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Letter to the Editor: Ladies, please wake up!


Editor:

The last few weeks a very alarming trend is emerging within the GOP, and as a woman I am disgusted! Maybe some women voters don't understand the intricate details of our deficit and in how it came to be. Maybe some don't fully understand the impact it had on our economy when the banking system was de-regulated or the impact of 10 years of decreased revenue via tax breaks vs outrageous federal spending...

We DO understand our bodies. In the last few weeks GOP officials or would-be public representatives have made statements as to what is legitimate rape, rape is just another form of conception, to rape being no different than having a child out of wedlock. Women are told that these statements matter not to our national health. We should ignore the ramblings.

I'm begging every woman not to. When Republicans like Todd Akin believe that when a woman is raped, her body has an automatic shut down to ensure a pregnancy doesn't result are members of our national science committee...Those ramblings matter.

These people with such a basic misunderstanding of biology and an almost hatred of women are helping to make decisions that effect every aspect of our nation. To believe their personal ignorance has no effect when they are making decisions regarding our education or health policies, our laws, would be a failure on the part of every voter.

As a woman, to walk into that booth and not think of ourselves, sisters, daughters, makes it a slap in the face to those women who were beaten, jaile, and starved for our right to vote.

Those brave women who fought so hard for us would break down and cry at the very thought that any woman would not consider the effects such ignorance can have on our nation. To put it plainly, we wouldn't take our car to a mechanic who had no idea how to change the oil, nor should we be electing people to represent our country who have such basic misunderstandings of not only half our nation, but the half that bears our future.


Christina Thomas, Front Royal


51 Comments



I'm with you Christina! I make sure every woman I talk to knows what is going on in this campaign and urge them to look into it for themselves. I was surprised how many said they were not "politically inclined" and didn't watch the news much, but when I talked to them about the GOP's platform on women they were shocked and just plain mad, but I think it is safe to say they will be paying much closer attention now!

I like the cartoon that has a member of Congress on the phone saying "No, I am not really an Ob/gyn. I just play one in Congress." How true!!

Ramblings do indeed matter.

The shrillness from the Left (and the MSM) is understandable.

Consider: The incumbent president went to Charlottesville, VA (UVA) yesterday only to see half the crowd he enjoyed four years ago.

Can Warren in MA find any solace in the trend?

It's going on everywhere. Even Akin has pulled-back to a tossup after his incredible stumble two weeks ago. (The Liberal Playbook does not consider the rising 50-43 polls against abortion includes the opinions of "us women.")

The majority of Americans understand that Federal borrowing and spending is unsustainable.

THAT is the issue.

The Dems are left to stir-up the resentful members of identity groups and try to BS the few undecideds of the vast middle in trolling for some cobbled-together consensus and "hope" for the best that they can "change" things to mimic the unique groundswell they enjoyed before.

Even their lineup for speakers at the DNC will reflect this. Expect the outrageousness to escalate as not seen since Andrew Jackson's time.

It won't work -- their own internal polls have reflected trouble for months. His donations are stagnant.

Worse still: Romney is well-on pace as compared to Reagan over Carter.

Hope and Change has morphed into Hate and Recrimination before our very eyes. (The usual suspects on this forum are now welcome to weigh-in to underscore the point ;^)

Glad to accomadate you!

You are right Flathers, spending and increasing the national debt is unsustainable. Where were you when Reagan/Bush41 quadrupled the national debt. Where were you when Clinton balanced the budget, started to pay down the national debt and left office with a surplus. Where were you when Bush43 doubled the national debt. You and your right wing ideologues wouldn’t know the truth if it hit you square between the eyes. A good example is Ryan’s acceptance speech which was so riddled with lies that the usually accommodating main steam media dubbed him Lyin’ Ryan. You think this is fun. You think playing with the truth to the detriment of the future of working class Americans is a joke! Your pathetic!

Good letter, Ms. Thomas. Here is a video to share on this issue . . .

http://youtu.be/mB6dWh9dxG0

grigelon:

Your reply is more incoherent than what MSNBC is complaining about over Eastwood's speech.

