The Problem Solvers . . . Old Drug, New Tricks
If man doesn't stop war, war will stop man.--President John F. Kennedy . . . No more Vietnam Wars!--Presidential Candidate, Bobby Kennedy
Just a thought, as we, and other countries, venture into Syria, deal with Assad and his rebel counterparts, with, allegedly, 6 separate civil wars going on, with refugees bleeding into the world, whom I am glad to hear, want to go back home to Syria, taking this into mind, happiness, for these people, would to be, to go home, where they belong, connecting them to their culture, their history, and their traditions. World leaders, need to consider, the Syrian situation, from a holistic approach, looking at all the factors that will go, into settling down that section of the world, with world power, neighbors, like, Russia, Iran, France, Germany, and Britain, taking the lead, with the United States, a supporting world power, helping, as, commonalities, goals, directions, costs, interests, investments, and an over-riding, goal of helping bring peace, restoring, sanity, safety, and the rule of laws and countries, taking over the chaos, disorder, death, carnage, and displacement of the Syrian people . . . no easy task, but, we can do this world!
The other night, I was watching a special, on CNN, on the Sixties, which for a large part, was tainted by the Vietnam War, and how that tore apart the country, ruined the legacy of President Lyndon Bains Johnson, and others, McNamara and Westmorland, who stepped into a situation, and promised an outcome, that was not achievable, and the cost of learning that lesson, took, at least, 58,000 lives, with no solid declared victories. I was struck by some of the soldiers, who said, there were hills, mountains, that were taken, and lost, three different times. We need to let people, who understand the motives, the issues, from an insider's view, dictate, the roles, and directives, that will help, most achieve, the stabilization of that region of the world, enabling consistency in government, shoring up the economy, enabling refugees to come home, and secure, the order, that the surrounding countries need, to carry on, peaceful, and successful, living among the countries in the region, being led by those countries, most influenced and threatened by ISIS, and other enemies of the world. I met the enemy, and the enemy was me . . .
'No More Baby Parts': Three Dead Adult Parts . . . A Cop, A Vet, and a Mother, Leaving 4 Children Without a Parent!
There are many reasons to kill a person, or people: (1) greed; (2) revenge; (3) escape, and (4) power and control over a person, place or thing . . . the shooter, Blake McCoy, involved in the Colorado Springs, abortion clinic, stand-off, murdered, three people, in the process of trying to stop abortions, a legal, constitutional, and reproductive right. I have a hard time, wrapping my brain, around, the thinking of those who block abortion access; I have to do mental gymnastics, turn upside down and backward, to understand, how, these people claim to be pro-life, yet, take a doctor's life, or lives of other people, as in this case, and seem to see, no contraction in their ethical and religious approaches to this issue, that is a woman's right to privacy, her decision, a due process right, and completely, legal, as decided by the United States Supreme Court, having nothing to do with you, or Mr. McCoy, or others, who would block this right, in the most precious and sacred, property right at person has, that of ownership, control, and choice over their own fucking life! Seven to ten women, want Roe v. Wade, left right where it is, that in the first trimester, a woman has a right to chose, what they will do, when faced with an unwanted pregnancy . . . and, it is also, mystical to me, how these same people, shooting abortion providers, bombing clinics, and others, also don't want, sex education, contraception, or information about, sex, to stop abortions!
In the second and third trimesters, as the child becomes viable, the state has a right, to intervene, on behalf or the developing child, putting safety measures, informational, and even legal loopholes a woman, then has to go through to get an abortion; however, once, she has complied with the law in that state, and she has satisfied, the requirements for a late term abortion, or whatever, then, that is it too! There is a moving scale, of humanity, starting with the joining of two cells or the egg and the sperm, that could be placed as, say, 1 on the lowest level of human, life, and development, way far from viability, then, as the developmental stages of a pregnancy, reaches, the 4th month, and the baby starts to move, kick, and twist, the state, can get involved, as having an interest in the health, safety and welfare, of its citizen, with the baby, fast becoming a potential citizen, with no guarantees, that it will not be miscarried, still born, or die on the operating table . . . but, in the case of Blake McCoy, the shooter, he knew damned well, that the people he was shooting at, where full blown, humans, living, breathing, walking, talking, with families, children, spouses, and there is a big difference, or should be in the minds of these fuckers, between, a zygote, a joined, egg and sperm, and a live person, escorting a girl, friend, or person to get an abortion, which is here right! Like it or NOT!
