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The Dawg Daze of Summer

Posted on: August 27, 2014


A good Wednesday to you Widdershins. Indeed as the picture says it’s the dog days of summer and I thew in a little “dawg” thingie in the title for our chat.  I also could not believe I was able to find this picture of a cute little doxie enjoying some beach time.

I just have a couple of things to share today…perhaps it is indeed those dog days that are affecting me?  Anyway they are variations on familiar themes and they do so prove  the phrase “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” does still ring true.

There’ a group called the World Congress of Families that was going to hold some type of shindig in Australia. It’s just about what you would think it is and among their tenets are:

affirm and defend the natural family as the fundamental unit of civilizations, thus renewing a stable and free society.  The WCF is a practical effort to lead the international pro-family movement and build greater understanding and encourage new networks and initiatives among natural family advocates at the national and international levels.

The “natural family” is the fundamental social unit, inscribed in human nature, and centered around the voluntary union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant of marriage

They have a website but I’m not linking to it.  You’d have to pour bleach into your eyes after having gone there and I won’t be responsible for that.

So anyway the WCF was going to have this convention or something in Australia and the funniest thing happened:  No venue would allow them to hold their little gathering; four of them have backed out.

The controversial World Congress of Families conservative Christian conference is in chaos only days before its scheduled start, after four Melbourne venues backed out of hosting the event.

High profile speakers have agreed to speak at the congress on Saturday, including the anti-abortion campaigner and Victorian upper house Liberal member Bernie Finn, and the federal government social services minister, Kevin Andrews.

The line-up of anti-euthanasia, anti-divorce and anti-gay speakers from around the world has drawn condemnation from civil rights groups.

“It’s a mess,” Margaret Butts, one of the organisers told Guardian Australia. “We have no venue at the moment – the police are telling us it’s a safety risk because of planned protests and demonstrations.

“We are frantic at the moment trying to organise something else, we’ve had four venue cancellations. I can’t talk to you because we are just too busy right now.”

Well as they say:  too bad, so sad.  These folks are apparently so clueless that they had not even bothered to arrange for security or even obtain any type of liability insurance.  This, despite the fact that they were going to have speakers who would almost guarantee protesters being present.

The Human Rights Campaign has issued a report which called the WCF: “one of the most influential groups in America promoting and coordinating the exportation of anti-LGBT bigotry, ideology, and legislation abroad…”

One of the speakers scheduled to appear at their shindig was good ole Mike Huckabee.  Huckabee is supposedly being considered a candidate for Prez in 2016.  Good luck with that governor and I guess I can remove The Hill as a reading source since they also had an article explaining why Bobby Jindal would be a good veep choice in 2016.  Bleh!


Lookout ladies: the insurance companies are
after your contraception methods now

Does it ever end?  First it was the companies and their “closely held” religious beliefs and other such claptrap and now it’s the damned insurance companies who don’t want to pay for your preferred method of contraception.  From Melissa McEwan at Shakesville:

Despite the Hobby Lobby decision that created an exemption for religious private employers, most employers and insurers are still required to cover contraceptives. But Kaiser Health News has found there are still all sorts of attempts to deny coverage of certain types of contraception or deny coverage of contraception altogether

As an example:

In one of those messages recently, a woman said her insurer denied free coverage for the NuvaRing. This small plastic device, which is inserted into the vagina, works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills. She said her insurer told her she would be responsible for her contraceptive expenses unless she chooses an oral generic birth control pill. The NuvaRing costs between $15 and $80 a month, according to Planned Parenthood.

But-but-but:  as a Kaiser Health News article stated:

Under the health law, health plans have to cover the full range of FDA-approved birth control methods without any cost sharing by women, unless the plan falls into a limited number of categories that are excluded, either because it’s grandfathered under the law or it’s for is a religious employer or house of worship.  Following the recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, some private employers that have religious objections to providing birth control coverage as a free preventive benefit will also be excused from the requirement.

