The Roe v. Wade Row (War)

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In a past post, I addressed the issue of devoutness; concluded that religious fervor must dwell in the Goldilocks Zone; i.e., be neither too “cold” nor too “hot”. After all, the former temperature extreme might cause parishioners to perish from moral hypothermia; the latter, could easily imperil entire nations with impending, theocratic overthrow; in particular, of late, the fate now awaiting my own homeland?

Hmm, might America be spared seeing how, THANK GOD, we were founded, in part, on Freedom of / from Religion and the Separation of Church and State?

Alas, in spite of such state ratified, Constitutional principles having endured for nearly two-and-one-half centuries, when it comes down to the squinty, myopic eyes of the intolerant, the jury is still out.

Anyway…

This being a Sunday, what better time to discuss the future of America, which is being threatened, in part, by six ultraconservative U.S. Supreme Court justices (three of them Trumpers). Just one of their onerous, odious decrees recently wound up overturning Roe v. Wade; in essence, rendering abortion illegal.

Be mindful that, in order to discuss this complex issue intelligently, we will need to set aside our own personal views, re that surgical procedure, itself.

The actual crux is how that sextet of simpletons, handed down from the mount, their haphazardly chiseled, “Clay Tablet’s Eleventh Commandment“, which is already messing up / mucking up the lives of multiple-millions; unleashing devastating, societal upheaval; inflicting personal and financial hardship that’ll be felt today and for untold generations to come.

All owing to a half dozen, inconsiderate, out of touch with reality justices, who cannot even begin to fathom how the phrases “problem pregnancy” and “personal tragedy” are inexorably linked.

Case in point, the plight of the raped, traumatized, ten-year-young child, who recently had to flee from her home state of Ohio to Indiana to end her forced pregnancy; to begin taking her first baby steps down the long road to emotional recovery.

Tho that should be the end to this sad story, regrettably, the sorrows have only just begun…

Her abortion has whipped up the Stateside, Iranian magnitude, zero-tolerance zealots into such a frothing at the mouth furor, that these “pro-lifers” are now calling for the conviction, imprisonment and/or execution of the abortionist, the child’s parents and even the child herself.

Were this theological firestorm ANY WORSE THAN IT ALREADY IS, the “less intolerant” factions might… JUST MIGHT… relent JUST A TAD… were the child victim to do WHAT?

Consent to marrying and living with her rapist till death do they part?

Folks, I sure as HELL hope that immediately above sentence is hyperbole. For if that’s not the case…

HEAVEN HELP US ALL!

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You Expect Me To Do WHAT?

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Oh, the surge of instantaneous incredulity I had experienced upon my jaw-dropping realization that our multiverse’s Creator was already egging on fatherhood for a (barely) 12 year old. How the hell could that Supreme Being ever deem it wise to entrust and endow children (essentially emotional babies) with the power to make babies? Where’s the “Intelligent Design” there, eh?

Seeing how my eyes had been rolling upward, anyway, I did dare to ask Him…

“You expect me to do WHAT?” and “Have you gone effing NUTS?”

Granted I only dropped that F-bomb in this post, for dramatic emphasis, but, were we speaking of more contemporary youths, such language would certainly be commonplace.

Returning to my own youthful exasperation, my focus had been upon the glaring, ongoing paradox; that, nowhere (within any conventional society) existed preteens known to be:

  • highly college degreed and gainfully employed
  • facing down weekday rush hour traffic gridlock
  • seeking soulmates during saloons’ happy hours
  • exchanging till death do they part wedding vows
  • paying rent or mortgage and other monthly bills

Even so, playing house type extracurricular activities did morph a few of my junior high school classmates’ fashion statements to maternity-wear.

Back in that bygone, backward era, a big part of that problem had been how even non-prescription birth control products were never openly displayed. Yep, instead, one would need to engage in awkward negotiations with the oft judgmental pharmacist; such as my own father’s friend (and a Catholic, to boot); the big businessman who, little doubt, would’ve ratted out any boyish man, who’d dare to go on a condom run.

So, all in all, as alluring as sex had been, I knew, fully well, it’d be far easier and infinitely wiser to find the willpower that not all children (not even some childish adults) can manage to muster; let alone master. In other words, to discretely discover acceptable pleasurable alternatives.

If I do say so, myself, it had been quite impressive how someone so young could come to such common sense conclusions, independently; btw, “The Talk” (Dad’s plumbing 101 lecture) transpiring three long years following my “awakening”. Luckily, my own reasoning power did serve me well.