Independence is Happiness . . . Susan B. Anthony, Woman Suffragist
I am sure, that one of the reasons, I am a constitutional law attorney, today, is the simple truth, taught to me by my father, who seems to have departed far from this mantra, it that, Your rights stop at the end of YOUR NOSE! We are the captains of our own ships, we determine our own heaven and hell, we are responsible for our successes and our failures, and that goes for taking full, responsibility for the choices we make over our bodies! I just don't get, Republican males, of any religious background, having the audacity, to think they know, my life, or the lives of any woman, well enough, to determine, what she can and can't handle, how many children, she can raise or not raise, and know, intimately what is going on, not only in a woman's life, or in her psyche, to determine, what is the right and wrong thing to do, when life, comes at you, sometimes in the most unexpected ways, at the most unexpected times. I think, that people of all walks, should, fucking mind their own business, and just accept the fact, that a person knows, what is best for their own lives, and if they make a mistake, oh, well . . . you do too!
That is what it is to be human, that is what Christ died for us, for abortions too, for murder, for lying, cheating, and doing all the shit that humans do to each other . . . so, when did God, make you, his second in command, or his first, to determine, what, this woman, this person can do with their free agency, that the war in heaven was fought over, back in the day, before the earth was formed, back in the war, between Satan's plan . . . forcing every one to be good, as opposed to Jesus's plan or the fulfillment of God's plan, of giving people choice, agency, and with that, providing a savior for them, when they fuck up! Seriously, who in the fuck, does this shit head think he is . . . and how much worse, to kill three living breathing parents of children who may never recover from the trauma of their parent's death, who obviously believe in life, and children!
It is interesting to me, that as the footage from the Colorado Springs, stand-off, took place, in about three shots, from the TV cameras, there was a white Dodge Durango, shown, over and over again . . . that is the vehicle my parents drive or one like it, and I could not, escape the message, that symbolic vehicle represented, and how, they, 7 years after the fact, with a stellar career, my parents took bragging rights to, as they do now, but not through the daughter who did them--me, giving my assets to the good Mo sisters who were pregnant at the same time, who had their babies, but are not attorneys . . . with the question, which is more cruel--me who aborted a zygote, who didn't think, feel, move, know, or, my parents, who were not bothered, for 7 years, until my parents, learned that I had an abortion--turning their, admiration for their smart attorney daughter, into hatred, expulsion, anger, and exile? extending that hate to the next generation!
My very Republican, very Mormon, parents, knew little about my life, at the time--and that was on purpose, case in point, when I chose, after having, opened the Bible, letting God direct, my decision, on whether or not to get an abortion--the Word, fell open to Romans 14:14, all things are pure to God, it is man, who assigns the impurity--in addition to that old adage, judge not that ye, be not judged--til it happens to you, back in May of 1994, the week, I started my new job, at the Utah Attorney Generals Office, staff attorney, for the Utah Prosecution Council, in the Criminal Enforcement Division, going to the abortion clinic, without being blocked, thank God, during my lunch hour, picking up my boss, later in that same day, having 4 children, alive and well, depending on me, and looking at $500 per month, law school loan payments--on shitty pay, of $32,000 per year, and the father, being a great addition, as a friend and lover, at times, during the previous 4 years, but, being too irresponsible to take care of me and a baby, and meet the needs of my other four children, with the first one, starting COLLEGE! Until it happens to you . . .
Mother of 7 Stabs Herself and Unborn Baby
There used to be a halfway house for women, in Ogden, where, I lived, during the younger years of my married life, and there were these women, who would periodically, walk the neighborhood and come to my door, selling art, music, books, or whatever, appearing to me, to be very capable, smart women, in so many ways, and many of them, being solid, scriptorians, and over all, seemed to have it all together. So, one time, I was talking to my Mormon ward, bishop . . . you know the guy, who the New Testament, writers, tell to have just one wife . . . and I asked, Brian, what the deal was with these women? And I remember his answer, and he quickly responded to my question, with the answer, without thought, they had ONE too many children, and it threw them over the edge! At that time, I think, I had 3 children of my own, and I full well, understood, the commitment a child takes, not to mention the physical demands of a baby, on your body. Now some women, can have ten children, and do it with ease, they look better than they did before they were married, they just pop those little, 5 pound, 6 ounce, babies, right out. They never have a day of morning sickness, labor is a breeze, and they just roll with it . . . that is NOT me.
