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pagar

The only anti abortion link ever needed.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/01/03/photo-baby-reaches-out-from-the-womb/
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: some of it is really factually suspect.”

IMO,There is one fact involved in an abortion.

It will kill a human being.

narciso

No, TM, the Guttmacher institute, is Planned Parenthood's marketing arm, they are still more then the Times.

matt

Margaret Sanger's twisted offspring are not interested in alternatives. Eugenics and weeding out the wrong kind of people are what it's all about.

narciso

This was an early essay, covering some of the same ground, you are charting rse;


http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/stuter-quiet-revolution.htm

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Even Guttmacher's blurb admits the actual data are much less black and white than the spin they put on it;

The task force acknowledges that some women experience sadness, grief and feelings of loss following termination of a pregnancy, and that some experience "clinically significant disorders" that require the intervention of a mental health professional. Women's reactions to abortion, it suggests, are best understood in the framework of coping with other stressful life events. Moreover, abortion overwhelmingly occurs in the context of an unintended pregnancy—an event that is stressful in and of itself—and it is very difficult to tease apart the effects of these two events. Psychological problems that develop after an abortion, the task force notes, may not be caused by the procedure itself, but may reflect other factors associated with having an unwanted pregnancy, or those unrelated to either the pregnancy or abortion, such as a history of emotional problems or intimate partner violence.

And of course the study only says that about a single first trimester abortion in adults.
My wife and I both know several women who still carry unresolved guilt and/or sadness over one or more abortions early in life. Is there any doubt there are millions more who don't count as having suffered psychological problems sufficient to cross the threshold of the studies but whose lives have been and still are negatively effected by their regrets?

Clarice

with the morning after pill freely available why are we still enmeshed in this stuff? One has to assume that unintended or unwanted sexual intercourse would prompt any sensible person to head to the pharmacy in the morning.

OTOH I do agree for the NYT it is eugenics.

Clarice

If you've been paying attention to the Al-TV business you might be amused to read today's WaPo to see how they've gilded Al's lily.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--If you've been paying attention to the Al-TV business you might be amused to read today's WaPo to see how they've gilded Al's lily.

Posted by: Clarice | January 05, 2013 at 11:23 AM--

I'm a little worried about Hit. I'm guessing Jenny Granholm probably won't be the star around whom Al Jazeera builds its network and even if she is she'll probably be wearing a burkha which pretty much defeats the only reason Hit watches.

Stephanie


I can imagine Gore calling and asking for "the gilded lily."

narciso

It's very simple, Clarice, like a jilted bridesmaid, the Post feels left out of the deal.

Buford Gooch

Clarice, the morning after pill is an abortifacient. It kills a fertilized embryo. It is not an alternative to abortion. It is simply a very early abortion.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Here is an interesting article about the lengths the pro-abortion gang will go to stamp out pro-life pregnancy centers.

Notice especially the characteristics of the so-called "misleading" pregnancy center advertisement, which the author of the linked article has taken the time to provide.

Clarice

Yes, it is so early that the fertilized egg has not yet attached to the uterus--down't bother me at all.YMMV. If so, don't use it.

Clarice

**doesn't bother me*

Steph, you are a very bad girl.Also I don't know what you are talking about.

Clarice

I expect that those who don't wish to have a baby and don't use the morning after pill or mostly too stupid or too drugged up to care and would make horrible parents.

Clarice

**ARE mostly too*

Porchlight

Clarice, 99.99 percent of the time for these women it is not unwanted sex. These are people mostly too lazy or insufficiently worried about the consequences to use birth control. Obviously less than 24 hours later they have not changed their tune enough to go out and get the morning after pill, or use it if they had it.

How anyone could argue against pregnancy centers and for abortion centers is beyond me.

Porchlight

I expect that those who don't wish to have a baby and don't use the morning after pill or mostly too stupid or too drugged up to care and would make horrible parents.

