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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sit back a moment, chill, and listen to the song. Now take a deep breath and consider something you've probably known for a long time but just didn't realize you knew it.
Anti-abortion/Personhood laws are just penalties for people who aren't as lucky as you are.
Sometimes we roll the dice and sometimes the dice are rolled for us. If you're against abortion in every case, then you were probably lucky enough to:
1. Not grow up in a family where you were molested. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
2. Not be raped. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
3. Not get caught when you had sex. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
4. Not have a condom break or miss a pill. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
5. Not have a difficult or dangerous pregnancy. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
6. Not be infertile. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
7. Not grow up in poverty and despair. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
8. Not have children suffering with a debilitating disease. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
9. Not lack the education to understand how to prevent pregnancy. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
10. Not have a sexual partner who abused or abandoned you. Not everyone is as lucky as you.
You have no right to penalize those who are unluckier than you are; especially not until you've walked a mile in their shoes. It's not that you're somehow more righteous and pure than women who need abortions or reproductive care. It's just that you haven't rolled the dice and come up snake eyes - yet.
Friday, September 23, 2011
1. Women who are not using any sort of birth control, cannot get easy access to birth control, or are afraid to use birth control will be more likely to get pregnant. That means you, as the father, will be either marrying the girl or paying child support until the kid is 18. That's a big shutdown of whatever partying you plan to be doing. And don't think it's so easy to squirm out of that responsibility. The court can subpoena you for a paternity test and DNA doesn't lie. You can try to run from the state but sooner or later they will find you. The chances of you becoming a daddy too soon are increased when women lose the right to choose.
2. Women who cannot get access to oral contraceptives or who fear using them will have to resort to condoms instead. I know that a lot of men don't like them and don't want to use them. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship with your girlfriend or wife, she may feel she has no choice but to start using condoms. I'd be irresponsible if I didn't encourage everyone who is engaged in casual or non-monogamous sex to use condoms regardless but I think the point still stands.
3. Teen girls living in very religious or strict households who get pregnant may have difficulty communicating their situation to their families. It is possible that a scared young girl might be so afraid to tell her parents that she's been having sex that she would claim she was seduced or forced. It's also possible that if the girl told her parents the truth, the parents might completely deny that their princess could be sexually active and decide that you drugged her, forced her, or took advantage of her. People do strange things when they are terrified and you don't want a statutory rape or capital rape charge against you because your girlfriend couldn't easily get on the pill or was afraid to get caught with it.
Let me be very clear in saying here that I do not mean to suggest that women often or even frequently make up rape. I do not believe that at all. I take rape claims very, very seriously (having been sexually assaulted before myself). I'm simply saying that sometimes, under extreme circumstances, these things can occur and people need to take all precautions to be safe and responsible.
So, guys, if you're still in your prime and playing the field, I ask you to consider the consequences of 26. It can do more than cramp your style - it can destroy your future. I encourage all young men out there to take care of themselves and look out for the ladies in their lives too. Be safe, responsible, and honest.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Today's offering is one you have probably seen making the rounds before. The unspecified enemies here appear to be atheists and liberals, favorite targets of people who don't know much about our country, why it was formed, or how it works. Unfortunately, that describes many of my family and friends. Let's take a look:
BY A 15 yr. OLD SCHOOL KID Who got an A+ for this entry Since the Pledge of Allegiance And The Lord's Prayer Are not allowed in most Public schools anymore Because the word 'God' is mentioned.....
I'm not sure which is worse - that a student could write something so stupid or that adults would pass this around as if it were true. The pledge can still be said in schools but the school can't force a student to recite it. Likewise, students may still say the Lord's Prayer during their free time at school but the school cannot make them pray it or pray it for them. God is not an evil word or a banned word at school. It is simply a subject that the school, because it is part of the government, must remain neutral on.
If your kids aren't patriotic or religious enough, then that is your fault as a parent. It is not the government's job to make your kid patriotic or religious.
A kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer: "New Pledge of Allegiance" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd.
Once again, praying isn't "against the rule" if it's the student (or a group of students) doing it outside of instructional time. The school administration and staff are the ones that can't pray, make kids pray, or make kids listen to prayer.
