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  • Georgia Republicans are pissed they lost after a surge in mail voting, so now they want to curb it

    first_img– Advertisement – For now, fortunately, there’s nothing Fleming can do to undermine mail voting before the all-important Senate runoffs on Jan. 5. However, there’s plenty we can do: Republicans, however, are not serious thinkers, least of all state Rep. Barry Fleming, who chairs the Judiciary Committee in the Georgia House. His reaction to the newfound popularity of mail voting is so unhinged we must reproduce it in full:Instead, Democrats are relying on the always-suspect absentee balloting process to inch ahead in Georgia and other close states. If elections were like coastal cities, absentee balloting would be the shady part of town down near the docks you do not want to wander into because the chance of being shanghaied is significant. Expect the Georgia Legislature to address that in our next session in January.This analogy is so bonkers it’s not worth parsing (does he think voters are somehow being tricked into using absentee ballots?), but the real problem is that Fleming has a powerful perch from which he can make voting harder. When he says we should expect Georgia Republicans to find new ways to suppress the vote, we should believe him—and prepare for a fight.- Advertisement –last_img read more

  • U.S. Bioethicist Supports Child Euthanasia

    first_imgNational Review – Wesley J Smith 5 March 2018Family First Comment: “It’s a very big deal that a respected Dutch medical journal such as Pediatrics hosted a debate on the ethical propriety of child euthanasia without international criticism. It means that among the medical intelligentsia, child euthanasia has become a respectable proposition.”  “(US ethicist Margaret) Battin lists several propositions (for child euthanasia), including: ‘That parents aren’t harmed by seeing their children suffer.’ In other words, children should be put out of the parents’ misery.  Shocking.The U.S. assisted-suicide movement pretends to want a limited legalization of assisted suicide to competent adults with a terminal illness.That’s not true. It’s just the expedient to persuade us to accept the premise that suicide or killing is an acceptable solution to human suffering.If we ever do that — the jury is still out — then, the killing license thereby granted will not only expand way beyond the terminally ill, but will eventually also include children and the incompetent.The evidence of this isn’t hard to find. Case in point. Pediatrics asked Dutch and American bioethicists whether they would support repealing all age limits for euthanasia in the Netherlands — as the Belgians already have. (Currently, euthanasia in the Netherlands is legal starting at age 12.)If American advocates were serious about their espoused limits, they would be appalled by the existing Dutch law, and even more so by the Pediatrics hypothetical proposal.But at least one prominent U.S. proponent — Margaret P. Battin, a favored source on the issue for the New York Times and other mainstream media outlets — is enthusiastically in favor of the Dutch doing away with all euthanasia age limits. From her comment:I generally support [the] change in Dutch law governing eligibility for euthanasia.‍ Given that euthanasia is currently legal for infants <1 year of age and children and adults>12 years of age, I believe that opponents would have to show evidence that at least 1 and perhaps many of the following propositions are true if they are to persuade you [a hypothetical Dutch health minister] not to support the change in the law:Battin lists several propositions, including:That parents aren’t harmed by seeing their children suffer.In other words, children should be put out of the parents’ misery:That pediatricians can’t understand the difference between killing a healthy, curable child and hastening a bad death that is already in progress.READ MORE: https://www.nationalreview.com/blog/corner/child-euthanasia-us-bioethicist-supports/?utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_content=5a9e210504d301725e661104&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitterlast_img read more

  • Spurs without trio for fortnight

    first_imgTottenham have received a huge boost in their hopes for Champions League qualification with the news that Gareth Bale will return to training within two weeks. The statement added: “The results of these scans have indicated that all three players are expected to return to training within two weeks. Bale, Gallas and Lennon have all commenced their treatment today and are responding positively.” Many thought Andre Villas-Boas was just being optimistic when he claimed that Bale would be out for a short time of around three weeks. The way that David Degen trod on the 23-year-old’s standing ankle, twisting it almost at a right angle to his right leg, led to a shriek from the player and Spurs fans inside White Hart Lane started to fear the worst. Yet the results of the scan are even better than expected with the Welshman possibly missing two matches – next Thursday’s second leg against Basle, which follows Sunday’s visit of Everton in the Barclays Premier League. He is scheduled to return to training before Tottenham’s crunch match against champions Manchester City on April 21. There are many statistics that can be used to highlight just how important Bale has been to Tottenham’s success this season, the main one being that he has already found the net 22 times. Many of those goals have been crucial ones that have decided the outcome of matches that seemed lost before he took them by the scruff of the neck. Yet Lennon’s contribution on the right flank has been almost as important, with the England winger finding the best form of his career under Villas-Boas, whose team sit third in the league with seven games of the season left. Bale was carried off on a stretcher during the dying seconds of Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Basle, prompting fears the 22-goal forward could be out for a lengthy period. The Welshman, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas – who also had to come off during Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final first leg – all underwent scans and the news was positive for the London club. A Spurs statement read: “The club can confirm that Gareth Bale (sprained ankle ligaments), William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (soft tissue contusion below the knee) all underwent scans today (Friday) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League quarter-final first leg draw with Basel last night.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Art Vision Alpena bringing new sculptures to the Alpena Bi-Path Trail

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — You’ll see some new art going up around town and in a few weeks, you’ll even be able to meet the creator of some of that artwork.Community committee, Art Vision Alpena has committed to bringing creative sculptures to areas along the Alpena Bi–Path Trail. The 2019 sculpture is well underway, but plans for the 2020 art piece are just being released.The idea for the sculptures came about back in the 70s to honor the country’s 200th birthday. Since then, the project has fallen by the wayside, but Art Vision Alpena has been committed to bringing more of these creative pieces to town. That’s why they’re investing in a local artist – to entice residents and tourists to get out and enjoy Alpena’s nature and art scene.Art Vision Alpena member, August Matuzak says, “Alpena has a lot of tourism, and we’re constantly trying to improve upon the visitor experience, and I think the sculptures do that, in that Alpena is such a beautiful town, but we’ve also got that beauty that can be interspersed with great art.”A reception will be held on Mar. 13 at the Thunder Bay Arts Gallery if you want more insight into the sculptures going up in Alpena. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the artist of the 2020 sculpture going up in Washington Park.Art Vision Alpena is still collecting money to continue their work, but they can’t do it without your help. If you would like to donate, you can send funds to the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and ask to donate to the Art Vision Alpena fund.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Art, Art Vision Alpena, bi-path trail, sculpturesContinue ReadingPrevious Reel Fun Ice Fishing Tournament to take place on Grand Lake this weekendNext A Mikado man dies in roll over crashlast_img read more