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The snowmageddon line is open

Posted by Max Brantley on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

We're more than halfway done and the line is open, early because of snow hysteria. The Senate recessed early today for the rest of the week. The House approved the joint recess resolution, but may continue to meet. UPDATE: The House will remain in session this week, a spokesman said. Finishing up otherwise:

* MURDER MYSTERY: The murder of beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer in Russellville gets renewed attention from NBC Dateline, a full hour during the show at 7 p.m. Friday. The promo: "Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison has the surprising new twists in a 7-year-old murder mystery of who really killed beauty queen."

* VOTE LIKE A KOCHHEAD: Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Bros. political lobby, has issued report cards on Congress. You can read it here. The lower your grade, the more likely it is that your are serving the public interest rather than tax-dodging polluters who favor undemocratic elections and throwing sick poor people to the wolves. AFP naturally touts the D they've given Sen. Mark Pryor. Who knew he was that good? What's surprising is that Dr. No Boozman and Reps. Rick Crawford and Tiny Tim Griffin of Bauxite only merited B grades? They voted against the Kochs on something? Hard to imagine. Reps. Mike Ross and Steve Womack got C grades on votes last year. Surely Rep. Tom Cotton of the Club for Growth will get an A first time he's rated. Refusing disaster aid for storm victims is the kind of thing the Kochs should REALLY like.

* FORGET WALKIN' IN MEMPHIS. HOW ABOUT RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS: Memphis Flyer reports that Memphis has been invited to submit a bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

* BODY ART: With jobs, medical care and education solved, the Arkansas legislature has turned its attention to lesser topics. Take Sen. Missy Irvin. Please. She's worried about "body art procedures," particularly preventing artists from doing dermal implants and scarification.

* ETHICS: Speaking of important legislative stuff .... I should mention my column this week in which I remember Republican Sen. Jane English's promise to clean up state ethics law so that consulting firms can no longer continue to evade disclosure on how they spend money on ballot issue campaigns. Does this have Stepford OK? If so, it should be easy.

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Brummett takes on the gun nuts in the legislature, and in particular "Sheriff" Bob Ballinger, to task in his column today. A good read.

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 02/20/2013 at 3:12 PM

Koch-sponsored State Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale was quoted yesterday on KUAF praising Regnat Populus and their efforts to qualify a new ethics ballot initiative. Hopefully he's serious about that and will work with Sabin and others to get a STRONG bill passed this session. But given his backers' propensity to support the Chamber of Commerce corporate lobbying agenda, I wonder about his sincerity...

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 02/20/2013 at 3:16 PM

Missy Irwin wanting to legislate the business of body piercing so Doctor hubby can make more money?

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Posted by Hackett on 02/20/2013 at 3:29 PM

The Repugs are guilty of everything they blamed Dems for, and more.

The Repug Party has become the party of economic elitists, requiring everyone else to subsidize the lifestyles of the wealthy. Rather than limiting government, they have expanded control of government over the lives of everyone, except gun fetishists. The have eliminated personal choice and replaced it with government mandates. They have expanded the size of government, especially in the area of criminalizing more aspects of American life. They have restricted the fruits of democracy to be enjoyed by only those who can afford it.

Winthrop Rockefeller would weep at the sight of what his party has become.

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Posted by YossarianMinderbinder on 02/20/2013 at 3:31 PM

Speaking of (Repug) prostitutes. My apologies to all of the morally upright sex providers for besmirching your reputations by associating you with Repugs.

"Laws against selling sex are fairly new – just about 100 years old – and came onto the books long after the sex trade took root in American cities."
"The β€œred-light district,” or the place in a city where commercial sex is isolated or encouraged (or both), might be a concept now most associated with Europe and Asia, but it's an American invention. The term has its origins in the practice not of prostitutes, but their customers: in this case, rail workers who left red lanterns outside the doors and windows of the houses where they met prostitutes between their own work shifts. If their boss needed to find them, he could look for the light."…

For a historical timeline of prostitution up through tea party times:…

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Posted by YossarianMinderbinder on 02/20/2013 at 3:45 PM

Of course, former GOP Senator Pete Domenici, staunch Catholic who voted to impeach Clinton on perjury and obstruction of justice, for lying about a blow job, back in the day, strident anti-environmentalist, bully (see Iglesias, etc.), turns out to have fathered a son out of wedlock 30 years ago.

