PRO-VASECTOMY MOVEMENT

Let’s Snip the Bad Guys – Instant Birth Control

We’ve all heard the expression “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Well, let’s take on this problem. We know that our codes are held in DNA, and we know that some men are totally unfit for childbearing responsibilities, so let’s chemically track those guys and order them to be snipped. Outrageous? Yes, but I have never heard a man squawk, “My body, my choice!”

A new law in the not-so-great state of Texas says that if a woman is raped, even by a family member, she doesn’t have the right to terminate a birth conceived by that illegal act. If the state believes it has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body, then why not also have a law that medically punishes any man involved in an unwanted pregnancy by force or violence?

I can already hear screams from mostly white males in state legislatures that this would be going too far. A state commanding a medical procedure on a man, especially on his reproductive organs, would be governmental castration. There would be passionate speeches declaring the government has no right to tell a man he must get snipped “down there.”

What is a vasectomy? According to the Cleveland Clinic, “A vasectomy is a simple, safe and effective means of permanent contraception or birth control. Because of the position of the male sexual organ, the operation is very straightforward. The procedure involves dividing and closing off the ends of the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm) – preventing sperm from getting through during intercourse.” A total of about fifty million men have had a vasectomy or 5% of all married men of reproductive age. “More than 500,000 men elect to have vasectomies every year in the US.” In most cases, this process is irreversible.

When a crime is committed and tried in the United States of America, the courts hand down a sentence to the guilty party intended to prevent them from committing the crime again or pushing them into rehabilitation and redemption. When one person shoots another with a gun our laws can keep them from purchasing a gun, although that process is fraught with loopholes.

If a person continually abuses and beats their spouse or significant other, the victim can get a restraining order that sets limits on exactly how close the aggressor can get to their victim. The attacker can be locked up if they ignore the court’s directive.

Each state has their own rules and laws concerning the impregnation of a daughter by her father. Consensual incest is against the law in all states except for Rhode Island and New Jersey. While incest between consenting and closely related adults is legal in these states, marriage between close relatives is not. So, there you have it. Young girls in New Jersey and Rhode Island would have to prove their father raped them.

Rape is a crime in most of the world. Governor Greg Abbott of Texas claims that rape will be eliminated in his state. Now there’s a true goofball. Rape is not going to be eliminated in Texas or anywhere else. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, “There are 463,634 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.” And as well all know, many rapes are never reported. Note that statistic does not include girls and boys under the age of 12. This was a major factor in the abuse scandals of priests in the Catholic church.

I wonder if Texas would support a law that included a penalty of vasectomy for those men convicted of rape or incest. Texas claims they want to get tough on rape, well here’s their chance. The ACLU and many others would argue that such a law would set a horrible precedent. Then there’s this. What’s to stop state lawmakers from sentencing women who have had “too many” babies to tubal ligations? You see, a woman has already lost her rights when a state law imposes a personal medical procedure on her.

No matter what your moral upbringing, you might believe that killing any living human being is a sin. The argument necessarily centers on when a fetus becomes a “living human.” Sperm can make a baby, but only when in the direct presence of a human egg. A woman has sole province over her eggs, and rightly so. Now, what if the state ordered women to hand over their eggs so that the state could decide whether they will be fertilized by a male sperm of their choice? Unlikely, yes, but is there an essential difference between that and the new Texas law?

By saying that any abortion past six weeks is illegal, isn’t the state of Texas really siding with rapists and perverted fathers? Yes, they are. The law is cloaked by the notion that Texas isn’t prosecuting, meaning anyone can sue to get their pound of flesh. It may be a bad metaphor, but if an accuser can earn $10,000 and all their legal fees, what is the state’s game? One way of looking at it is redirecting $10,000-plus of wealth from the parents of a child to a random Uber driver or an uninvolved gold-digging litigant.

Let’s return to vasectomy to cut this short, pun intended. What is so wrong with taking away a man’s right to reproduce? He can always adopt a child if he wants. That is what they say to women who cannot have children. Men’s sperm and the organs to produce it are conceptually the same as women’s reproductive systems. Why separate them? Most experts claim that a healthy adult male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. The responsibility is great, but us guys get a major pass on the legal aspects of impregnating a woman.