Many are young women in high school or college who then go on to have families later in life. I have personally known at least two dozen such women.

That is part of why the Dems capture women's votes by making abortion such a big plank - women who have had an abortion don't want to feel guilty about what they did in college.

Clarice

I, too, know a lot of people who in college had abortions but that was before the morning after pill was available.

But i don't argue with your other points at all.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

That is part of why the Dems capture women's votes by making abortion such a big plank - women who have had an abortion don't want to feel guilty about what they did in college.

I think you have something there, Porch.

Porchlight

I see what you're saying but the women I'm talking about had easy access to birth control at the time and chose not to bother. So I'm not convinced that they would have used the morning after pill even if they'd had it available.

Clarice

I'm ahem from the pre pill era when even diaphragms required a doctor's order and weren't available readily to unmarried women, Porch.

derwill

I suspect many do feel guilty anyway, Porch. As they look at their children today, and feel the power of the love they have for them now, it must hurt on some level to reflect on this other child (or children) of theirs who's life they snuffed out through a deliberate act of their own. They want society as a whole to affirm the choice they made back then (it was my right to kill my child--the constitution says so), because in their hearts they wonder about what that child would have been, and regret the forever loss of this child of theirs whose life they took.

rse

Thanks narciso. I had not read her before but was familiar with everybody in her gang of statist predators.

In Winston Salem recently when Senge became too hot because of undisputable beliefs from reading his books, the Waters Foundation tried to argue the systems thinking work was based on Forester. That particular MIT crowd to which I would add a few more want people to behave like their models. With education haven displaced personally chosen plans and preferences. Ed will supply new values and then habituate the emotions as the drivers of decisions. All of a sudden many will behave consistent with the models. That cultivated false belief system about economics and history and even who is threatening control over reproduction also serve as drivers.

Lewin is really important because U-Michigan pilots all teacher ed initiatives and that's where he ended up. B=STEP was really putting Lewin's vision into national play.

I am reading Brink Lindsey's The Dead Hand today to reenforce with more facts where all this is going.

Problem is as I think your link was driving towards you really cannot eliminate uncertainty. You can foreclose most people's ability to react to it at all or see it coming.

marlene

From the Portland Press Herald: Yesterday,a group of pro-choice protesters rallied against pro-lifers who have been picketing Planned Parenthood in Portland.A nearby business owner organized the protest because he claimed the pro-lifers were "disruptive". He also "thinks" they contribute to violence by extremists.Portland police said there were no confrontations or legal violations.

Stephanie

Scarlett women the lot of them . in more ways than one .

I'll think about pregnancy tomorrow . After all tomorrow he won't be around. and my Trojan turbo is out of batteries .

/any resemblance to Amanda Marcotte is incidental

Porchlight

Clarice, so you're saying that abortion was more readily available to those women at that time than birth control?

hit and run

Iggy:
I'm a little worried about Hit. I'm guessing Jenny Granholm probably won't be the star around whom Al Jazeera builds its network

Jenny has already told them that she will finish her current (Current) contract and then skeedaddle.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Jenny has already told them that she will finish her current (Current) contract and then skeedaddle.

Posted by: hit and run | January 05, 2013 at 01:30 PM --

Hit, does this mean you have suspended your Sylvia stalking operations for now and it is Jenny now looking over her shoulder nervously?

Clarice

It was illegal but it was just as illegal to get a diaphragm and there were no b.c. pills or morning after pills.

An Aunt who had 5 kids and 1 miscarriage had to go before a medical panel to get permission to have her tubes tied.

Porchlight

I know it was more difficult then to get birth control, but I have a hard time believing it was more difficult/expensive than getting an abortion.

At any rate, at least since the pill, access to birth control has very little impact on abortion rates. You can give bc away for free and some women will never use it. Those are the women most likely to end up at an abortion clinic.

Clarice

And maybe they should cause they lack the brains to be a parent, porch.

