Thursday, September 29, 2011

Personhood on MSNBC

Monday, September 26, 2011

Educating Bryan Fischer

For a group that claims to be "pro-life" and "pro-family," the American Family Association and its representative Bryan Fischer sure don't seem to know much of anything about pregnancy. Listen to Fischer talk to Brad Pruitt, Executive Director of Yeson26, and see if your jaw doesn't just hit the floor in surprise:

That's right. According to Fischer, pregnancies that endanger the life of the mother are so rare that they practically never happen and have "virtually" never been written about in the medical literature.

Now let's look at a reality-based perspective courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association. Here are the pregnancy statistics for the United States:

 4,058,000 live births per year
 1,995,840 losses per year
~6,000,000 pregnancies per year

That's already bad news if you're unborn. You only have about a 66% chance of being born.

Now based on this, let's look at the kinds of losses:

64,000 - ectopic pregnancies
 6,000 - molar pregnancies (GTD or uterine cancer)

That's just about 1.2% of all pregnancies in the U.S. that can endanger the mother's life if not treated. The chances of saving the fertilized egg is so small and the risk of waiting can be so great that it's not feasible to even try to save it in most cases.

  26,000 - stillbirth.
600,000 - miscarriage

These can happen for a variety of reasons and many of them do not present a significant risk to the mother. However, according to the Preeclampsia Foundation, 18% of U.S. maternal deaths are caused by preeclampsia, eclampsia, HELLP Syndrome (which I have had), and other hypertensive issues. Many times women can get care soon enough to survive and deliver a healthy baby but, many times, they simply can't.

"875,000 women experience one or more pregnancy complications." Certainly not all of these are dangerous, much less fatal, but Fischer acts like this stuff doesn't happen at all. He seems to think that pregnancy is all roses for women.

Let's look at some world statistics from WHO:

     1500 - number of women who die every DAY from childbirth worldwide
536,000 - number of maternal deaths in 2005 in developing countries that were avoidable.

Four major killers of mothers:

1. Severe bleeding (usually postpartum)
2. Infections (usually postpartum)
3. Hyptertensive disorders
4. Obstructed labor

For Bryan Fischer to say that women almost never die in childbirth and that there is "virtually" no record of such in the medical literature either reflects the grossest ignorance possible or is a flat-out lie. Since he claims to have done the research before he states this, I think it's likely that he's just lying.

Something does indeed smell fishy, Mr. Fischer, but it isn't a red herring. It's you.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Punishing the Unlucky

Sit back a moment, chill, and listen to the song. Now take a deep breath and consider something you've probably known for a long time but just didn't realize you knew it.

Anti-abortion/Personhood laws are just penalties for people who aren't as lucky as you are.

Sometimes we roll the dice and sometimes the dice are rolled for us. If you're against abortion in every case, then you were probably lucky enough to:

1. Not grow up in a family where you were molested. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

2. Not be raped. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

3. Not get caught when you had sex. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

4. Not have a condom break or miss a pill. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

5. Not have a difficult or dangerous pregnancy. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

6. Not be infertile. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

7. Not grow up in poverty and despair. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

8. Not have children suffering with a debilitating disease. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

9. Not lack the education to understand how to prevent pregnancy. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

10. Not have a sexual partner who abused or abandoned you. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

You have no right to penalize those who are unluckier than you are; especially not until you've walked a mile in their shoes. It's not that you're somehow more righteous and pure than women who need abortions or reproductive care. It's just that you haven't rolled the dice and come up snake eyes - yet.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wise Up, Boys!

I've appealed to women, families, and people of reason. Now I'm going to appeal to all you guys out there who enjoy getting laid. There are a few reasons why guys who enjoy sex should not support initiative 26. I want to give you my thoughts straight out with no sugar-coating on why a single male should care about this issue and vote NO on 26.

1. Women who are not using any sort of birth control, cannot get easy access to birth control, or are afraid to use birth control will be more likely to get pregnant. That means you, as the father, will be either marrying the girl or paying child support until the kid is 18. That's a big shutdown of whatever partying you plan to be doing. And don't think it's so easy to squirm out of that responsibility. The court can subpoena you for a paternity test and DNA doesn't lie. You can try to run from the state but sooner or later they will find you. The chances of you becoming a daddy too soon are increased when women lose the right to choose.

