FOWC with Fandango — Sober


It’s July 22, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “sober.”

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26 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Sober

  1. Rall July 22, 2022 / 1:20 am

    a sobering thought
    this pandemic is not going away
    it’s getting worse
    life may never return to normal
    as we once knew it

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    • Fandango July 22, 2022 / 12:49 pm

      Unfortunately, you’re right.


      • Marleen July 22, 2022 / 1:30 pm

        I heard, on Democracy Now (in the last couple days), that about three thousand per week are dying in the United States (among people called residents). (Additionally, all causes of death are up seriously.)

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        • Marleen July 22, 2022 / 3:58 pm

          I meant, besides the increase from all sorts of reasons, 3000 due to covid itself per week. I think that’s pretty much the same as early on, in 2020. It was this morning.


          Even in young and fully vaccinated people, COVID-19 can cause long-term effects that are still poorly understood, including neurological and mental health problems, cardiac damage, inflammation and fatigue.

          Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris, who is second in the line to the presidency, plans to maintain her schedule this week, even though she’s considered a close contact of Biden’s.

          This all comes amid another wave of COVID-19 cases, driven by the BA.5 Omicron variant, with about 3,000 U.S. residents dying of the disease each week.

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  2. donmatthewspoetry July 22, 2022 / 5:48 am


    I have myself a drink or two
    But never to get drunk
    I always stay real sober-like
    Not wallow in the gunk


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  3. Marleen July 23, 2022 / 6:21 pm

    Everyone is an individual. The guest in the segment below was helped by “the pill” to not have cramps. I had “debilitating” cramps because of the pill after high school. At a different time, I was prescribed birth control (pill form) because I had a cyst on an ovary (nothing actually to do with birth control). Nevertheless, allowing birth control, of whatever kind, as contraception — condoms, emergency Plan B, diaphragms, or whatever — is being sober.

    Congresswoman … shares personal story as Congress fights to protect access to contraception

    California Rep. Sara Jacobs joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss legislation to guarantee the right to contraception. Jacobs also discussed her plan to protect reproductive health data. July 23, 2022

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    • Marleen July 23, 2022 / 6:38 pm


      Like another new measure (the Respect for Marriage Act) aimed at codifying the legality of same-sex marriage, the Right to Contraception Act comes in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and Justice Clarence Thomas suggesting the court should revisit opinions on same-sex relationships and birth control.

      At present, it seems pretty unlikely that the Supreme Court would revisit Griswold v. Connecticut—the 1965 case in which it recognized a right to access birth control—and highly improbable that any state would attempt to ban contraception entirely. But it’s not inconceivable that states might try to prohibit certain types of birth control (like emergency contraception), restrict access for minors, say pharmacies don’t have to fill prescriptions, or things like that.



      • Marleen July 23, 2022 / 7:08 pm

        I haven’t looked at the actual bill, the legislation voted in by the House. Contraception is another word for which people have differing definitions. They (for example the Senate when, if, they approach this) might need to list every single option (and amend when there is something new) to be sure it’s included and not needlessly argued over based on other people or in courts or The [Supreme] Court. They might need to state that a person can go by their own reasonable definition of contraception and not the religious or otherwise-arrived-at definition of someone else. I wonder if this is another topic Republicans will filibuster (as Manchin and Democrats like him leave the filibuster in place as is).


      • Marleen July 23, 2022 / 7:26 pm

        Presented in arguments, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested further rollbacks should be considered, including contraception. His argument revolved around a decision from 1965 involving married couples’ use of contraceptives. He didn’t mention a 1972 decision that legalized the use of contraceptives by unmarried people.

        Republicans in Congress overwhelming[ly] voted against it, except for eight members.

        At the legislative level, Tennessee’s key leaders have said they didn’t want to unfurl any bills to prohibit contraception.

        Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton briefly addressed the ideas on NewsChannel 5’s Inside Politics this summer.

        “I think oral contraceptives are fine,” Sexton said.

        Gov. Bill Lee also addressed reporters’ questions about the topic.

        “There is no law on our books that deals with contraception, emergency contraception. I do not know of any plans for such.”

        How Tennessee’s congressional delegation voted and why.



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