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NC House rushes forward new abortion bill without notice

Published: July 10, 2013 Updated 17 minutes ago

By Annalise Frank and John Frank — john.frank@newsobserver.com

Raleigh — Hours after Gov. Pat McCrory issued a veto threat for a controversial abortion bill, House Republicans -- acting without public notice -- took a bill about motorcycle safety and inserted abortion language.

The new bill -- S353 -- represents tweaks to the version that passed the Senate last week but still includes some of that version's contentious language. It calls for a physician to be present when the first drug in a chemical abortion is administered, as opposed to all drugs, as the version that passed the Senate last week would mandate.

Another major change from the Senate version: Abortion clinics would not be required to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. But the state Department of Health and Human Services would be authorized to apply those standards as it sees "applicable." The bill also includes a state study to determine what resources are necessary for the state health agency to adequately enforce the new regulations, and would pay for more inspectors.

Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, an Apex Republican leading the effort, said the new measure mollifies the governor's concerns. McCrory's lobbyist appeared to work with the bill's chief supporters before the meeting, but it's still unclear how McCrory would act on the amended bill.

"We want to make sure these procedures are not designed to close down clinics," said Rep. Ruth Samuelson, a Charlotte Republican helping to lead the effort.

House Democratic Rep. Rick Glazier objected to the short notice, saying he would vote against the bill. "The process here is just dead wrong," added Rep. Joe Sam Queen, a Democrat.

The House's move echoes how the abortion bill surfaced in the Senate. The Senate action drew a rebuke from McCrory for not being transparent.

The Sharia law language from the Senate bill is not included in this latest House measure, but the motorcycle safety provisions are still in the bill.

Check back for more updates as this story develops.

--Annalise Frank and John Frank, staff writers

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/10/3021288/nc-house-rushes-forward-new-abortion.html#emlnl=Breaking_News#storylink=cpy

Throwing in the Hat........

My council woman, a hard working Democrat with her constituent's needs in mind signed up for re-election today.
I went downtown and took this snapshot of her throwing it for her friends who were there.

Three 'toons about the Zimmerman case - pretty much how I feel about it. Sigh.

Rick Perry: “Time to Pass Mantle to New Generation of Boneheads” - Borowitz reports

SAN ANTONIO (The Borowitz Report)—Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced yesterday that he would not seek reëlection, telling supporters, “The time has come to pass the mantle of leadership to a new generation of boneheads.”
“I’ve had a good run,” he said. “But after twelve years, someone else who isn’t playing with a full deck should take a turn at the wheel.”
Reflecting on his twelve years as governor, Mr. Perry said that he had “no regrets” except for being incoherent the entire time.
Before leaving office, Gov. Perry said that he would propose three signature bills “just to let future Texans know how Rick Perry marked his territory.”
The first bill would require all voters in the state to have an I.D. with a photo of a white person; the second would force anyone filibustering an anti-abortion bill to ride a mechanical bull; and the third he could not remember.


Judas Asparagus / from the Children's Bible in a Nutshell

 A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible. Here is what was written: 

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one,' but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did.
Then God made the world. 

He split the Adam and made Eve.  Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden.....Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars. 

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel. 
Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something. 
One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham.  Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it.  He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast.  Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat. 

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston.  Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable. 
God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti.
Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments.  These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff.   Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more:  Humor thy father and thy mother. 

One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town. 

After Joshua came David… He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot.  He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines.  My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me. 

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets.  One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them. 

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New Testament.  He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door!  Were you born in a barn?'  It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.') 
During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans. 

Jesus also had twelve opossums.  The worst one was Judas Asparagus.  Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him. 

Jesus was a great man.  He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. 

But the Republicans and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot.  Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus.  He just washed his hands instead. 

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again.  He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum.  His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

Christensen: McCrory wanted to rebrand NC; the legislature is doing it for him

By Rob Christenson

A man walks alongside the the big state seal that is at the entrance to the Legislative Building in Raleigh, NC on Jan. 23, 2013. Although it was quiet on this day, soon downtown Raleigh will be busy with Legislators, staff, lobbyists, protestors, media crews and others when the new legislative session starts on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

North Carolina’s national brand may be changing – but not the way Gov. Pat McCrory intended when he talked during his campaign about the Tar Heel state undergoing an image makeover.
“North Carolina’s economic development brand is currently being diminished by high taxes, excessive regulation and broken state government,” was McCrory’s standard campaign line.
There was the suggestion of perhaps a new advertising slogan. The new brand that McCrory seems to want is that North Carolina is more business-friendly.
But since he took office in January, the state has been undergoing a brand change of a very different kind.
The sharp rightward turn of the legislature and the Moral Monday protests have turned North Carolina into one of the nation’s top political spectacles.
CBS News, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC and The New York Times have all beaten a path to Raleigh to gawk.
The national coverage is worth millions of dollars of publicity. Unfortunately for North Carolina, it may also be the wrong kind of publicity.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/06/3013805/mccrory-wanted-to-rebrand-nc-the.html#storylink=cpy

Interesting idea - legal correlation to curbing abortion access.

As far as I see it that goes as a fine idea for North Carolina as well, and I'm thinking of telling women around me that anyone who has sex with a Republican male should have her head probed.

Paula Dean subject of Satire

Paula Deen Blames ‘the Jews’ For Firing
Jun 28, 2013

Celebrity chef Paula Deen, embroiled in controversy this week over allegations of racism, added two cups of gasoline to the fire this morning when she blamed her troubles on Jewish people.

Deen, 66, was a guest of morning host Dave Garver on Atlanta radio station WTMI when she claimed “Jew executives” deliberately abandoned her in the wake of the controversy, which stemmed from a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee against her company.

The Georgia-born Southern-cooking maven is doing damage control in the media after admitting that she had used racial epithets in the past and had once planned a slavery-themed wedding. The ensuing backlash has led to Food Network dropping her show and several sponsors cutting ties.

When Garver asked Deen if she expected to return to the Food Network or to another network once the controversy died down, Deen said, “I don’t know, Dave. The whole situation is very stressful and very upsetting to me.

“I hosted one of the Food Network’s most popular shows. We had great ratings, great cookbooks, the fans loved me. But as soon as this N-word thing came up, the greedy Jew executives at the Food Network dropped me faster than a baked potato on a summer day.”

A shocked Garver responded: “I’m sorry, but did you say greedy Jew executives?”

“Yes I did, Dave,” Deen responded. “I made those Jews all this money and they still stabbed me in the back. As soon as it looked like their profits would be affected, they told me I was no longer needed. That’s Jew loyalty for ya'll.”

for the rest, if you can stomach it:

To answer the question: " In the South you just add..."Bless your Hearts"....

BOOYAH! Morgan Freeman Says What Everyone Is Too Embarrassed To Say About Our History.

I needed this refresher course in U.S. history. At 4:33, lotsa celebrities help me remember why we celebrate the Fouth of July. 

And, yes. That is Mel Gibson. I know. It’s ironic that he’s the first to speak up right after Morgan Freeman mentions civil rights movements. Moving right along...

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