2. Women who cannot get access to oral contraceptives or who fear using them will have to resort to condoms instead. I know that a lot of men don't like them and don't want to use them. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship with your girlfriend or wife, she may feel she has no choice but to start using condoms. I'd be irresponsible if I didn't encourage everyone who is engaged in casual or non-monogamous sex to use condoms regardless but I think the point still stands. 

3. Teen girls living in very religious or strict households who get pregnant may have difficulty communicating their situation to their families. It is possible that a scared young girl might be so afraid to tell her parents that she's been having sex that she would claim she was seduced or forced. It's also possible that if the girl told her parents the truth, the parents might completely deny that their princess could be sexually active and decide that you drugged her, forced her, or took advantage of her. People do strange things when they are terrified and you don't want a statutory rape or capital rape charge against you because your girlfriend couldn't easily get on the pill or was afraid to get caught with it.

Let me be very clear in saying here that I do not mean to suggest that women often or even frequently make up rape. I do not believe that at all. I take rape claims very, very seriously (having been sexually assaulted before myself). I'm simply saying that sometimes, under extreme circumstances, these things can occur and people need to take all precautions to be safe and responsible.

So, guys, if you're still in your prime and playing the field, I ask you to consider the consequences of 26. It can do more than cramp your style - it can destroy your future. I encourage all young men out there to take care of themselves and look out for the ladies in their lives too. Be safe, responsible, and honest.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Facebooking for Jesus: The New Pledge of Allegiance

I hate chain emails. I mean I really, REALLY, hate them. They usually present half-truths or outright lies as fact and then try to derive some great moral lesson from them - usually at the expense of an unpopular group. This often serves to reinforce misconceptions, promote ignorance, and encourage unreasonable intolerance and fear.

Today's offering is one you have probably seen making the rounds before.  The unspecified enemies here appear to be atheists and liberals, favorite targets of people who don't know much about our country, why it was formed, or how it works. Unfortunately, that describes many of my family and friends. Let's take a look: 

BY A 15 yr. OLD SCHOOL KID Who got an A+ for this entry Since the Pledge of Allegiance And The Lord's Prayer Are not allowed in most Public schools anymore Because the word 'God' is mentioned.....

I'm not sure which is worse - that a student could write something so stupid or that adults would pass this around as if it were true. The pledge can still be said in schools but the school can't force a student to recite it. Likewise, students may still say the Lord's Prayer during their free time at school but the school cannot make them pray it or pray it for them. God is not an evil word or a banned word at school. It is simply a subject that the school, because it is part of the government, must remain neutral on.

If your kids aren't patriotic or religious enough, then that is your fault as a parent. It is not the government's job to make your kid patriotic or religious.

A kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer: "New Pledge of Allegiance" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd.

Once again, praying isn't "against the rule" if it's the student (or a group of students) doing it outside of instructional time. The school administration and staff are the ones that can't pray, make kids pray, or make kids listen to prayer.

As for America finding the mention of God strange, I have to wonder which America this kid lives in. America is so full of "Jesus" and "God" that you can't listen to a politician or read anything any more without someone sticking their god in it. Keep in mind that as of 2008, 76% of Americans claimed to be Christian and 9% more claimed to be theists of some other religion. That's a total of 85% of Americans who believe in at least one god and only 15% of people who don't (though, to be fair, of those 15%, some may be theists who simply have no religion). The idea that this nation is estranged from God is what's odd.

If scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now.

Scripture can be read in class if it's for a secular purpose. I'd argue that the Bible is an important source of literature that should be studied. I'd also argue that a comparative religion class on the high school level is a good idea. Scripture-reading only violates the Bill of Rights when the school endorses, opposes, or forces kids to do it for religious reasons. It's not a federal matter for a student to bow her head and pray quietly but it's a very big deal when the school tries to make kids bow.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.

Actually, some schools do have dress codes against clothing or styles of dress that are "disruptive."

The law is specific, the law is precise. Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice. For praying in a public hall Might offend someone with no faith at all. In silence alone we must meditate, God's name is prohibited by the state.

