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I must have heard every cover band in the world play this in the 80s, but I still love it. Pure Prairie League:

Good time Charlie’s got the blues

I always loved this song. Danny O’Keefe:

Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…


Panhandle Slim…

Always and forever

This was always the last song of the night at neighborhood dances. Heat Wave:

Restricting teen abortion in Texas…

Think Progress:

Minors in Texas are required to obtain parental consent before getting an abortion. It is possible, however, for a small number of young women — less than 300 per year — to bypass this requirement through the court system. Under Texas law, judges can allow minors to obtain an abortion under limited circumstances, including situations where notifying a parent could “lead to sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.” The judicial bypass is difficult to obtain because it was written by conservatives who oppose abortion rights.

The Texas Senate spent Memorial Day further restricting abortion access for these teenage girls.

The bill in question, HB 3994, removes the specific provision that allows for judicial bypass when “notifying their parents could lead to physical, sexual or emotional abuse.” The sponsor of the bill, Charles Perry, says abuse issues could be brought up under another section of the bypass statute that allows for a judge to grant an abortion without parental consent if it’s in minor’s “best interest.” The change does appear to provide judges with additional leeway to deny an abortion even if seeking parental notification would result or likely result in abuse.

But, of course, this is to help minor women

Republican sponsor Charles Perry deflected a dozen amendments from Democrats that would have loosened the restrictions. Perry said the significant changes to the so-called judicial bypass process are meant to clarify judicial issues and protect young women.

“This is, No. 1, for the minor’s benefit,” he said.

Opponents say the bill stifles the process established in 1999 that allows about 300 pregnant teenagers in Texas to terminate their pregnancy in extreme situations every year. It also unfairly harms young women when they most need help, opponents say.

“Is one of your goals to reduce abortions?” Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson asked Perry.

No, the Lubbock Republican replied.

But immediately after the vote, anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life posted on Twitter, “Another #ProLife victory in the State Senate.”

I know this has become cliche as of late, but, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.”

About your sunscreen …

It is outdoor and beach time, again, and sunscreen season, too. While, I do not “sunbathe” anymore like when I was in my 20’s, I do stay exposed to the Sun’s rays doing outdoor activities. At the start of the season I get my sun gear out of the closet: wide brimmed hats, sun protective clothing, my beach umbrella and prescription sunglasses. I do use sunscreen as well, because without it in the brutal Southern Sun, I’d get pretty crispy quick.

I thought I knew how to use sunscreen, but, I came across this and there were a few things I didn’t know.

You’ve been using the same bottle for the past three summers.

When it comes to sunscreen, expiration dates really do matter. The active ingredients in sunscreen can deteriorate over time, Garner says, which means the protection won’t be as effective. What’s more, an open bottle is more likely to become contaminated with germs over time, as the preservatives meant to prevent that can also lose their efficacy.

I guess I need to check the dates on the collection of bottles I have. I am sure a few need to get tossed out.

You count on the SPF in your makeup to do the trick.

A two-in-one foundation/sunscreen certainly seems handy, but that doesn’t mean it works. Part of the problem is quantity: a dab of foundation isn’t the same as the amount of sunscreen you’d slather on your face.

I don’t wear makeup that often, but, this is good to know and pass along to others.

You count on waterproof sunscreen when you’re swimming.

Turns out, there isn’t such a thing as “waterproof” sunscreen. In fact, a relatively recent iteration of FDA rules no longer even allows the word to be used on sunscreen bottles (along with “sweat-proof” or “sunblock”). Instead, based on testing, they can claim to be “water resistant” for either 40 or 80 minutes. After that? Reapply, reapply, reapply. “I can’t tell you how many patients come in and say, ‘But I put my sunscreen on,'” Garner says. “[But] did you put it back on?”

I did know, this, but, for many this is not known. This especially important for the kids.

If you are heading out this summer, do check out the tips on sunscreen. Nothing is more of a recreational or vacation downer than a sunburn.


I was pretty stunned the that an Atlanta NBC affiliate had produced a report regarding  secret meetings of Georgia Legislators and members of ALEC along with known lobbyists in a Savannah hotel. For the most part, Atlanta local television journalism is about shootings, child abductions, weather, reports on bad traffic and, of course, sports. If you haven’t seen the report, here’s a link. The report has a good amount of background material and statement from former members of Georgia ALEC.

“It’s really a corporate bill mill,” said Sen. Nan Orrock, an Atlanta Democrat who has served in both houses of the Georgia General Assembly for years. “They’re cranking out legislation, putting it into the hands of legislators who go back and file it.”

Orrock would know. She was once a member of ALEC.

“The corporations that are there have equal standing with the legislators,” Sen. Orrock said.

“You mean they can vote?” we asked.

“They absolutely can vote, and truth be told, they write the bills,” she answered, referring to the lobbyists.

There really are back rooms where corporate lobbyists have direct access to lawmakers completely out of sight, with no transparency or public filings. They’re also wined and dined after hours at these events with nothing recorded on ethics reports.

We know because we saw one of these back rooms with our own eyes, and were kicked out with the aid of off-duty police officers on orders from ALEC staff.

OMG! Is this really going on in the state that has been ranked as one of the most corrupt in the nation? Say it isn’t so! What was even more shocking is that state legislators have exempted themselves from “Open Records” laws. At the end of the report, Brenda Wood, Atlanta star reporter, act completely shocked at these revelations.

I really don’t think the existence of ALEC is news to these journalists, but, finding this get together in Savannah is news. And this news is being reported at every NBC affiliate in the state.






I ran across this interesting tidbit in the Washington Post. It was regarding a recent commencement speech given by Martha Radditz…

The speaker was ABC journalist Martha Raddatz, and the point is the key one in the intro: The graduates have spent half their lives with America at war.

It’s a startling idea, but an incorrect one. The percentage is almost certainly much higher than that.

It included a chart to determine the amount of wartime for one’s age. I was born in 1960, so according to the chart 44.6% of my lifetime America has been at war. Indeed, anyone born after 1985 more than half of their life America has been at war.

But that state of war, we are told (I am too young to know better) feels different than America during World War II or, particularly for the college-aged, Vietnam. Moreso than those wars, war today is distant, fought on our behalf.

That’s Raddatz’s other, perhaps more important point: Young Americans have lived in a country at war for almost their whole lives, but they have to be reminded of it.

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