WHITE MEN VERSUS ROE

The Supreme Kabal Has Spoken

For all those people who believe precedent means something in the United States of America, you are wrong. For all those women who think your state government will protect you from a lifetime reminder of incest or a violent rape, you are also wrong.

I will say this once, only once, and you can either puke your guts out or follow my advice. If you are a woman in this country and no longer want to be a second-class citizen, you need to follow the dogma. The religious right has taken control of the Supreme Court and part of the reason is because of the appointment of Amy Vivian Coney Barrett. She is not an unbiased jurist. The only way you will gain control of your body and mind is to VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE!

Oh, you might complain that I am being political, but just about everything in this country becomes a political matter sooner or later. Most of the Republicans in office are NOT serving their states and citizens. They’re zealots on a crusade to reestablish male dominance over American women.

You can sit there and say this Supreme Court decision doesn’t affect you, but it does. Alito’s majority opinion declares Roe versus Wade divided the country, when in fact the majority of Americans believe the right to an abortion should be maintained. The Supreme Court has divided the country more than any other institution this year, and their latest decision does further damage.

The Supreme Court consists of a deceptive group of “ELITES” who want to impose their rule on you. By striking down Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court has signed a document that says women in the USA are three-fifths of a citizen. They want you to SHUT UP and make babies. ALITO, THOMAS, CAVANAUGH, BARRETT, and GORSUCH lied under oath to get seated on the Court and they should be IMPEACHED.

As in The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s time for American women to put on red capes and headdresses, YOU NO LONGER OWN YOUR BODY. Let the vomiting begin. John Lennon got it straight in his song Woman is the Nigger of the World.

Some will say people are being overly emotional, but I think it would be interesting to know how many abortions were paid for by the Congressmen who claim to represent women. It’s a sad day, but also a bad day for America. The legal bombshells that will land in the state courts will tie up the judicial system for years.

Blame Mitch McConnell for his devious tricks that stacked the court with justices who would do the bidding of the “moral” Republicans. To be a bit crude, 165 million women in America just got screwed by the ugliest man in the world. I say WE should stack the court. That body needs to have eleven justices and this should happen RIGHT NOW.

When a woman is raped, some of the conservative males in this country say, “She probably asked for it.” If that turns you off, it was meant to. If you don’t understand women’s feelings and realities, you shouldn’t be making laws that restrict their rights. It’s time to push it. Short of another insurrection, the court must change. If you ever wondered why we needed an Equal Rights Amendment, you now know the exact reason.

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CRITICAL VERSUS FAITH-BASED THINKING

Can there be a winner in this debate?

I recently subscribed to a magazine that has led me to some deep thinking. I highly recommend the Skeptical Inquirer; you can learn more about the publication here. Two of its articles immediately caught my attention because they deal with a current and critical aspect of American society.

The first was their cover article, The Social Dynamics of Conspiracy Rumors by Jeffrey Victor. His piece states that we should be using the term “conspiracy rumors” instead of “theories” because that’s exactly what they are. Let’s recall the old demonstration of twenty people in a circle where the moderator whispers a two-sentence story in the ear of the first person. The story is then passed on and heard by each group member. Of course, it gets embellished and changed along the way, and by the time the last person reveals what they heard from the nineteenth group member the story has substantially changed since it was told to the first person. I call the collection of folks in the group “interpreters,” which is the precise role they’re playing.

In 1993, Mr. Victor coined the term Satanic Panic and wrote a book having that name along with the subtitle The Creation of a Contemporary Legend. The book currently retails in hardcover for sixty-six bucks so it must be great, or did I just exploit another contemporary rumor that the more money something costs the better it is?

I don’t want to push us out to the sea of obtusity here, so I’ll move on. Victor’s point is we humans tend to spread rumors. Once we finish talking about the weather, the next step of routine human conversation may be adding perceived value, “Hey, did you know Beverly is having an affair with the boss?” It isn’t a fact, it’s not even a theory, it’s just a question. When asked how the rumor-sharer knows this, they will likely say, “Well, I can’t swear it’s true, it’s just something I know. She’s been so happy lately.”

The conspiracy is hatched prematurely by the rumor mongering and the “could be true,” for many becomes “absolutely accurate.” Think about the recent comment of a county official in New Mexico who refused to certify their local primary election. When asked if he has any proof there was fraud in the process, he said, “I have no proof, I just know it’s true.” There you have the essence of a conspiracy rumor.

Poor Beverly, unknown to anyone else, has just gotten pregnant by her husband of more than fifteen years. She’s not having an affair; she’s ecstatic to have finally been gifted a baby after a decade of trying. Yet a co-worker is all too ready to read into her joy and spread a false and damaging rumor.

Election fraud is a serious offense in America we must all take seriously. Donald Trump is driven to constantly repeat the lie that the 2020 election was rigged, and massive fraud took place. He does this solely because his adolescent ego cannot allow him to admit he lost. The man will risk going to jail, having people killed and destroying our faith in democratic elections just because he cannot say, “It was a fair and free election and Joe Biden won.” As we have witnessed, his rhetoric led to “self-righteous vigilantism,” causing people to be injured and killed.

I’m sure Mo Brooks, who just lost his primary election runoff in Alabama to Katie Britt and will no longer be on the ticket for the US Senate seat, could very easily say, “The election was rigged,” but what good would that do? Brooks spoke at the Stop the Steal rally on January 6th, 2020 but arrived on Trump’s shit list because he did not fully support Trump’s election lies. Trump first endorsed Brooks then pulled his support, and most experts will say that is precisely why Brooks lost. You see, being loyal to Trump is not a part-time job; you must be all in or not in. It’s like the old mob boss warning, “You are either for me, or you are against me.”

People on the far right and in deeply red states have faith that Trump knows better than they do when it comes to candidates. He could endorse a full-on Nazi or KKK member and they will look around the facts and truth to blindly put the future of the republic in his hands. Why? This brings me to the other article in the Skeptical Inquirer.

That piece concerns a lawsuit the Center for Inquiry (CFI) has brought against Boiron, Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of homeopathic products. You probably know someone who has confidence such medicines actually work and bring them health and happiness. Large drugstore chains such as Walgreens and CVS sell these products and make healthy profits on them, yet scientists claim they have no therapeutic value.