I didn't say it was MORE difficult to get BC, only that it was also illegal.

centralcal

I can honestly say I don't know anyone who has had an abortion. Key to that sentence is "I don't know."

Maybe some women I have known did have an abortion, but they certainly never stated that they did.

Jane - Mock the Media!

I know people who have had abortions - it was pretty routine in the70's and 80's. I remember people going to NY to get abortions before they were legal here.

Janet

Jean Schroedel, a Claremont Graduate University politics professor, said that “there are some positive aspects” to centers, but that “things pregnant women are told at many of these centers, some of it is really factually suspect.”

Well, I guess this politics professor would be a big expert on "things pregnant women are told at many of these centers"
what things?
which center said the "things"?
how does this politics professor know what is said at these centers?

bgates

Remarkable part of a piece in the New Yorker:

Larry and Betty describe the birth of their son as “a miracle of the Lord.” As they tell it, Betty’s doctors discovered tumors in her uterus and warned that she would probably die giving birth, and that the child, if it survived, would likely be crippled and brain damaged. The doctors urged an abortion, but Larry and Betty refused. Larry told me, “I realized that God had a special purpose for my son.”

Robbins was born with fine and gross motor-skill deficits. His legs bowed outward, and his feet twisted in. The doctors predicted that he would never walk normally or have full use of his hands.

That's from the story linked by PJM about the great pickpocket.

maryrose

cc:
I also don't know any women who have had abortions. I know many who struggled to have children and some who have adopted foreign babies.

maryrose

Janet:'
She doesn't know squat but it looks good in her article to give the impression that something suspect is going on. What we know for sure is that the majority of abortions are performed at Planned Parenthood.

Porchlight

I may have read you wrong, Clarice. You seemed to be implying that bc was nearly impossible to get and the morning after pill didn't exist, and that's the main reason why the women you knew ended up pregnant. My only point was that bc is always easier to get than an abortion, and especially so when abortion was illegal, and yet these women managed to procure abortions when they wanted them.

I don't think the dynamics have changed much. Birth control is totally abundant and cheap, but women still get pregnant when they don't want to. Clearly this must be (on the whole) attributable to poor judgment, not to lack of "access" to anything. It turns out our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers were right - keep your legs together and you're a lot less likely to get into trouble. Who knew.

Janet

...& all the continued abortions & STDs kinda shows that the graphic sex ed from K-12 is pretty much a big fail.

Did the NYT cover the horrors at Gosnell's butcher shop? Perhaps Jean Schroedel would like to comment on the "things" told to those women & the reality of what happened.

Janet

Kermit Gosnell's "clinic"

"Gosnell killed "hundreds" of babies and at least two women during abortions from 1979 to last year at his Women's Medical Society at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue, according to the grand jury. Further, he and his unlicensed, unskilled staff overdosed patients with drugs, perforated their wombs and bowels, and spread venereal disease by using unsterilized equipment, the report said."

let's see THAT NYT article.

Clarice

Great article bgates!

(A) nuther Bub

I didn't say it was MORE difficult to get BC, only that it was also illegal.

I'm not sure what time period you're speaking of Clarice. It wasn't illegal in the mid-50s when I wed, but it wasn't widely available either. I had to bring a notarized permission slip from my parents to be fitted for a diaphragm at Planned Parenthood, and a copy of my engagement announcement from the newspaper. That's because my wedding was to take place a couple of weeks prior to my 21st birthday so I was not yet an adult, by law. Seems laughable in these times, but a letter from your mommy was necessary even for young brides.

But haven't condoms been available at U.S. pharmacies all of the last century? (not counting MA) Weren't displayed, of course, but I thought they were under the counter and had only to be requested.

