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Finally feeling less like death warmed over and more like I bet I can get something done today before I collapse in a sweaty, coughing mess. Yay?

Before I give my to do list the stink eye, I feel the need to link you to the Progressive Campaign Site. I'm a big fan of health care for everyone. I'm in a high tax bracket, too, but I have no problem paying more taxes (I should say, I have no problem making my husband pay higher taxes, har har) to enable people everywhere to have access to proper medication, health education, etc. I'm glad that the HoR passed that bill, but I am PIIIISSSSSED at the addendum that was slipped in that limits women to use their own funds to pay for an abortion, should they choose to do so. (I'm not even going to get into the abortion debate, people. It's not your body, it's not your decision, that's my firm stance.) Congresswomen are standing up to this, as they should. Where's the legislation against Viagra? Most health insurances don't even cover the pill. But almost every single one covers freaking Viagra? Are you kidding me?!

Anyway. Deep breath, me. Feel free to click over here and add your voice to the "Oh, HELL no!" outrage at this limitation against women using their own resources to pay for a medical procedure. (Don't even get me started on the lack of coverage for the morning after pill.)

In other news, I've booked my hotel and flight to Las Vegas for a weekend of debauchery, gambling, showgirls, and cruising Fremont Street for bums to roll for change. I haven't been to my old stomping grounds in almost a decade, and I cannot WAIT to go back. True fact: you can find the best jewelry EVER in Las Vegas' pawn shops, and I bet you can figure out why. I feel the need to own a pimp chain, is what I'm saying. With a big old "LL COOL J" in diamonds and platinum on it. Classy!

I'll have to dedicate a post to all of the crazy shit I've seen happen in Las Vegas over the years. Like the guy that played Baccarat with tens of millions of dollars. In ten minutes. OH MY GOD JUST GIVE ME ONE OF THOSE CHIPS, DUDE. Each chip, actual gold, one million dollars. Or the lady in the couture gown and fur (ew) who hiked up her skirt with her bejeweled fingers, squatted across the street from Treasure Island, and left a fudge dragon on the sidewalk. WOW. That one still elicits shocked laughter from me, after 15 years. Watching Evander Hollyfield get fitted for a suit the night Mike Tyson would bite his ear off. Well, part of his ear. Freaking out in Caesar's Palace as a near riot broke out after that happened.

VEGAS, BABY. Give me the dice, because we're all making coin when I'm rolling, I'm just saying. HARD EIGHTS AHEAD!

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liz_marcs
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the Progressive Campaign Web site. I've been stewing since watching the amendment pass (*ptoooi!*) on C-Span Saturday.

The problem with living in a state that's so blue that you can see it radiate from space is that my Congressmen (Ed Markey, but Barney Frank is in the congressional district next door) and my Senator (Kerry only at the moment) pretty much vote the way I'd want them to 99% of the time.

Okay, okay. It's actually good for me, but kind of difficult if you're trying to change votes/hearts/minds since you can't actually call congressmen and senators from other states to bitch them out.

I signed the letter and threw some money in the kitty for lobbying against the amendment.

I also feel stupid because I should have considered checking the Act Blue Web site. *facepalm*
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
I called my Congressman (red as they come, like, Oklahoma and Utah almost look like gay activists red) and told him, politely, that I really wish he would reconsider voting down the health care bill. Later, when my voice is back, I'll be calling the dreaded Kay Bailey Hutchinson to tell her the same thing. Who knows if it'll do any good, but I'll feel better.

I've been impressed with the Progressives Campaign - it's small and it supports just about every ideal I have re: politics, too.

Eh, don't feel dumb, you can't be on top of EVERYTHING all the time! You're a pretty good activist, Liz. <3
tabaqui
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Glad you're feeling better!

And, you know....those Vegas stories make me want to run far, far away. Or attack with cleansing fire.
Heeeee!

I put that petition/link on my FB and signed, of course. I'm glad that people are fighting it, it just makes me want to slap someone. Hard.
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And if I didn't love collecting crazy people stories so much, I probably wouldn't love Vegas like I do. (It really is fun, though.)

I'm glad that so many women in Congress are popping up and saying, "NO. Unacceptable." Hopefully more will.
tabaqui
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yes! Especially after so many of them were *shouted down* when they tried to speak. Did you read about that? So freaking lame.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/10/kilroy-gop-sexist/

And, this little bit of political messing about by the Mormons in Utah is oddly making me...uneasy. I don't know why.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/11/salt-lake-city-oks-gay-ri_n_353399.html
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
SLC is where the non-Mormons live. ;) Also, you'll note that it's not FOR gay marriage, just not denying gays where they can live. Mormons love to say how they love gays, they just can't support the sin. Be gay, but don't do anything about it, you see. *eye roll*
tabaqui
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, i saw that they're still foaming and ranting about marriage, but i wondered why this sudden touchy-feely 'oh, we luff the gays! They're people too!' sentiment suddenly came from

Creeeeeeeepy.