I was furious about Bush 43's deals with the devils in Congress at the time. That's 'where I was.'

The point for the present time is this: Where are you now with the debt burden totally out of control?

"Pathetic?" I don't think our situation is a "joke" at all.

BTW: The contraction for 'you are' is 'you're.'

Mr. Flathers: "The incumbent president went to Charlottesville, VA (UVA) yesterday only to see half the crowd he enjoyed four years ago."

That is certainly true; however, as one of the students complained "Obama's previous speeches in Charlottesville were in the evening. This time, he spoke at 3:30 in the afternoon when many people couldn't leave work or school. I was there; my husband couldn't leave work." Also, the school declined the campaign's request for the president to speak on campus, saying it would disrupt classes on the second day of the semester. You are free, of course, to compare the 2008 and the 2012 crowds if you choose but the numbers of the 2008 crowds were described as "jaw-dropping crowds" due in some part as this was the first serious Afro-American presidential candidate, now yesterday's news.

So given the fact that (1) time frame impacted and (2) he is no longer classified as the unique interest of the 2008 campaign and, as you stated, he pulled "half the crowd" of his 2008 campaign...that is still pretty impressive.

"Pretty impressive?' He wasn't a sitting president last time. That alone should have mitigated the questionable conditions you cite.

The point is that he hasn't anywhere near the unique support that got him the job, Jane.

For the reasons stated, he will not be reelected.

I made that clear enough with the post you responded to.

I would feel sorry for you Mr. Flathers if you weren't so rude (see your last remark to grigelon about puncutation), condescending and totally misguided.

If it weren't so sad, it would be funny how you and your guys get so worked up when you're called out on your repeated talking points from crazy like a Fox News with actual facts. One can expect to hear name calling and verbal abuse galore, showing all to see and hear the maturity of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum.

Mr. Flathers, do you really think that Mittens can BUY his win? One other food for thought I will toss your way is the voter suppression going on in PA with FL and VA trying to get into the act. I repeat what I have previously said before, if another country was being accused of voter suppression as some of our states are now doing, we would have armed forces there in a double quick hurry to see that the democratic process of voting remains so, BUT what are we doing about it here? By the way, WHO are the states with voter suppression??? ALL are RED states a.k.a. REPUBLICAN leaning states. WHY are they doing this? To stop voter fraud that has NEVER happened!!!

You guys scream about transparency, yet your guy doesn't want to talk about Bain Capitol, he doesn't want to show anymore than 2 years worth of tax returns obviously because he has been working on becoming a candidate for the past 2 years so he knew he needed to clean those returns up because they will ask to see them, and he doesn't want to talk about his offshore accts! "You'll just have to trust me." he says! What a joke!

I could go on and on, but I will ask you one last question....if a woman has something inserted inside her without her consent and without the consent of her doctor is it not rape by penetration? Of course it is, YET good ol' Gov McDonnell passed that law when he required that all abortions be proceeded with transvaginal ultra sound. Republicans want less government when it suits them or doesn't affect them at all!

350 words or less is the deal when writing in. To encompass all one wants to say, especially when you tend to be long winded is hard. The point I was trying to make was ultimately that as I said these people as elected officials need to represent every American, and when you are such a complete failure at understanding half of the electorate, how are you supposed to represent them? In 2011 across our country over a thousand bills were introduced to limit women's reproductive rights. How did we reach a point where predominately male lawmakers get to decide what is "forcible rape" and what isn't? How can we, as Mothers look at our daughters and tell them these old men know better than they themselves what constitutes an attack? How can we vote for those that would vote down the Violence Against Women Act? Or vote for those that don't believe that women deserve equal pay for a job done? Or even vote to defund WIC, a program only for pregnant women and children under 5? They really have our best interests in mind?
We are told its just "side issues", ignore it. But when these people go to vote on our education, health, our national security, our economic struggles they have already in their minds disregarded the needs of half the people. How are we to trust that they will make the right decisions? I can't. We have 4 daughters in our house and I couldn't look at a single one of them and tell them that if the worst happened to any of them that I voted for people that would not only tell them how legitimate it was, but take away their choices in how to deal with it. That I voted for people that didn't believe their hard work was equal to anther's? Or that I voted for people that believed what medications/services they would be allowed to get from their doctor depended on the religious whim of their employer? I can't. Moreover, I refuse to tell them I voted for anyone that saw me or them as less than, and still assumed those people were even able to make wise decisions elsewhere. Because no matter how many more issues they vote on deemed more relevant, they are still voting on women's issues as well.

I certainly didn't lower the bar for rudeness on this forum, Tstar -- so please, spare everyone the lectures.

"Mittens" 'buying an election?' How's that Air Force One fuel bill going? What about Goldman-Sachs?

You know what I read and watch? Please. The Fox News thingy is tiresome, stupid and wrong.

Here's the problem for the Dems this year (my very own thoughts, to boot!)

Adults can only take whining for so long...It begins to sting the ears and their spines begin to decalcify.

High school and college kids can hold-out far better -- until they have to find a job during one of the president's "summers of recovery."

"How did we reach a point where predominately male lawmakers get to decide what is "forcible rape" and what isn't?"

Because the Republicans where stupid enough to compromise a deliniation as to where the government would pay for abortions to satisfy the Democrats. That's how.

Flathers the self assumed champion of the pro-birth crowd for my local paper. Make no mistake I will always be 100% for a woman to make the choices regarding her body free of outside influence, and thus deal with the consequences. But the typical choice is not what I am discussing, as you well know. The statistics change when we are talking about rape/incest. A prime example is the pro-birth crowd's pitched fork hunt of the Dr. in Kansas. It takes a very twisted and perverted mind to believe that a mentally retarded 10 year old incest victim should be forced to have a child.
Women nor girls are not slaves for your bedding. I will NEVER vote to willingly allow a man to decide what constitutes an attack on women. I will gladly clarify for you again sir, you are pro-birth. If you were pro-life then you would be voting a Democrat ticket every time. You would care about the life. From voting to make sure there was decent healthcare available from birth to death for those who can not afford it, that people with conditions beyond their control were guaranteed coverage, you would vote to ensure that food programs were always available to those in their time of need, you would vote to make sure that an equal opportunities at education are given to ALL children from head-start to college regardless of how much or little money their parents have. You would vote to make sure banks aren't creating impossible debt situations on college students trying to better their lives. You would vote to ensure that the security and medical systems most Americans have paid into for years isn't handed over to a Wall Street that has already shown us how they can break us. You would be voting to make sure our young men and women aren't sent to die unless its a direct threat to the United States and every effort was made to avoid war. You would be voting to ensure that all are treated equally in our workforce regardless of sex. I could keep going all day, but it won't sink in.
In the end, pro-life is caring about the entire life and needs of each and every citizen. Not just the un-born ones conveniently keeping women "bare-foot and pregnant" and out of your way. So when I look at my daughters and think about what could happen to them in this life, you can just take your pro-birth load of crap and shove it.

Mr. Flathers, I am still waiting on your justification for voter suppression by the RED states for voter fraud that is non-existent? You seemed to have forgotten to straighten me out about that one.

I'm still waiting for your proof that there is "voter suppression" by showing an ID when nobody has problems with collecting government benefits in the same manner.

Great speach, CThom. Demagoguery at its finest.

Thank-you Flathers for saying that you consider an appeal to women to take stock of the regard held for women in those we elect to control every aspect of our lives as just an example of an appeal to the "ignorant or poor classes", proving exactly what I was talking about in how women are viewed from the right.

Cthom, Thanks for the list of wasteful programs. I only saw one that is actually granted to the Federal Government in the Constitution. The others should be done by the states or the private sector.

Wow...

Why not come clean and proclaim me a misogynist, racists, ageist, classist, bigot and any other goofy description you and your fellow travelers can come up with.