Returning to the somber, sobering here and now, in essence, every post pubescent must learn to readily embrace the #1 Fact of Life; how effing easy it is to conceive babies; how, other than the wildly unpopular abstinence, no contraceptive method is 100 percent goof-proof.

This has all become paramount, especially in the wake of the recent, regressive, Trumpian dominated Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision which has stricken down the previous court’s, 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. Ergo, once again, abortion is illegal and, by extension, is already sending devastating shock waves throughout American society.

The new reality is Donald J. Trump’s three appointees (namely, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett) continue to giddily, sadistically hobnob / collude with the preexisting menaces to society (namely Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and John Roberts).

Consequently, America is facing down an ugly, uber-conservative, super majority that could go on for multiple generations to come OR until irreversible environmental collapse overrules them; whichever comes first (likely the latter).

Even the following valid reasons for abortion have been ruled illegitimate:

  • medical complications that threaten patients’ well-being and very lives
  • prenatal tests that reveal the presence of non-survivable birth defects
  • the consequences of grotesque, consanguineous / non-consensual sex

Needless to say, the time is ripe for amorous couples to discretely discover their own acceptable, pleasurable alternatives to intercourse; to additionally, with no exceptions, use birth control; to even double up and triple up combine methods.

And then, upon rolling our eyes upward, each of us must also ask the Big Guy upstairs…

“You Expect Me To Do WHAT?” and “Have you gone effing NUTS?”

And, more to the point, to ultimately query…

“Do you honestly expect anyone to find life fulfilling under the collective, oppressive thumb of your hardcore, theocratic, tyrannical, cretinous creations?”

“Where’s the “intelligent design” there, eh?”

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Be humans Vaxxed OR Unvaxxed, We
can still shed and spread the batcrap
crazy contagious coronavirus which,
in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

HENCE… this easy as pie, cover your
nose and pie-hole/hole-up heads-up:

Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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A Screw-Up’s Nuts & Bolts M.O.

This a.m., I gave a listen to the live coverage of Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing.

From the right side of the aisle, many of her Republican Senator cohorts took to shamelessly, inordinately heaping on their praise; some even going so far as to answer the very questions, which they had prepared for her. It’s as if they had deemed her so incompetent that, sans their help, she’d be at a loss for words? I kept on yelling at my radio,

“Damn it, Mr. Republican, you’re not the one applying for the freakin’ job! She is! Why don’t you just let this book-smart woman speak for herself? America and the rest of the world would rather hear her out!”

Re the left side of the aisle, I can only hope that the Democratic Senators’ oft insightful, people oriented guidance will, someday, help correct her lifeless, blah, corporate myopia; help her more clearly see our Founding Fathers’ vision for America.

To cite one example, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), had expressed his concerns re Barrett’s talks with Donald J. Trump. He then asked, pointedly, if her nomination had been contingent upon her taking orders from the Oval Office.

In other words / my own words…

If confirmed, would Barrett help Dictator Donny subvert the highest court of the land? Flagrantly aid and abet his, reprehensible voter suppression plot? Allow him to stay in power until he’s 100+ years old? Willfully collude to help him burn up the U.S. Constitution and burn down America?

While Barrett did insist that there had been no such discussion, what if Trump had asked her a more… wink – wink… general question; oh, say, “Will you ALWAYS rule in my favor, NO MATTER WHAT?” After all, that would be the ONE and ONLY qualification that’d ever be of interest to him.

Obviously, such a Q would only require her “Yes!”; and with nary a mention of voter suppression, to boot! Furthermore, would that 3-letter, monosyllabic, 1-word reply even qualify as a discussion?

Let’s discuss this more abstractly, too. What about Barrett’s outside the courtroom conduct?

My thoughts now flashback to Barrett’s 09/26/2020 public White House appearance; known to our pandemic experts as a COVID-19 superspreader event; known to off-the-record White House staffers as The Rose Garden Massacre; a.k.a. the suspected ground zero site, where Trump, himself, had gotten infected.

Think of it! Against the backdrop of the worst global pandemic to plague humankind since 1918, Barrett showed up at her White House coming out party sans mask. Granted, she had already been infected with and recovered from COVID-19. Even so, one would think that this debutante would’ve walked away from her sickbed with a newfound concern / respect for the rest of humanity?

Even if grand scale thinking is above her pay grade, could she not localize it? What of her husband and kids? Their extended family? Circle of friends? Coworker networks?

