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About sjf0822

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  • Birthday 12/19/1975

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    Horses, photography, cooking, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kentucky basketball
  1. Hobby Lobby

    I understand that the push behind this was to cause more challenges for Obamacare. I'm not it's biggest fan either, honestly. And I would be even more sympathetic with HL if they had not been investing in the very things they claim to find so objectionable. How do you explain that? It's easy, quite frankly, for you to say reevaluate your priorities. I love to hear that from men when so often all of the duty of contraception is put on us women. For most of us, controlling our reproductive status is a priority, whether we are trying to get pregnant, spacing out our children to our liking, or avoiding pregnancy all together. For some women, IUD's can be lifesaving if they have clotting issues, and cannot have hormonal birth control, and cannot risk getting pregnant. I guess their partners should be ok with being celibate... or getting a vasectomy. For other women an IUD can change their life because they no longer has a few days a month where they are suffering from debilitating periods. I'm not talking about a little bit of bloating and some cramps, I'm talking about not being able to leave the bathroom because there is so much bleeding. Someone I worked with referred to using an IUD as a "lifestyle." Well, I guess it is... family size is a lifestyle choice I guess. But I think that those who are not in favor of birth control would be up in arms if another company, which strongly believes in reducing population growth, refused to cover pregnancy. I guess that is now their right too.
  2. Hobby Lobby

    This is is what I find sickening. If they really found this to go against their religion, then why invest in it? I think the implications of this case are truly horrifying. I would rather see companies give individuals a stipend to use to purchase the insurance they prefer, than have companies dictate what is and is not ok. And for those who say "find another job"... in this market? If someone is supporting their family, you want them to quit and get government assistance until they find something else? And when hiring I can see some sticky issues as well. Yes, you always check the benefits package. However, I'm afraid if a candidate specifically asks about contraception, that now the employer will see what side of the fence she is on for the issue. They might find reason not to hire her because she's "not Christian enough for them." Also, a candidate asking about this issue can almost be seen as questioning what religion the "company" is... which has always been a HUGE no no in the hiring process. I have had insurance companies in the past that only cover glasses, but not contacts, or plans that do not include dental. Usually this was because of the cost. What I find horrifying is the reason that these are not covered. Your religion is YOURS, not mine. And, there isn't even any science to back up their claims. Bottom line- do we now ask what the companies religion is to determine the level of health care? JW- blood transfusions not covered. Scientologists- no mental health coverage, etc.
  3. Hobby Lobby

    First, there is no science that I know of that supports the theories that IUD's cause an abortion. Just because you believe it, doesn't make it true. If you go down the list of things that ARE approved by Hobby Lobby, and consider failure rates, and other factors that a woman usually discusses with her doctor and partner, then you can maybe understand it's not just as easy as picking another method. I have an IUD, which was highly recommended by my doctor for some issues with other birth control that I was having. Works great for me. Was not cheap... it was $1200 if I remember correctly. I don't think my employer deserves to have any say in that conversation. And, speaking of conversation, the initial complaint said Hobby Lobby not only did not want to cover these things, but also any counselling about them! So, now they are infringing on my doctor's free speech as well. And lastly, I've seen reports that Hobby Lobby's retirement funds have investments with the very companies that make these birth control items. So... it's ok to make money off of them, but they will not let their employees have the freedom to use them with their insurance. I thought when a business incorporated it was to separate it from the individuals who owned it and offer them some protection. Seems to me you cannot have it both ways. I will never do business with them.
  4. Clivens Cattle Ranch

    We'll there are a lot if people out there who would like nothing better than to see ALL cattle kicked off public land. Things like this are going to make others question if the grazing leases are worth the trouble.
  5. Clivens Cattle Ranch

    My husband has been watching news feeds on this all night... Some of the spin being out on it is Unbelievable! The BLM is between a rock and a hard place, which it seems they are for most issues, because of the multiple use clause. You cannot make everyone happy, yet some how that is what they are supposed to do.
  6. Clivens Cattle Ranch

    He admits he owes the money, so I do not think he even is claims he owns the land. The BLM wanted him to cut the number of cattle out grazing, from 250 to 150, which can happen in droughts or for other reasons-in this case it was the turtle. When fires occur often grazing is restricted for 3 years. It sucks, but the land is to be managed by BLM for multiple uses... Not just grazing. He has had over TWENTY years to find other leases. I think he is looking for a fight, a reminant of the sagebrush rebellion.
  7. Clivens Cattle Ranch

    The land he is using is public land... Owned by all of us. Ranchers pay the government to graze cattle on that land, $1.34 per AUM (animal unit month) at the moment I believe. The rancher also has to do maintain fences, water, etc., and remove animals before it is overgrazed. These lands are to be managed for multiple uses, not ranching alone. The land belongs to all citizens, not just the rancher with the grazing lease.
  8. Clivens Cattle Ranch

