Sometimes I get so dizzy watching history repeat itself.|
September 5, 2005: official Barbara Bush day.
"Almost everyone I’ve talked to says 'we're going to move to Houston.'" Then she added: "What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this -- this (she chuckled slightly) is working very well for them."
The apple sure doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it?
Although the overblown, corporate slave driving, mega-mart says:
“Wal-Mart is absolutely and unequivocally committed not to engage in branch banking,” Jane Thompson, president of Wal-Mart Financial Services, testified at the first day of the hearings. “In fact and in practice, Wal-Mart is clearly committed to supporting community banking, not undermining it.”
I don’t believe it for a New York second. SprawlMart is not exactly known for its habit of playing by the rules. And I for one am disgusted...if not a little scared.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t yet know that SprawlMart is evil? I mean even the WalMartians we spot wandering around looking for the best deal on humongous cases of diet soda, must realize somewhere deep down where those low costs are coming from, right?
Just in case, I urge you to find out more. Talk to people about dignity, human rights and civil liberties. Heck, even if you disagree with me, talking about it helps all of us to come to a place of greater understanding and cultural self-improvement. At least that’s what I think. How about you?
It was almost five years ago that I
received a forwarded email from my father in law asking me to save the murdered unborn
- or something of that nature. Now, I
had only been dating Chris for about six months at that time, and worried about
how to respond to this email without alienating myself from this man for whom I’d
already developed much love and respect.
After a moment, I sent off a reply stating simply, “I am pro-choice.” To which I received a prompt reaction. “Is this an April fool’s joke?”
“No,” I answered, “it is not. Your son and I have agreed to disagree regarding this. I hope that you can respect that, and do the same.”
I got no response to this email. Nor did he ever bring it up again. I don’t know what he thought of our brief interaction. I never will, as he passed away in 2003. But he often told me that he thought I was an intelligent woman, and that he was glad his son had married me.
Over the years, I've thought a lot about that short communication.
I know that most of Chris’ family shares his father’s political and religious views. And I know that they have at least some understanding of mine. But it is rarely brought up. And for the most part, I like it that way. I don’t have to feel too uncomfortable in my role as insurgent newbie relative. I think the feeling of ease is mostly reciprocated.
But sometimes, when I meet new people, it comes across that I am both pro-choice - and - very supportive of organ donation. I often see the veiled look of questioning behind their eyes. And I’m glad that they don’t always ask me how this can be.
Why am I relieved? Not because I am unsure of my convictions. But rather, because, we live in such a climate of fear based politics, that when questioned, I clam up, get sweaty, and my mind fills with a grey, fuzzy, panic.
But I found someone who doesn’t share my lip-tripping political stammer. Molly is absolutely fantastic at cutting straight to the heart of an issue. And yesterday she wrote a piece entitled “Which is it?” that truly resonated with me. It addressed clearly and succinctly not only the differences between the politics of The Death Penalty, Abortion, and Organ Procurement, but how someone can logically have very disparate views of each.
I completely agree with her point – which, simply paraphrased, is that it is all about individual responsibility and the rights of a person over their person. Whether you agree or not, her blog is definitely worth taking a look at. I know that I’ll be back.
For what it’s worth, I found Molly
She is also a great read, and highly recommended.
For a while now, I have written sporadically about my thoughts regarding the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID)/creationism in the classroom. As I’ve stated before, I feel that ID is the result of a religious belief system and not scientific knowledge. Therefore, it is my opinion that its teaching belongs (if anywhere) in the social studies classroom – not the science lab.
Today; however, I found an interesting article about the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. He has also “stepped into the controversy between religious fundamentalists and scientists by saying that he does not believe that creationism - the Bible-based account of the origins of the world - should be taught in schools.”
Of course his reasons for this are quite different than mine. From what I’ve gathered his worry stems more from the concern of diminishing biblical beliefs by reducing them to the category of theory.
"I think creationism is ... a kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories ... if creationism is presented as a stark alternative theory alongside other theories I think there's just been a jarring of categories ... My worry is creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than enhancing it," he said
I am always intrigued by the realization that people who appear to be polar opposites can in fact come, via very diverse routes, to the same conclusion. More information about Rowan Williams can be found here.
As long as you do not personally attack me, I’d love to hear your views on ID in the schools.
PIERRE, S.D.-- Gov. Mike Rounds on Monday signed legislation banning almost all abortions in South Dakota.
The Legislature passed the ban late last month, focusing nationwide interest on the state as the governor decided what to do about the measure.
The law, designed to raise a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, is scheduled to take effect July 1.
Under the law, doctors in South
Dakota will face up to five years in prison for performing
an abortion except when the procedure is necessary to save the mother's life.
Rounds issued a technical veto of a similar measure two years ago because it would have wiped out all existing restrictions on abortion while the bill was tied up for years in a court challenge.
South Dakota Planned Parenthood said it planned a quick court challenge.
