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From CNN

    South Dakota nears abortion ban

Monday, February 27, 2006; Posted: 10:49 a.m. EST (15:49 GMT)

PIERRE, South Dakota (AP) — State lawmakers voted Friday to ban nearly all abortions in South Dakota and sent the measure to the governor, who said he is inclined to sign it.

Under the legislation, doctors in South Dakota would face up to five years in prison for performing an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman’s life……

…..The new restriction would become law July 1.

Opponents of the bill argued that abortion should at least be allowed in cases involving rape, incest and a threat to a woman’s health.

    If a woman who is raped becomes pregnant, the rapist would have the same rights to the child as the mother, said Krista Heeren-Graber, executive director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

“The idea the rapist could be in the child’s life … makes the woman very, very fearful. Sometimes they need to have choice,” Heeren-Graber said.

This is completely absurd. So if a woman gets raped, not only can she not get an abortion, but then the rapist can have parental rights? I have trouble believing that even in this day and age any American could be so backward.

 
    
 
    
 
    
Not true (but I believe it anyway)

Working With Idiots Can Kill You! Thursday November 21, 2002

By KATE McCLARE

STOCKHOLM — Idiots in the office are just as hazardous to your health as cigarettes, caffeine or greasy food, an eye-opening new study reveals. In fact, those dopes can kill you!

Stress is one of the top causes of heart attacks — and working with stupid people on a daily basis is one of the deadliest forms of stress, according to researchers at Sweden’s Lindbergh University Medical Center.

The author of the study, Dr. Dagmar Andersson, says her team studied 500 heart attack patients, and were puzzled to find 62 percent had relatively few of the physical risk factors commonly blamed for heart attacks.

“Then we questioned them about lifestyle habits, and almost all of these low-risk patients told us they worked with people so stupid they can barely find their way from the parking lot to their office. And their heart attack came less than 12 hours after having a major confrontation with one of these oafs.

“One woman had to be rushed to the hospital after her assistant shredded important company tax documents instead of copying them. A man told us he collapsed right at his desk because the woman at the next cubicle kept asking him for correction fluid — for her computer monitor.

“You can cut back on smoking or improve your diet,” Dr. Andersson says, “but most people have very poor coping skills when it comes to stupidity — they feel there’s nothing they can do about it, so they just internalize their frustration until they finally explode.”

Stupid co-workers can also double or triple someone’s work load, she explains. “Many of our subjects feel sorry for the drooling idiots they work with, so they try to cover for them by fixing their mistakes. One poor woman spent a week rebuilding client records because a clerk put them all in the ‘recycle bin’ of her computer and then emptied it — she thought it meant the records would be recycled and used again.”

 
    
 
    

I tested last night for Camo belt, and I passed. So now I can spar, and study weapons. It’s really weird, I wasn’t at all nervous until right before the test. Then I started second guessing all my moves and really psyching myself out. And that’s not like me. Normally I thrive on the adrenaline rush, but not last night. I think it’s because going from yellow to camo is a big step. I’m not sure, but I made it so who cares!

 
    
 
    
White House Had Prior Knowledge Of Cheney Threat

From The Onion

Aug. 2005 Briefing Warned, ‘Cheney Determined To Shoot Old Man In Face’

February 20, 2006 | Issue 42•08

WASHINGTON, DC—Government documents declassified today reveal that President Bush was briefed last summer of “a substantial risk” that Vice President Dick Cheney would shoot an elderly male in the face sometime in the next several months.

In a Presidential Daily Briefing given to Bush in August 2005, the CIA warned that the vice president was a potent threat to the senior population at large, and in particular “possessed the capabilities and intentions to spray a senior citizen with projectiles fired from a shotgun or other weapon.” A second brief identified the population at risk as those “between 70 and 80 years of age,” and warned that the vice president posed the greatest threat to “seniors in close proximity to the vice president when he is armed.”

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