*yeah, that 'you can be gay and a mormon so long as you're celibate' bit is just delightful*
pickledprose
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I'm always comment jacking around here, but your ICON! Lol, I don't know why but I imagine strapping these people down and making them look at it and so I snorted when I lol'd
tabaqui
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Heeeeee!
Yis, that would be fun. I have this one, too....
:)
pickledprose
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*is dying* XD
stephanierb
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)

Ah, Vegas. It's been some years since I've been there, but I'd love to go back. There's really no place on earth quite like it.

I'll have to dedicate a post to all of the crazy shit I've seen happen in Las Vegas over the years.

If the rest of it is anything like what you've already posted, well, that will make for some VERY interesting reading for sure. I'll be looking forward to it.

Have an awesome time! I hope you win big!
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
There have been a lot of tear downs and build ups since I was last there, but Vegas is still Vegas. (And now that it's not so kid friendly anymore, WHEW. Nothing is weirder than seeing kids in a casino. Mom? Dad? Hire a sitter.)

I'm not gone until the first weekend of December, so I'm sure there will be loads of build up before then, lol.
pickledprose
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Vegas. I think seeing people with that much money to throw around would break my poor little heart. I would love to see someone shit on the sidewalk though XD
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Does it help knowing that some of them don't have that much money to throw around, and yet they do anyway? Haha, probably not.
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stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry there is so much tl;dr
See, that's why I CALL and don't email. Because I couldn't handle the crazy newsletters, either. OY.

And I agree with all of your stances here.
kseenaa
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Good luck to the US, I say. Healthcare for everyone. *nods*
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Seriously! It's just... civilized! :)
fabrisse
Nov. 11th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
thank you for providing the "Oh, HELL no!" link. I'll contribute in the next paycheck, but my name's up now.

Caesar's Palace ... Check out the elevators in the old section. I bet you didn't know Rome had "Vestral Virgins." *G*
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
They misspell it? I'll have to check that out, lol!
lynnenne
Nov. 11th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
That amendment just depresses the hell out of me. :( But Vegas stories cheer me right up!
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I KNOW. TO BOTH.

Vegas, Baby, whoooooooo! We're going to have so much fun!
lynnenne
Nov. 11th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait! *dances*
oatmellow
Nov. 12th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of debauchery.

As you were.
stoney321
Nov. 12th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I'm hoping I'll be allowed to document the debauchery.
dwivian
Nov. 12th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Sorry, gotta disagree with you on the abortion issue, but not because it's controlling anyone's bits.

My issue is having a health care system cover elective procedures. My insurance from work won't pay for lasik, lipo, tucks, or implants. So, why should it pay for elective evacuations of other tissue, either? Now, if it is medically necessary, it should be covered, but those cases are less common (and you'd want to get a doctor to sign the form saying so).

You're also behind the times on the birth-control thing. 98% of plans nationwide cover birth control now (and, when they don't, it's to serve for clients with religious objections to providing it), and Viagra is, when covered, generally provided as a Tier2 formulary drug at best, and Tier3 normally. Thus the old guys pay 25-50% of retail cost at a minimum with a $50-$100 max per month. The birth control pill is available as a generic, offered at $5 or $10 per month on most PPOs or CDHPs, and often available on 3-month mailorder. Your point brought up in 1998 when Viagra first came out and the backlash back then prompted the mass coverages now in place.
stoney321
Nov. 12th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
You gotta? You "gotta?" Why? Why the fuck do you always save up commenting in my journal for when you feel you have to correct me (or make borderline creepy comments about how you find me attractive) on a topic that I said that I AM NOT INTERESTED IN DEBATING?

I'm not interested in your opinions on that topic. I am not interested in your data on tangential topics. This is not a scientific journal, this is not a newspaper, this is a place where I tell dick jokes and sometimes point people in directions where REAL DEBATE THAT AFFECTS THINGS happen.

Pick your freaking battles. Hint: they're not going to be in my LJ.
dwivian
Nov. 12th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry to cause you any distress. I comment less than 5 times a month anywhere in LJ anymore and I felt this topic warranted it after I brought it up with elfgirl. She made the point to me about elective coverage and showed me the current numbers on the pharm issue, too.
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