1. my favorite headline for today:
AP Source: Obama to rescind Bush abortion rule (this is a second rule from today separate from the Jan 25, 2009 action taken by Obama).
although the new rule has yet to be reviewed, this is definitely a step in the right direction. i'll write more on this later today...
just to clarify things, Obama has taken two actions towards restoring abortion rights:
1. one of them was taken on January 25th 2009 when he overturned "The Mexico City Policy" started by Ronald Regan back in 1984. it prohibited tax payer funding for any programs that even talked about an unplanned pregnancy.
2. the second one is this new Obama rule which would rescind Bush's rule. a problem with Bush's rule was that a drug store pharmacist could refuse to sell birth control. the rule was too broad, causing ill conceived consequences. Obama's take: "He believes this issue requires a balance between the rights of providers and the health of women and their families, a balance that the last-minute Bush rule appears to upset,"
Obama Overturns Int'l Abortion Funding Ban (from Jan 25, 2009).
"A Health and Human Services official said Friday (2/27/09) the administration will publish notice of its intentions (for this 2nd Obama action regarding restoration of abortion rights) early next week, opening a 30-day comment period for advocates on both sides, medical groups and the public." - AP
so if you want to have your say on this, you'll have your chance starting next week. SPEAK UP and BE HEARD.
2. my favorite information post for today:
10 Excellent Open Source and Free Alternatives to Photoshop
most of these are free. i have yet to choose one and download it. so, we'll see. let fluxlife know if you've used any of these alternatives and what you think. we can add your thoughts to a future posting about these photoshop alternatives.
3. my favorite legal headline of the day:
man owns 1776 copy of Declaration
this is not quite as significant as i initially thought. in my vicodin haze, i thought it said "1776 copy of the Constitution." i've always wondered if the copies of the U.S. Constitution i've studied have been slightly edited or are dead on the original? oh well, i guess i'll have to find three verified copies from separate sources and make sure they corroberate with each other. that's how historians establish facts from the past. kinda scary to think much of our learning of history comes from information based on the results of this technique.
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