Mourning Coffee – Scattered, Covered And Smothered Edition


I don’t know about most people, but spring is usually the busiest time of the year for me. This year has been no exception. This is the first full week I’ve spent at my home sleeping in my own bed  in about two months. The great thing about the world of technology is that being that I live in a small town in northwest Tennessee, I don’t have to be disconnected from work I have to do in Nashville and Memphis.  With different tools, the communication line is pretty much open. The bad news is that not everyone gets that.

Ahh, there is still work to be done. Transparency and far-reaching interaction are really easy to do, so imagine my surprise when other people shun those practices.

This is on my mind for a variety of reasons this morning that I won’t get into and will hit on my personal blog, but I am perplexed that a story we posted yesterday I found on a website that wasn’t in Tennessee wasn’t reported on (and a bit fist tap to a reader of Speak to Power for pointing it out to us). I checked news sites every, and this story on a bill that could deny contraception wasn’t anywhere. Steve Ross also looked and turned up the big nada sandwich as well.

We are both pondering that this morning. Agree or disagree with the bill, it’s still news. This, my friends, makes me sigh very deeply. It’s not just news organizations that should be covering this, but with so many committees, subcommittees, amendments and more, I hope to see Democratic Leadership in the state, the TNDP and elected officials’ staffers get these stories out to Tennessee’s voting public.

Just a friendly reminder that not everyone really cares about Justin Bieber and does want to know about what is going on, the serious stuff,  in that two-block radius in Nashville that apparently was covered by some invisible version of  Stephen’s King’s Under The Dome. I’m starting to believe that everyone is geographically challenged that doesn’t work in that small, concentrated and very powerful area.

I am a big proponent of being unified in our party, but there has to be a two-line highway of communication and information. And maybe that’s not wanted. Just saying.

On to those folks out there that do understand the innertubes.

Another busy week where we are all grateful that our brains haven’t exploded all over our computer screens, but you have to admit, they are a bit scattered, covered and smothered due to the week that wouldn’t end.

2 comments for “Mourning Coffee – Scattered, Covered And Smothered Edition

  1. April 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    We’ll be covering the contraception controversy on Liberadio(!) on Monday morning complete with audio of Re. Richardson’s and Rep. Hill’s comments.

    Again, Rep. Hill does nothing to actually reduce the number of unintended pregnancies which would in turn reduce the number of abortions. It’s sad transparent that all he cares about is using the issue of abortion as a political football.

  2. April 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I looked in the TN code and didn’t find passages defining pregnancy or contraception that would clearly preempt the issue, but I’m not a lawyer and probably wasn’t thorough in my search. Sperm meets egg is not an accepted medical or scientific definition of human pregnancy, given that it’s undetectable. So I think this provision (leaving aside the abortion issue for the moment) would only affect contraception if there is any agreement that TN is going to follow a definition of pregnancy other than the medically/scientifically accepted one (which I’m not saying is an impossibility). Mary, I’ll be interested to hear your segment and it would be great if you could have someone with legal expertise speak to this definitional issue.

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