Rape and statutory rape are legally the same in Texas. Both are second-degree felonies with jail terms of 2 to 20 years in prison and an optional fine up to $10,000. Does anyone else find it curious that $10,000 number keeps popping up in Texas? They are charging the same for rape and for abortions. The Supreme Court should declare the new law unconstitutional.

It’s time for America to get totally out of the regulation of personal medical procedures and stop this debate about when a fetus becomes a person. In fact, if the laws of America were to declare that a fetus is a full human with rights, then every miscarriage could become a murder investigation. An edict could follow that every individual sperm is a living entity, and no one wants to conduct 1.2 billion depositions. We already have a law on the books. Let’s just keep that one for now.

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We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

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There is a subliminal part of art that makes one wonder what the artist is trying to say. Some of my drawings and doodles mean absolutely nothing. They were just images of daydreams that I splattered onto paper. Others have a specific memory, joy pain or frustration. Some hold love, sexual passions or merely thoughts …

 


ROE V. WADE REVISITED

Let’s Regulate Women’s Rights!

There is a passage in my 2014 book If God Could Talk where a TV talk show host and his producer are vetting God for an appearance on a cable TV show. The interview became a difficult discussion with God about abortion. After the female producer challenged God about the government attempting to control what a woman does with her own body, God fired back.

“You can’t have things both ways. You cannot say you believe in evolution, but refuse to let nature take its course. You have no idea if that fetus will be your next Messiah or your next serial killer. You use evolution as your science and then use a myopic viewpoint to legislate when life begins. What you cannot comprehend you blame on God or wave your Constitution in the other person’s face.  You want to play God? Go ahead, play God and kill the baby.”

Now one might ask, was God really talking in the book or was the author personifying the deity by scripting his lines. Stop right there. I wrote the lines and God had nothing to do with it. I was trying to make my person-God-character believable. One might want to say that God is definitely pro-life, but is he really?

On July 22nd, the state of Mississippi filed a brief with the Supreme Court defending the state’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy and requesting that Roe v. Wade be overturned. Their case was already set to be the Court’s biggest reproductive rights lawsuit, but because they went all in, it definitely demands our attention.

“The national fever on abortion can break only when this Court returns abortion policy to the states,” said Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch. By the way, it’s Ms. Fitch. Lynn is a woman. This might seem like a hail Mary pass but conservative pro-life people have been working on this since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Let the fun begin.

A primary goal of the Republican Court-packing has been a not-so-subtle plot to please their most conservative voters who want Roe v. Wade to be overturned. They want to abort the law and flush it down the river. I debated this issue in a 1967 high school class where I was assigned the task of defending anti-abortion laws, and it’s almost unbelievable that the debate continues to this very day.

The 1973 Supreme Court ruling was rather simple. It stipulated that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. The law didn’t address the rights of the unborn fetus because it was not a fully grown human. So, the debate begins and ends on the determination of when life actually begins and who makes that decision.

Most people don’t realize that Roe is not the name of a person. We have traditionally used names like John Doe or Jane Roe to mask the identity of citizens in highly sensitive matters of law. At the beginning of the case, the Court addressed the legal issues of standing and mootness. They decided the appeal of Jane Roe, whose actual name was Norma McCorvey, was moot because she had already given birth to her child and thus would not be affected by the ruling. The Court also decided she lacked standing to assert the rights of other pregnant women. Finally, the Court understood that they couldn’t restore the rights of a woman in the past but could hear a case about all women in the future and whether the Texas law banning all abortions was constitutional.

Many constitutional law experts believe Roe v. Wade was not decided properly and they focus on this part of the ruling, “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, in this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

Medical science and care 48 years ago was not nearly as advanced as today’s modern technology. Hospitals and doctors are now well equipped to save premature lives every day. In the summer of 2020, Minnesota’s Beth and Rick Hutchinson had what they call their miracle baby boy. Their son Richard was born at 21 weeks, one of the youngest babies to survive such an early arrival.

