Thursday, October 20, 2011

Late afternoon odds & ends: Cash just ain't good enough in Louisiana; the GOP finds a way to like Big Government

It's Thursday afternoon and news from the media world is pretty sparse. But that doesn't mean there isn't craziness elsewhere. Here's a sampling:

It looks like Louisiana is trying to duke it out with South Carolina for home of the crazy. A recently passed piece of legislation makes it illegal to pay in cash for any second hand transactions.

Want to buy some used clothing at Goodwill? Now you have to pay with a check or credit card.

"We're gonna lose a lot of business," Danny Guidry, owner of Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette, told KLFY10. Pawn shops are apparently exempted as they already have to keep records of their transactions.

Speaking of the crazy and South Carolina: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has filed an amendment to a bill related to agriculture and transportation that would make it illegal for doctors to discuss abortion over the Internet or through videoconferencing.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that "under Sen. DeMint's extreme plan, if abortion came up in that doctor-patient conversation, the woman and her physician would have to go to a separate communications system. He's calling for an abortion-only version of Skype. It is impractical, ridiculous, and, most importantly, bad for women in rural or remote areas who would not be able to discuss the full set of options with their doctor."

Last week the House passed the so-called "Let Woman Die" bill that allows hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care even in situations where the abortion would be needed to save the woman's life.

Obviously, none of these bills are expected to pass the Senate, at least not in the present Congress's term.

Lisa Brewster, who works for Palm and tweets @Adora, pointed in a tweet to this video hommage to Windows Phone 7:

Brewster writes "Thank you, webOS fans, for never creating anything like this." A bit catty perhaps, but she certainly has a good point, don't you think? (Yep)


Fin O'Reilly said...

Lakes of Ponchartrain?

"I cursed all foreign money, no credit could I gain"

Douglas Hebbard said...

Quoting Christie Moore, now that's a first for TNM.