I worked as a graphic artist for the state of Utah, shortly before I was married and up until I had my first baby, October 3, 1975. I was deathly ill, throwing up, at least 20 times a morning, until the very bile in my stomach, would be barfed into the government building toilet! I got that number from my very wonderful, boss, who had 7 children of his own, and allowed me, tons of leeway, to do what I needed to do, and that included running out of meetings, leaving clients, sitting in our shared office, or taking a three hour nap, because my boss felt too bad to wake me, by knocking on the women's bathroom door, when my lunch hour was up! And I was one of the lucky ones. Then, as if 5 months of feeling like I had the flu was not enough, add 36 hours of labor, and that, came after, waiting at home, until, I thought the baby's head, was hanging out of my downstairs compartment, having been sent home, earlier, in the week, with Braxton Hicks or false labor! It took me 5 hours, to dilate, from a 1 to a 1+ in the cervix . . . my husband was pissed, because he was a student at the University of Utah, and I was in labor during finals and he didn't know whether to stay and reschedule his tests, or just take them--I had 5 women come and go, while I was in labor! . . . get the hell out of here, he was bugging the shit out of me, not too patient, with flocks of interns and student nurses, having a baby in a medical school, cooperating hospital, screaming at the last guy, with a fucking huge ass, Afro, sticking his hand up me! Then came the delivery, the stitches, the hernia, the bleeding nipples from nursing . . . and a husband, who now had the responsibility of taking over the family finances, with me home with a baby . . . this is called, REALITY! Men, may want to try it, the next time, they think of blocking an abortion clinic or killing someone helping some woman or girl, through a very traumatic, and not sought for, reality check!
The Law, Is the Law, Is the Law . . . Even On Abortion!
Be one of those, heroes, that simply make your town a nicer place to live, more understanding, more charitable, more law abiding, whether you personally agree with the law, as is or not, supporting, those who are given the responsibility of settling an issue, that tore a nation in part, but, having been decided, back in 1973 for God sake, and later, with the high court, reaffirming, Roe vs. Wade, in Casey vs. Planned Parenting, decided, before I had an abortion, while working as an intern, in Chicago, for Americans United for Life . . . yeah, I fought, researched, studied and wrote, trying to stop, the reaffirmation of Roe vs. Wade! But, I also, remember, coming home, from Chicago, and talking to a very smart, female professor at BYU, law school, and feeling defeated, dejected, and depressed that Roe vs. Wade, was NOT, overturned, and having her say, if you truly believe, that God is the author of life, don't you think, that he, has the ability, of taking the soul of that baby or potential baby and placing that in a home of another woman, who is ready, willing and able to have a baby? Well, yeah. Okay, and I never thought much about the issue, until, I was faced with an unwanted baby, that was unplanned, and, totally, given my history, not going to work as I faced a new, demanding career, financial issues, going into shock, getting my first, payment book, on repaying my law school loans, being the responsible woman, I am!
Life is just a microcosm of the macro . . . what I would tell, world leaders to do, on Syria, is much like I did with my clients, considering a lawsuit, and what I did, when deciding to get an abortion . . . take every single, contributing factor, in this equation, cost, time, stress, situation, faith or religious thoughts, physical limitations and commitments, extended family, like children, the support systems, and you might, in fact get a very different, outcome, on what is not just a black and white issue, and being the higher beings that we are, we are given the god-given, ability to reason, to chose, to do the best we can, to be, to be independent, with the mantra of God, being, love, and men and women are that they might have JOY! Like if complicated, it is hard, there are tough decisions that we might make differently if there were a different set of facts, or players involved, and most people are, just doing the BEST they can, given where they are at . . . so, in all your religious freedom, don't forget, the teachings of Jesus Christ, JUDGE NOT THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED!