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Tuesday, Stuck on the Internet again

Well, it’s here. It’ll supposedly be the worst storm since either 1993 or 1962. We’ll see. For now, everything’s shutting down in Kansas City. So I’m stuck on the Internet with you.


At The Lipstick Chronicles, where several women mystery authors blog, today’s post breaks my heart:

The Least Among Us

Over the weekend, we Tarts learned the shocking news that one of our most loyal backbloggers and friends, Melissa Mia Hall, aka MMH, had died suddenly and somewhat mysteriously.

Sad stories quickly spread. A writer, artist and longtime reviewer for such esteemed publications as Publishers Weekly, Melissa had been depressed over finances and over the death of her twin sister the year before. Most recently, her beloved dog, Daisy, had been sick and she had strained herself lifting her. It had been a bleak winter of worries and frustrations and fear.

And then we learned the truth which turned out to be far worse, far more humbling, than our conjecture. Melissa died because she couldn’t afford to see a doctor.

This, on a day when yesterday’s judges decision is being discussed like it’s simply the next move in a gigantic basketball game.

Federal Judge Rules That Health Law Violates Constitution

A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that required Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at 2 to 2 in the lower courts as conflicting opinions begin their path to the Supreme Court.

Who are these people who think this is a game?  It’s not.  It’s life and death.  And while this particular health care bill sucks in many, many ways.  The truth is those subsidies (assuming they stick) WILL make health care affordable for people like Melissa.

At least the ones that can hang on for another 3 years.


In the days following the Tucson Shooting/Massacre, some of us wondered if there would be renewed discussion of gun control. …. I guess not:

Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun

Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm.

Nor does the measure specify what type of firearm. Instead, residents would pick one “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference.”

Who comes up with ideas like this?

“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance,” he said.

Oh, NOW I get it. It’s an asshole’s idea of a metaphor.