Fake Medicine

The article explains that the CFI investigators and lab techs found one product touted as a cure for nervous agitation in children was nothing more than table sugar diluted in water. You need to know CFI is the parent organization behind the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, but that doesn’t make their claims less true. They are working to get the FDA and the US Department of Health and Human Services to do something about Boiron’s labeling and claims. The CFI believes the company knows there is next to nothing effective about most of what they sell, and even some of what they market, like the Saccharum Officinale mentioned above, could be harmful to those who take it, like kids with diabetes. There are no warnings on the packaging.

Now we arrive at the title of my blog post for this day, Critical Versus Faith-Based Thinking. If these homeopathic fake meds were a vaccine, most Americans would want the FDA and the CDC to verify every aspect of what they will put into our arms or mouths. On the other hand, these potions have been marketed and sold as medicines for so long, we just believe. Why?

The human body is less a mystery than ever before and we should trust and follow the kind of critical thinking that flows from science. Suppose I offered you a six-ounce bottle of a colored liquid to cure lethargy for only twelve dollars. You might be tempted because the bottle is thick and handsome and bears a fancy label with a medical-sounding kind of name and a list of ingredients. If you’re a critical thinker, you will probably check the details on that impressive label to discover one of the ingredients is eight percent dog urine. Would you still want it?

Dr. Oz

I bought a bottle of a vitamin supplement to give me energy and make me lose weight. I thought my doctor had recommended the vitamin and it was also endorsed by TV Doctor Mehmet Oz. After taking it for a few days I learned that my doctor’s portal had been hacked and the recommendations weren’t coming from her, but a nefarious player in this product’s company. Dr. Oz also said he never endorsed the supplement, although he didn’t sue the company. I eventually learned it was nothing but water containing just a bit or red dye and sugar. I threw the bottle away.

Donald Trump is a snake oil salesperson who still has customers giving him money because they simply have faith in what he sells; they don’t read the label. Congress and the January Sixth Select Committee are doing a fantastic job of exposing him and all his criminal activities, but there will be others selling the same sugar water. If you believe a molecule can cure what ails you and God will make it all work, bless you, but what should you do when that one molecule is gone and you’re left with empty promises and nothing gets better? Maybe it’s time to leave the stupidity-inducing conspiracy rumors behind and become more critical about your own safety. Might I remind you that a million people died of Covid-19 and their families know that death is not a rumor.

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FROM WATERGATE TO WHITE SUPREMACISTS

America: “Totally Detached from Reality”

Maybe this is supposed to happen every fifty years, just to keep us honest and aware, but the real question is this. What took us so long to become cognizant of the serious things that are happening? During Watergate, many Republicans in the House and Senate stayed loyal to Richard M. Nixon almost to the end. Today, many Republicans would fall on their sword for Donald J. Trump. Why are they so loyal to a criminal?

CNN just aired a four-hour special: “Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal,” and this well-written and edited story got to most of the important aspects of the Watergate matter and the ensuing downfall of President Nixon. The series was produced and written in part by one of the key figures in the Watergate hearings, John Dean.

The documentary detailed the parallels between Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” and Richard Nixon’s nefarious criminal activities, which surely would have landed him an impeachment conviction and removal from office had he not resigned. After watching the CNN special, I feel Trump’s bold lies about the electoral process are far worse than the things Nixon did.

At the time of Watergate, Americans wanted to get at a single truth. The January 6th committee has accurately divulged what Trump’s gang of liars has been producing, things Kellyanne Conway dubbed “alternative facts.” The success of presenting facts in the Watergate matter is far removed from the situation with Trump.

The documentary’s suggestion that all the branches of government operated properly was colored by some flag-waving. Sure, Congress acted responsibly by doing the “checks and balance” thing, and the Judiciary Branch didn’t fall for Nixon’s diversions and attempts to block evidence from being released. After appointing Archibald Cox as special prosecutor, the Department of Justice was thrown into chaos when Nixon fired him. That shot heard round the world, soon known as the Saturday Night Massacre, not only produced resignations and more firings, but drove a crack in Nixon’s claims of innocence. Even though Nixon appointed the final special prosecutor for the case, the revelation of tape recordings made in the Oval Office led to a court battle. When the tapes were released, it became clear what Nixon knew and when he knew it. Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater met with Nixon and explained he would be convicted in Senate impeachment proceedings, and Nixon resigned the next day.

There are more than 50,000 recorded and proven Donald Trump lies. His terrible activities of trying to get the President of Ukraine to find evidence against his rival Joe Biden did lead to impeachment, but as the headline boldly proclaimed: TRUMP ACQUITTED. After Donald’s demand that his far-right followers come to Washington on January 6, 2021 to protest and disrupt the formal certification of the presidential election, he was once again impeached, and once again acquitted. A lingering feeling of some Republicans and most Democrats is someone should be held accountable for the January 6th Insurrection and attack on Capitol Hill.

Now we have live TV hearings by the Committee on January 6th which are vastly different than the Watergate hearings. The committee’s slick, well-organized presentation is disclosing interesting, factual testimony and I’m sure we’ll learn more. The video tapes in these proceedings are much like the audio tapes in the Watergate matter. The gravitas of the proceedings and lack of partisan grandstanding, which usually takes place in Congressional hearings, makes the material seem real and factual.

American Fascists

Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader in the House of Representatives decided he would have nothing to do with the January 6th committee, thereby giving up any power over the proceedings. Two Republicans, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, were selected by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to serve on the committee, meaning no one can say it’s a partisan effort. In fact, Liz Cheney’s role as Vice Chair of the committee is demonstrating that being against Donald Trump’s big lie is a conservative viewpoint.

After he voted against convicting Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial, Mitch McConnell said Trump was responsible for the attack on the capital. However, he felt it wasn’t constitutional or legal to impeach a President once he’s left office. McConnell was essentially saying TRUMP LOST THE ELECTION! Shouldn’t that have been enough to push the rank and of his party back in line with the truth?

