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Friday, April 13, 2012

Governor isn't concerned with what Voters think

First, a fun fact : It is a little over 1416 steps from where I park to my office, which is somewhere around a half of a mile.

On to business.

I was going to do a post on how Corporations are not People and should not have the same rights due to their special treatment and business benefits.  I was going to say something about how corporations are immortal and how Apple didn't die with Steve Jobs nor even attend his funeral.  Maybe some people who work at Apple did, but Apple, the Corporation, did not.  Apple just debated having a Steve Jobs Memorial sale on each anniversary of his death to bolster profits.  However, listening to the Radio diverted that post....

Phil Bryant was quoted on the radio (Oldies 105) today as saying that he doesn't understand why people oppose the Business Regulation law he has signed.  The law is designed for the sole purpose of regulating a single private business out of existence, which our republican controlled congress passed.  They are not even hiding the fact that they are passing laws to target one single private business to shut down.  What level of rampant corruption has to exist for legislators to waste taxpayer money on targeting one business in the state to shut down through oppressive regulation?

"Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who is expected to sign the bill Thursday, expressed his support in a statement. "This legislation is an important step in strengthening abortion regulations and protecting the health and safety of women," he said. "As governor, I will continue to work to make Mississippi abortion-free."
Two obviously contradictory statements in one breath.  That kind of lying takes a Republican.  Making Mississippi Abortion-Free is a sure way to endanger the lives, health and safety of women.
"These are strong, common-sense pro-life bills that will not only end abortion in Mississippi but will enhance efforts to protect children from abuse," [Tate] Reeves said.
 No, Tater-head, there is zero common-sense in those bills.  I will let an expert try to explain it :
"The patient also did not explain why she had attempted the abortion, and we did not ask. This was a decision she made for herself, and the reasons were hers alone. Yet this much was clear: The woman had put herself at total risk, and literally did not know whether she would live or die.
This, too, was clear: Her desperate need to terminate a pregnancy was the driving force behind the selection of any method available.
The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it.
We did not have ultrasound, CT scans or any of the now accepted radiology techniques. The woman was placed under anesthesia, and as we removed the metal piece we held our breath, because we could not tell whether the hanger had gone through the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, in the cases I saw, it had not.
However, not simply coat hangers were used.
Almost any implement you can imagine had been and was used to start an abortion — darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off." - Repairing the Damage, before Roe By Waldo L. Fielding, M.D.
That is what you, Phil and Tate, are trying to get us back to in your 'protecting women's health.'  You Liars. Hypocrites. Corrupt Jerks.

Dr. Fielding also gives a good explanation as to why Phil's statement above is so absolutely contradictory (emphasis mine) :
It is important to remember that Roe v. Wade did not mean that abortions could be performed. They have always been done, dating from ancient Greek days.
What Roe said was that ending a pregnancy could be carried out by medical personnel, in a medically accepted setting, thus conferring on women, finally, the full rights of first-class citizens — and freeing their doctors to treat them as such.
Of course, Fanatic Governor Phil Bryant has already stated his disdain for the 56% of Mississippi voters who oppose 'personhood' and those of us who oppose the crushing regulation of one private business.
"Well they're just absolutely wrong," says Governor Bryant. "I was very active in that initiative and referendum. I don't really-- I'm not really concerned what they think, because their thinking is wrong."

Why, oh, WHY don't we have the Recall option?!?!  The worst part about this is that there is nothing that can be done for the next four years.  Nothing.  Even then, will Mississippi voters wise up?

The reason this gets me is that I can not comprehend the level of disdain these people must have for women and children.  Either that or they just love suffering and forcing others to suffer.  They hide it behind talk of 'sanctity of life' but their actions are just hateful.

Let me give an example.  One Republican Pro-Lifer recently in the public spotlight boasts about how he and his wife were told the baby his wife was carrying had defects that would not allow it to survive very long.  They boast about how they carried it to term any way and were able to hold it in their arms.  To them, I am assuming, it was some emotional high.  However, all I can think about is how the child suffered for those few hours it was alive and wonder how much it suffered in the womb when or if it became aware.  I don't see forcing any being to suffer 'as long as possible' as being even close to being a good thing.  I can see fighting to get through an illness or injury if there is a good possibility of living without terrible pain afterwards, but these "right to life" people just take it too far - they force a living being to suffer until the very end, even going so far as to do everything to keep it alive for as long as possible and whatever their reasoning, the only reason I can see is to extend the suffering as long as possible.  It disturbs me greatly and makes me ill to think about, kind of makes me so mad I want to cry.

