7.28.2007

checking in

I started my new weekend job last night. So far, so good.

For various boring reasons, the Friday afternoon commute sucks, but it's only once a week and hopefully only for six weeks. After the end of August, I'm hoping they will let me drop Friday evenings but keep Saturday and Sunday.

I have lots to write about but no time this weekend, so expect an overload on Monday.

9 comments:

redsock said...

Something I learned from the Star today:

Montpelier, VT is the only US state capital without a McDonald's in it.

Yay Vermont!

M. Yass said...

Vermont also has the distinction of being the only state in the U.S. where it is legal to carry a handgun (or is that "hangun"?) openly or concealed, without even needing to get a permit.

L-girl said...

According to the Brady Campaign, many states are just as bad. You can look up any state and see the rating. Vermont's libertarian neighbour, New Hampshire, gets the same D-minus rating.

M. Yass said...

My home state of Washington got a D+ on the same index. We do require a carry permit, but they're easy to get as long as you don't have a mental health or criminal record. If you don't have a permit, there's a five day wait to get a hangun while they check those databases.

I am well aware that the laws in Canada are much more strict.

redsock said...

... there's a five day wait to get a hangun

"But I'm angry now!" [/homerjsimpson]

impudent strumpet said...

After looking at that site, I find myself wondering if there are any laws limiting how many guns a person can own or carry?

Because if it's perfectly legal to walk down the street in Vermont with, like, 97 handguns on your person...that's kind of verging on hilarious.

L-girl said...

Before we go too far bad-mouthing Vermont...

There's not a lot of gun crime in Vermont, by US standards. Maybe not even by Canadian standards, although I don't know for sure.

Everyone has health insurance (thanks to former Governor Howard Dean), they got same-sex civil unions early on (not as good as marriage, but better than most states), and so far no proposed anti-abortion legislation has passed.

Like the rest of New England, Vermonters mind their own business and would like others to do the same. I suspect the gun laws are more libertarian than aggressive.

M. Yass said...

L-girl said...

Before we go too far bad-mouthing Vermont...

There's not a lot of gun crime in Vermont, by US standards. Maybe not even by Canadian standards, although I don't know for sure.


Wasn't meaning to badmouth. I'm actually a gun owner and avid shooter. This is one area vestigial area of my red state upbringing. I do think there should be a permit process to carry concealed, though, and that it should have some kind of a training requirement. I'm sure that more Vermonters grow up around guns and have experience with their safe handling and use than, say, most NYCers.

Everyone has health insurance (thanks to former Governor Howard Dean), they got same-sex civil unions early on (not as good as marriage, but better than most states), and so far no proposed anti-abortion legislation has passed.

What's their system like, do you know? They actually have universal health insurance?

And here's another example: In the same way that little ol' Canada (a fraction of the population, much smaller economy) can provide universal health care, how is it that little ol' Vermont can do it? How is it that every civilized nation on Earth can? Only TGNOTFOTE, the wealthiest nation in the history of human civilization by far, seems to be unable.

It's too bad for Howard Dean that the media played up the "Dean Scream" the way it did. FFS, the guy was trying to rally his troops! Could it be that maybe, just maybe, they were trying to torpedo his campaign to make way for Hillary to run in 2008? Naaaa . . .

L-girl said...

Dean's demise has been much discussed here. My feelings on this are strong, as I was a Dean supporter. He was too far outside the Democrat fold, his campaign could not be allowed to live. The media invented an excuse and brought him down. The "scream" itself was a non-event. The process of his execution was very instructive.

Anyway... Vermont.

What's their system like, do you know? They actually have universal health insurance?

It's a mix-and-match system, different options for different populations. Those covered by their employers remain so, and then there are different options based on income, or how much you want to or can spend.

Massachusetts recently passed a law requiring all residents to have health insurance. They're also offering various low-cost or free options, and have worked with (forced? I don't know) the insurance companies to make direct enrollment easier and more affordable.

I don't know the details but I'm very interested and would like to. I see the ads during Red Sox games - reminding viewers that the law now requires them to have health insurance, and giving a central phone number to get information on the options and start the process. They call it the "Health Connector". I've heard it's very easy to use.

how is it that little ol' Vermont can do it? How is it that every civilized nation on Earth can? Only TGNOTFOTE, the wealthiest nation in the history of human civilization by far, seems to be unable.

Unable or unwilling. One of those. :/

I'm sure there'll be more action on the state level in the US, the better states offering more health insurance. But without a federal mandate, like there is in Canada, most states won't do anything.