The problem with school prayer is not that some atheist might "be offended." It's that the government has absolutely no right to tell anyone when and how to pray. Use your imagination for just one moment and pretend that you were at a school graduation and the principal asked everyone to get on their knees and face Mecca to pray to Allah. How would you feel? You'd be furious! Or how would you feel if he was praying a Christian prayer and ended it with an appeal to Mary and the saints? Protestants would be livid! This is why the government in general and schools in particular have no business leading prayers.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks. They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

Again, someone needs to reread the school dress codes. And the Bible hasn't been outlawed nor are students punished for quoting scripture. The real truth is that, for the most part, your kids just really don't care about religion. Most of them are too busy worrying about their friends and their lives to worry about that. You aren't going to catch too many teens going around studying their Bibles (unless it's for show). Most of them are going to be reading teen magazines and stuff that interests them. Again, the problem isn't the school - it's with the family.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King. It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong, We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.

Schools teach right from wrong every single day. Each classroom is supposed to have a code of conduct. What schools cannot do is teach a particular religious view. That is, yet again, the family's job. What we keep coming back to is the ugly truth that way too many parents are mad because the school won't do their job for them. It is the parents' job to teach morality and instill reasonable discipline. It is the family and the church's job to teach religion. If your kid isn't getting the message, the problem is with you - not the schools.

We can get our condoms and birth controls, Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, No word of God must reach this crowd.

I wish our school had given us better sex ed and access to contraceptives. I think that would have helped a lot of our students. When I taught in the public school, it was frightening how ignorant high school students were on how sex worked and how pregnancy and STDs could be prevented.

As for the rest of this line, anthropology and cultural studies are (or should be) important parts of student education. Teaching a particular religion, however, is not. That's the family and the church's job. How many times do I need to say that before it gets through?

It's scary here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school's a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make: Should I be shot; My soul please take! Amen.

If school is a scary place, then perhaps we need to take a look at how school boards and administrators are hamstrung by angry parents. Too many parents send their kids to school with no home training, no sense of respect, and no desire to learn. Then when their kids get in trouble or fail to perform, these same parents will threaten the teachers with physical violence and threaten the administrators with lawsuits. You simply cannot run safe and effective schools when parents act more like thugs than their own kids do.

If you aren't ashamed to do this, Please pass this on. Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.' Not ashamed. Pass this on...

And now we get to the worst of it. The same trash I see on every one of these idiotic posts: that old threat that if you don't pass this along, you aren't a good Christian and Angry Jesus will get you one day.  That is the tactic of a bully. That is the tactic of these angry parents who don't want to raise their children right and expect the state to do it for them. That's the tactic of people who want to use government power to force you to pledge, pray, kneel, bow - all on command. That's the tactic of people who claim all the rights of American society but are unwilling to accept the responsibilities that go with it.

Do I dare tell my cousin that I am indeed ashamed to pass this on because it's untrue? Or do I continue to sit in my closet with my fists tightly clenched?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Funny to see the changes over last 2 months.

Balls to the Wall: Fighting Back on 26! and other "personhood" supporters are suffering a massive backlash as more and more Mississippians discover the true purpose and consequences of this initiative.

The Personhood movement has chosen to poison the well by linking Mississippians for Healthy Families to "liberal" organizations such as the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. They have even gone as far as to create a fake website to spread this fallacy. No one who has dealt with these people and seen their dishonest tactics at work before should be surprised. It is becoming increasingly common to hear pro-lifers on the ground spread misinformation like, "Oh, it won't outlaw the Pill." or "Planned Parenthood must be paying you a lot to post on here." Expect these tactics to grow over the next month as voting day draws near.

I want to focus today, however, on the FAQ redo that, no doubt, sprung up in response to the growing opposition to the personhood amendment. Fortunately, I have a copy of their previous page saved so that we can compare the content, see how they've changed their language, and decide whether they are honest.

Saving the mother's life:



This does not address the question of what will happen when a mother needs a treatment to save her life that will kill an healthy fetus. Imagine that the mother is determined to have cancer and needs immediate chemotherapy. The chemotherapy will save her life but kill the fetus within her. If a situation arises when the family must make the awful decision between the mother and a living fetus, who decides which one lives and which one dies? Can a doctor be sued or, even worse, charged if the mother or fetus dies during such a treatment? Or will it become as it is in anti-abortion countries such as El Salvador and Nicaragua where doctors fear to treat pregnant women with complications at all?