I was so upset by this that I forgot to eat breakfast... 2 1/2 hours late in grabbing a bite.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Musing on my Commute

I have been looking for a way to ditch my car - a gas sipper at the 34 mpg I get on an average tank, but it is very hard when I have a 21 mile commute to work.

I have a huge desire for a bicycle.  A recumbent bicycle, maybe even a trike, from a local shop. A more bicycle-friendly route to work would be 19 miles, but no bike lanes and some fairly busy roads with crazy drivers.  If I were able to get a steady 10mph the whole way and not stop, the trip would still be a good two hours instead of a mere 42 minutes.... plus the sweat part of 'sweat equity' wouldn't be good for my clothes nor aroma. ( I work in an office, no on-site shower )  As I get to work at 7 am, riding a bike well before sunrise on unlit country back-roads would be pretty dangerous.  Still, riding in my community and places like the Natchez Trace would be awesome!

I could take the bike to work with me and ride it the six blocks to the office from where I can find free parking.  It would give me some more in-range options for lunch ( I should probably be taking my lunch more often ) and a quicker person-powered segment of my commute - and be more fun than walking!

A scooter or motorcycle would get me 60 to 70 mpg and be much more timely than a bicycle, but purchasing one requires a big investment that I haven't been able to make.  A Scooter from Green Earth Scooters is much cheaper than the motorcycle - and the bicycle, but I think the Honda Rebel motorcycle would handle my 6'4" 290lbs a bit better.

Now, if only I could get Funding for the purchase of one of these alternatives....  :)


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mo and Ron are Twits

So, today on Twitter, a couple guys claiming to be "Independent Constitutionalists" @'d me and wanted me to follow them.  I looked at the profile and I see that "Mo" is a Christian Tea Party Gun Enthusiast and that "Ron" is a Conservative Pro-Life Personhood supporter.

First off, you can't be "Independent" if your whole platform lines up with the Republican Tea Party.

So, I tweet back that Theocracy and Personhood, both embryonic and corporate, is anti-constitutional.  I'm thinking they would just unfollow, but oh, no... they tried to convince me...

So, "Mo" says
"Personhood of the unborn's 1st a scientific fact. From that fact moral conclusions can be drawn, Agreed?"

I reply with, "Personhood of the unborn is religious based myth, so no, not agreed."

People are Born, unborn are unpeople. (Yes, it is a bit more complicated than that, but I like the line.)

Then "Ron" chimes in supporting corporate personhood, claiming that those who oppose it are against freedom of association and that it doesn't mean what ignorant people think it means.  He claims that Corporate Personhood is what enables corporations to enter into contracts.

I point out to "Ron" that the Founding Fathers largely were against 'corporate personhood' and that for centuries Contract Law has kept them able to form contracts and be held responsible for those contracts.

On Personhood... if 90% of all arguments in favor of a position require citing religious texts, then it is religiously based and should not be part of our government.  Individuals are more than welcome to continue to hold the belief - they are just very unwelcome to force others to adhere to it by force of Federal or State Law.

On Corporate Personhood... You can easily look up what our founders thought about corporations.  A good place to start is the Boston Tea Party - against the East India Tea Company and their tax breaks.

Incorporation provided a lot of benefits to a company.

  • Limited Liability (personal and business assets separated)
  • Tax Breaks
  • Immortality
  • Fluid ownership
  • Easier Fundraising (stocks, bank loans, etc)
All of those benefits must be balanced by limitations - meaning they don't have all the rights of People.  Corporations are immortal, they can't be imprisoned, the owners and employees are not liable for corporate debt and largely not for corporate misdeeds.

When our Nation was founded, there were laws set up to control and regulate corporations.  Corporations were of limited time and required to reapply and uphold basic standards of behavior 'for the common good.'  Over the years - with founders and leaders warning against it - corporations bought our lawmakers and had them go crazy with deregulation.  Now, the corporations bought the Supreme Court and had them open the door so they can outright buy our elections.  Democracy is imperiled and I am not sure how we can recover our government By the People, for the People.

Especially when you have twits like Mo and Ron applauding their corporate masters assuming the mantle of control - all for assurances that their religion will be the basis for laws from now on.