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Warning: Politics ahead (no knitting content at all)

I am a bleeding heart liberal and I don’t mind saying so.  I’ve been following the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle closely, watching the GOP explode over an illegally recorded video that pretends to show Planned Parenthood doing A Very Bad Thing.  It’s all a big fat lie, edited to a fair-the-well.  Here’s the reality:

Point #1: Planned Parenthood is NOT “selling baby parts”. They are providing tissue samples to medical researchers. There is a fee to cover the clinic’s costs if they are asked to prepare and catalog the sample(s). If the medical research group sends their own staff to prepare and catalog the samples, there is no charge. NO CHARGE.
Point #2: Multiple medical schools have come forth to say that Planned Parenthood’s charges of $30-100 are ridiculously low as compared to actual ‘for profit’ organizations providing a similar service.
Point #3: ‘Non-profit’ does not necessarily equal ‘free service’. That’s a fact. Lots of other non-profit organizations have fees for some of their services. That doesn’t mean that Planned Parenthood should be deemed for profit. Not at all.
Point #4: The Federal government no longer provides any funding for abortion to Planned Parenthood or to any other organization. Zero. Zilch. Done deal. There is Federal funding provided to Planned Parenthood’s women’s health services, like cancer screenings and well woman checks and, more importantly, the family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancy and (therefore) reduce the rate of abortion! These are essential services for millions of women who fall in the ‘gaps’ between Medicaid and affordable insurance on the ACA exchanges.
Point #5: Those essential services represent an overwhelming majority of what Planned Parenthood does, while abortion accounts for just 3%.

So Congress wants to punish 97% of Planned Parenthood clients in order to make points with those in their base who do not understand any of these 4 points. Way to go, GOP. Shrink that government till it fits into my vagina.

Meanwhile, where’s the funding for highways? Isn’t that at all important, given the washed out bridge between California and Arizona?  What about finishing the job of fixing the VA? A revised voting rights act, an important step in making our elections fair again?  A minimum wage increase?  Anything?  Has the GOP done something productive this year?  Where’s all the accomplishments Mitch McConnell promised us? What have they done, other than waste time trying to punish Barack Obama for daring to be President while black, and Hillary Clinton for daring to be something other than a former First Lady, and all of the women, poor and aged for daring to exist?

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in politics

 

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Mini-rant

You know, sometimes I think that I should take this blog down, because I don’t pay a lot of attention to it anymore.  It’s been 8 months since I’ve posted anything at all.  But today, I feel impelled to do so by something that happened a couple of days ago.  I updated my wishlist for an annual holiday swap in which I particpate, and almost immediately, got a Comment on my blog.  Not on my wishlist, but on a post that is *years* old.  The original post I wrote when I was accidentally banned from Ravelry during a particularly tense time in Rav’s history back in March of 2009!  A post that is over four years old.  A post for which there are several follow-up posts that say that I was un-banned and that I still love Ravelry.  Apparently, the commenter only saw the “banned” post, didn’t check the date, didn’t check to see what happend, nothing else. Needless to say, I did not approve the comment and it will not appear on my blog.

Here’s why:

I’m so sorry that this person, whoever he or she is, appears to be having problems with specific people on Ravelry who may have a little bit of power (individual forum mods, I guess), but my barely-used blog is NOT the place to solve it.  This is not Ravelry Customer Service.

Fellow Ravelers, if you are having problems with a specific individual on Ravelry, I suggest you use the Contact Us link on the Ravelry website to notify The Powers That Be (aka TPTB), not post about it out on the internet.  First of all, posting comments about your Rav-dissatisfaction on my blog would be highly ineffective, because I’m not TPTB, and because, frankly, hardly anyone actually READS my blog.  That’s probably because I don’t write that often, and when I do, I don’t write anything that is particularly interesting to others, only to me.  And secondly, unless the fellow Raveler posting comments here knows me well, they cannot be sure that I’m not some vindictive twit who will go off and find them on Rav and make their RavWorld unpleasant.  Or something.  OK, so I’m not really like that, but it could happen, right?

/rant

 

A new post (!) on a rare non-knitting topic

I couldn’t agree more with Mary Cathryn Ricker, President of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, Local 28. Please read this and think about it.

http://www.marycathryn.blogspot.com/

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Life in General, Work and Home

 

An Open Letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee

Since I couldn’t possibly say this any better than fellow blogger and raveler Knit Purl Gurl, please visit her blog to read the letter.  It would be impossible for me to agree any more heartily.  

As ravelers would say, agree (1,000,000)!

 

Ooo, look, *another* FO! ;)

Brought to you by Something in the Water where I work (where it seems like half the women 40 and under are pregnant or trying or just had a child).  Here’s Wyatt, by Kelly Hendrich, a very sweet little baby pullover that is made all in one piece. Very easy pattern, knit night, car and other interruption friendly (important!), and pretty simple to re-size for a different yarn weight or a different size child. The yarn is Plymouth Jeannee, a very yummy and affordable cotton blend that I’ve used before and love. The sweater and hat were made for a woman in my workplace who is expecting her first child, a girl, due later this month. And yes, the mother-to-be was most appreciative and is very knit-worthy!

And I enjoyed knitting it so much that I’m making another one for a colleague on my team who is expecting her 2nd child, this time using Berroco Touche in the amazingly gorgeous colorway called Peeps! :D

my Wyatt pullover with a coordinating cap

 

Be afraid…be very afraid! (I finished something)

Hey, look!  It’s a beret, and it’s for me.  It’s Nine Dwindling Cables, available for free on the ‘net.  Check it out on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nine-dwindling-cables.

Mine is made extra-large, so as to accommodate my mass of curly hair.  I did ten pattern repeats instead of nine, and I may have inserted an extra row here or there (not on purpose), but it’s HUGE, and I love it.

:D

 
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Ravelry Nine Dwindling Cables

 
 
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