A son Domenici never acknowledged and never supported, financially or otherwise.

Staunch Catholic, sneaky liar, hypocrite, bigot. Otherwise, great guy.

There are six more Catholics currently positioned on the SCOTUS.

Good luck, gays. Good luck, women.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 02/20/2013 at 3:51 PM

The Olympics in Memphis? Well, there's argument for Open Carry right there!

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Posted by louie on 02/20/2013 at 4:17 PM

Come on Norma, you failed to mention a key detail: he knocked up the other New Mexican's senator's daughter (former Senator/former governor, Paul Laxalt). It was 34 years ago and if I'm doing the math right-that would make her around 24 and he'd be about 46 at the time.

Now, now. The mom didn't want Domenici all involved in the life of his son, and Pete was busy with his wife and 8 kids. So, that makes it ok.

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Posted by imjustsaying on 02/20/2013 at 4:20 PM

Memphis could not pull it off.

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Posted by SalineRepublican on 02/20/2013 at 5:13 PM

moutaingirl, doggies prevented my afternoon nap so I couldn't slip into a dream state and see what became of Saline Republican and the young black woman carrying his baby-fetus.

But, I did slip over to Daily KOS and saw this:

"New PPP poll: Congressional Republicans (popularity) tied with herpes"…

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Posted by eLwood on 02/20/2013 at 5:33 PM

Neither could Domenici, Saline!

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Posted by dottholliday on 02/20/2013 at 5:36 PM

Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale was quoted yesterday on KUAF praising Regnat Populus and their efforts to qualify a new ethics ballot initiative. Hopefully he's serious about that and will work with Sabin and others to get a STRONG bill passed <<

Yes, he's serious. He's also serious about doubling legislative pay now that his team needs good, steady government work.

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Posted by eLwood on 02/20/2013 at 5:40 PM

imjustsaying, Paul Laxalt represented Nevada in the U.S. Senate, not New Mexico. Just for the record.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 02/20/2013 at 5:50 PM

Laxalt was a Mormon, too. So, presumably, his daughter. It must have been troubling in the family for the daughter to have a child "out of wedlock" (bastard!) but a child of a Gentile at that!

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 02/20/2013 at 6:25 PM

If you've ever had to discipline or correct your doggie then this video is for you.

If the old retriever, Denver, at the end doesn't make you swell up a little then you're not human enough to appreciate a dog. The three poodles are a riot at denial.…

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Posted by eLwood on 02/20/2013 at 6:45 PM

A cartoon for today:…

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Posted by NeverVoteRepublican on 02/20/2013 at 6:54 PM

I just got a robocall from Entergy saying that I should be prepared for loss of power from the ice storm. No need to call me as after a while, you get used to it because I have a Mickey Mouse electric company-Entergy. We lose it winter or summer, night or day, storm or no storm.

Of course, Verizon doesn't call because their service is so bad that I finally wrote them and the AG's office that when I am found dead out in the field with my phone showing numerous dropped 9-1-1 calls, the family should just sue for every penny they can get. I used to call Alltel my Mickey Miouse phone company but they finally got their act together but Verizon apparently doesn't use the same towers so I still get at least one dropped call a day. Anyone have problems with Verizon voice mails showing up hours after they are left?

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Posted by couldn't be better on 02/20/2013 at 7:10 PM

Talk about changing your perspective!

"Some Strange Things Are Happening To Astronauts Returning To Earth"…

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Posted by HardHeadedWoman on 02/20/2013 at 7:13 PM

I don't really give a rip about how AFP (All Full of Poop-) rates anybody, but it does provide us some insight of what they are really about-Making more $$$$ for the Koch Brothers!

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Posted by RYD on 02/20/2013 at 7:28 PM

So Bob Lancaster has retired from his weekly column. I'll miss reading it. Fortunately, we still have DeathByInches.

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Posted by radical centrist on 02/20/2013 at 8:14 PM

What's with all this talk about anal probes? There should be a pecker probe to ream out men's urethras so that all those valuable sperm can have a superhighway for their commute. For most of the legislators, the probe wouldn't have to be very long, because they are obviously trying to make up for their shortcomings and fear of being discovered as gays.