As for the NuvaRing, even though they may use the same hormones, the pill and the ring are different methods of birth control. As an official from the federal Department of Health and Human Services said in an email, “The pill, the ring and the patch are different types of hormonal methods … It is not permissible to cover only the pill, but not the ring or the patch.

Guidance from the federal government clearly states that the full range of FDA-approved methods of birth control must be covered as a preventive benefit without cost sharing. That includes birth control pills, the ring or patch, intrauterine devices and sterilization, among others.

Now I don’t have to worry about this so I haven’t checked anything out regarding this.  I can say that with my insurance if there is a generic for a medication, in most cases I have a choice and get the brand but will pay a much higher cost for that medicine.  And a policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute said:  “we’ve seen this happen, plenty,”…“Clearly insurance companies think things are ambiguous enough that they can get away with it.”  And Sonfield went on to say:

If you are denied coverage, your defense is to appeal the decision, and get your state insurance department involved.

“The state has the right and responsibility to enforce this law,” says Sonfield.

And as Melissa rather acidly added:

And throughout the duration of that process, you get to pay for your own birth control out of pocket, if you can afford to. And if you can’t, too bad. And if you get pregnant, well, hope you live within distance of an accessible abortion clinic, and can afford an abortion.

So lady Widdershins:  If you, your daughter or granddaughter, niece or whomever you may know is using contraception and the insurance company gives you or them the runaround, keep these links and notes handy; you may need them.

It’s an open thread on this dog day so feel free to discuss whatever you wish below.



14 Responses to "The Dawg Daze of Summer"

OMG. A 9 year old girl lost control of her UZI and killed her instructor at a gun range, My grandchildren all know how to shoot, but an UZI???

PS – many thanks for the “dawg” reference. 76 hours and counting……

@1: Saw that this a.m. on Morning Schmoe. Apparently at that range a child as young as eight can shoot as long as there is a “responsible” adult or parent. Good grief.

Learning to shoot safely is one thing. An eight year old controlling the weight of a machine gun is another.

@3: Well that’s why I put responsible in paren…what “responsible” adult would be doing such a thing?

It’s on! Football!!!!!!

@5: Well apparently not up here. However there is a good movie coming on at 10:15 Central time on Turner Classic: Seven Days in May.


Ah…no wonder. Don’t get it.

I saw that story about the little girl being allowed to fire an uzi at full auto. Horrifically stupid. Now the instructor is dead and the little girl will have to live her entire life knowing she accidentally shot a man to death. Isn’t that just brilliant?

Interesting post Fredster, but especially loved the doxie on the beach!

Also, love the Snoopy “happy dance”.

So, its almost college football time? Hubbie & laker are kind of meh about the trojans this season. They wished they would have kept Coach O, are not sure about the new guy, and now there’s this new scandal about the player lying about how he was injured.

At least the Dodgers are interesting right now. And the Angels. I don’t know anyone here who is a baseball fan who views the Dodgers and the Angels as a rivalry. The Dodgers and the Giants, yes, but everyone I have ever known who is a Dodger fan views the Angels in a nice way. We even root for the Angels if the Dodgers are out of contention.

annie@10: Well I loved the article about the bigots not being able to find a place to hold their meeting and bash everyone. 👿

The one on birth control, costs and insurance companies just pissed me off. Like they were saying “Maybe if we do this no one will notice”. Grrr.

Regarding college f.b., I think Chat’s Dawgs have some pretty good chances in the SEC this year. LSU, I’m not so sure. We have two new quarterbacks and lost a lot of players to the pros last year. I don’t think this will be one of the better years for the Tigers but I’m more than happy to be proved wrong! 🙂

And nope, not just getting up; haven’t been to sleep yet! Arrrgghhhh! 😯

I watched an interview with the owner of the gun range. Says they have kids there a lot because they host birthday parties.

they have kids there a lot because they host birthday parties.

Well that’s special!

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