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Although the GOP is currently bickering over which rape victims “deserve” abortions, there’s yet another egregious aspect to this bill: the cut off at 20 weeks which would essentially ban many medically-necessary abortions, those done to save a woman’s life and health.

While the GOP is falsely claiming fetus pain at the 20-week mark, factually, that’s the earliest point at which some tests of fetal anomalies can be done.

Fetal anomalies which mean a wanted pregnancy has gone toxically wrong and abortion may be needed in order to save a woman’s life or health.

Which would be banned by the GOP’s seemingly arbitrary 20-week cut off.

However, I don’t believe it to be an arbitrary time-line decision on the GOP’s side. Like the Bush era “Partial Birth Abortion” law, I believe the GOP is deliberately outlawing medically-necessary abortions, for a reason.

Once medically-necessary abortions are illegal after 20 weeks, once the life and health of women are no longer an issue, legally, it would be a relative cake-walk for the Republicans to legislate against all the rest of what they can term “recreational” abortions.

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Why Are Firms With Ties to Wall Street Buying Power Plants, Then Closing Them Down?

 "The real answer is simple," writes journalist David Cay Johnston, who says we could see a return of Enron-style price gouging. "Under the rules of the electricity markets, the best way to earn huge profits is by reducing the supply of power."

ENRON-STYLE PRICE GOUGING IS MAKING A COMEBACK

The price of electricity would soar under the latest scheme by Wall Street financial engineers to game the electricity markets.

If regulators side with Wall Street — and indications are that they will — expect the cost of electricity to rise from Maine to California as others duplicate this scheme to manipulate the markets, as Enron did on the West Coast 14 years ago, before the electricity-trading company collapsed under allegations of accounting fraud and corruption.

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Join President Obama as he "travels" across the country in a virtual whistle-stop tour. The President will join Google+ Hangouts with people across the United States and talk with Americans about the issues laid out in his speech. RSVP now to watch the live Hangout on Friday, January 31.
https://www.youtube.com/...

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Reposted from yesterday, with an update:

I have a gay brother and sister, and for obvious reasons, for the first time in decades I won't be following my fave ice dancing at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

I'm also a big fan of the (usually) campy opening and closing ceremonies. For several Olympics, I wrote Kos Diaries, Opening and Closing Ceremonies: How Gay? A lighthearded and gay-positive blogging of those fun and fabulous extravaganzas.

I don't have the heart to do that this year, either.

Not least because no one in my family would be able to attend the Olympics in Sochi, safely.

Not if we were in the company of my siblings, or displayed normal family affection, or dammit, so much as mentioned their existence, while in Russia.

As a former journalist, I'm amazed and confounded that Sochi sponsors Coca Cola, MasterCard and McDonald's aren't fleeing this public relations nightmare.

And angry they aren't.

Sign this to ask sponsors of the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 to withdraw their support due to Russia's homophobia http://t.co/...

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I have a gay brother and sister, and for obvious reasons, for the first time in decades I won't be following my fave ice dancing at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

I'm also a big fan of the (usually) campy opening and closing ceremonies. For several Olympics, I wrote Kos Diaries, Opening and Closing Ceremonies: How Gay? A lighthearded and gay-positive blogging of those fun and fabulous extravaganzas.

I don't have the heart to do that this year, either.

Not least because no one in my family would be able to attend the Olympics in Sochi, safely.

Not if we were in the company of my siblings, or displayed normal family affection, or dammit, so much as mentioned their existence, while in Russia.

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I'm sick onto death with the arguments against legislating gun control that run along the lines: "If it's a crime to own a gun, only criminals will have guns." Or that make light of the efficacy of stricter firearm regulations.

They're wrong, first and foremost: during the Assault Rifle Ban mass murders with guns went down in this country.

But the real success story of gun regulation is in my state: California. And a horrific elementary school mass murder over twenty years ago was the catalyst.

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Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM PST

Why My Father Gave Up His Guns

by freelancewoman

I'm reposting this, from yesterday, with an UPDATE:

My father grew up in the country, where, as a boy he hunted and fished and went off for days on hunting trips by himself.

