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June – Week 3 Summary

18 Jun

June 12, 2011

  1. I’m sure the right-to-lifers will be proud of their accomplishments. Alternet published a list of ten states where abortion is nearly illegal for some women.Now I’ll reiterate, I think abortion is the wrong way to go, there are much more humane ways to avoid having to raise a child (like adoption). However, I also understand that some women may not even wish to take it that far, because of financial or personal reasons. I also know that the definition of when life begins is different depending on who you ask, and that many right-to-lifers base their beliefs on a religious background, these people need to remember that this is a country comprised of many religions (including Atheism). Outlawing abortions is no answer, you may see a reduction in professionally performed abortions but you’ll see an increase of illegal and dangerous back-alley abortions. Women have been known to be seriously injured or killed as a result of these back-alley abortions. Some right-to-lifers, in a bizarre and disturbing twist of logic, would hypocritically say, “Good, they deserve it for trying to terminate a child.” So while its not okay to abort a fetus, it is okay for a frightened woman who knows of no other alternatives and not knowing any better to be killed during a procedure she felt she needed, I’m sure that makes God proud. The baby still died, and so did the mother, so your insistence on banning abortion has now killed two humans instead of just the fetus. Anyone’s responsibility, regardless of religion or beliefs, is to help steer people onto the (what they feel) is the right path. We need to be educating these mothers that are considering abortion, provide them with real healthy and wholesome alternatives that they can feel good about choosing. Many of these women choose abortion because it is a simple procedure that, leading up to having it done, they believe has zero downsides, after the fact however, many of them feel great remorse for what they’ve done. This feeling needs to be conveyed by doctors, family members, friends to those considering abortion in an attempt to turn them to a different solution. A few states have created simple adoption programs in an attempt to provide a zero downside alternative to abortion, a woman that has chosen not to keep her child will have her birth paid for by the state (so there is no associated costs to the mother) and upon being delivered, the child is taken away and the mother is discharged. The child is then given up for adoption to a family that wants and could provide for the child. Regulations need to be put in place that does not outlaw abortion, but instead provides simple and easy to choose alternatives that are presented to mothers considering abortion, the problem would slowly dwindle itself away. It won’t go away completely, but it’ll certainly be diminished.In one example from the list a woman from Idaho purchased drugs online to terminate her pregnancy, she was then tattled on by a so called friend, and arrested. In Idaho, abortions past 20-weeks are illegal, she thought she was only 14 weeks along. Due to these ridiculous bans the number of professional abortion providers in the state was dropped from seven to four, making it more difficult for women seeking abortions to have them done safely. Right-to-lifers and right-to-choicers need to come together and take five minutes to actually think about the pros and cons for their actions. How about this, a pregnant 17-year-old in Utah who may have been taken advantage of by an older man and lived without electricity or running water and therefore no money to pay for a proper abortion, paid a man $150 to beat her in the stomach in an attempt to kill the fetus. The abortion didn’t work but she was charged with criminal solicitation for murder, thankfully these charges were subsequently thrown out. (Full story on Alternet)

June 13, 2011

  1. Some of you may have heard about Proposition 8 in California, the meat and potatoes of this proposition is the outlawing of same-sex marriage. Shortly after it was passed a lawsuit was filed causing Judge Vaugh R. Walker to overturn Prop. 8 but staying the ruling pending appeal. Several days later Judge Walker stated he was going to be lifting the stay, which would have allowed same-sex marriages to be performed. This lifting of the stay was later halted by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit pending appeal. In case you didn’t know, Judge Walker is gay, he came out in April of this year, roughly 6 months after his attempt at lifting the stay. Shortly after this information came out many people began asking for him to be disqualified on ruling on Prop 8. due to conflict of interest. Um, using that same logic a straight judge would have a conflict of interest against same-sex marriage, oh I get it, its only a conflict of interest when you don’t agree with it. A blog writer made an interesting point, “If Judge Walker should be disqualified from ruling on Prop. 8 due to conflict of interest because he’s gay, shouldn’t 95% of the Congress be disqualified from voting for tax cuts for millionaires?” Good point, I’ll take it a step further, I think Congress’ numerous conflicts of interests should disqualify them from being in Congress, how’s that. (Question about Prop 8)
June 14, 2011
  1. In an amazing display of logic and reason in our court system, Judge James Ware ruled that Judge Walker’s sexuality was not a valid basis for recusal or disqualification of his earlier overturning of Prop. 8 in California. Judge Ware stated that, “The sole fact that a federal judge shares the same circumstances or personal characteristics with other members of the general public, and that the judge could be affected by the outcome of a proceeding in the same way that other members of the general public would be affected, is not a basis for either recusal or disqualification under Section 455(b)(4).” Like I said before, there would have been no question regarding a judge’s bias or personal characteristics in this case had he been a Bible thumping purist, its only when someone doesn’t agree with it does it become an issue. (Full story on TOWLEROAD)
  2. Well, the GOP held their debate in New Hampshire and the wacko Michele Bachmann made her intentions clear in regards to air quality and our health. She said this about the EPA, “What we need to do is pass the mother of all repeal bills, but it’s the repeal bill that will get at job killing regulations. And I would begin with the EPA, because there is no other agency like the EPA. It should really be renamed the job-killing organization of America.” She’s working hard at making sure we know there’s nothing between those ears of hers. Yeah, those regulations, have aided in improving air quality across the country for the past 40 years. You know what, its not the regulations that are killing jobs, its the greedy corporations sending jobs overseas where labor is cheaper and they can freely rape the environment just to line their share holder’s pockets with a few extra dollars per unit. I can’t tell anymore who’s more mentally challenged, you or Palin. (Full story on Think Progress)
June 17, 2011
  1. Just to show how incredibly brain dead much of this nation is we’ve pushed all of our focus on Anthony Weiner and actions that had positively no effect on his work performance. Now he’s been forced to resign, why? Is it because he lied about it, I’ve got news for you, politicians lie, its part of their job description I guess. And as much as I’d like to see them all fired and have their positions refilled, I doubt that’s going to happen. ABC posted an interesting article that points out if, instead of posting pictures of his junk covered by underwear on Twitter, he had driven under the influence, failed to pay his taxes, had a love child, married his lover, cheated with a staffer’s wife, caught with thousands of dollars in bribe money, or frequently hired hookers he would still have his job. Cause you see, that list of infractions were committed by other Congress members who were rarely asked to resign and never did. Why does anyone give a rat’s ass about this, there are far more pressing issues going on in this country and we are paying entirely too much attention to this. Oh my gosh, he’s human, he potentially has a penis and he posted an indistinguishable photo online, wow what an evil bastard. Ooh and he lied about, if he lied about that what else has he lied about. How about all the lies politicians have told us about decisions they’ve made and how they weren’t persuaded by lobbyists and contributions?How about the lies we were told about WMDs in Iraq? The media deserves a big part of the blame for getting everyone worked up over this, they gave this event entirely too much coverage knowing full well that American’s love juicy drama and that it would boost their ratings. People were tired of hearing about crappy economies, wars, poor people and healthcare, they don’t care about those things anymore, they needed some new gossip to distract them while Congress worked on reaming out every beneficial system we have for the sake of balancing a budget made lopsided by our addiction to war. Time to move on folks. (Full story on ABC News)
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