Senators voted to block an abortion amendment to the health care bill that had been proposed by Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson. The amendment would have banned “insurance companies operating in proposed insurance exchanges from offering abortion coverage to anyone receiving a government subsidy,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. I’ve been meaning to write about this for awhile now, and maybe I still will, but here’s my point. Abortion is legal. Blocking a legal medical procedure is wrong. In fact, blocking a legal medical procedure should be illegal.
(Aside: if you want to know what’s up with this weird photo of the President dressed as a doctor, click the image for a description.)
Death penalty news from Ohio. Romell Broom’s execution in September was “botched”, prompting the state to switch to a one-injection system. (The failed attempt used a “three-drug method”.) Now Romell is arguing in court that to it is unconstitutional for the state to try and kill him again, no matter how few needles they plan on using. That did not stop the state from killing 51-year-old convicted murderer Kenneth Biros on Tuesday morning. (AP) Here’s a video describing the whole thing.
Guess what today is. “Um… Wednesday?” Well, yes. It is Wednesday. This particular Wednesday “marks one year since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest on federal corruption charges,” according to the Chicago Tribune. I recorded my little tribute to B-Rod awhile back, set to the tune of “My Sharona.”
But as usual, the real thing is better. Here is B-Rod doing Karaoke. Singing Elvis. Really. How can you not love this guy? I mean, other than the whole “he might be guilty of selling a Senate seat” thing.