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I do recall a history class where teh teacher said there were a few states who had questionable admission to the union.


Even Abe Lincoln admitted that West Virginia's creation was illegal. About half a dozen counties in the northernwestern-most part of Virginia - on the Pennsylvania and Ohio borders and largely settled by Yankees - were pro-Union. They "formed" a government, petitioned Washington for recognition, and eventually created West Virginia in 1863, even though a state may not be divided without its own consent. Since the pro-Union counties hardly were big enough for a state, they included all of western Virginia and even the northern end of the Shenandoah valley. About 2/3rds of the counties placed in West Virginia had voted for secession! Even in the six pro-Union counties the vote had been rigged. It's known that in one county the only people allowed to vote were Union soldiers who lived in other states.


When the Confed vets came home after the war, they were extremely pissed off. The governor of West Virginia tried to find ways to keep them from voting, since they knew he would throw him out of office at the next election. Even Union supporters in the "stolen" counties were furious at being taken from Virginia and placed under a virtual dictatorship. They went to the Supreme Court to demand they be restored to Virginia. But this was during Reconstruction, and the SC simply said Congress was allowed to do whatever it wanted.


If an honest decision were ever made by the SC, West Virginia would clearly be declared illegal. Then I suppose the counties could vote on which state they wanted to belong to. Two of them - Berkeley and Jefferson in the WVA panhandle - would definitely vote for Virginia. So would some other counties along WVA's eastern edge. But don't expect the SC to take it up, too big a can of worms.


p.s. Wyoming is an odd situation. Congress rejected the name for the state chosen by its voters and named if after a valley in Pennsylvania. :p



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""What's very sad about this is that if we are able to all of a sudden equalize or diminish these health inequalities that you see by race inside a place like prison, it should also be that in places like a poor neighborhood we should be able to diminish these sort of inequities," said Evelyn Patterson, who studies correctional facilities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee."



Easy peasy. While the families of the prisoners are visiting their incarcerated relatives in the prison... offer them free in-house health screenings and check-ups, minor surgeries and other forms of health care. Maybe a low cost pharmacy as well?


All can be done in one stop at your local prison in the states... yes? Visit your criminal family member, and get the same health care he or she does while he is in prison. Free!


I should be dictator of the USA really.


I'd straighten the place out. :up:;):beer:


I recall a story posted on this thread a few weeks back about an elder gentleman who got himself arrested so he could get medical treatment.


If you can survive the beatings, knifings and rape, prison isn't so bad. :nahnah:



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Lincoln has been claimed as gay, on some rather circumstantial evidence. Some years ago a gay guy wrote a "history" book about allegedly gay American figures. In some cases he was just plain dead wrong, not understanding past customs and vocabulary at all and judging it in modern terms.



10% of Americans are gay -- urban myth explored





However, the reported statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and the 200 Census show much, much lower figures than the famed 10% findings. And they aren't the only ones.


The CDC reported that a 2002 National Survey of Family Growth set the number closer to 2.8% of adults claiming homosexuality.


In 1993, USA Today reported that only 2.3% of males ages 20 to 30 said they had a same-sex experience in the last decade.


In 1991, the National Opinion Research Center found that respondents who claimed they were active homosexuals only numbered .7%.


As far back as 1988 a Canadian survey found that 98% of first-year college students under 25 indicated they were heterosexual.


And the 2000 Census found that only .42% of American households consisted of same sex, unmarried couples as heads of households. This is less than 1%.


One might claim that these numbers must be far lower than reality would dictate. After all, being homosexual is a societal taboo and it might be assumed that a large portion of those who truly are homosexual may not wish to admit such out of fear.


But this claim just does not wash with the social acceptance that homosexuality has attained over the last 20 or so years. Except for small sections of the US, being gay carries little if any stigma that might force people who are homosexual from answering truthfully on these often anonymous surveys.









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Saw this on someone's wall post on Facebook:


Don't like gay marriages? Don't get one. Don't like cigarettes? Don't smoke them. Don't like abortions? Don't have one. Don't like sex? Don't have it. Don't like drugs? Don't do them. Don't like porn? Don't watch it. Don't like alcohol? Don't drink it. Don't like guns? Don't buy one. Don't like your rights taken away? Don't take away someone else's.

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I'm sitting here reading this on Buddhist holiday and alcohol is banned. I'm not a Buddhist. Why can't I have a cold beer? :hmmm:


p.s. I didn't realise that doing drugs, having abortions, and marrying someone of the same sex were "rights". Maybe people have a right to run around naked in public, take a dump in the street, and light bonfires in their backyard too. :dunno:



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Wow. I didn't know this about Portugal prior to reading this article.




Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal


Health experts in Portugal said Friday that Portugal’s decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an experiment that has worked.


“There is no doubt that the phenomenon of addiction is in decline in Portugal,†said Joao Goulao, President of the Institute of Drugs and Drugs Addiction, a press conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the law.


The number of addicts considered “problematic†— those who repeatedly use “hard†drugs and intravenous users — had fallen by half since the early 1990s, when the figure was estimated at around 100,000 people, Goulao said.


Other factors had also played their part however, Goulao, a medical doctor added.


“This development can not only be attributed to decriminalisation but to a confluence of treatment and risk reduction policies.â€


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A mom from Tennessee was detained Saturday for objecting when Transportation Security Administration workers tried to pat down her daughter. Her upset outburst led to her arrest for disorderly conduct. This comes after the TSA altered its pat down policy for kids recently. Woman arrested for scene when TSA attempt to pat down her daughter which shows how harsh TSA is. I understand that TSA pat down is for security purposes but it just to be an exaggeration.

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