    Can you imagine if everyone out west stopped paying their grazing fees? And stopped following the guidelines of how many animals to stock, when to pull them off the land, etc? It would be chaos. The rancher has not paid in 20 years, and has been given opportunity after opportunity. He has had a year's warning to remove the animals. At some point, there has to be ramifications for his actions. From what I've seen said, it's almost as if HE wants to make this "like Waco" which is scary. I also think it's pretty telling that the Nevada Cattleman's Association is staying out of this mess.
  9. I think that if the horse is exhibiting signs of health issues along with being overweight, then yes. I'm pretty biased, though... My oldest mare is an EASY keeper. I mean she is dry lotted, on average quality hay, and she looks like she's about 8 months pregnant. I really can't cut back on the hay anymore, or she gets destructive and starts chewing fence posts and anything else that *might* be edible. However, I am lucky in that she never develops a cresty neck, strange adipose deposits, or has issues with her hooves indicating that she might have the onset of some metabolic issues. So, I'm ok with it. She will start getting more work in the summer as I use her to gather cattle, and that will help some. I will gradually increase her workload. I'd love to ride her everyday... but that's not possible. She's not an extreme case (I'd score her at a 7 probably). I just think the authorities cannot keep up with the ones that DO need fed... and in some instances having them put weight on a horse may be easier than taking it off. How would they determine how much they can safely cut food intake? What if cutting back on the feed creates more issues? Are they going to force exercise? I can see them forcing an owner with a horse exhibiting health issues (laminitis, cushings, etc) to get some help... but for those that are fat, but otherwise fine... probably a waste of resources.
  10. Unexpected Baby :(

    He is cute! Hopefully he is still doing well. My gelding Jr was a dummy foal as well... He spent his first 3 days in the vet clinic. My vet told me if we could get him on his feet and starting to nurse in 48 hours and prevent seizures, he would be fine. He was on his feet after 1 day. He's now 8, and perfectly fine and healthy. I have shown him successfully and will be using him to move cattle some this year as well. My album on fb shows his progress. https://www.facebook...=1&l=8a5d109aa3
  11. Cows & Hop Bones

    Beef cow body condition scores (with photos so you can see the hip bones) Dairy cow body condition scores!AI10782BCSCowAPPROVED.pdf (takes a while to load) Dairy cows are only scored on a 1-5 scale, but you should still be able to see the difference in cover on the hip bones for an average beef cow vs an average dairy cow.
  12. Pregnancy/labor/delivery!

    I had a ton of trouble, with the c section and PCOS I had basically zero supply. We tried just about everything with the lactation consultants, but on the 2nd night when my husband and I were going on 48 hours without sleep and a little girl who would NOT stop crying because she was hungry we practically had to beg for some formula. My husband was ready to drive to the store and get some if they would not provide it. Yes, I had intended on breast feeding, but it just was NOT working. Could not get a latch... pumped and pumped and pumped and NOTHING. We fed with a syringe, and also with a SNS. MY milk came in almost 7 days later. I was able to get a 2-3 ounces a day until she was about 6 weeks old. I had to pump every 2-3 hours 24 hours a day... and eventually I was exhausted and slept through the night and after that my supply dropped to nothing. So, I felt like a double failure because neither the birth experience or feeding her were what I had intended, but luckily she flourished, and that's all that matters now.
  13. Pregnancy/labor/delivery!

    I'm so confused... from the article you posted, it sure sounds like Stanley would disagree that starvation is a peaceful way to die. He was crying and begging for food and water, his niece saw him suffering, etc. Not a peaceful end, unless you count when he finally lapsed into a coma.
  14. Pregnancy/labor/delivery!

    If you know anything about science you would know that an observation of ONE is basically worthless. Nice story, but proves nothing. And yet Epona's personal account you threw aside?
  15. Pregnancy/labor/delivery!

    I wanted a natural birth... but after weeks of strange blood pressure issues, and the baby's heart rate becoming irregular at times, my doctor said he was inducing. I was crushed, because I knew that would likely mean a c section. I lived 2 hours away from the hospital where I would deliver, so he was not willing to risk sending me home. Of course the induction failed, I was having contractions but no progress as far as dilation was concerned. They broke my water, and then I realized how TRULY horrible pitocin contractions can be! Still not progress, and the fetal monitor started showing increasing signs of stress. The doctor had been watching the monitors at the nurse's station, and came running into my room and said I needed a c-section now. My husband said it was about 15 minutes from that point to them delivering my daughter! I was panicking... after my water broke, I had an epi, and it did not work. I had a broken vertebra (horse accident) and I swear every contraction just centered on that location. And now I was convinced they would be cutting me open while I still could feel everything! Luckily, epi #2 worked. When they finally delivered my daughter, she had the umbilical cord around her neck. The doctor told me that was probably why I was not dilating... she was unable to "drop" and put pressure on my cervix. That is also likely why we'd seen such weird readings on the monitor for the past few weeks, and why the contractions caused her so much stress. Thankfully, all was ok. I really mourned not having the birth I wanted... but now that I have my daughter, I really no longer care. I know I'm lucky things turned out ok, and thankful that the doctors took the measures they did. Every woman has their own idea of what they want, and within reason I don't see why she shouldn't have the birth she desires. Yes, I think it's crazy someone would want a c-section... but other women think birth without pain meds is also crazy. Not really any of my business.