I believe the first statement is the more accurate of the two. In their first FAQ, they claim that they don't have a problem with contraceptives but are totally against abortifacients. What they did not tell their audience is that  a major wing of the pro-life movement considers the Pill and IUDs to be abortifacients because they can change the lining of the uterus to make it "hostile" to implantation.

Now that people are being educated on how the pills and IUDs work, Yeson26 has had to walk back their statement quite a bit and claim now that they have nothing against the pill - they just want to outlaw RU486. Is this true? If personhood begins at the moment of conception (or "fertilization") then anything that would prevent the implantation of that "person" is an abortifacient and, therefore, illegal. Do not let these clowns fool you into thinking they don't want to take away your birth control. They most definitely DO! Consider the words of the Director of Legislative Affairs for Pro-Life Wisconsin when he said, "Those who don't turn their attention to trying to outlaw contraception at this point... hurt the anti-abortion cause."

Notice that Yeson26 has also removed their language regarding prostaglandin suppositories now that people realize that these drugs are given to women to induce labor in normal, healthy pregnancies.

IVF Treatment and Stem Cell Research:



Yeson26 has been consistent on this issue but a bit disingenuous in my opinion. They act like storing these embryos is no big deal but what are the consequences of having these embryos sustained? If they are "persons" then can they be claimed as dependents? Can they be counted as members of the household when it comes to welfare, food stamps, medicaid and such? If a technician drops a storage unit and the embryos die, is he a mass murderer, guilty of manslaughter, or maybe guilty of criminally negligent homicide? If the embryos are frozen indefinitely, is that considered "cruel and unusual punishment" since those "persons" are condemned to a lifetime of non-sentience? Have we deprived them of their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

As a bit of an aside, keep in mind that the Catholic Church is against IVF and all the most extreme anti-choice positions seems to stream from them.

Now let's look at some of their new entries:


It is indeed cruel but it is definitely not silly. Ask Rennie Gibbs, Bei Bei Shuai, and Amanda Kimbrough how silly it is that they face life in prison because of their miscarriages. These are not scare tactics but the real consequences of passing an overly-broad initiative such as 26.


Let's be honest - children are an expense whether they are wanted or not. Unwanted children cost the state a fortune in food, healthcare, and (all too often) crime. It would be wonderful if there were families lined up to adopt unwanted kids but there just aren't that many white people of means who want children that are Black, Hispanic, mixed, physically or mentally disabled, addicted to crack, or with fetal alcohol syndrome. Most white people I know who have adopted have spent a lot of money to make sure they get a cute white baby that looks just like them. I wish people were more tolerant and accepting of unwanted kids, but they're not. Most unwanted kids are not going to get adopted. They're going to be shuffled around in foster care, hopefully not abused or neglected too badly, and too many of them will live as adults on the state's dime either on welfare programs or in jail.

For the record, those who have adopted or who provide excellent foster-care, I salute you! We need more people like you.


Yes, indeed, Personhood will end abortion in Mississippi...well, it will end legal and safe abortion.I find it interesting that they are fighting what they perceive to be a huge "abortion industry" in our state. Mississippi has a very definite number of Planned Parenthood clinics that perform abortions: 1. [Correction: the PP clinic does NOT do abortions. The Jackson clinic that does abortions is not a PP clinic.]


So the answer here is, unequivocally, YES. Personhood supporters and Yeson26 want to take away your family's right to choose what's best for you. They think that they, using the power of the state, should be able to impose their will on your family. They think that they, not you, should make important medical decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life. They don't care how old you are, whether you've been raped, or whether you're well enough to bear. All they care about is making their religion into law and they have no problem using dirty tactics like making fake websites or using language that hides their true intent to do so.

If you enjoy your life and your liberty...
If you think you should make your own medical decisions...
If you think your religion is YOUR business and not theirs...
If you think there's a better way to end elective abortion...
If you think the women you love are people and not property...

then join the fight and vote NO on initiative 26!

No on 26

Monday, September 19, 2011

When I Choose...

When I choose abstinence:

You tell me everybody's doing it and I should too.

