an anti-poverty program that provides some dignity to seniors.

via Balloon Juice... Nicolas Wilbur at Muddy Politics

That hooked up in my head with a great Census Department graphic that was part of a front page post by Joan McCarter and led to what is below:

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There were several initiatives on the ballot in Washington state this election.  Washington state voters got two of them exactly wrong:  Ballot Initiative 1052, sponsored by Tim Eyman was passed. Ballot Initiative 1070, endorsed by Bill Gates, Sr. was voted down.

These two ballot choices as made will have profound and detrimental effects on YOUR schools.

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Sun Aug 29, 2010 at 01:55 PM PDT

My Father

by kimalanus

For nine and a half years, I have hung onto my first laptop, a Compaq with a 486 processor (that's pre-Pentium) and Windows 3.11,  because it was the only place that my eulogy for my Father existed.  The floppy disk drive has been out of alignment for a long time, it had been dropped heavily from the top of a bookcase that had fallen over and the battery falls out, the hard drive opening cover won't close, but it still boots and runs Word for Windows, but there was no way to install drivers for a network card, reinstall a modem driver or copy the file to a floppy disk, even....  So yesterday, I plugged it in and booted it up and hand typed the eulogy into my Thinkpad T510 and saved the file in various formats in various locations, never to be lost again.  I am posting it here and on my blog 'The Oldest 14 Year Old' at kimalanus.blogspot.com so the Internet will save it well-nigh forever.  There is much more that ccould be said.  Below the fold:

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Sat Aug 22, 2009 at 10:08 AM PDT

Death Panels

by kimalanus

OK, as I have said before, I Am Not A Lawyer, I just read stuff they do.

So, apparently according to Betsy McCoughey (pronounced McCoy, May God Rest DeForrest Kelly's Tortured Soul) the reason to fear the 'end of life' consultation provisions of H R 3200 (Link is to the actual text of the bill in PDF format, it will require a bit of bandwidth to load....) is because Medicare reimbursement for doctors is tied to performance criteria....

More after the jump  (crossposted from my own blog, Oldest 14 Year Old at kimalanus.blogspot.com)

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Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 05:47 AM PDT

IANAL I just read stuff....

by kimalanus

This is the page that Josh Marshall quotes at TPM:

A layman's description of the regulations

So, I googled up this one:

eCFR, an updated electronic, searchable copy of the Code of Federal Regulations, which the above link interprets in layman's language

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