Clarice

Yes, condoms were available, but women really had to take charge of this themselves to be sure. The rule may have been 21 or engaged now that I think of it, but the point remains, women have so many choices now, including the morning after pill that only the most feckless under normal circumstances need to consider the abortion alternative and the constant debates on this seem utterly pointless in light of new developments.

rse

I had this discussion with a neighbor whose daughter has friends, all with expensive college degrees and living in big cities, who have had 4 or 5 known abortions by their mid-20s. I find that unfathomable. As if it's not promiscuous as long as they are not taking the Pill. Just spontaneous.

It also suggests complete misunderstanding of cause and effect and impulse control.

rse

Clarice-Red was telling me yesterday that many sites are trumpeting that states like Texas are coming after the morning after pill. She asked me about it. I said I hoped the states were not so stupid as to realize that was just asking to keep too many young female voters permanently estranged.

But then I was also surprised last week to have 2 different people, very sophisticated and well traveled, ask if I could look into fracking to see if it would destroy fresh water supply.

Clarice

It also suggest they aren't good parent material, rse.

The anti-frackers got a big jump on things..It would have been better if the pro-frackers had got in there first. Stupidity is hard to undo.

Captain Hate

It also suggests complete misunderstanding of cause and effect and impulse control.

And the efficacy of all the safe-sex education the state provided through the indoctrination centers.

Porchlight

That was a really great article, bgates - thanks. Any story in which Penn Jillette gets taken down a peg is aces in my book, but it is much better than just that.

boris

Clearly this must be (on the whole) attributable to poor judgment, not to lack of "access" to anything.

Perhaps judgement is now considered too judgemental. Seems to me people are hard wired to reproduce whether they intend to or not and what they need to counter that is discipline for planning and thinking.

Clarice

I've had my purse picked twice..both times I saw the perp and it was some time later that I realized what had happened. Shows you how inattentive I am,

Jane - Mock the Media!

But haven't condoms been available at U.S. pharmacies all of the last century? (not counting MA)

We didn't have condoms in MA? Really?

I graduated from High SChool in 1970. I knew of only one person in the entire HS who had sex while in HS. It wasn't the norm. Having sex meant you could get pregnant and getting pregnant pretty much meant your life was over.

I don't recall any discussion about birth control or condoms.

BY 1973 you could get BC on any college campus - well at least the one I was at.

Porchlight

I think that's always been true, boris. Prior to the sexual revolution and easy birth control, it was countered with not only discipline/abstinence but also plentiful shame for those who erred. But that horse left the barn a long time ago.

narciso

I know you've had your reservations about her, rse, but doesn't this seem awfully convenient after the old guard was put back in charge;

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/documentary-examines-michelle-rhees-legacy-in-dc/2013/01/04/ae86e8a6-55f7-11e2-8b9e-dd8773594efc_story.html?tid=pm_pop

boris

"I think that's always been true"

But if people had the same discipline as before BC would be an adequate substitute for abstinance. The difference might be (1) people don't think they need it anymore ... or (2) collective society doesn't think they need it anymore and would just as soon they not have it.

narciso

That is the same fundamental problem with the drug issue, the societal guidelines that once existed, no longer do, so we end up moving to legislation and regulation, which is in itself
a blunt instrument,

Porchlight

People don't have the same discipline as before. That's the problem.

They actually didn't have it then either - it had to be taught and especially, society had to disapprove of the behavior. Neither of those things are still happening.

You can teach kids about birth control in sex ed but that isn't the same thing as teaching them the discipline to use it, and since they are not also being scared out of their wits regarding the consequences of screwing up, there's no motivation.

Frau Taschendieb

Great story, bgates.

Clarice

OT but its time the jerks at the DOJ VOting Rights Section were canned. I'm sick of paying both sides for their zealotry.http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2013/01/05/federal-court-doj-must-reimburse-south-carolina-for-voter-id-folly/

boris

"the consequences of screwing up"

Entendre alert ...

Certainly part of it is that abortion or welfare is seen as a lesser consequence than older options.

Young women may not get pregnant to get welfare but I have read some use welfare as s shortcut to getting a baby they want.