Due to the proof of his malfeasance, I believe the House and Senate should take a disqualification vote to prevent Trump from running for any office in the future. Sadly, no one in Congress has the balls or the bravery to suggest such a thing. I would if I was there.

As for the hearings, most of the networks focus on whether or not this parade of evidence will change minds. I suggest changing minds is not relevant. The committee simply needs to get the facts on the record and out to the American public, then maybe we can think about legislation that would give our democracy more protection.

After Watergate, the Presidential Records Act (PRA) of 1978 was passed. If you want to read it, you can grab it here. There is no doubt Donald Trump is guilty of violating this law. He and those who aided and abetted him should be brought to justice. Then there’s this, which deserves our attention: 1725. PROTECTION OF GOVERNMENT PROCESSES — OBSTRUCTION OF PENDING PROCEEDING — 18 U.S.C. 1505. It’s clear that Donald Trump and thousands of his followers broke this law.

Trump attempted to get officials in Georgia to change the results of their election so he would win. We have a recording of the phone call when he made that request and 52 U.S. Code § 20511 declares it is illegal if a person “knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process.”

If a court of law can prove that Trump is guilty of this, the penalties are fines and/or imprisonment for not more than five years. I am sure Donald Trump will love his stay in a Georgia prison, for however long he must stay. Now’s the time for us to start cheering, “LOCK HIM UP.”

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THEY THINK WE ARE STUPID

Government Lies Lead to Death

The real liars are taking over and must be stopped. The people who hold positions in government offices think they can lie and get away with it. They think the public is stupid and that most don’t remember or don’t even care. Following is a case in point.

During the beginning of Covid in 2020, a researcher and data complier for the State of Florida became a whistleblower when she claimed Ron DeSantis’ administration asked her to fudge the state’s Coronavirus numbers to provide cover while the government did all it could to keep Florida open as fully as possible. Her name is Rebekha Jones.

She was harassed, fired, arrested and her computers were confiscated by the State Police in a raid on her house. The authorities claimed she used her home as a private communication system to send messages to the state’s Medical Examiners warning them of these nefarious activities by elected officials. The judges, all Republican appointees, have refused to drop the case against her for one count of “offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks and electronic devices” for some ill purpose. Okay.

Rebekah D. Jones, the woman in this case, is now running against Matt Gaetz for Congress in Pensacola and it seems her political aspirations are being driven by what she experienced while working for the government. She is a bright person who had no reason to lie about what she was doing, and even after they dismissed her she continued to research and publish a Covid data dashboard as a free public service. Graphic below.

The State Inspector General’s report was released on May 18, 2022, and I didn’t take it seriously. The headline read, “A state investigation into allegations that the Florida Department of Health fudged Covid-19 case numbers to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ effort to reopen the state after a shutdown in April 2020, has found no evidence of wrongdoing.” Since the Covid-19 crisis hit the state and the US, DeSantis has taken full control of Florida’s Department of Health and was able to move out the person running it so he could appoint a department head who is terribly unqualified for the position, given that he is an anti-mask supporter and vaccine doubter. Yes, DeSantis appointed Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD to the position of Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Google him if you want to see the corruption in his appointment.

Here are some facts. To date, there have been 6.24 million cases of Covid in Florida, with 74,719 deaths. And while those numbers sink in, consider this headline which just arrived, “Florida botched Covid-19 stats in early months.” Yes, Rebekah, your state’s “official” 2020 counted cases and deaths were fudged.

Here’s a story from the Palm Beach Post, “Florida health officials missed thousands of Covid-19 deaths in 2020, had incomplete information for millions of tests and spent millions of taxpayer dollars on testing that lacked vital data, a state report released has found.”

According to the reporting, the investigation found 3,082 Covid deaths the state Health Department did not include in its official counts. Including those victims would have pushed the state’s reported death toll up 18% higher.

On top of it, Florida investigators “found no evidence” related to the email incident that officials said had triggered the raid at Ms. Jones residence. They had alleged that a chat message was sent to a planning group on an emergency alert platform, urging people to speak out publicly about Florida’s coronavirus strategies. Wow, thinned skinned DeSantis is now confirmed.

A majority of Florida’s 5.5 million-plus Covid test results — 51.5% — lacked information about the race of those tested. About 59% lacked ethnicity information. Hispanic people compose the largest slice of Florida’s population. Boy, that sounds a bit racist, doesn’t it?

By mid-May 2020, 25% of Hispanics and 20% of Blacks tested positive for the virus, compared with about 11% of whites. The Palm Beach Post discovered this after examining nearly 200,000 test results in which individuals reported their race or ethnicity. The Health Department never released those test statistics. Only 38% of a sample of 2,600 tests conducted by three unnamed state-contracted labs returned results.

The reporter who authored the article for the West Palm Post, Christopher Persaud, reached out to me with a succinct but fact-filled review of the whole Rebekha Jones matter: “The State Auditor examined Health Department data. The Health Department internally examined Rebekah Jones’s claims. The state Inspector General is examining Jones’s claim she was wrongfully fired. The State Department of Law Enforcement has charged Jones with hacking a state communications channel. They’re still investigating. I don’t think the case has gone to trial yet. So, the charges remain.” The fact is that the Sunshine State is not very transparent, and it’s challenging to just get statements from the people in power.

I draw a simple conclusion from all this. Florida’s Governor will lie about anything to make himself look good, and worse, will use his power against anyone who disagrees with him. He spent more energy on fighting Rebekah D. Jones than conquering Covid. If anything, his policies based on his uninformed opinions and advice from unqualified people actually killed people. It’s bad enough the pollution in Florida water is killing fish, but the wannabe king in Tallahassee is killing people.

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THE SOLUTION TO GUNS IS EASY

We must change the Second Amendment

I am not being flippant; I am being logical. You see, gun owners, politicians, fanatics, domestic terrorists and others keep using the same source to justify why they should be able to own, carry and discharge their weapons. It’s time to correct the actual problem because a law that gives “rights” to one set of citizens is wreaking havoc and death on another. It’s unreasonable to say NOT taking guns away from law abiding citizens is the answer when we have no idea who those people actually are. How do we separate the well intentioned from those who intend harm and mayhem?

