Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Supreme Court Has Set Womens' Rights Back Decades

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According to an initial draft majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, "The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision."

Justice Samuel Alito, and the other conservative Justices; Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett; are of the opinion that the issue of abortion is about states' rights, rather than women's rights.

In other words, it's more important to preserve the right of state governments police doctor/patient relationships than it is to safeguard the right of women to decide what happens to their own bodies.

According to The Guttmacher Institute, "The number of illegal procedures in the country plummeted from around 130,000 to 17,000 between 1972 and 1974. The number of deaths associated with illegal abortion decreased from 39 to 5 in that same time period; women who died as a result of illegal abortions typically were black..."

The GOP's stance on abortion isn't about states' rights, and it certainly isn't about protecting life.  Criminalizing abortion only drives desperate procedure seekers into proverbial back allies.  GOP law
makers are chomping at the bit to ban abortions, making no allowances for cases of incest and/or rape. 

A recent piece in The Huffington Post tells the story of 11-year-old "Sophia" (her real name withheld to protect her privacy) who was impregnated by a relative.  There was no question whether, or not, Sophia should carry to term.  The pregnancy was, of course, terminated.  However, if conservative law makers have their way, and it looks like they just might, victims, such as 11-year-old Sophia will be forced to see their unwanted pregnancy to its conclusion, despite the physical and mental health of the mother. 

If ultra-conservatives were truly concerned with safeguarding the sanctity of life, they would allow, and even champion, exceptions for rape, incest, and protecting think health of the health/life of the mother.  Protecting life isn't their true motivation though.  Keeping abortion illegal is a way to keep uppity women in their place by turning them into little more than baby factories.  They're literally saying, "No matter how a female (woman or girl) is impregnated, and no matter how said impregnation affects her health, she needs to shut up and pop that baby out."  When policy reflects such an attitude, women are reduced to second class citizens.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Putin Investigated for Possible War Crimes in Ukraine - Possible?

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As I write this, war has raged across Ukraine for 27 days. The violent onslaught, according to Statista.com, has killed a total of 953 civilians. Of them, 78 were children. Furthermore, 1,557 people were reported to have been injured 105 of which have been children. However, OHCHR specified that the real numbers could be higher.  On top of that, 2.14 million Ukrainian people, mostly women and children, have fled for their lives as everything they've known was, literally, reduced to rubble. 



















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According to a recent article in the New York Times, I.C.C. Prosecutor Fast-Tracks War Crimes Investigation in Ukraine"The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has launched an immediate criminal investigation of possible war crimes in Ukraine."

I'm all for due process and giving a guy the benefit of the doubt, but how many bodies have to pile up on a guy's proverbial doorstep before people can agree he's committed, and is still committing, a crime? 

Legal procedures are important, they are.  Legal procedures, ensure the rights are protected, at least in theory (the parents of Ferguson's Michael Brown Jr. might disagree).  While such laws have allowed humankind to form civilized societies, they have their limits. 

If a person is going around town shooting people, you don't stop to apply for a warrant.  You TAKE THE S.O.B. DOWN!  Seriously, he doesn't deny having ordered the invasion.  He's spouted some QAnon caliber nonsense, about Ukrainian NAZIs, to justify his actions, but his guilt is evident and undeniable. 

OK, Ukraine isn't part of NATO. Granted.  Yet, you don't sit and watch your neighbor be burgled because he didn't pay his property tax.  You send the police in anyway because you know he's not going to victimize just one house.  Does anyone think Putin will stop with Ukraine if he's left in power?  Do nukes have to fly before we can agree to put this mad dog down? 

This graph form Statista.com was best information when it was posted to this blog at 03/23/2022-00:57:22.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Compromise Does Not Mean Defeat

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"You gd old senile bxxxh. You’re as old and ugly as Biden. You ought to get the fuck off the planet. You fucking foul bitch…. They ought to fxxxing try you for treason, bitch... ...You and every one of your scumbag fxxxing friends… I hope your family dies in front of you. I pray to God, if you’ve got any children, they die in your face." ~ This was a message left on Representative Debbie Dingell's (MI-D) voice mail system.

In 1887, our independence had been won and it was time to design a functional government.  Our founding fathers shuttered the windows, so no one could see the proverbial sausage being made, and they debated.  They debated and debated until it came down to two plans, James Madison's Virginia Plan and William Paterson's New Jersey Plan. 

In simplest terms, Madison's plan based legislative representation on the population of a state, whereas Paterson's plan called for equal legislative representation regardless of a state's population size.  After weeks of ferocious debate and compromise, we were given a House of Representatives based on the population of each state and a Senate consisting of two Senators from each state regardless of a state's population size. 

They debated the issues until they found a compromise everyone could live with.  We seem to have lost the ability to come together as Americans and iron out solutions to common problems.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has labeled himself "The Grim Reaper," vowing to thwart all Democratic proposals, according to CBS News.  The content of a particular bill, or how that content would help the American people, doesn't matter.  Senator McConnell will lead a full court press against ANY bill proposed by Democrats. 

I'm not sure when it happened, we've gone from being fellow Americans working together for a better future to being us versus them.  "We" are the good guys.  Anyone who doesn't with "us" are the bad guys.  Both camps have adopted this mind set to the point where compromise has become equated with defeat, rather than progress. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Us Vs. Them

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If one has a yearning for mythology, they needn't look to ancient Greece & Rome; the United States of America is full of it.  From young George Washington ratting himself out over a vandalized cherry tree to Betsy Ross single handedly designing our flag, our history is liberally peppered with extra-factual stories and ideas.  One such idea holds that our country was built upon the spirit of cooperation & compromise. 

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When I was in grade school, I was taught Americans would debate back & forth, then come together to do what was best for the greatest number of people.  I don't know, maybe it used to be like that, to some extent.  It's not like that today though. 

Today, a party will declare a filibuster to kill a Senate bill, simply because it was proposed by the opposing party.  They don't even have to execute the filibuster to kill a bill, they only have to declare their intention to do so, and the bill is dead. There's no high-minded debate or negotiation involved. American politics has solely become about us denying them a victory.  That’s it.  We HAVE to beat them.

Even more tragic is the fact that the us vs. them mentality has oozed beyond the borders of Washington, flooding everyday life.  We are always on the side of the angels (or  enlightenment if the we are atheist), and they are marching in Hell's army.  They must but given no quarter, for we are the righteous. 

OK, we've always suffered under the yokes of racial & sexual bigotry and religious intolerance.  They just seem to more visible today, and people seem less willing to tolerate people with differing points of view.  Whether, or not, people get a shot to avoid disease has become a political question. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm scared of COVID-19.  I took the vaccination.  However, I see anti-vaxxers losing jobs, and being denied entrance into; restaurants, sporting events, schools, etc...; I wonder if we're not creating another underclass, another them.  

Sure, they could take the shot to, instantly, safeguard their job and other rights. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.  Of course, all the Jewish people had to do, in the fifteenth century, was to deny their beliefs to have the hot coals removed from their balls. 

Personally, I believe that part of being a good American is doing what's good for the country.  If we all got our shots we could shed the yoke of COVID-19, and our masks, and return to business as usual.  However, if someone due to; religious belief, personal belief, medical condition, or simply fear; can’t find themselves to take the shot, I can’t ostracize them for it.