Last axe-man down

I wasn’t terribly efficient today (no reason other than a problem I’ve mentioned before—once I know I’m behind, it’s easy to give up completely), but I did complete the 10 pages of script that go with the treatment. It’s only the first draft—our agreement entitles him to ask for two more—but it’s the first milestone, so I’m entitled to pay before I do more (one reason I like eLance is that this should theoretically protect me against getting ripped off for my work). Though I had hoped to do more, at least getting a completed treatment. I have more than enough time for that, though: With the other axe-men wrapped up, I can get back to a normal schedule again.
Since I covered most of this week—other than getting two more short-stories returned (happily I’ll have time next week to send them out again)—I’ll wrap up with some links:
This is my new RPR story, on Raleigh’s EPA Superfund sites (under our new policy I should mention here that this blog is mine as a freelancer and nothing I say represents the views of RPR or anyone on the staff).
•The Daily Howler questions some of the supposed facts about the 28 states that already require businesses to provide birth control.
•Republican opposition to contraception puts the party to the right of Richard Nixon, god help us.
•Slacktivist points out that some of the right-wing groups fighting the mandate are the same people who insist separation of church and state is a myth. And the blog ponders what would happen if, say, a Muslim employer announced women could no longer visit male doctors or vice versa. Anyone think the Republicans would be championing religious freedom then?
•Speaking of which, my new And column on the same subject is now out. Speculating on whether, under the new right-wing logic, an employer could deny AIDS patients coverage on the grounds they’re filthy perverts and it’s God’s will they die (some related hospital horror stories here).
Kansas cuts taxes on the rich and raises them on the poor. David Brin explains that supply-side economics has been proven bullshit time and again.
•Slacktivist remembers 1979, when evangelicals didn’t believe the fetus had a soul.
•Charles Murray continues claiming that the working class are in trouble because they’re a cesspool of immorality (foreclosure fraud? Wall Street money games? Don’t be silly!). To rip into one point of his thesis—working class white guys are lazy, because they work less even when the economy is good—I’ll simply note that while the boom years were great for IT and other white collar guys, they’ve been progressively less good for manual labor, assembly lines and retail. But of course, dealing with the effects of outsourcing would ruin Murray’s thesis that the rich are paragons of virtue.
•In the latest attempt at proving gay marriage is bad no matter what the facts say, NRO’s Heather MacDonald concedes (midway through the piece) that it may be “empirically accurate” (i.e., true) that gay couples do as well as traditional parents, but if you accept the idea that you don’t need a mommy and a daddy, that gives daddies no reason to stick around, so gay marriage DOES destroy traditional marriage! (I’m personally skeptical that the majority of fathers are only staying because it’s their duty to give the kid a masculine role model). This article shows even in court, the opponents can’t come up with many arguments.
•A woman tells how prenatal testing, which Rick Santorum sees as identical to abortion, saved her daughter’s life.
•What “City on a Hill” originally meant to the Puritans.
•Utah bans any sex-ed that isn’t abstinence based. Schools, one representative says, must make kids understand that “sex outside marriage is devastating?” I almost feel sorry for conservatives, as they’ve apparently had really wretched sex lives. In a similar enlightened vein, Ron Paul explains it’s not the Pill that’s the problem but the culture of immorality that gets people to use it.
But of course, right-wing opposition to the birth-control mandate has absolutely nothing to do with sex or contraceptives.

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