The NRA responded to a mass shooting more than a decade ago when their leader, Wayne LaPierre, stood at the microphone to pronounce a war cry, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” Okay, but whenever I hear that slogan I must ask, “How did the bad gun get the gun?” Sadly, the answer to that question doesn’t seem to matter to the mouth-breathers who are in love with guns. Most of them got their guns legally or they took a legally purchased gun from their stupid parents.

The founding fathers wanted to make sure the farmers and citizens had guns, because of fear that Great Britain would come back and try to regain their land. They wanted THEIR country back, even though they had stolen the land from the Native Americans. Slaves and non-citizens were never going to get guns, because people like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and they needed that free labor to keep their farms prosperous. And newsflash, they used guns to keep those workers in line.

Of course, George, Thomas and the rest of the Continental Congress had no idea how advanced firearms would become when they wrote these words into America’s bible, the Constitution, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” These twenty-seven words might keep some people of this land feeling like they are in control, but in reality no one is in control whether they own one or thousands of guns. The house, in this case the government, always wins.

Let’s explore the language of the amendment that is causing grown men and women to totally ignore the problem that having too many guns is causing. First of all, the founders introduce the premise that a “well-regulated” citizen army is a grand idea to protect our “free state.” They essentially were saying, “In order to have a well-regulated militia we cannot make a law that infringes the right of the people to keep and bear arms because those citizens could be called upon to defend this nation and the only way they are going to be effective is if they have their own guns. Okay, got it, promising idea.

Now here we are in 2022, when a kid goes out on his 18th birthday and buys an AR-15 assault weapon along with hundreds of rounds of ammo. He has not joined a militia and has no intent of protecting “our free state.” So, his use of the gun has not been mandated by the Second Amendment in any way. In fact, the use of an automatic rifle or other weapon of mass destruction for any other purpose is against the law. The kid in Uvalde, Texas was not protecting our nation from a bunch of nine-year-old school kids. He was nothing less than a domestic terrorist and murderer.

Our Constitution does not say that “well-regulated” cannot include background checks, registration of arms, a national database that could track people buying large guns and amounts of ammunition. One of the things other counties ask in their gun registration procedures is “What is the genuine need and use of the firearm?” We could do that here. In fact, I am proposing to codify such things in the amendment itself. I will get to my rewrite of the Second Amendment shortly.

I doubt anyone would declare their use of a weapon is to murder some kids in school, but may I ask this? Why is a kid under 25 years of age buying an automatic weapon? I come from a family of hunters and no one who hunts for sport and meat would use an automatic weapon. The gun would destroy too much of the target. So, why are citizens buying these guns? Another newsflash, almost all of the mass shootings done at schools and public gatherings were pertpetrated by men 18 – 21 years of age. So, maybe they aren’t ready to own firearms, we don’t sell them alcohol.

Oh, some will say it’s for protection. Protection from other owners of big guns make sense, but why is this necessary? It was said the cops in Texas were at a serious disadvantage because the killer had an AR-15 and they had only service revolvers. Really? Why did we make it easy for bad guys to acquire better guns than the police? We don’t need an arms race, we need more laws, more review, better red flag detection and the community’s ability to study, interview, counsel and control mentally ill young men. Unless we invest in such forms of intervention, we have no reason to talk about mental illness after every shooting.

The NRA gives millions of dollars to politicians, which was caused by a lack of sound reasoning on the part of the Supreme Court. They pointed to the First Amendment and allowed vast amounts of dark and dirty money into our constitutional government. The influence of the NRA is off the charts and the Supreme Court is to blame. When Justice Gorsuch declared that corporations have the same rights as the individual, he devalued the US citizenry. He’s a bad guy; but does he own a gun?

Here’s a Second Amendment rewrite that just might make things better, “There may be a time, when the government of the United States of America needs a well-regulated Militia or citizen army to help our Armed Forces keep and secure a free State. When asked, the people who have legally procured firearms can be sworn into this role and use those arms to defend the country. There are other recreational uses of firearms, and the State shall not make a law forbidding such ownership or usage. Any use of a firearm to harm or kill a United States citizen is not part of this right.”

If you don’t get it, I cannot help you. It’s not the Republican party that’s at fault, there are many Democrats who are also held in gun rapture. Too many males need to boost their manly confidence by holding a powerful artificial penis in their hands. You know, it might be a good thing if we had more rapists killed by women with guns. However, we cannot talk about saving the lives of the unborn, and with the same breath demanding that our broken system of gun control cannot be changed, all the while standing by doing nothing as little-baby bodies are torn to shreds by a madman’s weapon. Those who say nothing should be done or can be done are moral voids. And just to keep it a hundred percent, I say to them, “FUCK YOU!”

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CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY

A Death Sentence for Our Children

Boy George has a great song named War that goes like this, “…war is stupid, and people are stupid, and love means nothing in some strange quarters…” He’s right. Wars kill people and they’re “stupid,” but when our society allows stupid people to carry and use weapons of mass destruction, then just who are we?

Back on December 8, 2021, after a school shooting in Michigan, I wrote a screed against gun violence that was published as a letter to the editor in my local newspaper. Here is what I said:

“A mass school shooting aided by the parents, what? We appear to be an incompetent nation without the ingenuity to solve a problem that kills our kids. First, how did a fifteen-year-old kid in Michigan get an automatic weapon? And then, how did the shooter get the gun into the building? The parents and the school knew something might happen but did nothing to protect others. What about metal detectors? Should schools have metal detectors at every entry? Experts say they don’t work. Okay, but we use them at many events. The real challenge for educators is that every door would need a detector and armed guards to administer the devices. Educators think they would make students feel like they are in prison. So, I guess being in prison is safer than going to school? Most large events kids go to deploy full body searches and/or metal detectors to keep the high-priced talent performing safe. It’s baffling we cannot protect our children. Here’s an idea, let’s put a mega-tax on every weapon and box of ammunition that goes directly into federal funding for security at schools. Even the NRA claims they are for gun safety, time to prove it.”