That being said, we must put the facts on the table. In general, an infant is not considered to be viable until after 24 weeks gestation. The survival rate of an infant born before they are 24 weeks old is less than 50 percent.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed new legislation into state law that bans abortion at the onset of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The Supreme Court refused to determine and decree when life begins, yet the Texas lawmakers, predominately composed of men, have decided a woman cannot have an abortion for any reason after six weeks. Do the Texas legislature’s paygrades allow them to play God? Many women don’t know they are pregnant six or even more weeks after conception.

Overturning Roe v. Wade will hurt poor women, their family planning and their futures. I hate to drop a bomb here, but many American women get abortions not because of rape, possible inherited fetal impairments or health conditions of the mother or baby. They get abortions just because they are not ready for another baby. We will end up with millions of unwanted babies, an overwhelmed adoption system and no safety net for single women.

Unskilled, untrained people will perform unsafe abortions and kill a bunch of women due to a lack of sanitation or expertise. It has happened in the past and will happen again. To make matters even worse, we now have the internet with its preponderance of old wives’ tales and faulty advice ready to hand out abortion routines that will kill or harm fetuses and mothers. Remember when someone suggested people drink bleach to kill Covid-19? Who came up with that idea?

They say we must send our sons and daughters to war to save the life of democracy and our nation. When our kids get killed, we honor them, but we still have some blood on our hands. We let people drive drunk, they kill other people and we put up little crosses and flowers on the sides of our roads. And when we block the funding of family planning organizations and ban the use of federal funds for abortions, we are simply saying that we don’t care about the poor and under-educated women in America.

We will surely hear from abortion opponents with mega certitude that the medical procedure of abortion violates “God’s Word.” It might come as a surprise that neither the Old Testament nor the New Testament mentions abortion — not one word. There are some biblical cruel rules about menstruation, but most modern Christian women dismiss the advice.

Women are different than men but they aren’t any less equal. If the government tells a woman what she can do with her pregnancy, what might be next? Could we see new laws for demanding the castration of rapists? Might the government enforce tubal ligation of women with “too many” children? China does that. Maybe new rules will ban “certain women” from making babies who might become violent criminals? Where does it stop? I cannot believe that the right of millions of women are in the hands of our legal system. Who wrote this script?

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BRAND NEW BOOK

We knew that the great divide in America would have a major effect on the presidential election in the year 2020, but something else was lurking that we didn’t anticipate. The world suffered a global pandemic of Covid-19, and everything changed. The lockdown motivated one author to write MASHED POTATOES: Covid, Cancer & Comfort Food. The cover ironically claims the book is a “humorous” recollection of 2020, but one might ask, “Where was the humor?” This is a work of survival to motivate those who desire to get beyond Covid-19, beat cancer and defend our precious Democracy.  The world got Covid, the writer got cancer and we all ate copious amounts of comfort food. It’s time to swallow the truth, survive the madness, take a large spoon and savor some delicious MASHED POTATOES. Get some here. 

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them. Kindle and Paperback Click Here


POWER GRIDS & GOOFBALLS

Texas Governor Abbott Wrong Again

When some governors talk during a crisis, a short listen can reveal their stupidity. One governor in Florida and another in New York have gone out of their way to threaten people who disagree with them. Such elected officials are not well adept at dealing with the press. Instead of working with them, like Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, they develop a combative stance with reporters, peers and constituents. When they want to get a message out, they tend to overstate, dodge and outright lie about intentions and details.

Gov. Abbott in Oval Office

On February 17, 2021, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates rebuked a claim made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that it was the failure of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar that caused the massive, cold-weather power outage in his state that “drinks oil noon and night.” His case against renewable energy was dead wrong. He stated that solar and wind energy account for only 10% of the state’s power, ignoring the 90% of electricity sourced from fossil fuels, including oil and natural gas. Those lines were frozen.

According to an interview on Yahoo News, Bill Gates said extreme weather like the winter storm that swept across the country in recent days will become more likely as climate change worsens. Mr. Gates is advocating for an expansion of renewable energy as part of his call for the US to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Abbott blamed the outages on wind turbines and the Green New Deal, a Congressional plan for combating climate change that the Texas governor called “a deadly deal for the United States of America.” Okay, he scored points declaring his distaste of Democrats, but he wasn’t telling the truth or offering solutions to the power crisis deeply affecting the citizens of his state.

