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Re: “Ireland poised to repeal abortion ban

When all the moons are aligned just right, you have some surprising glimpses into another universe Olphart. Your video wiped everything else from my mind. I just don't have words.

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Posted by ShineOnLibby on 05/26/2018 at 1:08 AM

Re: “An early open line and headline roundup

Good cartoons. What happened to mildred and maude or martha and mildred?
I feel like I have ignored some important events that are occurring outside of Little Rock and Washington D.C. , since America has been taken over by political elections and the trump/pence circus. I barely commented on the devastating wildfires in California that destroyed 1,381,405 acres and killed 43 people. I vaguely remember being disturbed by trumps excuse that a large body of water was the reason for his slow response in sending disaster supplies to Puerto Rico, a U.S. Territory where the people are U.S. citizens. Eight months after hurricane Maria hit, maybe 70% power has been restored. I haven't commented on Hawaii, the 50th state, who is under major attack by an erupting volcano spewing lava, gas, rocks and smoke into the air. These U.S. citizens deserve recognition and empathy from me, for the disasters they are facing or recovering from, even though they are far away from my insulated southern bubble. I am sure I could locate them quickly on a map, even though the ocean is so big and my boat is so small.

How bungling has kept Puerto Ricans powerless
Originally published May 11, 2018 at 4:52 pm Updated May 11, 2018 at 5:07 pm
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/…

HONOLULU (AP) The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local):
https://markets.cbsnews.com/The-Latest-So-…

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Posted by ShineOnLibby on 05/26/2018 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Ireland poised to repeal abortion ban

What a wonderful article and amazing statistics. Congratulations to the men and women in Ireland (evidently a majority) who had the political will to repeal a dangerous amendment that was putting a woman's health at risk. There are an abundance of tragic stories in every country, including the U.S.A, where women "needlessly" die because of restrictive Anti-Choice laws and a lack of access to reproductive health care, including pre and post maternity care. There is no excuse.

Voters cast ballots in landmark Irish abortion referendum
By Kara Fox, CNN Updated 5:45 PM ET, Fri May 25, 2018

"In 2013, Savita Halappanavar died of sepsis after being denied a termination of a miscarrying fetus in a Galway hospital, prompting the government to pass a bill allowing abortions when a woman's life is in danger. And in June 2016, the UN's Human Rights Council ruled that the country's abortion regime subjected Amanda Mellet, a dual Irish-American national, to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment," and called on the Irish government to reform its laws."

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/25/europe/irel…

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Posted by ShineOnLibby on 05/25/2018 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Jason Rapert responds to monument lawsuits

Really good comments.
I sure am tired beating this useless dead horse called jason rapert, so I took my liberal self over to Maureen Skinner's campaign website. She is running against jason rapert for Arkansas Senate District 35. She is very qualified, competent and a caring, open-minded human being. Even though I live in Little Rock, I sent her a message that I would like to volunteer to make phone calls, mail letters, send emails, etc., to help get her elected Nov. 6th. I am tired of paying jason's salary, insurance and travel expenses so his can use my state government as his personal platform to spread intolerance, lies, bigotry and discrimination. We don't need to waste anymore tax dollars supporting jason and his distorted view of what he thinks his job duties are.

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Posted by ShineOnLibby on 05/25/2018 at 9:24 AM

Re: “The Trump litmus test for Americanism and respect

I am sure there are people who voted for trump/pence who were offended by him mocking the disabled reporter. It is just something you don't do in America, or polite society, regardless of your political party. It is not normal. It is not ok.

I do not think trump is a Republican or an Evangelical or an American Patriot. He changes his identity and message depending on what crowd he is playing and what Fox News tells him he is supposed to be offended by each day. His only sincere allegiance is to himself and his brand. I do not want to be forced to pledge allegiance to a flag or forced to pray or stand. I want to do those things because I choose to. Being "forced" does not prove allegiance to anything.

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Posted by ShineOnLibby on 05/25/2018 at 2:47 AM

Re: “Dirty judicial campaigning: A winning target has more to say

For a little variety, I posted this article, which is sponsored by the conservative group The Daily Signal, which is owned by conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation. It is hard for me to tell sometimes who owners or sponsors are, unless I slow down.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Si…

David Sivak is fact-check (founded by Tucker Carlson?) reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. May 21, 2018
Fact Check: Has Trump Appointed 1 in Every 8 Circuit Court Judges?
Senate Republicans emerged from a weekly luncheon Tuesday to speak with reporters about their partys recent accomplishments. We were all in a celebratory mood as a result of having approved the 21st circuit judge just a few moments ago. That means that one-eighthone-eighthof the circuit judges in America have been appointed by Donald Trump and confirmed by this Republican Senate. So we think were making dramatic progress, said McConnell, R-Ky. The Senate had confirmed a string of circuit court judgessix in a single week.

These judges will serve lifetime appointments on the U.S. courts of appeals, which are divided into 13 circuits. All told, Congress has authorized 179 judgeships over the years, of which 14 seats are vacant, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/05/21/fac…

I don't want Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointing judges, commissioners, board members or anything else. I am glad Arkansas Times ran articles about this problem.

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Posted by ShineOnLibby on 05/25/2018 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Some working poor may still lose Medicaid under Arkansas’s new work requirements, study finds

Good reporting Mr. Hardy. Thank you for the facts and statistics.
Is there a government official in Arkansas who is working on improving internet service in rural areas?

There used to be companies that would wipe the hard drive on their old computers and offer them to organizations that would provide them to low-income families. Just an internet only connection with AT&T in Little Rock is around fifty dollars and they keep raising the price, and you have to call them and threaten to switch to Verizon to get them to lower it back down to $42 and then the price creeps up again.

Years ago, when I lived in Hot Springs, which is a tourist town, a lot of jobs were seasonal, especially in hotels and businesses near Lake Hamilton. At the hotel, in order to qualify for insurance benefits, you could not drop below a certain amount of hours per week. Of course our busy time of year was during the summer months and during conventions. It is a great town if you are a tourist, or in high school or you are retired. For the in-between age group, it was difficult to find a job where the employer offered an inexpensive insurance plan that would cover your family. We finally had to move to Little Rock.

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Posted by ShineOnLibby on 05/25/2018 at 12:35 AM

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