And, to put another legal spin on this, how could a law and order judge, no less, ever be a party to reckless / public endangerment? Depending on the harm done, that crime is either a misdemeanor or felony.

Barrett’s Rose Garden appearance, in itself, attests to her disregard for time-honored science; which, regardless of which courtroom she’ll call “home”, it’ll not bode well re her rulings related to Obamacare, women’s rights, climate change and the pandemic, etc. BTW, when Senator Leahy had asked her how many people, stateside, have tested COVID positive, she couldn’t even ballpark it.

From what I’ve witnessed, so far, I’m deeply concerned about this SCOTUS judge wannabe’s cavalier attitude. But why would that even be surprising to any of us? Just take a gander at who nominated her!

While there’s little doubt that Amy Coney Barrett knows the nuts and bolts of the law, it’ll be her interpretations that’ll screw everything up.

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Amy’s Anagrams

PREFACE: As we know, all too well, the ethics barren, Donald J. Trump has nominated U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court. In a sense, her nomination is akin to the fake prez giving her his (hopefully figurative) hug. As is true with virtually all of Trump’s tyrannical cronies / hacks, she has the preexisting cloud of corruption / conflict of interest billowing above her noggin; the dark storm cloud, which color coordinates with her black judicial robe.

QUESTION: Via the anagram, might Amy Coney Barrett’s very name lend itself to further analysis of this partisan, impetuous, on steroids, politically turbocharged nominating process?

DISCLAIMER: It was necessary to add one, lower case “d”, to facilitate the sentence’s flow.

RESULT:

OY, TYRANT EMBRACE(d)
BY A MERCENARY TOT!

Yep, with the exception of that (d), that sentence twice spells out AMY CONEY BARRETT!

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And the Fly said, “HELP ME!”

To properly “unpack” the content from last night’s 90 minute long debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice Prez Mike Pence, it could easily exceed 90 minutes. Were that to happen, it’d also turn off you, the reader, who’s likely ISO thumbnail political analysis, STAT! Ergo, I’ll try to mitigate the word count.

Suffice to say, this debate left much to be desired.

For starters, I found it particularly irritating / infuriating how Harris got repeatedly interrupted by Pence, who had deemed it his undeserved, gender birthright to dominate both his opponent and moderator Susan Page.

Also, Harris had missed some key opportunities to more forcefully refute the always running off at the mouth, running overtime, evasive Pence, who was doing little more than regurgitating the paint-by-numbers, hackneyed and (damned near always) disingenuous Trumpian talking points.

To be fair to Harris, this liberated man fully understands how women are harshly and unduly criticized for the same level of assertiveness, which men are complimented for. No doubt, her awareness of this odious bias toned down her debating rhetoric and style.

Seeing how I’d be remiss not to cite at least one specific debating moment, let’s discuss how Pence had, point blank, challenged Harris to state whether or not, if empowered, the Biden Admin would stack the Supreme Court; i.e., via the addition of liberal judges.

Of course, Harris and Joe Biden have deemed it wise to avoid answering yes or no in such forums. Their rationale is sound due to the complexity of this issue. More to the point, it’s damned near impossible to shoehorn any meaningful dialogue into a debate format that’s hindered by time constraints and regimented questions ISO soundbite, catch phrase replies.

Ergo, Harris opted to pivot, instead; point out how the Trump Admin, itself, is all about stacking / loading up the Supreme and Circuit Courts with lifetime appointee ideologues.

Aside: We are talking about judicial hacks who are best described as arch-conservative, under-qualified and oft incompetent.

The Senator’s response was satisfactory, yet, a much better zinger could’ve gone along these lines:

Mr. Pence, tell me, tell all Americans, just how the 67 percent conservative Supreme Court bench, which both you and Donald J. Trump lust for, fairly represents / evenhandedly serves an America that’s ONLY 35 percent conservative?

Reminder: These are my words.

And if time permitted, Ms. Harris could’ve even pointed out that judges are not supposed to be wearing MAGA hats; or for that matter, brown shirts and white Klansman robes / hoods.

Even the fly, which had landed on Mike Pence’s snow white tresses could smell the stench; the white nationalist / Fascist state shit, which, just like a nasty COVID-19 plume, wafts all around the Trump / Pence camp.

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BONUS CLIP:

The U.S. Extreme Court is Coming!

 

Preface: Regrettably, women maintaining full, legal control over their own bodies, rarely, if ever, is assured. While, in a perfect world, they’d rarely, if ever, need to seek abortions, such perfection rarely, if ever, is attainable.