You asked one salient political question on the subject of the Letter to the Editor.

I precisely answered it.

Everything from you since avoids that 'inconvenient truth' and you go off on a silly tangent relying on goofy presumptions. (I wonder where all those women in the Pro-Life movemnet come from?)

Really. You redefine the Pro-Life movement you don't belong to in order to do what? Confuse the matter?

Have fun counting the number of people of color at the DNC next week. Looking forward to your making a big deal about that, too.

This has grown tedious -- as rational discussions with Liberals invariably do.

More words thrown onto yet more words does not make for a cogent argument -- any more than those unctuous Pink Gals disrupting speaches do.

BTW: I am disappointed that you didn't catch my misspelling of speech. You may be a demagogue, but you aren't 'arrogant' about it.

Think you lost her when you brought race into the the conversation.

Well I thank-you Christina.

It is very vital for women voters to consider the Republican views on women because while its supposed to be about jobs, the House had no problems voting to rename post offices, symbolic votes on the ACA, and yes Womens rights...how many votes on the jobs act? Or even how many bills brought forth that were truly jobs bills? Oh yeah, they were too busy doing other stuff.

Deregulating air and water pollution standards would provide jobs as I have said before, in the healthcare field once people get sick.

AND watching Flathers get punted is always hysterical.

Astounding.

Easily losing haplessly linear 'thinkers' is truly hysterical.

Goodnight, Ladies.

Tsar, This only speaks to Virginia but proves that McDonnell is working 'overtime' to get voters registered.

According to VA DMV website, DMW mobile units are being dispatched to areas where the DMV buildings are more than (I believe I read) 35 or more miles away. HOWEVER, DMV mobile units are being dispatched to Strasburg and several local areas on numerous occasions; we have not one but two DMVs within, actually much less, than 35 miles away. Shenandoah Country is a Republican stronghold, so McDonnell is utilizing the DMV mobiles units as means of voter registration.

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/exec/csc/mcscalendar.asp

DMV Mobile Unit at a Gun Show (Sat/Sun)

Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show ( Sat/Sun)

Dale City Gun Show (Sat/Sun)

A 'few' entries from the calender:

January 2012 - no weekend activity
February 2012 - no weekend activity
End of March - DMV2Go begins swinging into action in out-of- the-way(sic) places like Reston Town Center, Fairfax Government Center, Charles City Courthouse, and Mid-Atlantic Saltwater Fishing Expo (on weekend)
April - Virginia Fly Fishing Festival - Sat April 21
May - H.E.L.P Organization, 351 E Mercury Blvd, Hampton , VA 23669 - Tues May 29 - (That address is actually Hampton Christian Church)
June - Afrikan American Festival Hampton VA - Sat Jun 23 (“Obscene lyrics and rowdy audiences mean some concerts fail to be child-friendly..It’s also special because it’s not just for African Americans – the crowd is racially mixed.)

Our Virginia taxpayer dollars at work.

Flathers: "The point is that he hasn't anywhere near the unique support that got him the job."

I'm so sorry, Mr. Flathers, that you couldn't comprehend the only logical explanation for that. But the fact you don't explains a lot. Right, "Ladies"?

"Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend." —Mitt Romney to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair who suggested that taxes should be raised on corporations as part of balancing the budget (August 2011)

Well, Mr. Romney...

"Runaway CEO pay is one reason why income inequality is growing in the United States. A Congressional Budget Office report found that inequality has risen dramatically, with the top 1 percent receiving most of the income growth between 1979 and 2007.[6]"

http://www.aflcio.org/Corporate-Watch/CEO-Pay-and-the-99/Trends-in-CEO-Pay

"I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed." —Mitt Romney, speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth is over $200 million.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/07/27/Romney-Adds-to-His-List-of-Gaffes-in-London.aspx#page1

Unite Women posted something on their FB today I found literally to too coincidental not to share

https://www.facebook.com/UniteWomen (to verify today's post)

A quote from a Benedictine nun, Sister Joan D. Chittister
But I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking. If all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed and why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.