As for America finding the mention of God strange, I have to wonder which America this kid lives in. America is so full of "Jesus" and "God" that you can't listen to a politician or read anything any more without someone sticking their god in it. Keep in mind that as of 2008, 76% of Americans claimed to be Christian and 9% more claimed to be theists of some other religion. That's a total of 85% of Americans who believe in at least one god and only 15% of people who don't (though, to be fair, of those 15%, some may be theists who simply have no religion). The idea that this nation is estranged from God is what's odd.
If scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now.
Scripture can be read in class if it's for a secular purpose. I'd argue that the Bible is an important source of literature that should be studied. I'd also argue that a comparative religion class on the high school level is a good idea. Scripture-reading only violates the Bill of Rights when the school endorses, opposes, or forces kids to do it for religious reasons. It's not a federal matter for a student to bow her head and pray quietly but it's a very big deal when the school tries to make kids bow.
Schools teach right from wrong every single day. Each classroom is supposed to have a code of conduct. What schools cannot do is teach a particular religious view. That is, yet again, the family's job. What we keep coming back to is the ugly truth that way too many parents are mad because the school won't do their job for them. It is the parents' job to teach morality and instill reasonable discipline. It is the family and the church's job to teach religion. If your kid isn't getting the message, the problem is with you - not the schools.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Yeson26.net and other "personhood" supporters are suffering a massive backlash as more and more Mississippians discover the true purpose and consequences of this initiative.
Saving the mother's life:
I believe the first statement is the more accurate of the two. In their first FAQ, they claim that they don't have a problem with contraceptives but are totally against abortifacients. What they did not tell their audience is that a major wing of the pro-life movement considers the Pill and IUDs to be abortifacients because they can change the lining of the uterus to make it "hostile" to implantation.
Now that people are being educated on how the pills and IUDs work, Yeson26 has had to walk back their statement quite a bit and claim now that they have nothing against the pill - they just want to outlaw RU486. Is this true? If personhood begins at the moment of conception (or "fertilization") then anything that would prevent the implantation of that "person" is an abortifacient and, therefore, illegal. Do not let these clowns fool you into thinking they don't want to take away your birth control. They most definitely DO! Consider the words of the Director of Legislative Affairs for Pro-Life Wisconsin when he said, "Those who don't turn their attention to trying to outlaw contraception at this point... hurt the anti-abortion cause."
Notice that Yeson26 has also removed their language regarding prostaglandin suppositories now that people realize that these drugs are given to women to induce labor in normal, healthy pregnancies.
IVF Treatment and Stem Cell Research:
Yeson26 has been consistent on this issue but a bit disingenuous in my opinion. They act like storing these embryos is no big deal but what are the consequences of having these embryos sustained? If they are "persons" then can they be claimed as dependents? Can they be counted as members of the household when it comes to welfare, food stamps, medicaid and such? If a technician drops a storage unit and the embryos die, is he a mass murderer, guilty of manslaughter, or maybe guilty of criminally negligent homicide? If the embryos are frozen indefinitely, is that considered "cruel and unusual punishment" since those "persons" are condemned to a lifetime of non-sentience? Have we deprived them of their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
As a bit of an aside, keep in mind that the Catholic Church is against IVF and all the most extreme anti-choice positions seems to stream from them.
Now let's look at some of their new entries:
It is indeed cruel but it is definitely not silly. Ask Rennie Gibbs, Bei Bei Shuai, and Amanda Kimbrough how silly it is that they face life in prison because of their miscarriages. These are not scare tactics but the real consequences of passing an overly-broad initiative such as 26.
Let's be honest - children are an expense whether they are wanted or not. Unwanted children cost the state a fortune in food, healthcare, and (all too often) crime. It would be wonderful if there were families lined up to adopt unwanted kids but there just aren't that many white people of means who want children that are Black, Hispanic, mixed, physically or mentally disabled, addicted to crack, or with fetal alcohol syndrome. Most white people I know who have adopted have spent a lot of money to make sure they get a cute white baby that looks just like them. I wish people were more tolerant and accepting of unwanted kids, but they're not. Most unwanted kids are not going to get adopted. They're going to be shuffled around in foster care, hopefully not abused or neglected too badly, and too many of them will live as adults on the state's dime either on welfare programs or in jail.
For the record, those who have adopted or who provide excellent foster-care, I salute you! We need more people like you.
Yes, indeed, Personhood will end abortion in Mississippi...well, it will end legal and safe abortion.I find it interesting that they are fighting what they perceive to be a huge "abortion industry" in our state. Mississippi has a very definite number of Planned Parenthood clinics that perform abortions: 1. [Correction: the PP clinic does NOT do abortions. The Jackson clinic that does abortions is not a PP clinic.]