You tell me I would do this for you if I loved you.

You tell me you'll still respect me in the morning.

You tell me you're going back to your old girlfriend because at least she'll do it.

You get me drunk, slip a drug in my drink, or just hold me down and force me to do it.

When I choose to use condoms:

You tell me you don't like condoms.

You tell me you can't feel anything.

You tell me they don't even work.

When I choose to use birth control pills or IUDs:

You don't offer to use a condom to protect me from disease.

You ignore me or make fun of me when I have side effects like weight gain or mood swings.

You tell me "the Pill kills" as if preventing pregnancy is the same as murder.

When I choose to have an abortion:

You don't step up and take responsibility for your part.

You tell me half-truths and lies about the risk of abortion.

You don't care if my life is in immediate danger.

You don't care if my unborn child is already dead.

You don't care if I was just brutally raped by a stranger or molested by my grandfather.

You never offer your support.

When I choose to have a baby:

You tell me I'm a slut and a sinner for not being married. You never blame the child's father.

You tell me I shouldn't get Medicaid to pay my prenatal expenses.

You tell me I shouldn't get welfare assistance to feed and clothe my child.

You tell me I shouldn't get any accommodation in the workplace to take my child to the doctor.

You tell me I'm a drain on society and everything that's going wrong is laid at my feet.

No matter what I choose to do, you're never satisfied. Why then should I listen to you any more?

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Skeptical Look at the Pascagoula Abduction

The Daily Corinthian included this little gem in its State Briefs section today. The text is not available on their website and only a snippet is available from the Associated Press here. So using the longer text from the actual newspaper, I'd like to review the rather shoddy reporting and compare it to reality.

The article reports that Mr. Charles Hickson died at age 80 and that he was one of two men who reported a UFO abduction in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on October 11, 1973. This is verifiably true. But then the article continues:

What seemed to be the beginning of a peaceful night turned to chaos when the pair suddenly found themselves in a close encounter with an alien craft and its occupants.

Note how the story is reported as absolute fact - as if this had indeed occurred exactly as described. The word "allegedly" would have made this go down a bit better. We are expected to just accept that an alien craft came down to these two men and made contact. Never mind that the location of this alleged contact was in full view of Ingalls Shipyard's security cameras or the two 24-hour toll booths close by. Never mind that not a single worker, driver, or home owner saw anything. You are expected to just take this on faith.

But it's hard for me to take this on faith when the testimony of these men is so highly suspect and completely uncorroborated. Hickson admitted to having been drinking whiskey and Parker claimed he was so scared he just fainted. That would give us only one real eyewitness to the inside of the vessel, the nature of the aliens, and any procedures done or conversations had. The problem is that, after the story became famous, Parker said he lied about passing out and changed his story into an even more fanciful tale. Let's look at the men's accounts in more detail.

Hickson described the aliens as being unipedal humanoids, pale and wrinkled, with no eyes or neck, and protrusions for ears and a nose. Of course, they also had lobster claws for hands. This seems a most unlikely evolutionary candidate for a planet that resembles ours (and these aliens must have relied on gravity and an atmosphere like ours since they were supposedly in the same room with the men, breathing the same air with no devices). Hickson said he was scanned and released about 20 minutes later. How he kept track of time and all these details without having the presence of mind to grab an alien artifact or ask a question, we'll never know.

As mentioned before, Parker said he fainted from fright but then recanted. After hypnotic regression, he reported that he was examined by a female alien (did she have boobs or more "carrot-like" growths?) and she stuck a needle into his penis. He claims she spoke to him telepathically and told him he'd been taken for a reason which he does not disclose. Nineteen years later he said he made contact with the same female and the same ship. He went with her willingly and she told him that God was real, the Bible was true, and humans were just too aggressive for them to come live with us.

First, why would you ever get back on a ship with a shriveled, ugly woman who stuck a needle in your penis? I mean, really!

Second, what kind of alien abducts people, traumatizes them thoroughly, sticks needles in their privates and then lectures us about morality?

Third, do you really think a sophisticated alien race is going to come down here and tell us the Bible is true? Do you think they made their spaceship from the description of Elijah's chariot? Come on, aliens would look at our little god beliefs and laugh - as well they should.