At 17, Dad joined the Navy, the week after Pearl Harbor -- all his friends volunteered for the service that week, along with his brother and one of his sisters.

Engineers run through in my father's family for one hundred years: the Navy taught Dad Electrical Engineering, he became a ship's electrician.

They also trained him to be a Gunner's Mate, and Dad worked guns so large he developed some permanent hearing loss.

Dad got a commendation for shooting down a Kamikazi plane attacking one of his ships.  

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I have the inside dope on the Fox War on Christmas story about my little town kicking a nativity scene out of a public park -- and what a surprise -- Fox News got it wrong.

I've lived in Santa Monica for 30 years, and from the first couldn't believe those tacky hot mess "dioramas" were kept up for decades, or erected in the first place.

First of all, ban any thoughts of tasteful creches you might have seen: these were giant plywood boxes faced with chicken wire, containing department store dummies draped in sheets, .

Classy.

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My father grew up in the country, where, as a boy he hunted and fished and went off for days on hunting trips by himself.

At 17, Dad joined the Navy, the week after Pearl Harbor -- all his friends volunteered for the service that week, along with his brother and one of his sisters.

Engineers run through in my father's family for one hundred years: the Navy taught Dad Electrical Engineering, he became a ship's electrician.

They also trained him to be a Gunner's Mate, and Dad worked guns so large he developed some permanent hearing loss.

Dad got a commendation for shooting down a Kamikazi plane attacking one of his ships.  

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Are your senators fighing to Save Social Security?

If they aren't, time is of the essence to push them to do so.

Win or lose this election, a "Grand Bargain" to cut the deficit by gutting Social Security is on track for the Lame Duck session this fall.

And Americablog is urging you to press your senators to join the fight against slicing and dicing the safety net:

Sen. Bernie Sanders has organized a coalition of senators who are sworn opponents of all cuts to Social Security. This post has three points. I want you to see the list of senators who are fighting for you and your children. I want you to see Sen. Sanders letter. And I’d like you to press your senator to join in.
http://americablog.com/...

■ The last one first — pressing your senator to join in. Sen. Sanders’ letter is the inside game to complement the outside game some of us are urging by our impertinent public comments and recommendations. We need insiders to throw their senatorial bodies on the tracks to stop this. (For why, see here: http://americablog.com/...)

We have 29 senatorial bodies in the fight to save Social Security. We need 12 more for a filibuster. Is your senator on the list below?
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In an article that speculates on who might be Rush's next competition in talk radio (Mike Hukabee), David Frum covers the Free Market economic reasons Limbaugh's and other rightwing talk shows' top advertisers are deserting in droves: Limbaugh’s business model is crashing around him.

Most talk-radio programs offer radio stations this deal: we’ll give you three hours of content for free. (Some programs—cough, Glenn, cough, Beck—actually pay radio stations to accept their content.)

...Limbaugh is unique. He actually charges radio stations for his content: up to $1 million a year in a major market. Plus, he charges the highest ad rates in the business...those revenue streams always depended on Limbaugh upholding his end of the bargain...

But...
the audience for right-wing talk has been shrinking since 2009. In some urban markets, Limbaugh’s audience has dropped by as much as half over the past three years.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/...
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Never thought I'd be a crazy cat lady, who cooked for her pets, until I lost long-haired rescued orange kitty Oscar to kidney failure last year when he was 14.

But since I've switched his orange tabby brother to my home-made recipe, Felix is now healthy and happy, although his health was failing (on every and any brand) of commercial cat food, dry or canned.

I've been feeding this recipe to 15-year old Felix for about six months, and not only is he healthy as long as he's eating it, his fur is amazingly soft, he has the energy of a younger cat (canned or dry food -- of any kind -- and he goes back to diarrhea for weeks on end, and skeletal.)

I've based this on vet-recommended recipes, and that of home feeders (although some recommend raw meat, I was afraid of the bacteria with an older cat, and Felix has responded well to the cooked.)

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