Me being me went googling away, it came from a PBS interview:
http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript346_full.html

Interesting conversation if you read more of it, even more interesting lady.

Darn nuns, they are supposed to be encouraging submission! *sarcasm intended

Oh, and I'm more excited to vote Obama the second time around.

The first time was to get away from the destruction of the 8 years prior. This time I'm walking into that booth knowing just how destructive the right can be. Knowing just how vile those in the extreme right can be in the pursuit of getting their way no matter how much they destroy in the process. Seeing the complete obstruction from Republicans the last few years has made me all the more certain they have no business anywhere near making decisions for others.

So yeah, I'm infinitely more excited.

Katybug, Thank you. If you don't mind, I will share your post with my FB friends. The Lady explains it well.

It was shared to me Jane, I just tracked it to make sure it was actually said, so by all means share away.

It just tied in so perfectly, I couldn't help but share myself.

It's one thing to read all the proof of Mr. Robots lies and say anythings to pander, but that video takes the cake hearing it all come straight from his mouth.

If I was a billionaire, I'd buy a chunk of primetime tv just to air that. Should be shared everywhere far and wide.

Flathers: " BTW: I am disappointed that you didn't catch my misspelling of 'speech' ".

Actually Flathers, I am sure we ALL did (and by the way, it is not the only mistake you made on this thread) but unlike you, no one on this thread appears to share your perverse pleasure of attempting to belittle others by pointing out with obvious glee our incorrect spellings, incorrect usage of words and writings apparently not up to "your" standards. (When I see misspellings, I think it is more than likely the case of the writer's thoughts being three steps ahead of their typing, and then not taking/having the time to go back and read what they wrote. Anyway, who cares? I care more about the value of what it is they are saying.)

When someone challenges you with facts, many times it appears you evidently don't have a good answer, because you just come back with some little snarky personal attack on the person. You tell Tstar "spare everyone the lecture" when most of the time all we get from you are lectures. You accuse others of "going off on a silly tangent" when you so many times go off on a silly tangent yourself. You tell Tstar that you "didn't lower the bar on rudeness" and yet from the time I first started reading comments from you a while back, I have seen you initiate the personal attack on others that you disagree with------people who had not attacked you in any way but had only been expressing their opinions. (Of course, after that others did "give it back to you", and rightly so.)

I agree with Tstar. You are rude and condescending. I would also add arrogant and egocentric. I am sure I will be "attacked" by you, but that is how people like you "operate". Just as the school yard bully is predictable, so are the adult bullies. Moreover, I don't care what your opinion of me is since I have no respect for a bully!

SORRY ABOUT THE ALL CAPS MESSAGE. SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY KEYBOARD. THE OPERATOR HAS A SCREW LOOSE OR SOMETHING.

WOW, FLATHERS, IN A VERY SHORT TIME BEING A BOSTON TRANSPLANT COMING TO RURAL VIRGINIA YOU SURE HAVE A NORTHERNERS KNACK FOR MAKING NEW FRIENDS AND INFLUENCING MOVERS AND SHAKERS WITH WITTY REPOSTS AND CHARMING COMMENTS DELIBERATELY CRAFTED TO INFLUENCE THE KINDERGARTEN CROWD.

THE REPUBLICANS ARE A POLITICAL PARTY TOO PATRIOTIC FOR FACTS, SO THEY QUESTION THE FACT CHECKERS, NOT THE FACTS. IS THAT MYOPIC OR IS THAT MYOPIC?

TYPICAL LOW INFORMATION IDIOT RESPONSE FROM FLATHERS WHO TAKES FIRST PLACE PRIZE FOR CRAMMING THE MOST WORDS INTO THE FEWEST IDEAS OF ANYBODY IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY. IF THIS SORRY P.O.S. WROTE A BOOK I WOULD WASTE NO TIME READING IT. I HAVE SOCKS TO SORT.