Jane - Mock the Media!

Young women may not get pregnant to get welfare

Oh I think they do. Hate living at home? Wanna get out? Get pregnant and the state pays for everything.

Hell around here they have billboards advertising the free stuff.

anonamom


There's a problem with these new low-dose birth control pills---and alcohol, or not taking them at the same time of the day--they fail.
A neighbor's daughter has three friends with unplanned pregnancies as recent college graduates, starting out in their careers, all of whom thought they were using effective birth control.

As I told my sons--don't have sex with anybody you don't want to raise a child with...

daddy

OT

Russia TV says that Brigitte Bardot is threatening to follow Gerard Depardieu in dumping her French citizenship and leaving France. They just ran a big segment explaining that Bardot is incensed about Animal Rights stuff, and saying that she wants to become a Russian because Vladimir Putin has been more wonderful to animals than all the French Prime Ministers put together. Then they show video of Putin walking around with his shirt off cuddling tigers that have been tranquilized.

They also say that Russia has offered Depardieu citizenship and that he is considering accepting their offer.

Don't know why I ever had the idea that French movie stars were good looking:

(A) nuther Bub

We didn't have condoms in MA? Really?

I think MA was the last state to legalize contraception and it happened fairly recently (to me "recently" is defined as within the past 40 years or so)

narciso

Any question, daddy, in the LUN, I know you were being rhetorical;

Jack is Back

A funny bit from bgates 2:16 New Yorker Mag link:

"He is probably best known for an encounter with Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail in 2001. While Carter was at dinner, Robbins struck up a conversation with several of his Secret Service men. Within a few minutes, he had emptied the agents’ pockets of pretty much everything but their guns. Robbins brandished a copy of Carter’s itinerary, and when an agent snatched it back he said, “You don’t have the authorization to see that!” When the agent felt for his badge, Robbins produced it and handed it back. Then he turned to the head of the detail and handed him his watch, his badge, and the keys to the Carter motorcade."

No wonder Obama avoided Las Vegas. LOL.

Jack is Back

narciso,

But....."Before law school Matthew worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company in Boston"

How come he is not in jail?

Clarice

In her prime Bardot was gorgeous, daddy.

Jack is Back

ICYMI. Time lapse video of Space Shuttle Endeavor moving through Los Angeles from LAX to its final resting place.

Pangs of nostalgia

Well done America.

daddy

Just caught up with Clarice's link from a few threads back about the Hippie Terrorist from Harvard actually being not from Harvard and having served time previously for an attempted murder using an 11 inch kitchen knife. Oh if only the authorities had banned all knives longer than 10 inches!


The article makes me wonder if he'll get seriously prosecuted or instead get the Norman Mailer "Belly of the Beast" treatment. In this day and age of "see no evil" amongst the OWSer's, who knows.

narciso

You notice, in that link, their real anger is reserved for the Post, not the terrorist,

Clarice

He wasn't an OWSer either, daddy. Just a rich, spoiled brat.

narciso

Did anyone see this display of GovMo's efficiency;

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2013-01/05/c_124184154.htm

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

In my opinion Brigitte Bardot was never actually beautiful, and I say that as a lad who had a pronounced crush on her.
She was a sex kitten, and they, unfortunately, often age into plump and shabby old tabbies.

daddy

He wasn't an OWSer either

I didn't know that Clarice. The story is another good example of how far off the facts are from the initial reporting.

their real anger is reserved for the Post, not the terrorist,

I noticed that also Narciso.

And as for Brigitte, looking thru photos trying to find one that typifies her, like a Grace Kelly or an Audrey Hepburn, I can't find one that works, so I'm sort of in the Iggy thinking at 05:51 on Ms Bardot. Maybe I was just too young when she was hot.