Well, I won’t
be moving to South Dakota
I refuse to allow my tax dollars to support forced childbirth.
Now, I originally saw this idea over at Jake Silver’s and I have no clue as to whether this is a structured meme with codes and rules and all of that stuff. But it just seemed to be a good idea. So, if you regularly write about Humpday Heroes, or are the ORIGINATOR OF THE IDEA, please let me know – in the kindest of ways, if you please. That said, today’s hero is also today’s feminist. And on the eve of her birthday I wanted to take a moment to recognize a few of the lifelong achievements of Angela Davis.
Angela Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama on the 26th of January, 1944 to a school teacher and an automobile
mechanic. Because of the large number of
African American homes bombed by the Ku Klux Klan, the area where the family lived became known as
Dynamite Hill. Her mother was a civil rights campaigner and had
been active in the NAACP before the organization was outlawed in Birmingham.
In 1961 Davis went to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts to study French. Her course included a year at
the Sorbonne in Paris. Soon after arriving back in the United States she was reminded of the civil rights struggle that was
taking place in Birmingham when four girls that she knew were killed in the Baptist Church Bombing in September, 1963.
After graduating from Brandeis University she spent two years at the faculty of philosophy at Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt, West Germany before studying under Herbert Marcuse at the University of California. Davis was greatly influenced by Marcuse, especially his idea that it was the duty of the individual to rebel against the system.
Davis began working as a lecturer of philosophy at the University of California in Los Angeles. When the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1970 informed her employers, the California Board of Regents, that Davis was a member of the American Communist Party, they terminated her contract.
Davis was active in the campaign to improve prison conditions. She became particularly interested in the case of George Jackson and W. L. Nolen, two African Americans who had established a chapter of the Black Panthers in California's Soledad Prison. While in California's Soledad Prison Jackson and W. L. Nolen, established a chapter of the Black Panthers. On the 13th of January 1970, Nolan and two other black prisoners were killed by a prison guard. A few days later the Monterey County Grand Jury ruled that the guard had committed "justifiable homicide."
When a guard
was later found murdered, Jackson and two other prisoners, John Cluchette and
Fleeta Drumgo, were indicted for his murder. It was claimed that Jackson
On 7th August, 1970, George Jackson's
seventeen year old brother, Jonathan, burst into a Marin County courtroom with
a machine-gun and after taking Judge Harold Haley as a hostage, demanded that
George Jackson, John Cluchette and Fleeta Drumgo, be released from prison.
Jonathan Jackson was shot and killed while he was driving away from the
Over the next few months
Daviswent on the run and the Federal Bureau of Investigation named her as one of its
"most wanted criminals". She was arrested two months later in a
Davis worked as a lecturer of African American studies at Claremont College (1975-77) before becoming a lecturer in women's and ethnic studies at San Francisco State University. In 1979 Davis visited the Soviet Union where she was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize and made an honorary professor at Moscow State University. In 1980 and 1984 Davis was the Communist Party's vice-presidential candidate.
"Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation."
Thank you Ms. Davis for helping us find new ways to propel ourselves forward.
Some of my first memories as a child involve being “dragged” off to various rallies. I was raised to believe that certain rights are ours naturally. Period. And in the late 70s and early 80s there were plenty of these rights still available. So, most of the rallies were about equal pay, abolishing nuclear armamentation, and yes, peace. As the 90s approached, I as a young adult, picked up the signs and marched, danced and cried out for the environment.
Now here we are in the year 2006 and while those issues still exist, the one that seems to be a persistent thorn beneath everyone’s thumb is that of choice. Rarely will we see people so polarized as we do with the abortion issue. Everyone feels that they are so right...or should I say correct?
I am amazed that there are folks out there who will blow up clinics in the name of life. I am amazed that people will spend their weekends murdering deer, while feeling the need to save a cluster of cells. I am amazed that a bunch of old men have the legal ability to control not only the bodies, but the rest of a woman’s life with the stroke of a pen. I am amazed that education about birth control is being squelched at the same time that a woman’s right to choose is at such great risk.
The fact is that there is nothing I can say here that hasn’t already been said. I’m not likely to change anyone’s mind. I know damn well that no one is going to change mine. But in this political climate, I think it is important to write how I feel, think & believe. Because if I don’t I am one of the culpable.
It would be easy for me to sit back and quietly play it safe. To know that just because abortion is not – at this time – a personal issue for me, I have nothing to fear. But it isn’t just about me. It is about the (any) woman who knows, for whatever reason, that bearing a child is the wrong decision. This is such a difficult decision for a person to make & I don’t think that one woman’s reason is any better or worse than another’s. I don’t have that right...to judge, that is. The right that I do have is the ability to make decisions regarding my own body. And I am here to say that I for one do not support any legislation to remove that right.
First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.
by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
Special thanks go to ccw, who alerted me to this opportunity. I hope that some of you will join in.
Some who have: