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Montana bill seeks abortion ban on 'pain-capable' fetuses

Source: ABC News

HELENA, Mont. — Mar 24, 2017, 10:51 PM ET

The Montana Senate on Friday advanced a proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called "pain-capable" fetuses.

If approved, Montana would join more than a dozen states adopting laws protecting pain-capable fetuses.

The measure is one of a pair of anti-abortion bills that continued moving through the Montana Legislature. Earlier in the week, a House committee further advanced a bill that would effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy by requiring doctors to save a fetus.

Opponents decried both measures as attacks on a woman's right to choose an abortion.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/montana-bill-seeks-abortion-ban-pain-capable-fetuses-46360049?cid=clicksource_4380645_1_hero_headlines_headlines_hed

I make it a point to check news in other states, especially those that don't get a lot of national coverage unless there's a weather disaster there. But you know the phrase, "Laboratories of Democracy," right? What's going on in Utah, Alaska or Montana today might be coming to your state or mine before long.

PS: in case you're still wondering, I'm against this shitty bill and all those like it.
Posted by Grizzled Ol Granddad | Sat Mar 25, 2017, 06:06 AM (9 replies)

Overtime: Bill Maher

Wherein he continues his rant from the TV broadcast against dem EEEEVIL Muslims!

Posted by Grizzled Ol Granddad | Sat Mar 25, 2017, 05:01 AM (13 replies)

Drought, Weather Fuel Record Oklahoma Wildfires

Source: Climate Central News

Published: March 24th, 2017
By Andrea Thompson

Wildfires fueled by gusting winds, hot, dry weather, and desiccated plant life have burned nearly 900,000 acres of Oklahoma so far this year, a record, as well as parts of Kansas and Texas. The blazes have destroyed dozens of buildings and killed seven people as well as hundreds of cattle.

Late winter and early spring are typically the peak wildfire season for the region, as dry, windy weather arrives before the spring green-up of crops and other plants. But this season has been particularly active because of drought conditions that have creeped up during the winter, driven by record warm temperatures and a lack of precipitation.

Climate change is expected to impact many of the factors, such as precipitation, that can contribute to wildfires. But exactly how it might affect future wildfire risks in the central and southern Plains is an open question, and one that has seen relatively little attention to date.

While this time of year is typically the main wildfire season for Oklahoma and surrounding areas, this season has seen a record-breaking amount of land scorched by 133 large wildfires ignited in the Panhandle and eastern Oklahoma, with conditions exacerbated by a perfect storm of ideal fire weather and a deepening drought. (Large wildfires are those covering 100 acres or more.)

Read more: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/drought-weather-record-oklahoma-wildfires-21276

Dang, those people had better pray to Gawd extra hard this year!
Posted by Grizzled Ol Granddad | Fri Mar 24, 2017, 07:47 PM (7 replies)

Reporter calls out Sean Spicer for claiming Trump was right about false wiretap claims

Source: RawStory

Brad Reed
24 Mar 2017 at 14:15 ET

NBC News reporter Pete Alexander got into a testy discussion with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday.

At issue was whether President Donald Trump should really feel “vindicated” by Rep. Devin Nunes’s claims that some members of his administration may have had their communications monitored under the Obama administration, despite the fact that Nunes himself has said that he doesn’t know for sure if such surveillance actually occurred.

“There has been an acknowledgement that there are documents out there showing that people were surveiled or monitored to some degree,” Spicer replied.

“They could have exclusively been foreigners, Devin Nunes conceded,” Alexander pointed out.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/vindicated-how-reporter-calls-out-sean-spicer-for-claiming-trump-was-right-about-false-wiretap-claims/

There's a video clip of the exchange at the link, which I cannot post as it is non-YouTube.
Posted by Grizzled Ol Granddad | Fri Mar 24, 2017, 04:04 PM (2 replies)

'There is no other word for it:' Former Bush ethics czar says FBI uncovering evidence of treason

Source: RawStory

Travis Gettys
23 Mar 2017 at 10:00 ET

The former ethics lawyer for George W. Bush believes the FBI investigation into the Trump campaigns alleged ties to Russia has uncovered evidence of treason.

Richard Painter, who joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trumps foreign business ties, tweeted a link late Wednesday to a McClatchy report on a federal investigation into whether U.S. right-wing websites coordinated with Russian operatives to attack Hillary Clinton.

(The) FBI uncovering evidence of treason, Painter said. There is no other word for it.

Painter also agreed with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that an independent commission or select committee was needed to investigate possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/there-is-no-other-word-for-it-former-bush-ethics-czar-says-fbi-uncovering-evidence-of-treason/

Dagnabbit! If I'd known this was gonna be in Greatest Threads, I'd have dressed better when I posted it! As it was, I was sitting around in my boxers!

Posted by Grizzled Ol Granddad | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 11:35 AM (62 replies)

Less-educated middle-age US whites dying younger than others

Source: AP

Mar. 23, 2017 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.

The economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, argue in a paper released Thursday that the loss of steady middle-income jobs for those with high school degrees or less has triggered broad problems for this group. They are more likely than their college-educated counterparts, for example, to be unemployed, unmarried or afflicted with poor health.

"This is a story of the collapse of the white working class," Deaton said in an interview. "The labor market has very much turned against them."

Those dynamics helped fuel the rise of President Donald Trump, who won widespread support among whites with only a high school degree. Yet Deaton said his policies are unlikely to reverse these trends, particularly the health care legislation now before the House that Trump is championing. That bill would lead to higher premiums for older Americans, the Congressional Budget Office has found.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/38b0149fd091484e84b5fd5258f1a738/less-educated-middle-age-us-whites-dying-younger-others

I'm white, college-educated, sixty-seven, and in reasonably good health. Whether this has any relation to the above article, I have NO idea!
Posted by Grizzled Ol Granddad | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 12:36 AM (33 replies)

Argentina welcomes Syria migrants after Trump slams door

SAN LUIS, Argentina (AP) — George S. walks on the dark tarmac holding his sleepy 7-year-old son Fadi in his arms.

"From the bottom of our hearts, welcome to San Luis!" a smiling crowd yells at the airport in this Argentine city to welcome them and 10 other Syrians.

While U.S. President Donald Trump has slammed the door shut on Syrian migrants, the governor of Argentina's San Luis province is happily receiving them through what is seen as the most generous migrant program of its kind in South America. The province is paying for migrants' flights from Syria and providing housing, jobs, health services, psychological assistance and Spanish lessons so the people escaping civil war can make a new start.

"We feel like we're alive again," George said through an interpreter earlier this month after he and his wife and children arrived in San Luis. "I'm relieved and surprised by so much kindness."


A country whose name begins and ends in "A" is opening its doors to desperate people from another land. Imagine that!
Posted by Grizzled Ol Granddad | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 12:22 AM (1 replies)

The Truth Of Trumps I Alone Can Fix It Canard The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

P.T. Barnum was right. I need a nap now.
Posted by Grizzled Ol Granddad | Wed Mar 22, 2017, 06:04 PM (4 replies)
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