(THINGS ARE DIFFERENT IN VIRGINIA, HUH FLATHERS? YOU'RE NOT FROM AROUND HERE, ARE YA? PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CORRECT MY SPELLING, PUNCTUATION, AND USE OF PAST PARTICIPLES & SECOND PERSON PRONOUNS, BUT MESSING WITH MY INSULTS MAY EARN BLOODY NOSES --- I'M THE BIG LUMBERJACK GUY AT THE END OF THE BAR HOLDING AN AXE -- LOOK ME UP ANYTIME)

SO, TELLS US, TEATIME, HOW FAR UP YOUR RECTUM DID YOU HAVE TO GO TO PULL THAT WARM SMELLY STUFF OUT? COULD YOU GIVE A DEMONSTRATION TO FLATHERS? HE NEEDS HELP BECOMING AN ORIGIONAL THINKER.

DID YOU CATCH CLINT EASTWOODS PERFORMANCE? CLINT'S NEW CATCH PHRASE IS "GO AHEAD, MAKE MY SOUP". NOW THAT IS ENTERTAINMENT IN ANYBODYS BOOK.

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN THE DOG WHISTLE CODE WORD CONCEPT ONE STEP FURTHER. ONE POINT EMPHATICALLY PROVED AT THE GOP CONVENTION IS THERE IS A VERSION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT ONLY REPUBLICANS CAN SEE (AND, OF COURSE, INVISIBLE TO THE REST OF THE WORLDS POPULATION) PERSONIFIED BY A CONFUSED OLD PERSON YELLING AT AN EMPTY CHAIR IMAGINED TO HOLD SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T EXIST BUT CAN BE SEEN BY THE TEA PARTY CRAZIES BEST KNOWN FOR CHEERING WILDLY OVER LITERALLY NOTHING. THIS PRE-CONDITIONING TO FIND GREAT JOY OVER IMAGINARY MAGICAL THINGS IS A HALLMARK OF EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTALISTS AND TEA PARTY CRAZIES.

IN THE DELEGATE AUDIENCE AT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION, WHERE ARE THE YOUNG PEOPLE, THE WOMEN OF CHILD BEARING AGE, THE LATINOS AND THE AFRICAN AMERICANS, THE GAYS, THE LESBIANS, THE TRANSGENDERS? WELL, ACTUALLY, THEY ARE NOT AT THE CONVENTION. THEY BANDED TOGETHER, ISSUED A MEMO, AND THEY ARE ALL NEXT DOOR AT HOOTERS WHERE THEY ARE WELCOME. WELL, ALL EXCEPT THE WOMEN OF CHILD BEARING AGE. THEY ARE OVER AT TIFFANY'S. (NOT THE JEWELERY STORE, THE MALE STRIPPER CLUB)

BTW, IS THERE A BETTER IMAGE FOR NEEDED BELT TIGHTENING THAN CHRIS CHRISTIE?

ROFLMAO

Jane, I was sooo hoping that Romney would pick Gov McDonnell as his running mate. That way when they lose in Nov. we could have been rid of both of them at the same time!

A site that we all could use.... www.factchecker.org is a site to check all the "facts" the lying politicians are flinging around. It's a non-partisan site that is not sponsored by a media source.

Incoherent? That the best you got Flathers? That is pathetic. What’s not to understand about the fact that Ryan lied repeatedly on national television.? No comment? I’m glad you disagreed about the “Bush43 deals.” By the way, Ryan supported and voted for them resulting in an increase of the national debt to the tune of more than 3 trillion dollars. You wouldn’t vote for someone like that would you? As for dealing with the burgeoning debt, the answer is easy. Take a lesson from Clinton. Balance the budget by making responsible spending cuts and raise taxes. In addition do another stimulus to put the middle class back to work. This crises will not be solved without a vibrant middle class. How’s that for incoherence? Still having fun? Oh and how’s my contractions?

Right you are, Tstar. These are very uneasy times in which we live...very cut-throat. I agree with your statement but I heard from a very reliable source that McDonnell (regardless of 'public unity display') was not too happy with Romney using his 'home state' to announce Ryan. My reaction: Now play nice children.