What’s most ironic about this last shooting are the mere words “last shooting.” They’re oxymoronic and ridiculous. It’s not the last shooting but just the latest school bloodbath. Let the New York Times paint the picture for you, “Gunman Kills 19 Students in Texas Elementary School. It was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn.”

How many parents must bury their kids before Congress, or the educators who have sworn to protect our kids, step up with concrete laws, or at least some ideas, about ways to stop these insane attacks on our children? While many folks in our government are wasting millions of dollars fighting to save a fetus, even if it’s a by-product of rape or incest, they are doing nothing to stop crazy people from entering our schools and gunning down our living, breathing offspring. Where’s the logic?

Governor Greg Abbott chided his state citizens when a report came out that California sold more guns than Texas. Maybe that was just a frivolous tweet sent out by the man who is paralyzed from the waist down who wants to see his state brethren better armed for…what? I mention his physical state because it’s a fitting metaphor for all the Republicans caught up in the rapture of the NRA and their draconian policies.

Abbott: Reality Denier

The NRA will meet this weekend in Houston, Texas, and they have lined up some big-name politicians to speak at their fund-raising event including Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz and ex-president Donald Trump. I suspect there will be no mention of the latest school carnage, which the Times reports, “…took place just before noon at Robb Elementary School, where second through fourth graders in Uvalde, a small city west of San Antonio, were preparing to start summer break this week.” Jesus Christ, “slayings,” the handiwork of a crazed student who legally gifted himself a couple of guns on his eighteenth birthday. Happy birthday, Dear Salvador.

Here’s an idea. Why not have a national database of young men who buy substantial amounts of ammo, automatic weapons and body armor in a short amount of time? That would be a reasonable way to matrix data points and perhaps catch a crazy. It’s how we track down terrorists, and are these school killers not domestic terrorists?

When does the outrage kick in, people? When will we exert some effort to fully understand the meaning of our founders when they wrote: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Let’s examine the first part, “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free state…” The kid who killed twenty-one people in a small peaceful town in Texas was not securing a free state, he was disrupting a free state. Had he been the member of a “militia,” it would be guilty of conspiracy to commit mass murder, which is against the law in every state. If the words “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…” are sacred, then we must equally enforce the meaning of “well-regulated.” Unless we accept the totality of the statement we are doing our founders a deep disservice.

Domestic Terrorist

We all realize nothing is going to happen. The “strange quarters” that most red-blooded Republicans inhabit is a place where the sin and pain of mass killings don’t move them as much as the NRA money filling their re-election coffers. According to the website The Trace, the NRA spent $4.2 million in support of Donald Trump and also $12.2 million fighting against Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign. Just like Vladimir Putin preferred Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association also wanted Trump. They knew he would do nothing about gun control.

The NRA fears activists who may get things done and pass common sense gun regulations. But would such laws really stop an 18-year-old asshole kid in Texas from buying expensive guns to shoot up the school? The answer is NO.

While Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy begged for gun violence legislation in his impassioned speech, meeting rooms were being set up in Houston so the NRA can circle its wagons and reload. We won’t ever know the deep-seated pain a teenager is going through, or whether he was bullied to the breaking point, but we do know when and where he bought the guns. Yet we continuously drive along, blindfolded, silent and blasting music in our comfy cocoons while not doing a goddamn thing.

Guns are stupid and kid killers are stupid and, when the smoke clears, we send our thoughts and prayers, patch up the walls, wipe up the blood and gore and move on. Ted Cruz paid for a TV ad showing him cooking bacon on the barrel of an automatic weapon to prove exactly how much the NRA is more important to him than children. It’s funny how QAnon claims Democrats are eating babies in a bizarre pedophile ring, when they are fully behind Constitutional Carry, which simply means a state cannot prohibit a citizen “who can legally possess a firearm” from carrying handguns, rifles or automatic weaponry. It’s ZERO REGULATION, or as I say, a death sentence for the people and children of America. Hey, it’s your country. What do you say? What will you do?

As for me, well I am radical. I say we change the Second Amendment with a clear definition of who may own a gun. Maybe only one long rifle for each family? Oh, you don’t like that? Well, I don’t like you. Now, where do we go from here?

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ABORTION TOURISM

Orwellian Turn to the Right

It’s unclear how the Supreme Court of the United States will deal with the pretzel logic laid out in Justice Alito’s leaked draft opinion concerning abortion, but certainly we are entering a new era in American culture.

My eyes almost popped out of my head when I read this headline in my local paper: “Florida could be abortion heaven.” It talked about a desperate couple from Alabama who drove to the Sunshine State to end an unwanted pregnancy. They were certain a new baby would plunge the family into “inescapable poverty.” Having three kids already, they couldn’t afford to bring another child into the world.

For the last 49 years in the US, abortion was a reasonable and legal recourse for the dilemma of an unwanted child, typically caused by either a lack of family planning or not using birth control. Hey, we all make mistakes, sometimes jokingly saying the unwanted child was “a mistake.” But this brings us to the inevitable mistake, allowing state laws to creep further away from a rational, national, cultural and moral outlook.

George Washington

First, it’s not rational for any state to regulate a woman’s decision regarding her body and medical care. If we were to codify a law declaring a government’s right to dictate an impregnated woman must carry a baby to term, then what’s to stop a state legislature from mandating sterilization of unworthy citizens? For example, consider a law that would be imposed on a welfare family with five kids, saying the husband must help relieve the pressure on the state budget by tying up some tubes. Wait, they could just tie the woman’s tubes while they are at it.

Once the protection of a federal law is lifted, each state would decide whether abortions will be allowed in their jurisdiction. Are we ready for an ad campaign pitches the beauty of the lakes of Michigan, it’s wonderful hiking trails and the legal and safe abortions available there? “Come visit Michigan for your next abortion!”

It’s no surprise to anyone that states like Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama have passed draconian abortion laws preventing women’s health decisions. It’s particularly amazing that a female governor in Alabama would sign a law that will create a greater burden on her state’s welfare system. Governor Kay Ivey was the person who decried those who didn’t get vaccines during the pandemic. She blamed them for messing up her state. That position means she understands the effects of medical science, but she succumbed to the forces of the evangelicals in her state.

