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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
  Charlie Norwood Passes

Charlie Norwood, US representative for my district, has died.

Norwood has served us since his election in 1994, and recently ended cancer treatment and moved into hospice care.

I guess we'll find out about a special election in the coming days. Our thoughts are with his family and his staff.
 
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Sunday, February 11, 2007
  Karaoke Mondays

Those of you who only know me for the occasional political and music-related post may not know that I also perform karaoke hosting services. This week begins my karaoke Monday series, upstairs at Tasty World in Athens. There are 399 songs in the catalog this week, with at least 20 that will be added immediately afterwards and more to come as time progresses.

The upstairs usually opens at 10 pm. Come out.
 
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Saturday, February 03, 2007
  Sorta kinda update

I didn't really mean to be inactive for so long since the last December post. The holiday aftermath is pretty much what made me that way.

I tend to be more active at RedState, particularly with comments for other people's posts. The post below this is also at RedState, and is the first new blog entry I've made for the political department since December. I've had plenty of thoughts about current events but posting those thoughts doesn't always matter as much as more immediate concerns. As for my state of being, I'm fine, thank you.

In music news, I remade the front page at my eponymous domain site, which is an overdue change. It's still modest but I think it's a lot less corny than the old design.

I also joined a site called Vampire Freaks, which is similar to the now-dismantled Electromancer site that I belonged to last year, and also to the old mp3.com of the late 1990's. It's mainly oriented towards industrial/gothic subgenres but they seem to think I'm close enough for approval. Currently I have "Terry & Holly" and "The Bowman Draws" posted on my profile there. I thank Shikhee of Android Lust for the reference.

I hope everyone's well, encouraged by the groundhogs and close to recovering from holiday bills. I'll be back soon.
 
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  Thoughts on the new HPV vaccination

As states such as Texas begin mandating the new human papillomavirus vaccination for schoolgirls, in the interest of protecting against cervical cancer, there are some who wish to make political hay of the issue, labeling it as a "license for sex" that would encourage promiscuity, yet seem to offer no alternative other than denial of immunization.

These are probably well-intentioned concerns, if it's argued that such license may invite contraction of other ailments, up to and including HIV. However, these concerns, sincere as they may be, are not fully informed. It has also been shown that semen can be an aggravating factor in the development of cervical cancer.

I ask, at what point do we divide moral direction from real health concerns? Should we not include all such facts in sex education? Would younger girls necessarily become promiscuous women if they know all of the facts?

I intend this as a conversation starter. I'm not a doctor but I do believe that our priorities begin with the preservation of life and health. As a lesser concern, this, as a political issue, could easily be mishandled to the point of becoming a liability.

Please share your thoughts, particularly that of the female readership. Thank you.
 
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