“Happy” in Saigon

The song is an international phenomenon, of course, with people dancing to it all over the world. Here’s one from Vietnam.

Look at those streets! Those people! I seriously want to go to Saigon to see the city and its inhabitants, and I’d never thought of doing that before.

I feel fine, honest!

Received this date:

Dear Linkmeister,

Your Primary Care Provider has referred you to attend a group meeting on Advance Health Care Directives. We would like to invite you to attend this meeting at the Ambulatory Care Clinic, 3rd Floor Conference Room, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at 10:00AM.

The Advance Health Care Directive allows you to give instructions about your health care and to name someone else to make your health care decisions if you are unable to make the decisions for yourself.

Gulp. What do they know about my health that they haven’t told me yet?

Scotland Decides

And it decided to stay in the UK by a margin of 55% to 45%, 1,877,252 “No” votes to 1,512,688 “Yes” votes.

Prime Minister David Cameron made a bunch of promises to the Scots if they’d remain in the Union, and they’re not going to be forgotten by the No voters and their spokesmen.

With a vote that close both the UK Parliament and the Scottish one are going to have adjustments to make, and I suspect the Unionists in Northern Ireland and Welsh nationalists, if any there be, may be looking to changes which might be desired in their own relationships to the UK legislative body at Westminster.

Scotland: Yay or Nay?

“Should Scotland be an independent country?” That is the question some proportion of 4,285,323 people – 97% of the electorate – will answer tomorrow in that northernmost region of the United Kingdom.

Votes will be cast at 2,608 polling places across the country between 07:00 and 22:00 on Thursday. The result is expected early on Friday morning.


The BBC’s Scotland Decides will bring continuous, up-to-date, coverage as all through the night, as well as comprehensive analysis. On Twitter, keep abreast of the all the action overnight via @BBCPolitics and @BBCScotlandNews.

The results should be known and announced around 6:30AM and 7:00AM Friday morning Scotland time, or 5:30AM – 6:00AM UTC. That’s 2:30AM – 3:00AM EST.

I can’t imagine Scotland as a separate independent country. At the moment the polls give the Nays a slight edge but it’s almost too close to call.

Priorities, Missouri style

In that border state there is now a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can proceed with an abortion, and there’s only one clinic left in the state to which she can go to get that.

In contrast, Missouri does not require a waiting period before one can acquire a gun.

It would be ironic if a lunatic had an urge to shoot up the clinic and got a gun without having to wait, then got to the clinic to find no one there because all the clients and doctors were observing the waiting period.