Person Personhood

When the debate began to focus on calling impregnated eggs a “person” with all the rights of a live-born individual, this author predicted such a move would result in prosecuting and incarcerating women who suffered miscarriages.

Unfortunately, that is already happening, and has been going on for years. Laws written to charge an attacker with homicide for killing a fetus are being used, not to incarcerate attackers, but women who miscarry.

According to the article, in South Carolina, for example, one man has been charged for assaulting a pregnant woman, while 300 women have been arrested. A law designed to protect pregnant women has been used to attack women who get pregnant, then miscarry.

As this author stated earlier, prosecutors are going after women who use drugs. Even if there’s no connection to their drug use and their miscarriage, they face incarceration. It’s not too much of a leap to go after women who drink, or smoke, or, at some point, to charge an ob-gyn for negligent homicide should the doctor’s patient miscarry.

This nonsense has got to stop. It’s not about protecting life. If it were, these same people would be avidly against the death penalty and war. It’s about controlling others, women especially.

The United States of America is a democracy, not a theocracy. Women, if you like the notion of using the government to control what goes in and out of your vagina, continue to vote Republican. Men, if you like the notion that your wife or your daughters could be jailed for a decade just for having a miscarriage, continue vote Republican.

Or, don’t vote at all. Your silence is also acquiescense.

The Chess table has been set. Which role will you play? Pawn, Bishop, Knight, or Castle? Remember this, though, a Pawn that reaches its goal is transformed.

Sunday Roast, February 19th, 2012: I Couldn’t Have Ranted Better Myself

Our old friend Jurassic Pork posted a fantastic rant at his blog, as a response to the following GOProud tweet:

JP’s post, if it were a TV show, would be rated “TV-M: L/S” – “contains adult language and sexual situations” – but here’s a bit of his lead-in to probably the single most comprehensive commentary EVER concerning gay Republicans:

“GOProud, the conservative gay rights organization…decided at their soiree today in between privately making fun of the busboy uniforms and hotel decor, that we and not the right they try to represent are the enemy, the “we” being “teh Left.”

Read the rest here – this one is a keeper.

GOProud's Headquarters ("Not meant to be a factual Statement")

This is our Open Thread: feel free to discuss this issue, or whatever else is on your mind.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JOBS!!!

2010 – It’s all about JOBS!

2011 – no JOBS bill out of Congress yet.

2011 – President to give major speech about JOBS.

Republican reaction?

How dare you give a major speech when we’re debating for our Party’s nomination to be the guy to replace you…

Hey, now you’re giving a major speech on opening night of Football!

I’m not gonna show up for your major JOBS speech – I’m gonna stay home and have a football party.

I’m not gonna show up for your major JOBS speech – I’m gonna sit in my office and tweet about it instead.

Republicans have been playing high-stakes political chicken – and Obama has blinked every time. By the time they’re through with a JOBS bill, we’ll have more tax breaks for the rich and corporations, more free trade agreements, all offset by a reduction in unemployment benefits to balance the budget and force people to go to work – all they have to do is be willing to relocate to a third-world country…that’s where all the hiring will be.

The Law of Unintended Consequences, or How Defining Full Personhood at Conception can Lead to Incarcerating Parents

Ok, bear with me here.

Let’s say, for sake of argument, that an impregnated egg is a person, thoughout the pregnancy. We do know that at some point the fetus is capable of hearing and reacting to sounds and motions originating outside the womb.

Well, and this is a bit perverse, that child, while stll in the womb, is exposed to “adult” sounds every time its parents engage in sexual intercourse during its stay. Sounds, motions, orgasms mere millimeters away.

Could having sex while pregnant lead to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

Upon reflection, how do you feel, knowing you shared the same bed while your parents were “doing the nasty”?

Dear God

Your Book says you created Man on the 6th day, then took the rest of the week off.

As I look around at what Your last creative effort is doing to each other and Your planet, I have to wonder: Is this the best You could do?

Air Force Academy, Prayer Breakfasts and The Family

Air Force Academy Taps Member of “Lord’s Army” to Speak at National Prayer Luncheon

During the first two weeks of February, military bases and schools across the country will join dozens of other organizations in holding annual “prayer breakfasts” and luncheons in coordination with the controversial National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC

This has long been part of The Family’s agenda. These self-proclaimed “christians” have infiltrated the halls of power around the globe, using “prayer breakfasts.” Not satisfied with wooing politicians, they have encroached into various militaries.

The great question is, will there come a point when those “christians” in our military feel duty-bound to follow “christ” instead of the Commander in Chief? I believe the answer is “Yes.” There will be a mutiny in our military. The severity and extent is unknowable. Hopefully, it won’t be a Dr. Strangelove scenario.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin: This week’s WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!!

Phil Griffin suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely, without pay, for …. gasp … making private contributions to Democratic candidates!!!

Reports are emerging that others employed by Griffin who gave campaign contributions to… Republicans, were not similarly treated.

This brings to mind an even more onerous implication: Your Boss may be monitoring candidate’s campaign disclosure statements. Give to someone your Boss doesn’t support, and you could get fired! We may well be entering an era where, if your name doesn’t show up on certain campaign donation lists, you could find yourself unexplicably passed over for promotions… or downsized out of a job.

Welcome to new Corporate America, where making a campaign donation can get you canned. And Phil Griffin, for starting us down this path, you are this week’s

WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!!!