So, once again, and just like slavery, these United States will separate into bastions of those who care about civil rights and those see a need to interfere in decisions between women and their doctors. The malfeasance of these laws flows from how poorly they are written, and it angers me greatly that members of the Supreme Court cannot recognize poor legal language when they read it. I wrote a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts after the Texas abortion law passed and his court refused to order a stay. I simply asked, “Did the justices read the act?” A law demanding citizens to turn in other citizens for a bounty is straightforward evidence the state is being lazy. Offering a $10,000 reward for handing over a woman and her doctor is fucked up. That’s a legal term.

“Bearing false witness” against our neighbors has been part of our dogma drenched in legal justification over centuries. The hypocritical words of the anti-abortionists will come back to bite them. I’m willing to bet it won’t be long before good investigative journalists will disclose big mouths, like Matt Gaetz for example, paid for many abortions to avoid the distraction. There’s a plain difference between an unplanned child plunging a family into inescapable poverty and making a significant other get an abortion just to keep a reputation private, with the latter being true “how do you sleep” behavior.

George Orwell

The Orwellian turn here is non-elected zealots have forced our lawmakers into a box they feel they cannot escape. The far-right agitators claim that every life is precious, and they must protect the fertilized egg of an over-aggressive teenager, a violent rapist or a father who defrocked his own daughter. They declare such things are no business of the state. REALLY? Are we going to force these women to carry the representation of a mistake, a crime or a brutal attack? Where is the morality in that?

Timing is everything. HBO is currently running a documentary on the amazing linguist and comedian George Carlin. In the special, George addresses “the sanctity of life.” Carlin says, “But you know, the longer you listen to this abortion debate, the more you hear this phrase ‘sanctity of life’. You’ve heard that. Sanctity of life. You believe in it? Personally, I think it’s a bunch of shit. Well, I mean, life is sacred? Who said so? God? Hey, if you read history, you realize that God is one of the leading causes of death. Has been for thousands of years. Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Christians all taking turns killing each other ‘cuz God told them it was a good idea.”

George Carlin

Yes, George is right, the people who want abortion to be illegal in the United States of America will have the money to fly to another country to help their little Sally or Brenda get an abortion, allowing that unwanted inconvenience to, poof, just go away. You know the drill, “Sally, once this is over, we’ll never talk about this ever again.” All the while Katisha in Alabama is legally forced to carry her fourth child while looking for a minimum wage job. While the bible-thumping assholes are banning abortion they are also voting against increasing the minimum wage. Can’t you see? It’s an unmistakable cycle of keeping the poor down.

Dare I call it political racism, only to be thrown into the cancel culture box while those brainless grifters in Congress wearing their $800 suits tell us what is morally correct? And their manipulators, screaming from the pulpits and biased TV networks, keep the pressure on them to, you know, “Do the right thing!” Abortion is murder and that’s bad. Got it? Okay, here’s another $40 billion in aid to buy more weapons to kill people.

For my younger readers, the words of George Carlin are not from last week, they are from early 2000s. Twenty years ago, Mr. Carlin predicted this would be the tactic and he intuitively knew that, sooner or later, the rich and powerful minority would cast the first stone against many hard-working people. As he pointed out, the whole country is controlled by nine hundred folks with money and all the power. When they use it improperly, their actions hurt the little guys.

Someone said the other day that this debate about abortion isn’t about being pro-choice or pro-life. Those who want to make abortion illegal and unsafe are ANTI-WOMEN. Yes, that’s it. Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale shows us it isn’t solely about the control of reproduction. It goes much further into absolute domination of women and codification of that gender as a lessor citizen. Women are bound into slavery to make babies for the politically strong in subversion of the proletariat. Atwood saw this as possible, and she wrote about a bleak future.

I suspect very few women would want to have Ted Cruz’s baby, but are we that far from the possibility of women being used to reverse the illogical conspiracy of replacement theory? Think about this, you anti-abortionist idiots. If you are so afraid of people of color becoming a greater percentage of America, then why would you ban abortion? This action will only give America more people, and guess what? Statistics show it will be a more-brown population. Joke’s on you!

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SUPREMELY BRAVE LEAK

Why are you surprised?

Vladimir Putin has killed more than two hundred children in Ukraine. According to OurWorldData.org, Globally 3.9% of all children die before reaching the age of five, which means that an average of 15,000 children die every day. Both statistics are terrible.

Now somewhere in the moral fiber of American history, we decided and then codified into law a woman’s right to govern her body. This includes whether she wants to carry a fetus to term, birth that fetus and then take on the responsibility of raising the child. By the way, that task in not three weekends in May, it’s a lifelong charge.

This brings us to Roe vs. Wade, which was a case decided by the Supreme Court on January 22, 1973. In their ruling, the highest court in the land stated clearly that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose an abortion without excessive government restriction. Late breaking news tells us that an embarrassing leak has exposed the seating court is ready to take away that liberty another court granted almost fifty years ago. While Chief Justice John Roberts stands between a total politicization of the court and the fair and just need for an unbiased court, he can only tell us today how pissed off he is at the release of this rough draft of a decision they plan to spring on America and “there will be a full investigation.”

In my not so humble opinion, give the leaker a raise!!! I’ll bet you a thousand dollars the person who let us know how this court seems more interested in pleasing Clarence Thomas’ wife, while they destroy women’s rights, doesn’t have a penis.

On December 21 last year, the Washington Post ran this headline, “Kavanaugh, who told Senate Roe vs. Wade was ‘settled as precedent,’ signals openness to overturning abortion decision.” That differs remarkably with what he said during his Senate confirmation hearing. There he used the term “stare decisis,” which means a precedent should not be overturned unless there is strong reason. Yes, he lied. Justices Alito and Gorsuch said the same thing, so I guess they’re all liars. Remember folks, they were all under oath when they said those things.

When Amy Vivian Coney Barrett was questioned by Senators in her confirmation hearings and was pressed as to whether her faith would take “precedent” over her view of written law, her little girl voice didn’t reveal a true answer. It would have been so much easier to see through her religious zealotism if her voice was gruff, you know, like Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid’s Tale. Her dogma smells up the place like years-old communion wine.

