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.

Yay! Democrats won! Except . . .

Read Pierce. He has some choice words for two winning candidates who call themselves Democrats but behave like plutocrats: Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.

Raimondo is the state treasurer who cut the hell out of government employees’ pensions while at the same time turning a billion bucks of those funds over to hedge funds to manage, thus obligating the state to pay them millions and millions of dollars every year in fees. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t call that standard Democratic public policy.

Cuomo has some questionable behavior of his own. He apparently made a deal with some center-right Democrats in the state Senate which kept that body under Republican control despite there being nominally more Democrats in it than Republicans. His goal was apparently to keep the Dems from passing liberal legislation he’d either have to sign or veto, either of which he thinks would hurt his potential run for President down the road a piece. Then he disbanded a commission he’d formed himself to hunt for corruption in state government, despite its progress in finding some 15 legislators it wanted to investigate. The reason he formed the commission was seemingly just to force the legislature to pass some ethics legislation; once it had done so he promptly fired the commissioners. I don’t think Andrew’s even a pale imitation of his old man Mario.

Somebody lied about the Ray Rice tape

What did the NFL know and when did it know it?

Who all saw this video before today? When did they see it? Did the NFL use it to determine Rice’s two-game suspension?


Privately, top reporters were told in no uncertain terms that the video existed, that the NFL had seen it, that it showed Janay Palmer acting violently toward Rice, and that, if released, it would go some way toward mitigating the anger against him.

But today the NFL has said no one in the league office has ever seen the video which surfaced today.

So who’s lying? All those reporters who said the NFL saw the tape back in July? The NFL at the time, in order to make Ms. Palmer look bad? Or the NFL now, when it says no one ever saw it? Only by saying that can it possibly excuse its obvious failure to punish Rice and its attempt to damage Ms. Palmer’s reputation (see above: “it showed Janay Palmer acting violently toward Rice”).

Read the rest and see the supporting evidence at the link above.