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PumpkinAle's Journal
PumpkinAle's Journal
March 7, 2015

The Biggest Criminals

This may be Parliament, but same could be said for Congress.
March 1, 2015


loved it - only one season such a shame. If you haven't seen it recommend for great acting, good plot and an all round great show.

Any one watched it and recommend shows like it?

February 28, 2015

Some lives................

Whether those lives be humans or animals, all lives should matter.
February 24, 2015

OMG - not in a good way

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Republicans are proposing a bill that adds protective language regarding religious activities for public school students.

Assemblyman Jim Wheeler and several other Assembly Republicans are sponsoring AB 120, which would codify rights given to students regarding school prayer and religious organizing. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on Monday afternoon.

The bill also applies to charter schools and gives students the right to speak about religion, distribute literature and organize prayer groups based on the same rules governing secular extracurricular activities and groups.

The proposal also outlines a complaint process for students who say their religious rights have been violated.

February 14, 2015

Thank you to whoever gave me the heart

My week was not that good and to see someone had thought of me made that week disappear and a great big smile come across my face (okay I admit a little tear too).


January 23, 2015

Florida toddler fatally shoots himself with father's gun while parents load car

A two-year-old Florida boy died on Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself with his father’s .380 caliber handgun that he found in the family car.

The toddler, Kaleb Ahles, climbed into the front seat of the family’s vehicle while his parents carried boxes to move out of their home in Tarpon Springs, located about 30 miles north-west of Tampa.

Kaleb, alone in the car, crawled across the seat and found the gun that was stored in the glove compartment, sheriff Bob Gualtieri of the Pinellas County sheriff’s office said during a Wednesday evening press conference.

Kaleb then grabbed the gun, turned the barrel toward his chest, and squeezed the trigger, Gualtieri said.


So sad - please gun owners, secure your weapons properly.

January 23, 2015

Abortion dissenters face backlash

Republican lawmakers responsible for delaying a controversial abortion bill are on notice from conservative activists in 2016.

“I believe in political retribution, otherwise you might as well close up shop,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told The Hill.

Anti-abortion advocates say electoral challenges could be in the cards for those who worked to stall a 20-week abortion ban bill that was widely expected to pass the House on Thursday. Amid concerns with the language on rape exceptions, however, the bill was abruptly pulled from consideration late Wednesday.

“I think that there probably will be [primary challenges],” added Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a religious political group in Washington. “I think there will be some consequences for this.”

The House had spent weeks coordinating its vote on a late-term abortion bill on Thursday to coincide with the national March for Life rally as well as the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The bill, with more than 100 cosponsors, was expected to easily clear the chamber.

At issue was a provision granting the victims of rape an exception from the ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy only if the rape was reported to police. The Justice Department estimates that nearly 70 percent of rapes go unreported, often due to victims' fear of retribution.

But a number of Republican moderates, led by Reps. Renee Ellmers (N.C.) and Jackie Walorski (Ind.), warned that a certain provision on rape would erode support for the GOP from women and young people in future national elections, along with how it might play in their more centrist districts.

Instead, a new bill was quickly unveiled that would prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion. It passed the House largely on party lines Thursday morning.

Still, the House GOP’s unexpected retreat from its original bill is emboldening abortion rights activists to force the issue in 2016, forcing opponents of abortion on the offense.


Grrrrrrrrrrr - I was listening to a story about this on NPR as I was driving home - good thing I was by myself because I was cursing up a real storm.

January 19, 2015

Red States Are Reinventing Medicaid to Make It More Expensive and Bureaucratic

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in 2014, 23 states have refused the federal money to offer health insurance to their low-income residents, depriving almost 4 million people of coverage. Slowly, some of the holdout red states are finding a way to say yes, but only if they can claim a conservative twist on expanding coverage. Tennessee last week became the latest state to release details on a proposal for its own unique version of Medicaid expansion via a waiver of Medicaid rules (known as an 1115 waiver). "We made the decision in Tennessee nearly two years ago not to expand traditional Medicaid," Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, has said. "This is an alternative approach that forges a different path and is a unique Tennessee solution.”

January 18, 2015

The Great Lao-Tzu said:

The Great Lao-Tzu said:

"It is only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you realize there is always a way to solve problems without using violence.”

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