So the paper finishes with this paragraph:

After reporting the abduction, Hickson and Parker both passed lie detector tests and were even questioned under hypnosis. Investigators are on record saying the pair's story never wavered.

Let's be fair. Hickson and Parker had plenty of time before they reported the incident to the military and the police to get their stories straight. They had even more time to reinforce the story and perform for the police when they were "secretly" recorded at the sheriff's office. I'm not sure how smart you have to be to know that you're being listened to when they put you in the little room with the shiny glass. Hickson's whiskey and Parker's lie doesn't make them wrong but it does damage their credibility. Seriously, would you want these two guys to be the eyewitnesses at your murder trial? I think not.

Also, the lie detector tests were not done by a trained professional. The operator had not finished training and was not certified. For some reason, when offered the chance to have the polygraph done by a professional at no charge, the men refused. But it doesn't even matter because polygraphs are unreliable and can be fooled.

As for hypnotic regression, the "Satanic Panic" and "Multiple-Personality Disorder" epidemic should have taught us that this sort of therapy is notoriously unreliable and is a good way for a subject to embellish or falsify a story to gain the therapist's approval.

So what are we left with? A monumental event witnessed by no cameras and no one in the area except two fishermen. What proof did they bring to the military and police? The catfish they had caught. Their testimony changed over time to become more erratic and unbelievable. No other witnesses. No pictures. No recordings. No radiation. No DNA. No alien tools. Nothing. Yet to read the AP release, you'd think this UFO encounter may really have happened.

If someone tells you they've been abducted by aliens, be skeptical.

If someone tells you they've been abducted by Christian aliens who stick needles in guys' penises, run for the hills - especially if you're a guy with a penis.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Organ Blessing

Because we rednecks have nothing better to do with our time...

The Episcopal Church blesses their musical instruments. The Churches of Christ prohibit musical instruments. How's a Christian to know what to do?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Redonkulous Redneck Award - Elizabeth Kennedy

Welcome to our first edition of Redonkulous Rednecks - a weekly awarding of those Southerners amongst us who say and do the most outrageously insane things.

There is so much material to work with down here that we simply cannot give out an award to everyone who is worthy of it. I hope, therefore, you'll appreciate the extraordinary level of dumbassery that must be displayed in order to achieve it.

This week's recipient is Ms. Elizabeth Kennedy of New Site and comes to us via the Booneville, MS publication The Banner-Independent. In the September 8th issue, Ms. Kennedy writes regarding the explosion of the Russian supply shuttle and says:

Do you think the Russians might suddenly find a way to get some of their people up there as soon as our people leave?

Well, sure, Ms. Kennedy, because the best way to get your people to the space station before a country with no space shuttle program can is to destroy your own rocket.

Would a rocket from the spaceship not be closer to us than one from the moon? Surely they wouldn't do that!

So the Russians blew up their own rocket so they can get to the space station and fire a rocket at the U.S.? And they are going to fire a rocket from the space station because a rocket fired from the station will somehow be more dangerous to us than one fired from the moon? Really, Ms. Kennedy?

It makes one wonder if our government leaders are that dumb or if it was carefully planned.

So now you suggest that perhaps the U.S. government (led by that strange Muslim atheist Nazi communist socialist Indonesian Kenyan Obama) let Russia blow up its own rockets so it could win the space race to the station to fire a rocket on the U.S. That crafty Obama!

Either way, it is good news for Christians. "Look up for your redemption draweth nigh," but pity the unsaved. I can see now why the Bible says that hell has to be enlarged.

If Ms. Kennedy's conspiracy is true, it is not good news for Christians since a huge percentage of Americans claim to be Christians. If she's right, those good Christians are going to look up one night and see a Russian rocket coming straight at them via the space station. I expect she thinks it will have an "Obama 2012" logo painted on it. It's pretty apparent that she thinks she'll be one of the few raptured out before her imagined tragedy but I wouldn't count on it. Was it not her god who said that many would say, "Lord, Lord!" and he would turn them away?

Ms. Kennedy, I recommend that you look up at the night sky and let that inspire you to learn some science and reason so that you can appreciate the technology you so thoughtlessly enjoy. And I recommend further that you worry more about enlarging your mind than measuring the dimensions of your mythical hell.