Extraneus

Didn't see that one, narciso, but I did see the one linked here:

Cash for Clunkers actually hurt the environment

Jack is Back

Lotta kids like Greene in New York, DC, San Fran, Boston et. al. Parenting is for the religious, the middle class, the suburbs and flyover country. Its really amazing there are not more incidents like this one. Note the article and what Greene's friend tells the bouncer about how Greene is a candidate to off and do a shoot up.

Somehow I think we ain't seen nothing yet. Too much time on our unemployed, spoiled brat's hands.

(A) nuther Bub

She was a sex kitten, and they, unfortunately, often age into plump and shabby old tabbies.

Hey, be kind. She's in her late 70s and I like that she has let nature take its course without benefit of lifts, tucks and liposucks.

She and I are near-contemporaries and I was madly jealous of her when we were both in our salad years; my (then) husband was nuts about her. No, not beautiful, exactly, but very sexy and very adorable -- curves and dimples as far as the eye could see. You would have put her on a bicycle seat toot sweet, Iggy.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--No, not beautiful, exactly, but very sexy and very adorable -- curves and dimples as far as the eye could see. You would have put her on a bicycle seat toot sweet, Iggy.--

Hey, when I say I had a pronounced crush on her I'm not just whistling Dixie. Even as a mere precocious grade schooler I could see the virtues of spending some time squeezing her baguettes.
Unfortunately for Brigitte I grew up and married a gal who was still getting carded when she was over fifty.
Oh well, Ms Bardot's loss is Mrs Iggy's gain. Hah!

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Squeezably soft;

daddy

Up north, Shell Oil is not doing itself any favors publicity wise.

Their Drilling Rig Ship, Kulluk, in the process of being towed south to Seattle for off season maintenance, ran into a winter storm. The boat towing the rig then lost all 4 of it's engines, apparently some of the lines attached the rig also snapped, and now Shell's Drill rig is aground near Kodiak and a big rescue operation is going on.

I don't believe this has hit the MSM yet, but for a Lefty against drilling it is a dream delivered on a silver platter:

A group of 46 House Democrats released a statement Thursday saying they want answers from the Coast Guard and the Interior Department about the rig incident. “This is the latest in a series of alarming blunders,” said the House Sustainable Energy and Environmental Coalition Caucus.

Here's a link to start from, with plenty other links to explain the problems further: Kulluk salvage efforts move ahead as weather cooperates

Jane - Mock the Media!

Clarice,

I'm assuming you are back in business - can we have a sneak preview?

daddy

Thanks for that Iggy. I retract my 06:01.

A(B), you got Brigitte Bardot beat all to heck. And that's a fact!

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

There's a fairly entertaining movie with Jimmy Stewart, Brigitte Bardot and a young Bill Mumy, the last playing a lad in the grip of a mad attraction to the sex kitten not unlike mine except he had the perspicacity to write her and have his pop take him to Paris. Doh!
Dear Brigitte.

Jane - Mock the Media!

I don't believe this has hit the MSM yet, but for a Lefty against drilling it is a dream delivered on a silver platter:

It has and the left says this seals the deal: no artic drilling.

Mark Folkestad

Daddy, I agree. A(B) is being unduly modest. I'm sure that when they were both in their prime, our Hawaiian friend had the edge. Now? Bardot is hideous, and A(B) remains beautiful. I remember a movie where Jimmy Stewart was the father of a brood, and Billy Mummy played a son who was smitten with Bardot.

Nasty situation with the grounded drilling rig. Damned sloppy planning. One towing vessel that had all of its diesel fuel tanks vulnerable to water contamination? All four engines going down at once? Spend countless millions on upgrading the rig and then award the towing bid to a shoddy low bidder? Sheesh.

Mark Folkestad

Great minds think alike, Iggy! But you get the extra points for spelling Mumy's name right.

pagar

"All four engines going down at once?"

Don't suppose they had any leftists working on the project?

daddy

It has and the left says this seals the deal: no artic drilling.