With this unwanted drooling obsession with lady parts, shouldn't the Republican legislators and their DINO co-conspirators be put on the sex offenders list?

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Posted by Jabberwocky on 02/20/2013 at 8:44 PM

I'll miss Bob Lancaster. He reminded us all of the utter ridiculousness of many things in life, as well as the sublime joy in many other things. I've read him for years, and never saw a really bad column. Some were mediocre, but none were bad, as in Wally Hall bad, or Paul Greenberg bad.

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Posted by plainjim on 02/20/2013 at 9:00 PM

I was in for a bit of a shock when I received my Blue Cross/Blue Shield statement today on what they paid my doctor for my recent gynecology visit. This was a routine, one-year check-up, mind you.

My doctor billed them $547 while BCBS paid $210. BCBS said I should expect a bill from my doctor for $336 for a ROUTINE CHECKUP!

After I pealed myself off the floor (after all, I pay a ton in heath insurance because I'm self-employed), I began to look at the itemized charges and suddenly wasn't so mad at the insurance company. I'm convinced my doctor is a freaking shyster from hell.

(Background: She's mid-30s, professional and pleasant. She's very likable, actually, and likely a good doctor. She and another peer joined the practice several years ago, fresh out of residency. The two have recently bought the practice from a well-known OBGYN, who retired. I learned of this transaction months ago, but thought nothing of it).

She walked in and the first thing she said to me (before looking at my "bizness'') was that she was going to have to do an endometrial biopsy. I protested because she performed the same procedure 2 years ago and I'm not a high-risk candidate, not to mention it hurts like holy hell (she takes a big plug out of my wall, which makes me bleed and walk funny for a day). Plus, I'm healthy and in my 40s. She insisted it was absolutely necessary and I acquiesced.

Cha-ching. She billed insurance $263 and they paid $106. Of course, the results were negative. Guess I won't need that test every year. (This wasn't what made me mad.)

Even though the office visit was $190 (to which insurance paid $63), I noticed a charge I had never seen before. It was $25 for "behavioral change smoking, 3-10 minutes'').

Here's how the counseling session went...

Doc: You still smoking?

Me: Unfortunately, yes. I plan to be done with the filthy habit before I'm 50.

Doc: Good for you.

Yep, that was the "counseling session'' she billed my insurance company $25 for. Ironically, they paid her $8.15 for that. (I will be billed for the other $16.85 of that enlightening session that forever changed my life. I'm surprised I didn't go cold-turkey after that Knute Rockne, 3-second speech).

She tried to push another costly, unnecessary procedure on me (an ultrasound, of all things, to look for tumor-sized babies, I presume?), which I politely declined. But, the thing that absolutely chaps my ass is the $25 for the so-called "counseling session.'' Really? It's the principle. She's going to lose me, WIES and everybody I can tell because she gouges me/insurance company with that?

She had me scheduled for a follow-up but I plan to cancel that and my business with a polite letter explaining why she no longer has me for a patient (along with my fucking $336 check for a routine visit).

My dear Dad still practices medicine at 83 and there's a reason why. People love him. He's never met a stranger and he didn't try to gouge anybody. Today's MDs need to take a page from his book and try not be be fucking money grubbers.

I guess the moral of the story is not to go to mid-30s folks who are trying to recoup all their debt after purchasing a multi-million dollar practice while paying off student loans. Or, do all doctors do this nowadays?

Any of you LR ladies recommend a good OLDER female GYN who has been established for a while? WIES had an upcoming appointment with the shyster, which will soon be canceled by her wife.

Hot in Hillcrest,

Mrs. Sistertoldja

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Posted by Mrs. Sistertoldja on 02/20/2013 at 9:15 PM

Sister, the first thing they teach doctors in medical school these days is how to run up the bill. All right, Old Doc, give me hell.

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Posted by plainjim on 02/20/2013 at 9:26 PM

>>Talk about changing your perspective!

Isn't it true NVR. TY for the link. Edgar Mitchell said in the 1970s that being in space gave you an entirely new idea of what "neighbor" meant.

I like to celebrate our birthdays by reminding people they've made one more trip around the Sun. Somehow in our egocenteredness we overlook that one simple fact that we traveled 357,000,000 miles of space.

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