So the answer here is, unequivocally, YES. Personhood supporters and Yeson26 want to take away your family's right to choose what's best for you. They think that they, using the power of the state, should be able to impose their will on your family. They think that they, not you, should make important medical decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life. They don't care how old you are, whether you've been raped, or whether you're well enough to bear. All they care about is making their religion into law and they have no problem using dirty tactics like making fake websites or using language that hides their true intent to do so.
If you enjoy your life and your liberty...
If you think you should make your own medical decisions...
If you think your religion is YOUR business and not theirs...
If you think there's a better way to end elective abortion...
If you think the women you love are people and not property...
then join the fight and vote NO on initiative 26!
Monday, September 19, 2011
You tell me I would do this for you if I loved you.
You tell me you'll still respect me in the morning.
You tell me you're going back to your old girlfriend because at least she'll do it.
You get me drunk, slip a drug in my drink, or just hold me down and force me to do it.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Loftin from Lucedale,MS posted the following:
I started this thread to see what long term effects, you might be aware of in regards to the personhood amendment.
Think about these few things:
How wil this affect the unemployment rate?
What are the reasons behind this amendment?
Have you gone to the website and read the main goal?
How will this affect minority families and low income families?
How will we feed,cloth and care for any unwanted children that are put up for adoption?
In 16 years our population will have increased, where will they work or are they cheap labor?
I see no one has even tried to answer your questions and done nothing but say off topic things, sad really.
1. "How will this affect the unemployment rate?"
Affecting the unemployment rate may seem an odd thing to ask but really you need to look at the bigger picture. If more women become pregnant and are denied access to birth control, namely the pill, then in time we will have an influx in population and this will increase the unemployment rate if the number of jobs available doesn't increase as well.
2. "What are the reasons behind this amendment?"
As far as we can tell this proposal does not in any way pass the Lemon law test.
After much research on the yeson26 and personhood websites, you can find their reasoning as the following:
"Now, in November of 2011, we have the opportunity to vote on the question. When the majority of voters in November's election vote YES on 26, abortion will be outlawed in our state; cloning and other forms of medical cannibalism will be effectively stopped; and a challenge will be set up to Roe v Wade."
From PersonhoodMississippi site.
" If Mississippians vote Yes on Amendment 26 we will be honoring God and loving our neighbors in our law system."
So they are basically wanting to overturn established law, honor god and promote their religion through law?
3. "Have you gone to the website and read the main goal?"
Yes I have and wonder how many others got past the first few pages.
How much of this information is actually being shared when they visit the local churches or are they only using the negative imagery of abortion while hiding the fact that birth control pills, stem cell research are to be halted?
We have met with a few people from the local baptist churches and asked about their visits and the information they shared about their cause. In fact their stand on ectopic pregnancy, birth control, stem cell research, rape and incest, cloning and RU-486 listed on their FAQs page were never mentioned in any of the information they gave at a family member's church. They just expect everyone to be sheep and go along with everything they are told, never questioning or looking at the bigger picture.
4. "How will this affect minority families and low income families?"
All those families are in for a long hard road. Considering that the Tea-Party wants to dissolve or defund social safety nets like medicaid, welfare, WIC, etc., and this amendment wants to make effective birth control like the pill and IUDs illegal. Now you have poor families that are being forced to have a child introduced into an already suffering situation which will, in turn, breed neglect, crime, starvation, overflow of orphans.
5. How will we feed,cloth and care for any unwanted children that are put up for adoption?
6. In 16 years our population will have increased, where will they work or are they cheap labor?
Answering both of these together.
In my honest opinion this seems like a way to make people depend more on the church since the government is no longer helping if they ( the tea-party) gets their way. So further down the road, the churches have refilled their pews with these needy people and provided cheap labor for society. This sounds all too familiar: hmmm, oh yea, now I remember this sounds a lot like the German nazi power and Hitler's political policies he promised in 1932 - where women's rights as a person were basically stripped and they became property.
"In the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) programme of 25 points published in 1920 stated that it disapproved of women working. Adolf Hitler claimed that the emancipation of women was a slogan invented by Jewish intellectuals. He argued that for the German woman her "world is her husband, her family, her children, and her home."