Clarence Thomas, the oversized church mouse, may not talk much, but if he doesn’t hold the same political and moral ground of his spouse then why is he with her? He’s never been anything but, as the right wingers say, “an angry old Black man,” who believes in his martyrdom more than America. Do you remember Justice Thomas confirmation hearing where he was accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill? It wasn’t an “electronic lynching,” it was a televised cover-up of his true character. And sadly, Joe Biden was there, and said nothing. Time to do something Joe.

Remember, Justice Neil Gorsuch is the guy who pronounced corporations have the same rights as people, and that Hobby Lobby didn’t have to pay for complete healthcare coverage for their employees. Neil is a pro-life, opinionated faux intellectual who really believes women are lowly humans and should obey what men say. To prove this otherwise would be quite a trick.

Justice Alito

That brings us to Samuel Alito, who is one of six Catholics on the Supreme Court, and he’s going to try to buy his pathway to heaven with the declaration that an egg is life, and a sperm is life, and a fetus is life, therefore this decision of Roe vs. Wade must be struck down. Remarkably, he says the ruling has done nothing but divide this nation. Oh really? Wait until you repeal the law, Sam. Look at the results of surveys and research. Alito has made the question of abortion political and religious. He is willing to ignore the Constitution to please the church, the pope and maybe even God. Did I offend you? Well taking away women’s rights offends me.

I never thought “packing the court” was a reasonable idea, but if Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito won’t or can’t be forced to retire, then start packin’ Joe. Everyone else in America seems to be packing. Term limits, or perhaps a set retirement date could help, but wouldn’t fix how the radical right has taken over the appointments, nominations and behavior of the court. I’m ashamed that we don’t make nominees answer questions during hearings that would clearly disclose their positions. It’s like they take the Fifth on the truth.

The people must rise up and take their country back. OMG, here I go sounding like a January 6th Insurrectionist, but please, it’s not fair or right that a group of nine people get to decide whether a woman can make a private decision or follow the advice of her doctor. And I haven’t even mentioned a pregnancy resulting from RAPE or INCEST!

How could any sitting court of the land decide that a woman who was attacked, raped and terrorized by a man must bring that offspring to term and then raise them for a lifetime? People today are worried about the feelings of little Johnny-white-kid learning about slavery, when their actions are codifying rape and forced parental sex. REALLY?

The Gift of Rape?

While in Indiana, a Senate candidate named Richard Mourdock said that pregnancies resulting from rape were “something that God intended to happen.” Well, he may be named Richard, but his comments truly make him a dick. His belief that God wanted a girl to get raped to receive His “gift” in the form of an unwanted baby should terrify every female voter in the state. Seriously, this man speaks for God? More importantly, there are dozens of male and female Representatives and Senators who hold the same belief, they just haven’t said it out loud.

The end result of all this skullduggery is fewer people will have respect for a Supreme Court, which has already been packed by Bitch McConnell with people whose number one priority was overturning Roe vs. Wade because they personally don’t like it. Alito says it was “decided incorrectly.” Okay, so what guarantees the decisions of this body will be “correct?” Will they come back next year and say that the 19th Amendment was wrongly decided? That’s the one that gives women the right to vote.

I am sure glad I am not Chief Justice John Roberts. If this one decision, one of the most important in last century, is overturned on the whim and personal moral prerogatives of a few conservatives who were specifically placed there to overturn Roe vs. Wade, then they are not only rewriting history but making the United States of America less free. They are spitting on the Constitution. Isn’t that against the law?

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OPEN LETTER TO THE WORLD

Short Memories, Botched Bravery

Words go only so far when dealing with a short man who carries a Napoleon complex and a need for cruelty. The President of Russia is a thug and a terrorist. He has committed war crimes and it’s not a push to say that he, and he alone, has wreaked genocide in Ukraine. His psychological transmission of machismo, with videos of hockey playing and riding a horse with his shirt off, proves what we’ve known all along. His control over others is desperately needed to stoke a sense of stature in his own mind. He resents any person, country or ideology saying he’s nothing but a mean, vindictive human with the same flaws as Hitler.

We marched to the drum of justice and democracy after World War II and we spoke out loud the words “Never again,” but now it’s happening again and we stand silent, just like we did at the close of the 1930s. We stood inactive when the genocide happened in Darfur. Hundred of thousands of people were murdered and all we could do was make movies about the tragedy. In Syria, ten years of war left at least 350,000 dead, and the so-called leader there had no problem bombing and gassing his own people to put down a revolution. Bashar al-Assad is an immoral dictator who, like Putin, doesn’t care about human rights or genocide when advancing his political agenda.

Every free country of the world watching the constant bombardment of Ukraine on TV stands by the men, women and children murdered by Putin. Why can’t the world unite against this horrible abuse of power? Assuming Putin is bluffing about the use of his nuclear power, what are we waiting for? Would it make a difference if Putin was marching into Poland, just like Hitler did? When do we just say “NO” to this unhinged lunatic?

The Russian people must share some blame. After all, they voted for this maniac, maybe out of fear or maybe the election was fixed, but they are allowing Putin to wage this war. Then again, they are being fed a pile of bullshit propaganda and might not know the truth, or maybe masterful Mr. Putin has brainwashed them into believing this stain on their history is good for Russia. Nationalism, as we have seen here, produces so much misinformation and lies that push Pinocchio’s proboscis to a length that could impress a wooden prostitute.

The tragedy in Ukraine will continue until someone ends Vladmir Putin and his illusion of power and right. He’s not going to support any reasoning or compromise, because this is his last chance of getting it up on the world’s stage. While he waves his fake communism and exists as a full-fledged Russian fascist, the entire world is being lazy. Maybe it’s time we declare war against the bastard. I mean war against the person, not the country. Could that be worth a try?

