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Religious Business? Some Thoughts

The recent Supreme Court decision about Hobby Lobby being able to deny contraceptive coverage to its employees, because of … religious beliefs … has caused a major uproar.  My opinion is that it’s probably the most weasel-worded, constitutionally questionable decision the Supreme Court has reached in quite some time.   As a concept, the idea of a corporation as a person has any number of good features.  The way conservatives, and in particular this Supreme Court, have extended that to the realms of free speech and religion are not among them.   But, if corporations want to claim religious beliefs as a reason not to provide a benefit for their workers, I have an idea for making them regret it:  Make them live up to it.

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Mid-Week Musing

As the long-term readers here are aware, I become scarce about this time of year, and remain that way until November.    My work takes me out into the field for the next several months, and my time, opportunity, and inclination to write blog posts takes a major hit.   A week from now, that cycle is going to start again.  Besides the usual workload, I am once again breaking in a new assistant, which means even less time.  Now, on to the other stuff.

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Hope You Saved The Money

I was recently reading a very good series on West Virginia over at Al Jazeera.  It’s the thing that you used to see from our media, but no longer.  It’s a rather disturbing picture of what happens when an area is almost totally dependent on one industry, and one that is an “extractive industry:”  Coal.   The reports focus on one county, McDowell,  which in the past was one of the major producers of coal.  Today?  Well, it’s not a very nice place.  But there’s some lessons in there as well.

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Miscellaneous Musing

It’s officially “Spring,” according to the calendar, although the “look out the window” around here says “still Winter.”  There are signs that spring will eventually get here, but exactly when is anyone’s guess.  One of the evidences for climate change from my perspective is that “general predictability” has gone out the window in the past decade.  There was a time when I could plan around when seasons would begin, within a week or two.  Now, I have to guess within a month or so, and I’m usually wrong.

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Politics 101 For The Left, Revisited

Milt Shook over at Please Cut The Crap has a great post up titled “10 Things All Progressives Should Understand for 2014 and Beyond.”   I strongly recommend reading it. It’s  common sense, pragmatic, and straightforward.   In that vein, I’m revamping a post that was part of a series back at the end of 2011, the “Politics for the Far Left” series.   I’m doing that not (just) because I’m lazy, but because I’m seeing many of the same … idiotic … statements reappearing that I saw back then that caused me to write it in the first place.  Continue reading

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