Ever since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s demise, misogynistic senators have been in hog heaven, while waddling about DC’s metaphorical barnyard and wallowing in its standard issue mud puddle. They’ve been gleefully oinking, snorting and squealing about getting another crack at loading up the U.S. Supreme Court bench with, yet, another intolerant, injudicious ideologue.

Hell, these porkers have already summarily approved Donald J. Trump’s nominee; even though they know not who “The Chosen One’s” chosen one will be. All we really know is that the fake prez will be handpicking a woman, who is only a woman at the XX chromosome level. Functioning only at an atypically inconsiderate level, she will strike down Roe v. Wade; thereby, eventually, rendering all abortion (maybe even contraception) illegal.

Of course, such a political approach rarely, if ever addresses the root cause of abortion’s demand; namely, poverty. The  rarely, if ever answered question:

Why should rock-a-bye baby raising be a bough breaking, break the bank prospect?

Such a discussion could go on and on, but for the sake of brevity, let’s now cut to the chase.

Each and every feminist, now dwelling within Donny’s Dystopian America, must prepare herself for life overruled by a radical Supreme Court; an Extreme Court. In response, she must militantly nail her manifesto to her boudoir door to proclaim:

“So long as congressmen and judicial hacks insist on controlling women’s bodies, I will be controlling men’s bodies. If the only way for me to prevent problem pregnancies is to avoid sexual congress, then so be it!”

Perhaps, at that juncture, knuckle dragging senators’ feminist-idled gonads would cause them to go mad, leaving them little choice but to surrender to womankind’s demands for gender equality and the right to choose?

Granted, such a scenario is neither practicable nor sustainable. At best, this only illustrates the extreme measures it would take to trump Trump’s mucked up, U.S. Extreme Court; if that’d even be possible.

 

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If we build it, fair play will come?

 

The intent of America’s Founding Fathers had been to establish a Supreme Court staffed by non-partisan, scrupulous judges, whose main function was (still should be) to deem laws either fair or foul. Sounds straightforward enough, huh?

To employ a baseball metaphor, that’d make each judge akin to an umpire who declares base hits / line drives EITHER fair and in play OR foul and out of bounds.

Expanding on that trope, just as umpires are not supposed to be rewriting Major League Baseball’s rule book, judges are not supposed to be rewriting laws / the U.S. Constitution.

Granted, there are times when judges must strike down foul laws. And in that sense, this is legislating from the bench. Obviously, that’s not all bad. At that juncture, it merely becomes incumbent upon the actual legislators to mitigate that judicial power; i.e., by enacting unprejudiced legislation that’ll pass subsequent Supreme sniff tests.

Let’s look at this from the fair-minded baseball fans’ perspective, too. Just as we’d never want to witness an umpire wearing a hometown baseball cap / waving a home team pennant behind home plate (or anywhere else on the damned diamond), we sure as hell would never want to see a SCOTUS judge donning a dumb-ass MAGA hat or waving a freakin’ Trump flag.

Factoring in the odious Trumpian republic, for which that flag stands, We the decent People would never want any of HIS damned judges donning brownshirted or white robed / hooded uniforms, either.

Truth be told, tyrant Trump no longer even attempts to hide his raw, rabid racism and every other nasty “ism” known to humankind. As such, not unlike his (figurative) Fascist diaper, he’s been loading up HIS Supreme Court (lower Federal courts, too), with judges who wind up forever beholden to him.

Seeing how Trump already owns HIS supreme cronies, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they’ll be doing their damnedest to pleasure him / permit him to muck up free elections with impunity. Talk about a corrupt quid pro quo, huh? So much for non-partisans, huh?

Let’s shift gears a bit. America has a wealth of racial, ethnic, gender and religious / secular diversity. Should not our Supreme Court Bench actually reflect everything positive associated with each of those qualities?

More to the point, seeing how, as of 2018, 35% of Americans describe themselves as conservative, 35% as moderate and 26% as liberal, what part of Trump stacking HIS court with a conservative 6 to 3 majority involves justice for all?

Considering that formidable 61% moderate / liberal bloc, it’s, indeed, astounding how the 35% conservative minority still dominates and debases the political playing field.

As such, it would prove difficult to usher in the much needed and long overdue Supreme Court image makeover; one which could, someday, see those 9 judges mirroring America’s robust, full-bodied diversity.

Hell, factoring in Trump’s looming Fascist overthrow, even hopes for a 3 liberal – 3 moderate – 3 conservative split would be asking for too much.