The plain truth of this Texas problem is twofold. 1. They don’t store enough gas and oil for rainy days. 2. Years ago, they decided to stay off the American electrical grid and go it alone. Maybe that bad plan originated in some conspiracy theory fed to politicians by the crooks at Enron or maybe they just didn’t understand the strength of working together. That aside, there are some facts that might help investigators understand what is happening in Texas right now.

During the 2000 election cycle, Enron gave $1.1 million to local candidates, ranging from little donations of $250 to $500 in hundreds of districts to as much as $10,000 to influential state legislators in California and other big states. Governor Rick Perry of Texas, then Lieutenant Governor, received $212,000 from Enron. They say to follow the money, and this trail goes way back to 1935. The Texas power grid is mostly isolated from the rest of the country, a setup designed to avoid federal regulation. It has some connectivity to Mexico and to the Eastern US, but those ties have limits on the amount of electricity which can be transmitted. Because Texas didn’t want to expose their operating methods, they never had to comply with federal standards.

I guess Mother Nature didn’t get the “Don’t mess with Texas” message. While a great bumper sticker slogan, it’s not a good way to prepare for dangerous challenges. Bravado has never been better than pure planning when it comes to public policy and safety.

Texas could now be borrowing power from one of two US grid systems had they joined the “electricity party” and protected themselves from a single point of failure. It’s ironic that former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who when running for president said he would eliminate the US Department of Energy, became the Secretary of Energy for the Trump administration. He obviously didn’t have a clue about what he was doing, because the very state he lives in is deeply suffering an energy emergency. What a slacker.

Rick Perry

People are angry about their power being out and having no food or water in the “great” state of Texas. The governor is making ignorant statements to distract attention away from himself. He is creating a boogieman in renewable energy and using this disaster to put forth a regressive agenda. Does any thinking person believe that “The Mob” caused the power grid to go down? What a stupid thing to say.

Speaking of absurdity, did you hear that former governor Rick Perry suggested on Fox News that “Texans voluntarily go without heat to fend off the scourge of socialism.” Yes, I am sure that those trying to stay warm by burning their furniture are anxious to have a geo-political discussion about the evils of socialism. While the people of Texas are watching their pipes burst, this dick is playing to an audience of sycophants. I always thought he was a dullard, but now there’s proof that he is not only stupid but cruel.

I’m amazed that Greg Abbott, who was paralyzed from the waist down when he was hit by a falling tree, can’t muster enough empathy to see that his words are not helpful to suffering people. It’s the new deal in politics today, don’t connect with your people, just deny and blame. I hate to break it to Abbott, but his excuse doesn’t eliminate the need to solve this huge problem. If his wheelchair were out of power, he wouldn’t be able to move. I’m not being mean; I am just returning his lack of empathy. I wonder if he knows that battery operated scooters aren’t part of the Green New Deal.

I suggest that George W. Bush’s experience with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Donald Trump’s mishandling of the COVID pandemic and, now, Abbott’s malfeasance with the power blackout in Texas are sure signs that many of our so-called leaders are so busy with politics they don’t spend any time planning for the “what if” issues. Many states have zero disaster planning while bulging budgets of money are wasted on projects that don’t help people or keep them safe. It seems to me that if we really want to tackle the flawed grid system in Texas, we first must address the terrible lack of leadership on renewable energy in Republican states.

The overarching issue is climate change and whether our cities are prepared for the negative aspects of what that can bring. Texas has been ignoring science and common sense. They are so married to oil that they fight the future. Always have. They will lie and blame when they should be elevating smarter people into power to devise contemporary, workable infrastructure. Few governors know what they are doing because there is no governor’s school, and they cannot learn from their mistakes because their overly large egos won’t permit it. Remember how Houston was destroyed by hurricanes just a few years ago? Well, nothing of any import was done then and now they have a new devil to combat. Abbott is not good enough for Texas. He might as well join Senator Ted Cruz in Cancun. I hear it’s warmer there.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

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The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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