So how is the nose ROFLAMO? (aka anti-Pinocchio) Have you become Swine-Man yet? Just like to keep up to date on your progress. I can't wait to see you fly!

As with evolution in general, therefore, in utero we see a microcosm of nature and evolution itself. In the first place after egg fertilization each of us began as tiny forms that are amphibian, complete with gills, before gradually developing lungs and brains (and growing and shedding that now useless coat of fur) and then struggling out and breathing fresh air after a somewhat difficult transition.

Likewise, the system is fairly pitiless in eliminating those who never had a very good chance of surviving in the first place: our simian ancestors on the savannah were not going to survive in their turn if they had a clutch of sickly and lolling infants to protect against predators. Here the analogy of evolution might not be to Adam Smith's "invisible hand" (a term that I have always distrusted) so much as to Joseph Schumpeter's model of "creative destruction," whereby we accustom ourselves to a certain amount of natural failure, taking into account the pitilessness of nature and extending back to the remote prototypes of our species.

Thus, not all conceptions are, or ever were, going to lead to births. And ever since the mere struggle for existence began to abate, it has been an ambition of the human intelligence to gain control over the rate of reproduction. Families who are at the mercy of mere nature, with its inevitable demand for profusion, will be tied to a cycle that is not much better than animal. The best way of achieving a measure of control is by prophylaxis, which has been restlessly sought since records were kept and which has in our own time become relatively foolproof and painless.

The second-best fallback solution, which may sometimes be desirable for other reasons, is termination of pregnancy: an expedient which is regretted by many even when it has been undertaken in dire need. All thinking people recognize a painful conflict of rights and interests in this question, and strive to achieve a balance.

The only proposition that is completely useless, either morally or practically, is the wild statement that sperms and eggs are all potential lives which must not be prevented from fusing and that, when united however briefly, have souls and must be protected by law. On this basis, an intrauterine device that prevents the attachment of the egg to the wall of the uterus is a murder weapon, and an ectopic pregnancy (the disastrous accident that causes the egg to begin growing inside the Fallopian tube) is a human life instead of an already doomed egg that is also an urgent threat to the life of the mother.

Every single step toward the clarification of this argument has been opposed root and branch by the clergy. The attempt even to educate people in the possibility of "family planning" was anathematized from the first, and its early advocates and teachers were arrested or put in jail or thrown out of their jobs.

Only a few years ago, Mother Teresa denounced contraception as the moral equivalent of abortion, which "logically" meant (since she regarded abortion as murder) that a condom or a pill was a murder weapon also. She was a little more fanatical even than her church, but here again we can see that the strenuous and dogmatic is the moral enemy of the good. It demands that we believe the impossible, and practice the unfeasible.

The whole case for extending protection to the unborn, and to expressing a bias in favor of life, has been wrecked by those who use unborn children, as well as born ones, as mere manipulable objects of their religious doctrine.

GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman + saying "This is how we feed animals."

I can't help noticing that quite a few pro-life activists revere the fetus second only to the way in which they cherish the Confederate flag by throwing peanuts at black women.

It's just my impression, but the idea that a fetus is 'only' a growth in, or appendage to, the female body seems to be advanced with less conviction than was once the case. To its credit the 'pro-choice' school has turned queasy and shifted to the ironic or the merely sarcastic. Thus it's more often argued that the so-called right to life movement is, generally speaking, led by people who support capital punishment, endorse imperialist war, fetishize nuclear weapons, and detest women's liberation. The abortion issue, in this analysis, is an opportunistic conscription of the emotions for the purpose of retarding or negating the gains made by women since the 1960s.

The leading element in the 'right to life' movement is indeed composed of hypocrites, who are either indifferent to the suffering of others or in some cases positively enthusiastic about it; who are marketers of religious cretinism; and who have been thoroughly and revealingly unsettled by one of the century's most positive developments, the sexual autonomy of women. As has been said before, the 'lifers' pretend concern for humanity before it is born and after it is dead, and contribute mightily to the preventable bits of misery in between.