Would it shock anyone were he to fire these Supreme Court judges after the November elections?

Or, at the very least, demote them to Court Jesters?

 

 

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R.I.P. R.B.G.

It is with profound sorrow that all true believers in liberty, truth and justice for all, now pause to pay our respects to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away, yesterday, at the age of 87.

We are forever indebted to her tireless, courageous fight against discrimination in all its ugly forms; the prejudice, bias, bigotry, intolerance, narrow-mindedness, unfairness, inequity, favoritism, one-sidedness, partisanship; sexism, chauvinism, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, ageism, classism and casteism, which habitually target society’s most vulnerable members; be they American citizens or asylum seekers.

We will never forget her ability to unerringly interpret and uphold our Heavenly Father’s and Founding Fathers’ laws; especially on behalf of commoners, such as you and I.

Regrettable but true, We the extraordinary ordinary People have become witness to the amoral mortals, who, with ever increasing frequency and ferocity, in their evil words and wretched deeds, have been thoughtlessly, shamelessly and relentlessly unraveling and undermining what should be inalienable, fundamental human rights.

I could, will, and must say more in the days ahead, for as presidential candidate, Joe Biden, when speaking of our current troubled times, has so oft reminded…

“We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”

Our heartfelt condolences to R.B.G.’s family and friends.

 

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Doo-Doo’ing Up Something Brown?

 

This past Thursday, the conservative dominated, U.S. Supreme Court handed down their decision re the immigration policy known as DACA… Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Needless to say, their ruling, which failed to promptly suck up to Donald J. Trump / kiss his ass, pissed off that ferociously anti-immigrant bastard, who had hoped to deliver on his longstanding, deplorable campaign promise to Make America Ghostly (white) Again.

In order to talk himself down from an impending conniption fit and, simultaneously, toss red meat to all of the Klansmen and Nazis who adore him, Trump Tweeted this twaddle…

“The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing was lost or won. They “punted”, much like in a football game (where hopefully they would stand for our great American Flag). We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfil [sic] the Supreme Court’s [requirements]…..”

9:14 AM – Jun 19, 2020

Considering from where Trump’s policies typically originate… that is… from where he “pulls out” nearly all of his “ideas”, the relevant questions… re those papers… become…

• Used or unused Charmin™?

• Enhanced with brown “toner” or not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch Hunt? Lynching? Coup d’état?

Donald J. Trump needs to rethink his contempt for the U.S. Constitution and thank its framers for authoring an orderly impeachment / removal procedure. While that’s not the same due process protections afforded ordinary citizens, he still has no good reason to fear a witch hunt, lynching and coup d’état.

Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not hired a carpenter to build a pillory. She’s not been frequenting Home Depot ISO heavy duty rope, either. As for her being a proficient military tank commander / driver / gunner? Nah… she just doesn’t seem to be the White House gate crasher / blow the front doors to smithereens type. Hell, it’s doubtful she even owns a bullhorn suitable for issuing her “GET THE HELL OUT OR ELSE!” ultimatum.

Anyway, if Donny is as virtuous, innocent and misunderstood as he claims to be, would not an Impeachment Inquiry provide the perfect, Perfect, PERFECT venue for him to prove it, Prove It, PROVE IT?

Even if he winds up impeached, anyway, the unscrupulous, soulless, spineless U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his like-minded toady underlings can be counted on to elevate rightwing partisanship over righteous patriotism… i.e., they’ll be amenable to allowing a thug to remain holed up within his oval hideout.

Even if Mitch doesn’t march in Trumpian lockstep,  Donny still has all the judges that money can buy. According to an August 5, 2019 NPR report…

“In the 2 1/2 years that Trump has been in office, his administration has appointed nearly 1 in 4 of the nation’s federal appeals court judges and 1 in 7 of its district court judges.” (read more here)

And those stats don’t even begin to factor in the U.S. Supreme / Extreme Court’s conservative bloc… inclusive of the fake prez’s handpicked, sycophantic pals, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Hell, they’d bend over both backward and forward to rule in the Trumpster’s favor… and against America.

Speaking of anti-America dudes… Donny also has one final trump card to play. Russia’s Putin. Come Election Day 2020, Big Bad Vlad could easily finish off his no shots fired overthrow of America… i.e., do his damnedest to keep his puppet / ventriloquist’s dummy propped up in the Oval Office… and make his second term a lifetime appointment, to boot.

America would then wind up dead. And anyone who’d fail to kiss Trump rump would wind up dead, too.