So for your insane Russian rocket conspiracy and your pseudo-Rapture claptrap, I present you with the first ever Redonkulous Redneck Award. You deserve it!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Personhood and Baptism?

If Catholics believe that life begins at conception, then why do they wait until after birth to baptize?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Personhood Amendment questions no one seems to want to answer.

Taken from the following website

Loftin from Lucedale,MS posted the following:

I started this thread to see what long term effects, you might be aware of in regards to the personhood amendment.

Think about these few things:

How wil this affect the unemployment rate?

What are the reasons behind this amendment?

Have you gone to the website and read the main goal?

How will this affect minority families and low income families?

How will we feed,cloth and care for any unwanted children that are put up for adoption?

In 16 years our population will have increased, where will they work or are they cheap labor?

I see no one has even tried to answer your questions and done nothing but say off topic things, sad really.

1. "How will this affect the unemployment rate?"

 Affecting the unemployment rate may seem an odd thing to ask but really you need to look at the bigger picture. If more women become pregnant and are denied access to birth control, namely the pill, then in time we will have an influx in population and this will increase the unemployment rate if the number of jobs available doesn't increase as well.

2. "What are the reasons behind this amendment?"

 As far as we can tell this proposal does not in any way pass the Lemon law test.

 After much research on the yeson26 and personhood websites, you can find their reasoning as the following:

"Now, in November of 2011, we have the opportunity to vote on the question. When the majority of voters in November's election vote YES on 26, abortion will be outlawed in our state; cloning and other forms of medical cannibalism will be effectively stopped; and a challenge will be set up to Roe v Wade."

From PersonhoodMississippi site. 

" If Mississippians vote Yes on Amendment 26 we will be honoring God and loving our neighbors in our law system."

So they are basically wanting to overturn established law, honor god and promote their religion through law?

3. "Have you gone to the website and read the main goal?"

 Yes I have and wonder how many others got past the first few pages.

 How much of this information is actually being shared when they visit the local churches or are they only using the negative imagery of abortion while hiding the fact that birth control pills, stem cell research are to be halted?

We have met with a few people from the local baptist churches and asked about their visits and the information they shared about their cause. In fact their stand on ectopic pregnancy, birth control, stem cell research, rape and incest, cloning and RU-486 listed on their FAQs page were never mentioned in any of the information they gave at a family member's church. They just expect everyone to be sheep and go along with everything they are told, never questioning or looking at the bigger picture.

4. "How will this affect minority families and low income families?"

 All those families are in for a long hard road. Considering that the Tea-Party wants to dissolve or defund social safety nets like medicaid, welfare, WIC, etc., and this amendment wants to make effective birth control like the pill and IUDs illegal. Now you have poor families that are being forced to have a child introduced into an already suffering situation which will, in turn, breed neglect, crime, starvation, overflow of orphans.

5. How will we feed,cloth and care for any unwanted children that are put up for adoption?
6. In 16 years our population will have increased, where will they work or are they cheap labor?

Answering both of these together.

In my honest opinion this seems like a way to make people depend more on the church since the government is no longer helping if they ( the tea-party) gets their way. So further down the road, the churches have refilled their pews with these needy people and provided cheap labor for society. This sounds all too familiar: hmmm, oh yea, now I remember this sounds a lot like the German nazi power and Hitler's political policies he promised in 1932 - where women's rights as a person were basically stripped and they became property.

"In the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) programme of 25 points published in 1920 stated that it disapproved of women working. Adolf Hitler claimed that the emancipation of women was a slogan invented by Jewish intellectuals. He argued that for the German woman her "world is her husband, her family, her children, and her home."

"During the election campaign in 1932, Adolf Hitler promised that if he gained power he would take 800,000 women out of employment within four years. "

Interestingly enough though is the idea that they (pro-personhood people) want to give a fertilized egg status as a person, but treat the woman carrying the egg as property. I say property because they want to remove a woman's choice in the matter, when it concerns her body. Under this amendment if there are complications during pregnancy their policy is "sound medical practice would dictate that every effort be made to save both lives." . Apparently they have had no medical training or education on an Ectopic Pregnancy (pic). The chances of detaching an egg from the fallopian tube and re-attaching it in the uterus is practically zero.