Well put, TGFMMAA. Your last sentence summed up the Republican's problem with this so well. Hypocrisy is written all over them when they pretend so much concern for the unborn but are not at all concerned with cutting programs (like Headstart or the school food program) that can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child----while at the same time fighting for tax cuts and subsidies for wealthy individuals and big business.

The GOP convention attendee throwing peanuts at black women is racism. Racism pervades 100% of the Republican Party membership; both those who practice it openly or secretly, and those who openly or covertly fail to denounce it. For three days of the convention, the TV screens showed sea after sea of white faces. Only rarely could one discern a black or brown face among the attendees. Whites are very familiar with the derogatory term used by Blacks to describe a Negro working in the white mans house.

Part of my education in the subtleties of racism had been learning to cope with American historians who could easily accept that Thomas Jefferson had owned Sally Hemings. Jefferson had indeed acquired her as a wedding present from a man who was his father-in-law and her actual father -- thus making the girl his wife's half-sister -- but who could not bring themselves to believe that in addition to inheriting her and owning her, our third president had also gone so far as to have had sexual intercourse with her.

The chance that someone's religious belief would cause him or her to take a stand against slavery and racism was statistically quite small. But the chance that someone's religious belief would cause him or her to uphold slavery and racism was statistically extremely high, and the latter fact helps us to understand why the victory of simple justice took so long to bring about.

In this country, it seems that you can always get an argument going about 'race' as long as it is guaranteed to be phony, but never when it is real, as in the Republican backed voter fraud I.D. requirement intended to stop voter fraud, a crime, state by state, never substantiated with facts, and now being repudiated time after time by the Courts as racially discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Oddly, the one thing that the racist can never manage is anything like discrimination: He is indiscriminate by definition. It would be or ought to be dangerous if we ever get to the point where the charge of racism becomes so overused and hackneyed as to be meaningless. Such a term ought to retain its potency as a weapon of shame and disapproval.

The number of subjective definitions of 'racist' is almost infinite, but the only objective definition of the word is 'one who believes that there are human races'. All bigots and frauds are brothers under the skin. Linguistics, genetics, paleontology, anthropology: All are busily demonstrating that we as a species have no objective problem of 'race.' What we still do seem to have are all these racists.

There is, especially in the American media, a deep belief that insincerity is better than no sincerity at all. One reason to be a decided antiracist is the plain fact that 'race' is a construct with no scientific validity. DNA can tell you who you are, but not what you are.

In some ways I feel sorry for racists and for religious fanatics, because they so much miss the point of being human and deserve a sort of pity. But then I harden my heart and decide to hate them all the more, because of the misery they inflict and because of the contemptible excuses they advance for doing so.

Racism is totalitarian by definition: It marks the victim in perpetuity and denies him, or her, the right to even a rag of dignity or privacy, even the elemental right to make love or marry or produce children with a loved one of the 'wrong' tribe, without having love nullified by law.

If white people call black people niggers, they are doing their very best to hurt and insult them, as well as to remind them that their ancestors used to be property. If black people use the word, they are either uttering an obscenity or trying to detoxify a word and rob it of its power to wound them. Not quite the same thing.

I enjoy reading your posts even though I believe they might be wasted here ;)

song98, "Well put, TGFMMAA.". I second that!

Just realized that you took a measure of offense at being referred to as a lady.

I am very sorry to have misrepresented you, Jane.

I shall not repeat the misjudgment.

"Racism pervades 100% of the Republican Party membership"

Idiot.

Have to agree that the statement, "Racism pervades 100% of the Republican Party membership" seems unduly extreme. It seems more in line to put the figure at about 70%.

I invite you to re-read my statement, consult your dictionary, and reevaluate your criticism of my statement;

" Racism pervades 100% of the Republican Party membership; both those who practice it openly or secretly, and those who openly or covertly fail to denounce it."

definition of pervade:
· to become spread throughout all parts of
· to spread through or throughout, especially subtly or gradually



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