Czar Nicholas II

Putin thinks he’s a Czar and has changed the Constitution of the Russian Federation so he can remain in power forever. Who let this happen? I’ll tell you who; fearful, limp representatives who know deep down inside that were they to rebuke Putin they would be shot, poisoned or sent to a labor camp to die. The United Nations should vote Russia out. It’s shameless they have the power to veto any measure that body brings to the world. You cannot give the fox the combination to the lock on the hen house. If there are more sanctions to impose on Putin, what the fuck are we waiting on?

Putin’s army has the wherewithal to destroy a culture, a country and its people. Why are we letting him do this? We were afraid of Hitler and allowed him to take over the world before raising a finger. We waited too long with Hitler, and we are waiting too long with Putin. Just the other day I heard this phrase on TV, “The US will be sending in advisors to help train the Ukraine army.” REALLY?

Let me remind you, “In September 1950, US President Harry Truman sent the Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) to Vietnam to assist the French in the First Indochina War.” Our involvement always starts with sending advisors, then a few special operations people are ordered in to, you know, help the CIA. Next, we’ll send a few thousand; it’s already been written.

Hey WORLD, wake up and take note. When a country’s leader gives an order to bomb a maternity hospital, he’s not worthy of his position. A leader who shells their own people is immoral and certainly God should intervene, but he hasn’t. Why?

I suggest that if everyone in the world prayed to God to end this war and eliminate Vladimir Putin, not a damn thing would change. When faith or an allegiance to a supreme being doesn’t make the world a better place, we must act. Who gave Putin the power to kill thousands of people?

While we all sit watching TV and feeling badly, the madman continues killing. It’s time to act. We must get involved. If not, then no one is safe in the world. This is definitely worse than global warming.

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INCEST AND RAPE

Legal Loophole for Both

I don’t know about you, but I believe those who perpetrate the crimes of incest or rape are far beyond immoral. Why would any state legislature, let alone US lawmakers, dilute the punishment of either crime? You may be puzzled by that statement, but that’s exactly what states are doing with their anti-abortion laws. Let’s back up and consider a few things.

Take a few moments to read what the Encyclopedia Britannica says about rape during war: “The rape of women by soldiers during wartime has occurred throughout history. Indeed, rape was long considered an unfortunate but inevitable accompaniment of war — the result of the prolonged sexual deprivation of troops and insufficient military discipline. Its use as a weapon of war was gruesomely demonstrated during World War II, when both Allied and Axis armies committed rape as a means of terrorizing enemy civilian populations and demoralizing enemy troops. Two of the worst examples were the sexual enslavement of women in territories conquered by the Japanese army and the mass rape committed against German women by advancing Russian soldiers.”

Rapists of Moscow

Now we are seeing Russian troops raping in Ukraine. We are quick to call such behavior a war crime, and indeed, with accurate proof, it is. Most United States police departments take rape seriously. After an alleged sexual assault, good policing includes a visit to a hospital and deployment of a rape kit to gather evidence. Although incest is prosecuted less in America, it’s still a heinous crime and any person inflicting such physical and emotional pain on a child should be held accountable.

Each state has its own set of rules and penalties for those who commit such atrocious acts but one thing is certain, there has been a change in attitude toward rapists in America. In most states, a woman has the right to terminate a pregnancy caused by rape.

According to the End Sexual Violence website, “Sexual violence occurs on a continuum of complex and difficult crimes having devastating impacts on victims. According to the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, only 31% of rapes are reported to law enforcement. The term ’forcible rape‘ is used in the Uniform Crime Report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report incidents of rape and is defined very narrowly excluding many forms of criminal sexual behavior. Use of the term ’forcible rape‘ in the Uniform Crime Report coupled with the underreporting of the crime has led to very limited statistical picture of sexual violence. Additionally, the term ’forcible rape‘ fails to track either federal or state law relating to sexual crimes.”

But wait, all rape is forceable. You are forcing yourself on someone who doesn’t want you. I have a feeling this is more a legal definition than a description social policy can be fixed on.  I think it has more to do with the victim being beaten or injured in the commission of the crime. Just because someone allows it to happen (which is what women are advised to do if they have hope of avoiding injury or death), does not mean they weren’t raped.

Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy is a book authored by Christine A. Courtois. In it she discusses rape based on force and power. “Prevalence is difficult to generalize, but research has estimated 10–15% of the general population as having at least one such sexual contact, with less than 2% involving intercourse or attempted intercourse. Among women, research has yielded estimates as high as 20%.”

The recently passed bills in Texas, Oklahoma and other red states prohibit the medical termination of a pregnancy with no exceptions, not even if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. In a sense, these poorly written laws are giving a pass to those who force themselves sexually on a woman or family member. It’s the ultimate erasure of women’s rights to their own bodies These laws legitimize the result of rape.

The justification for these errant laws is God has “blessed this union” simply because one of more of the rapist’s sperms caused conception. Who are these people who would convict the victim to a lifelong responsibility of raising the product of a vicious and violent act? And who dares speak for God? If a law prevents a woman who endured a forceful rape from taking the recourse of ending the ultimate form of unwanted pregnancy, then what have we become as a nation?

Any law forcing a young girl to endure a pregnancy that her father or brother brought on through a highly sinful and atrocious act goes against the grain of many Biblical parables. Remember, God ordered the death of a child for a person to prove their loyalty to God himself. Why wouldn’t you allow the death of an unborn fetus resulting from rape or incest? Wake up you legal misfits. You are not God and you shouldn’t prevent a woman disconnecting from her rapist with a simple and safe medical procedure.

If the Supreme Court cannot see the simple difference between an unwanted pregnancy and a pregnancy as evidence of a crime, then we are not the advanced society we claim to be. If you want to go back to the letter of the law of the Holy Bible, I challenge you to show me where it says rape is okay. If you are so draconian you believe that two-thousand years ago humans were without faults or deceptions, then tell me how a modern world of justice for all works.

On the surface, justice for a fetus might seem like a worthy legal pursuit, but if you are giving rapists and perverted family members a break, then you should take a good hard look in the mirror and ask this question, “If my daughter was raped, would I want the perpetrator to have parental rights to my grandchild?” If you answer yes, then you are the problem, not Planned Parenthood. And if no, then you understand that no person should have to be reminded of the pain and suffering of that event, every day of their life.

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