Ughh, Jane. There goes our economy up here.

So does Shell get its 5 Billion or so back from the Government if the Feds say they can't drill in the tracts that they purchased from the Government?

Melinda Romanoff

Ig-

You wouldn't believe what Bill Mumy does in his spare time, now.

(Yes, he's half of the group.)

(A) nuther Bub

A(B), you got Brigitte Bardot beat all to heck.

At the moment that's probably not a gross exaggeration, daddy mine. In the end, long and lanky gets its revenge over curvy and cuddly, probably. But when it counted?. . . bloody hell!

Captain Hate

Why does a mishap while towing something through a winter storm mean that drilling is unsafe? That sounds like identity teenager logic.

Melinda Romanoff

CH-

Doritos cause traffic accidents.

Captain Hate

Btw a couple of real turdfest games on NBC sports with the Vike's QB being injured before the game. King Roger cannot be happy.

Jack is Back

As an engineer I would like the left wing enviro eejits to explain to me how a towing mishap affects drilling operations on a static rig? This accident/incident has absolutely nothing to do in terms of operational efficacy of a drilling platform.

But then the left are only as dumb as their media enablers so its a given I guess.

Jane - Mock the Media!

So does Shell get its 5 Billion or so back from the Government if the Feds say they can't drill in the tracts that they purchased from the Government?

Obama needs that money for his spring break.

daddy

pager,

Here's more on the Towing ship's problems from different stories:

KODIAK -- Even for experienced U.S. Coast Guard crews, the situation with the Kulluk was hairy.

The December easterly storm in the Gulf of Alaska was blowing hard. A week into a month-long journey that began Dec. 21 from Dutch Harbor to the Seattle area for off-season maintenance, Royal Dutch Shell's prized oil drilling rig had broken its tow in 20-plus-foot seas and 45-mph winds. The Kulluk was tethered back onto a Shell-contracting towing ship, the massive, brand-new, $200 million Aiviq, with a backup towline.

Then, early on Dec. 28, all four engines on the Aiviq failed.

The Shell-owned Kulluk is a complex contraption to maneuver. It cannot propel itself, so when it breaks from the tow it's a runaway rig at sea. It's round, 266 feet in diameter and weighs just less than 28,000 tons -- more than 50 million pounds

Now the Political Spin:

The vessel that was towing the rig, the Aiviq, is owned and run by the politically connected Louisiana company Edison Chouest Offshore.

Edison Chouest was the top campaign contributor in the most recent election cycle for Hastings as well as Alaska Republicans Rep. Don Young and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington.

Then the next paragraph down they slip in this:

The company is also among the top donors to Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who also supports Shell’s offshore efforts.

And now there is speculation Shell was hurrying moving the rig to beat Taxes:

the company believed it might avoid millions in state taxes by removing the rig from Alaska before the first of the year, a Shell spokesman told the local newspaper.

Whether tax considerations drove the decision for the rig to leave port when it did -- only to run aground on Dec. 31 in a fierce Gulf of Alaska storm after breaking free from its tow -- has been a subject of speculation and questions this week.

Whatever caused it, it's a hell of a mess, and thankfully no oil has yet spilled.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Ig-

You wouldn't believe what Bill Mumy does in his spare time, now.

(Yes, he's half of the group.)--

I used to know that and forgot, Mel.
Used to listen to that tune on Dr Demento all the time.
My favorite though was wrastlin' legend Freddie Blassie with his immortal Pencil Neck Geek.

Captain Hate

My favorite though was wrastlin' legend Freddie Blassie with his immortal Pencil Neck Geek.

When I used to do college radio programming, there was a guy from the local art institute who had a show before mine where he'd take a request for anything but also honor a request to stop playing something that was currently on. Needless to say, the latter provision used to produce some irate calls from the original requester, to which he'd reply "You know the rules".

For some reason, Pencil Neck Geek was played a lot on his show.

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Wilson/Plame